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Vince Carter passes Allen Iverson on all-time scoring list

With a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list. In doing so, he passed NBA Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson, who retired with 24,368 career points. Carter, the 19-year NBA veteran out of North Carolina, now sits at 24,371 points. (Keeping It Heel)

UNC Basketball Starting Fresh

With the announcement that Kenny Williams is likely done for the season following knee surgery, UNC debuted its new starting 5 on Wednesday in Raleigh. While this group hadn’t started a game together all season (and had only logged 7:16 as a quintet), the idea of a Berry-Pinson-Jackson-Hicks-Meeks unit certainly wasn’t a novel one to Tar Heel fans. (The Secondary Break)

Losing Kenny Williams - What does it mean?

Roy Williams broke the news during his post game press conference on Wednesday night in Raleigh: starting sophomore shooting guard Kenny Williams will likely miss the remainder of the season following surgery on his right knee. What does this mean for UNC --- A team with Final Four aspirations and are in the running for a No. 1 seed in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament? (Carolina Blue)

Video: North Carolina vs. Virginia: Preview of an ACC Showdown

Virginia vs. North Carolina: A big-time showdown in the ACC as two of the top teams in the conference meet for the first time this season on Saturday. London Perrantes will lead the Cavaliers and their No. 1 ranked scoring defense against the hot shooting of Justin Jackson and Joel Berry. Read More...

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

10. North Carolina Tar Heels: Plenty of teams—rival Duke being one of them—have had more tumultuous seasons than North Carolina’s, but still: Wednesday’s 97–73 rout of NC State was the first time the Tar Heels started the five guys we projected to start in the preseason: Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks. (Sports Illustrated)

Even at 40, age is just a number for Vince Carter

There is no better reminder of Vince Carter’s immortality than watching him step on the floor and torch his former franchise...one that he left nine-and-a-half seasons ago. Against the Brooklyn Nets Monday, Carter looked more like his 30 year-old self than his 40 year-old self, dropping 14 points on 4-for-5 from the three-point line as the Grizzlies carved out the win. (Sporting News)

A Dean's Influence

The influence Dean Smith had on Derrick Phelps as a player, a person and the coach he aspired to be was tremendous. "He was definitely a father-figure in my life," said Phelps. "He was more interested in what I wanted to do with my life and what kind of person I was rather than how I was going to help North Carolina win basketball games. He helped me mature as a player and a person." (San Francisco Dons)

Virginia Opens Defining Closing Stretch for UNC

No. 10 North Carolina sits alone atop the ACC standings. However, No. 14 Virginia’s arrival on Saturday begins a five-game closing stretch stacked with four ranked opponents. The Tar Heels have been here before. Last season, UNC jumped out to an 8-0 ACC record before hanging on for the regular season title with a 6-4 record in its final 10 games. (Inside Carolina)

Kenny Williams’ injury gives Theo Pinson bigger chance to shine

Before Theo Pinson’s preseason injury, many expected him to be North Carolina's starter at the two spot. But even when he returned, Pinson came off the bench...until Kenny Williams got hurt. “When you come off the bench, you’ve got to feed off the energy and bring the energy,” said Pinson, who got his ninth career start. (Raleigh & Company)

Turner's Take: Sky Walker

With two minutes and thirty seconds left in the first half of UNC's game at NC State Wednesday, Luke Maye catches the ball on the wing, gives a pump fake at the three-point line to get Omer Yurtseven in the air, takes a dribble and two steps, rises from the block and flushes a two-handed dunk. That'll do. Luke Maye, of course, was a story before the dunk. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Pack Is Pathetic

If Mark Gottfried isn’t fired this week, how long can it be? UNC has beaten N.C. State twice this season by a combined 75 points. That means an almost certain end for Wolfpack Coach Mark Gottfried, whose program lacks talent and togetherness and must be an embarrassment to the school’s fans, who have seen Roy Williams beat their team 27 out of 30. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels to move forward without injured Kenny Williams

Tenth-ranked North Carolina will likely go the rest of the season without starting shooting guard Kenny Williams. The sophomore injured his right knee earlier this week and, after watching Wednesday night’s 97-73 blowout of N.C. State from the bench, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said his team won’t get him back this season. “He’ll have surgery early next week.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Maye Day in Raleigh: Luke Maye scores career-high 13 points

Luke Maye is hardly known as a scorer, let alone a rim-rocker. Coming into Wednesday’s game, the sophomore averaged 5 points in 13 minutes per game as UNC’s fourth option inside. But with the N.C. State defense conceding the lane, Maye put the ball on the floor with confidence. Two steps, two hands and two of his career-high 13 points. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: NC State fans boo coach Mark Gottfried in pregame introductions vs. UNC

The joyous roar of the crowd upon the introduction of NC State senior guard Terry Henderson was followed up with resounding boos to the next name announced over the loud speakers: Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack coach has had a rough go of it this week. After reports surfaced that Gottfried’s days appear to be numbered as coach at NC State, the Wolfpack fans let loose on the coach after playing back-to-back road games (CBS Sports)

Wolfpack stumbles through another blowout, faces uncertain future

After sending N.C. State's Omer Yurtseven flying with a pump fake, UNC forward Luke Maye got in one dribble and threw down a dunk that no team that was invested in playing defense would have allowed. This should have been a jarring sight. But for a Wolfpack team that's already seen its season crater thanks in part to hapless defense, it somehow wasn't. (Fayetteville Observer)

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