Mike O'Koren on Dean Smith: 'remarkable person'In four years playing for the late, great Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Mike O'Koren scored 1,785 points, won 94 games and rebelled one time. On that occasion, O'Koren complained to the media about the excruciating pace of Smith's famous "four corners" spread offense. At the next practice, Smith gave him a 10-pound vest and orders to run the bleachers for the duration of the workout. (Asbury Park Press)
Video: UNC-Pitt Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 89-76 ACC road loss to Pitt on Saturday.
Recap & Analysis: Pittsburgh 89 UNC 76At this stage, it's next to impossible to get a grasp where this team is at in terms of identity and mentally. While the second half versus Louisville may seem like an arbitrary point, it certainly feels like losing that game after having an 18 point lead sent this team into a bit of a tailspin. Ultimately, UNC had a bad day while Pitt had its best of the season. (Tar Heel Blog)
Dave Popson fondly remembers Dean SmithThe University of North Carolina basketball team had just won the national championship. It was legendary coach Dean Smith’s first NCAA championship, and the following morning he was working the phones contacting recruits from across the country. One of those phone calls was to 6-foot-10 high school All-American to be, Dave Popson from Bishop O’Reilly. (Citizens Voice)
Pitt students honor Dean Smith with a quiet, powerful tributeThere's no doubt the Pitt students let the North Carolina players hear it during Saturday's game between the Panthers and Tar Heels. But before the game? Before the game they were all class as the school held a moment of silence for the late Dean Smith, the legendary UNC coach who passed away a week ago Saturday. (ESPN.com)
Pittsburgh drills No. 12 North Carolina 89-76Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 22 points and hot-shooting Pittsburgh dominated No. 12 North Carolina 89-76 on Saturday. Cameron Wright added 15 points for the Panthers, who shot 65 percent from the field (37 of 67) and never trailed. Brice Johnson led North Carolina with 19 points in the program's first game since the death of retired Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Unveils Patch to Honor Dean Smith in Pitt GameDean Smith was honored at the North Carolina vs Pittsburgh game and the Tar Heels wore a commemorative patch on their uniforms to pay tribute to their legendary coach.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - PittsburghWell, that capped a difficult week for Carolina basketball. Pittsburgh did everything right and had an unbelievable shooting day on the way to an 89-76 victory. The tone was set early, as Roy Williams was frustrated with his team's effort. UNC's third loss in the last four games puts the Tar Heels in a difficult position going to Durham on Wednesday night. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: Pittsburgh 89, North Carolina 76View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-76 loss to the Pitt Panthers in Pittsburgh on Saturday. (View Box Score)
Dean Smith is remembered for bringing four future U.S. Olympians to face Yale in 1974The passing last week of Dean Smith recalled, for this writer, the time in 1974 when that legendary college basketball coach brought his star studded North Carolina Tar Heels to New Haven, and left with some complimentary thoughts about the Yale team they faced on the Saturday afternoon of December 22, 1974. It was no average North Carolina squad, even by Smith’s own high standards. (WTNH)
Rivalry couldn't dim NC State's respect for Dean SmithTen years after that miraculous ACC tournament win by N.C. State, Smith went up to Whittenburg at Jim Valvano's funeral. "Jimmy really loved you," Smith told Whittenburg. "That conversation, those five minutes he took to talk to me, that really meant a lot," Whittenburg said. (The State)
Showtime Sets Dean Smith DocumentaryLegendary North Carolina college basketball coach Dean Smith will be the subject of a new documentary set to premiere March 25. The documentary, Dean Smith, will chronicle the life of the Tar Heels coach, who retired in 1997 with the most wins in college basketball history. (Multichannel News)
True BlueDean Smith, who died over the weekend at the age of 83, was the rare college basketball coach who actually knew a thing or two about philosophers. The study in his home was filled with the works of Martin Buber and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Tillich and Robert McAfee Brown, and other writers recommended to him by his sister, who had gotten her master’s at the University of Chicago Divinity School. (Slate)
The 5 Defining Moments Of Dean Smith’s Life Off The CourtDean Smith, who passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, won 879 basketball games, two national championships, made 11 Final Fours, coached 24 first round NBA Draft picks, among countless other accomplishments on the court. And although his legacy is ultimately ingrained in the hardwood of UNC’s Dean Dome, his contributions off the court are numerous. (Uproxx)
Roy Williams Radio Show - Celebrating Dean Smith (audio)Listen to the Roy Williams radio show as Coach Williams and Jones Angell celebrate the life of Coach Dean Smith. Special guests include Eric Montross, Antawn Jamison, John Swofford, Phil Ford and King Rice. (GoHeels.com)
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