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UNC has ingredients for late surge

In the downcast North Carolina locker room following Wednesday night's loss at Duke, Marcus Paige was asked if there were any positives to be gained from the 15th-ranked Tar Heels' near upset of No. 4 Duke. It may be hard, but for a UNC team that's struggled to find an identity all season, it's essential. There's a lot of basketball left for UNC, which faces Georgia Tech at noon Saturday. (Fayetteville Observer)

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, three to know preview

It’s the Tar Heels’ first home game since the passing of Dean Smith, whose life will be celebrated Sunday during a public memorial service in the same building. A moment of silence will be held before Saturday’s game at 11:59 a.m. Since improving to 7-1 in the ACC with a home win against Syracuse, UNC has dropped four of five games. The schedule has played some role in the streakiness. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC needs to take care of business against Georgia Tech

Roy Williams’ team will be more talented than Georgia Tech’s on Saturday. His No. 15 Tar Heels are approaching the 20-win threshold that the NCAA Tournament selection committee likes to see. Georgia Tech would need to go to Greensboro and run the table during the ACC Tournament to keep playing after that. Which is not to say that the Tar Heels can just mail it in Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

The day Michael Jordan scored 55 points at Madison Square Garden

In 1995, Jordan scored 55 in his first game at Madison Square Garden after his first retirement. It was only Jordan's fifth game back from his 17-month sabbatical, and he unleashed on offensive fury on the defensive-minded Knicks. Jordan dazzled with his typical jump-shooting brilliance and assisted on the game-winning basket after commanding a double team in the final seconds. (Sports Illustrated)

More than a coach, Dean Smith lived life as a force for good

When games were at stake and the crowd noise was at its highest, Dean Smith would call a timeout and gather his University of North Carolina players around him. Instead of shouting to be heard over the din, he would lower his voice and speak quietly, forcing his players to lean closer to hear him. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

The great coach was a great teacher

Few college coaches teach classes anymore, but they know that teaching the game is as important as recruiting. Dean Edward Smith was a great teacher. It’s no accident that the few books he wrote concentrated on explaining strategies and tactics, not on self-help or motivation. Still, the son of public school teachers in Emporia, Kan., Smith taught a generation of student-athletes about much more than basketball. (Chapel Hill News)

For this teacher and former UNC basketball student manager, Dean Smith's legacy is real

Most people would probably consider student manager of a college basketball team a thankless job, associating it with sweaty towels and locker rooms. But for Lindsay Reed, managing the men’s basketball team at North Carolina under Dean Smith was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. (LancasterOnline.com)

Audio: Scouting Report with Georgia Tech Coach Brian Gregory

WCHL’s Matt Oakes chats with Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory ahead of his team’s matchup with the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The pair discussed Gregory’s time spent coaching with Tom Izzo at Michigan State, the competitiveness of the ACC and his Yellow Jackets’ chances at pulling off an upset in the Smith Center Saturday. (Chapelboro.com)

Previewing Georgia Tech

No. 15 North Carolina is in desperate need of a win on Saturday after dropping four of its last five contests. Tip-off against Georgia Tech is set for 12pm and will be televised by ACCN. Georgia Tech enters Saturday’s contest with a 12-14 (3-11 ACC) record. The Yellow Jackets have recorded just one victory against a ranked opponent and dropped their first seven contests in conference play (Inside Carolina)

Video: Breaking It Down with Marcus Paige

North Carolina junior Marcus Paige is one of the top guards in the ACC, both distributing and scoring with the basketball. The ACCDN's Jason Capel sits down with the Tar Heel to analyze his game and see what makes Paige so successful. View Video...

Players Not Coaching Decided Carolina-Duke

Ultimately the players need to make the plays to win the game. The best drawn up play in the world doesn't matter if the players don't execute or the other team counters defensively. Simply put, players, more than coaches decide games. On Wednesday night, Duke players making plays and UNC players not decided that game. Here is how the final two minutes unfolded: (Tar Heel Blog)

Honoring trailblazers

Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways. (UNC.edu)

Kevin Salvadori, Dante Calabria remember Dean Smith

Kevin Salvadori was a college basketball fan without a favorite when Dean Smith started recruiting him to North Carolina. “I knew Carolina had a great history and knew Coach Smith was a great coach but knew very little of the people and the school,” said Salvadori, who led Seton-La Salle to the 1989 WPIAL Class AAA championship and 1988 PIAA Class AAA title. (TribLive.com)

You should know more about Dean Smith

Dean Smith was never like the other coaches. He attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship and majored in mathematics. He was a guard for the basketball team, while also playing varsity baseball, freshman football, active in a fraternity and enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. When he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the talk was less about basketball and more about racial justice—his participation in lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s and his successful effort to integrate the ACC. (Madison.com)

Thousands expected at Dean Smith memorial Sunday

The public is invited to a memorial service for Dean Smith Sunday at 2 p.m. at the basketball arena named in his honor. Smith, who led the Tar Heels to two national titles and 879 wins in a 36-year career as head basketball coach at UNC, died Feb. 7, 2015. He was 83 years old. Former UNC players, close friends and coaching colleagues are expected to share memories of Smith. (WRAL.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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