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Larger than life, Neil Fingleton remembered as a ‘Worcester guy’

Dave McNamara and other members of the Holy Name High boys' basketball team were practicing for a summer tournament at Assumption's Laska Gym one August day in 1997 when their coach, J.P. Ricciardi, walked in with their newest HN teammate, 7-foot-6-inch Neil Fingleton, who had just arrived in Worcester from his native Durham, England. (Worcester Telegram)

Collegiate Air Jordans Prep for March Madness

Jordan Brand isn't about to let March Madness go by without issuing special sneakers for its teams participating in the tournament. Fve school-specific pairs of Air Jordan 31 Lows will launch on March 7 for $160. The Air Jordan 31 Lows appear in Cal Golden Bears, Georgetown Hoyas, Marquette Golden Eagles, Michigan Wolverines, and UNC Tar Heels styles. (Sole Collector)

Rare rough outing bothers Tar Heels’ Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson has done plenty to lift UNC to its first-place status in the ACC. So that might have been why it was so crushing to him that he couldn’t come through Monday against Virginia. “Some of it was just me taking some bad shots. I can’t do that for this team. That was the most disappointing thing. I did some things that ended up hurting us.” (Burlington Times News)

The reason your team will not be making the trip to the Final Four

5. North Carolina Tar Heels: Yeah, this is a good North Carolina team that could secure a top seed. High ceiling, but the floor is lower than it was a year ago. The Tar Heels bully teams inside, but on their worst days, their defense comes apart. Opponents score 1.17 points per possession in transition against UNC entering the week. Could happen again in March. (ESPN.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Carolina Out-Quicked By UVa

If there was ever a good time to lay an egg, this was it. North Carolina’s ugly performance at Virginia was predictable from a mile away. The Tar Heels were in for a mighty struggle against a team that hit rock bottom in Chapel Hill nine days earlier. That loss in Charlottesville will help the UNC finish atop the ACC all alone come Saturday against Duke. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast - Virginia recap, Duke preview

UNC basketball has clinched the top seed in next week's ACC Tournament but have work left to do, needing a win on Saturday vs. Duke to claim the outright ACC regular season championship. In this episode of the Carolina Insider podcast, hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas break down Monday's loss at Virginia and preview the regular season finale against Duke. (GoHeels.com)

Pack-Line Problems

Virginia leads the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. The way that tony Bennett teaches his pack-lime principles is very effective (including hard hedges, immediate big-to-big doubles on post entries, and clogging driving lanes with help defenders rather than overplaying the wings). Let’s take a closer look at some of the Carolina offensive struggles on Monday. (The Secondary Break)

North Carolina falls short when big men vanish

Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley averaged a combined 32.4 points and 20.3 rebounds per game going into Monday. Against the Cavaliers, they combined for 16 points and 14 boards. Part of that was fewer possessions; Virginia ranks last in Division I in adjusted tempo. Another factor, though, was the simple ineffectiveness of the UNC big men. (FanRag Sports)

How UNC’s offense, one of the nation’s best, went missing at Virginia

The last time North Carolina had as much difficulty scoring as it did on Monday night during a 53-43 defeat at Virginia, head coach Roy Williams was in his first year as an assistant under Dean Smith. There was no shot clock. No 3-point line, either. The last time the Tar Heels had as much difficulty scoring was Feb. 24, 1979: a 47-40 loss at Duke. (Charlotte Observer)

Wes Miller Coaches UNCG to Southern Conference Title

The UNCG men’s basketball team, coached by former UNC point guard Wes Miller, can call itself Southern Conference Champions as the Spartans tied the program-record with their 23rd victory of the season by knocking off previously first-place East Tennessee State 72-66 Monday night. The victory improves the Spartans to 23-8 on the season and 14-4 in SoCon play. (UNCG Spartans)

Brice Johnson Honored At UNC, As Frustrating Rookie Year Starts Looking Up

Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige still keep in touch – mostly on Snapchat, but occasionally talking on the phone – and Johnson describes Paige more like a brother than a friend. As Johnson watched the ceremony and the thousands of fans standing and applauding his four years of work, one thought crept into his mind. “I wish I could play one more,” Johnson said. (NBA.com)

Lucas: Turnover Troubles

Joel Berry was presented with a variety of explanations for UNC’s 53-43 defeat at Virginia on Monday. Perhaps it was poor shooting, or Justin Jackson’s rough night, or the tough Cavalier defense. Berry allowed that all of those played a role. “But we had those turnovers,” he said. “They got 18 points off turnovers. If you take those away, we’re in the ballgame.” (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Virginia Postgame Notes

Carolina's 43 points are the fewest in Roy Williams' 14 years and the fewest since the 47-40 loss at Duke on 2/24/79. Also the fewest by the Tar Heels vs Virginia since a 42-35 UNC win in 1945. UNC's seven free throw attempts also tied its season low - took seven in the win over Virginia nine days ago. Virginia made eight more three-pointers than it made in the Smith Center on 2/18. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Perspective in Loss to Virginia

A season ago, the Tar Heels had not won anything when they lost in Charlottesville. The ACC regular season title, the ACC Tournament title and the Final Four were on the horizon. This group of Tar Heels remembers what happened in the days following their last loss in this building, which prompted a 10-game winning streak into the national championship game. (Inside Carolina)

Video: North Carolina Players post-Virginia Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 53-43 loss to Virginia on Monday in Charlottesville. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9, TBD

UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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