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A walk down ACC memory lane with Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, and Mike Krzyzewski (video)

It's a sports-themed 1980s promo from WRAL-TV of Raleigh in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Come for the bad hair and Lee Greenwood wearing short shorts, an N.C. State satin jacket, Duke hat and North Carolina T-shirt that spells Tar Heels as one word. Stay for the Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith finale _ which looks like the intro for a promising wacky-coaching-neighbor sitcom. (Associated Press)

Art’s Angle: In The Zone

The absolutely coolest thing occurred at halftime of the UNC-Louisville game when the Coliseum showed a tribute to Dean Smith that most UNC fans have already seen. The building was dead silent while everyone watched, and fans wearing shirts other than Carolina blue were mesmerized by the video. The Tar Heels take on Virginia in the first semifinal, a team that has no more talent but far more smarts. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC Tournament Preview: (5) North Carolina vs. (1) Virginia

So, how does UNC beat Virginia this time around? The Tar Heels have to push the tempo at any possible point. Virginia excels at playing a half-court style and draining the shot clock on each possession, and if the Tar Heels fall into that trap, expect an ugly game. As soon as a Tar Heel defender grabs a rebound, he has to make the long pass or find a guard to bring it up as quickly as possible. (Tar Heel Depot)

ACC's Friday the 13th subplots

After two games in two days, Roy Williams might be running short on clean sport/suit coats. He almost tossed one into the expensive seats Thursday. Of more importance, obviously, is the condition of Carolina’s legs after the Wednesday/Thursday grind. Marcus Paige was on the court for 36 minutes against the Cardinals and 35 minutes in Wednesday’s win over Boston College. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tar Heels face top-seeded Cavaliers in ACC semifinals

Playing its third game in as many days, fifth-seeded North Carolina will take on top-seeded Virginia Friday night (7 p.m.) in the first semifinal of the ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. The winner will play either second-seeded Duke or third-seeded Notre Dame in Saturday's final. Virginia won the only regular-season matchup between these two teams, a 75-64 victory in Chapel Hill on Feb. 2. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Virginia takes on North Carolina - 4 things to know

After a solid 58-44 win over Florida State in their first game of the ACC Tournament, Virginia moves on to face the North Carolina Tar Heels Friday night at 7 p.m. The Cavaliers won their only matchup with the Heels 75-64 in early February, but expect a different matchup in the ACC semifinals. (Comcast SportsNet Washington)

Burst from Tar Heels freshman is Berry, Berry good vs. Louisville

Joel Berry’s eight-point contribution Thursday was a perhaps overlooked, yet necessary component in North Carolina’s quarterfinal defeat of Louisville. All of the freshman guard’s scoring off the bench came in a neatly packaged first-half burst of less than two minutes and helped keep the Tar Heels, trailing by as many as seven during that stretch, from falling further behind. (Burlington Times-News)

Tar Heels To Meet Cavs In ACC Semifinal

North Carolina and Virginia will meet in the ACC Tournament semifinals for the first time in over 20 years when the fifth-seeded Tar Heels and top-seeded Cavaliers meet on Friday night in Greensboro. Tipoff is set for just after 7 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum, and a berth in Saturday night’s championship game is on the line. These two teams have played just twice in the last 20 ACC Tournaments. (GoHeels.com)

What Was His Name? Virginia Edition

Sean Singletary played at Virginia from 2005-08 and is fifth on the schools all-time scoring list. Lord knows that isn’t likely to change soon either given the scoring prowess of the current crop of Cavaliers. One of his most memorable games occurred against Gonzaga, when Singletary scored 35 and matched Adam Morrison shot-for-shot. His most memorable moment occurred in the video below. (Tar Heel Depot)

Free-Throw Distraction: The Best Fans in the NCAA

Fans are so central to the college basketball experience that they’re often called the sixth man. What has long been unclear is whether this sixth man was actually helping the home team, or whether opposing players were focused enough to shut out rowdy distractions. North Carolina’s fans help the Tar Heels to the tune of about two-thirds of a point per game, relative to a typical home crowd. (New York Times)

Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #1 Virginia

The danger in playing Virginia for this Tar Heel team is getting panicked and out of sorts. UNC will feel like it's in control then Virginia will tighten the defense and destroy hope much the same way Georgia Tech does with an eight minute drive on the football field. The Cavaliers can be had, though it may take as high level a game as UNC has played all season. Prediction: UNC 66, Virginia 63 (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels eager for another shot at Cavaliers

Coming off its first loss and going into a place where it historically hadn’t enjoyed much success, you’d have to say that Virginia’s win at North Carolina in early February was one of its biggest of the season. Virginia’s victory ignited a nine-game winning streak. On Friday, the schools meet again in the ACC Tournament semifinals. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Tournament Tales: Brendan Haywood

Brendan Haywood’s Tar Heels would reach the Tourney in all four years that he played. Although they were ousted in the first round in Haywood’s sophomore season and the second round as a senior, North Carolina reached the Final Four in Haywood’s freshman and junior seasons. The 12-year NBA veteran took a minute Wednesday to tip off our initial installment of Tournament Tales. (NBA.com)

Cavs, Heels close to getting healthy

Two of the most hobbled teams in the ACC are trying to get back to full strength, just in time to meet in the ACC tournament semifinals. No. 19 North Carolina has seen its roster shortened because of injuries, but the Tar Heels have Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige playing at full strength or close to it. No. 3 Virginia also is happy to have Justin Anderson back in the lineup after a broken finger and an appendectomy. (Greensboro News & Record)

Michael Jordan's '84 shoes to auction

A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month. Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions. (ESPN.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, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

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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