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Ed Davis gets the job done for Trail Blazers

Fan holding a sign in the stands during recent Trail Blazers game at Moda Center: “Everything’s better with Ed Davis.” Indeed. Of all the offseason acquisitions by president/general manager Neil Olshey during his near-complete makeover of the Portland roster, Davis might be the best pickup. (Portland Tribune)

Tar Heels adjust to lineup with App State up next

Last week when word came that UNC would go a couple of weeks without Kennedy Meeks on the court, the question was who would pick up the slack. Must be that forward Brice Johnson was paying attention. Johnson has done plenty during the absence of his frontcourt mate in two games and he’ll have a chance to build on that tonight against Appalachian State. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels To Host Appalachian State On Monday

North Carolina (9-2) will play its final game before the Christmas holiday and its second in three days when it hosts Appalachian State (2-8) on Monday night in Chapel Hill. The Mountaineers and Tar Heels will tip off just after 7 p.m. in the Smith Center. Dave O’Brien and LaPhonso Ellis will call the game for an ESPN2 national television audience. (GoHeels.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Appalachian State

Appalachian State is a bad team. This is easily some of the worst overall numbers for a UNC opponent this season and it is not likely the Tar Heels will face a worse team statistically speaking down the road. The only redeeming number for the Mountaineers is the three point shooting. Appalachian State hits 39% from three. UNC should dominate and go into Christmas break with a 10-2 record. (Tar Heel Blog)

Scott Cherry finds coaching home at High Point

Scott Cherry could be among the most talked-about former Tar Heels this winter and perhaps even next spring, as the hiring-and-firing season begins anew. The Carolina and Dean Smith connections could really pay off at this point in his career. The High Point Panthers feature the Big South Conference's best player and have won three consecutive regular-season titles. (Albany Times Union)

Harrison Barnes finds ways to give back to youth

Harrison Barnes is painstakingly working to return from a high left ankle sprain that has cost him 10 games, and he will be re-evaluated Sunday and Monday. In between his post-practice shooting sessions, ball-handling drills and agility work with personal trainer Brandon Payne, Barnes found two occasions to help children with bigger problems than a sprained ankle. (San Francisco Gate)

Marcus Paige: "We started playing our brand of basketball"

Marcus Paige: "They (UCLA) are the ones traveling across the country. We're just flying up from North Carolina. You'd think we would have the advantage of being ready to play. But for whatever reason we just didn't come out with the right intensity. We finally matched theirs and surpassed their energy and started playing our brand of basketball. That was the key." (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams: "It's not a love-hate relationship, it's coaching"

With Brice Johnson, it has always been about improving his intensity levels. Roy Williams wants more consistent energy and focus from his starting forward. Johnson has the potential to score 20 in any given game, but also displays periods of lackluster effort and defensive futility. Williams was asked about his relationship with Johnson. "It's not a love/hate relationship. It's coaching." (Carolina Blue)

Previewing Appalachian State

The Mountaineers are 2-8 entering Monday's game. The losses have come in a variety of forms, including a one-point heartbreaker to Mercer and a 28-point thumping at the hands of UNC's most recent visitor, Tulane. Appalachian State’s wins came against Jacksonville and Liberty. (Inside Carolina)

The coach rides Brice Johnson. Can North Carolina, too?

At first, Brice Johnson tried to not talk about the thing he wasn't supposed to have said. But his coach interrupted him as he tried to deflect a question about the comment that got him benched in the first half of Saturday's game against UCLA. "Coach got mad at him and took him out," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "I had my reasons. Period. The end. It's not a story." (USA Today)

North Carolina's Commitment to Defense Will Be Lynchpin of Its Title Chances

North Carolina beat UCLA 89-76 at the Barclays Center on Saturday, and the most popular storyline after the game wasn’t Brice Johnson’s 27 points or nine rebounds. It was his potty mouth. (Bleacher Report)

UCLA-UNC Positives

When Johnson went to take a seat on the bench just 3:12 into the game, he hollered some things at Roy Williams and ended up staying on the bench for 8 minutes and 37 seconds. He more than hollered some things, a profanity-filled flurry is more like it. This wasn't Johnson's best moment. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UCLA-UNC Concerns

For about 13 minutes on Saturday, it appeared the Tar Heels were headed for one of those ugly losses that sours a fan base and sends people scratching their heads wondering how a team with UNC's talent, experience and depth could play so poorly. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Marvin Williams Has Become the Backbone of Hornets

I’m not much for celebrating former second overall picks that top out at being role players, but Marvin Williams deserves credit for his role as a stretch 4 on the resurgent Charlotte Hornets. (Today's Fast Break)

Video: Post-UCLA Locker Room Celebration with Wayne Ellington as special guest

Brooklyn Nets standout & former Tar Heel Wayne Ellington visits the locker room after the Tar Heels beat UCLA in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn 89-76 in the CBS Sports Classic on December 19th, 2015. View Video...

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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