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Year in review: Dean Smith began civil rights legacy while attending Topeka High

Charlie Scott was the first black athlete placed on scholarship at North Carolina. Dean Smith saw to that when he recruited the future ABA and NBA standout. The imprint left by Smith, who was 83 when he died on Feb. 7, as one of the first coaches to recruit black athletes in the South — and in his own way, contribute to the civil rights movement — was significant. (Topeka Capital-Journal)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-UNC Greensboro

The last game of the non-conference slate is a certifiable cupcake. UNC Greensboro has many of the same shortcomings on both ends that Appalachian State did though not as good from the three point line. The Spartans struggle on offense, checking in well below a point per possession and averaging 41% on FGs. UNCG shouldn't provide too much trouble. (Tar Heel Blog)

Brice Johnson's Explosion Fuels Heels

Brice Johnson is UNC's current leader in scoring average (16.3 ppg), free throw attempts (44), free throw percentage (84.1 percent), and rebounding average (9.2 rpg) on the season. In the past three games, the forward has recorded three 20-point games, two of which were back-to-back career highs against Tulane (25 points) and then UCLA (27 points). (GoHeels.com)

Marcus Paige's jersey a hit

What's a better Christmas gift than a UNC jersey of your favorite Carolina player. Many UNC fans across the country found a No. 5 Marcus Paige jersey underneath the tree on Christmas morning. You can't beat that. (Carolina Blue)

Why is Trail Blazers big man Ed Davis So Good at Rebounding?

Since coming into the league in 2010, Ed Davis has been pretty handy with rebounds. Without a reliable shot - or handles that would allow him to create his own shot even if he had one - Davis has been content to live around the rim on both ends of the floor. (Blazer's Edge)

Monmouth coach King Rice returns to Central New York, where he once 'broke Jim Boeheim's heart'

Most coaches finishing the final road game before the Christmas holiday are eager to escape the opposing arena, savoring every hour of the all-too-short break. Monmouth's King Rice, however, lingered nearly an hour after a nine-point win over Cornell, shaking hands and greeting well-wishers. (Syracuse.com)

Ginyard: Best Christmas Present Of All

I’ve been lucky that from high school, through five years at UNC, and now professional ball in Europe, to travel the world. Still, it can be lonely around the holidays. Especially when your team isn’t doing so well....But I got the best Christmas present of all when my mother – my friends know her as Annise – came to France to be with me. (Chapelboro.com)

Defense still work in progress as Brice Johnson surges offensively

Brice Johnson’s three most efficient offensive games of the season haven’t reduced the screaming from Coach Roy Williams demanding better play on the defensive end. While a few crazy turnovers and bad decisions by Theo Pinson don’t seem to elicit much yelling from Williams, the talented Johnson always seems to hear it from the veteran coach. (Raleigh & Company)

King Rice soars with rising Monmouth basketball team

King Rice has gone from a guy who couldn’t get a shot at a head coaching job because of his past mistakes to the leader of the program that has been the talk of college basketball. Rice, who turned 47 earlier this month, has made Monmouth’s men’s basketball team a giant slayer in NCAA Division I, and given the school a nationally recognized program in less than five full seasons. (Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin)

UNC Versus the Sub-100

Since Roy Williams has been at Chapel Hill, UNC has had predictably remarkable success against sub-100 teams, compiling a record of 95-4 (0.960), with all four losses occurring in "true road" games. However, given the aforementioned gap in talent between the Tar Heels and this type of opponent, perhaps "just winning" shouldn't be the entire gauge of success. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bobby Frasor hopes to follow in his high school coach’s footsteps

The first attempt to bring back a star alumnus was unsuccessful. For two seasons, Rick Harrigan led Brother Rice’s boys’ basketball team after longtime coach Pat Richardson retired. The Crusaders are taking another shot at a former standout with Bobby Frasor as the new coach. Frasor graduated from Brother Rice in 2005, leading the Crusaders to a supersectional title. (Medill News Service)

Tylet Zeller answers the Celtics' call

If there’s one thing Tyler Zeller has learned during his time under Brad Stevens, it’s that playing time is not promised to anyone. But with Amir Johnson (plantar fasciitis, left foot) and Jared Sullinger (back spasms) both out for Monday’s game against Minnesota, he knew he was going to play. And did he ever. (Comcast SportsNet New England)

Isaiah Hicks proving to be a consistent, reliable force

Seeing extended minutes with Kennedy Meeks out, junior forward Isaiah Hicks has proven to be valuable and effective. Against Tulane, Hicks played 19 minutes and scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Against UCLA, Hicks played 17 minutes and had 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting. And against Appalachian State on Monday night, Hicks played 20 minutes and scored 12 points on 5-for-8. (Carolina Blue)

Is Brice Johnson the Best Big Man of the Roy Williams Era?

Let's take at look at how Brice Johnson compares to Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough and Tyler Zeller. One rather large caveat is the sample size, Johnson has played 1/3 of the schedule(counting probable postseason games.) That means there could and probably will be some moderation to his numbers. In particular Johnson's offensive rating is astronomical. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Harrison Barnes Loves This Creative Gift From Make-A-Wish Friend

During an autograph session a few years ago in Iowa, Warriors star Harrison Barnes met a youngster named Cole Vitiritto. It was the start of a beautiful friendship. Cole, who had been battling bone cancer, gave Barnes a heads-up about a forthcoming request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (The Post Game)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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