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Four Factors: UNC vs. Indiana

In short, Carolina rebounded offensively and avoided turnovers a little bit better than Indiana, but the Hoosiers shot a higher percentage and got to the foul line more often building a big lead early. That’s a recipe for UNC’s first loss of the season, and an impressive performance by IU. (Dadgum Box Scores)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Theo Pinson

Tar Heel junior forward, who has been out of action since breaking a bone in his foot in October, joined Jones Angell and Adam Lucas on the latest Carolina Insider podcast this week to update fans on his rehabilitation from surgery, the trip to Hawai'i, the season so far and more. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Wayne Ellington doing unto others as he used to do unto the Miami Heat

Wayne Ellington needed just two games to show the Miami Heat he can torment other teams like he did the Heat for so many years. In just his second game after missing more than a month with a deep thigh bruise, Ellington had one of the most impressive shooting performances of the season by a Heat perimeter player in Denver Wednesday. (Palm Beach Post)

Tar Heels hope to learn from first road test

North Carolina's defeat at Indiana left the Tar Heels with something Roy Williams values almost as much as victory: an education. UNC lost games similar to this one a season ago, on its way to playing on the final night of the season. And this defeat, senior forward Isaiah Hicks said, “is a loss that we can learn from.” Every defeat is, after all. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Vince Carter, near 40, leads NBA's elder statesmen

Vince Carter is no longer the NBA's highest flyer, though he's certainly not ready to be grounded. Once one of basketball's most ferocious dunkers who put opponents on posters he can no longer rely just on his athleticism. Nearing 40 years old, the guy who famously put his arm through the rim while winning a dunk contest now often plays below it. (Associated Press)

Deconstructing the Destruction

UNC lost its first game of the season Wednesday at Indiana in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Right from the opening tip, the Hoosiers punched the Tar Heels directly in the mouth, never trailing and moving out to a 17-point lead before the midway point of the first half. So what went wrong in those first 9 minutes? Let’s take a possession-by-possession look. (The Secondary Break)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

7. North Carolina Tar Heels; Last Week: 3: Wednesday night’s loss at Indiana is no reason to panic for the Tar Heels. They looked excellent coming into that game; a revved-up Assembly Hall is one of the most difficult places to play in all of college hoops; and UNC defended Indiana better on the road than Kansas did on a neutral court. (Sports Illustrated)

Four Corners: 1,000 For Roy Williams

Roy Williams is in the midst of his 14th season as the Tar Heel head coach and the 29th overall of his Hall-of-Fame career. On Wednesday night at Indiana, Williams coached his 1,000th game. The Tar Heels will play their first home game in nearly three weeks when they host Radford on Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Back to Earth

Good effort, poor performance by the Tar Heels. UNC came down to Earth with its first loss of the season to a better team. On that night, at least. Indiana, playing at home in front of a raucous crowd, decisively outshot Roy Williams’ club from the floor, the three-point arc and foul line, and won a game that did not seem as close as the final nine-point margin. (Chapelboro.com)

Isiah Thomas held up a Crying Jordan head during Indiana's win over North Carolina

No. 13 Indiana defeated No. 3 North Carolina on Wednesday night, and in the process IU alum Isiah Thomas got revenge on Michael Jordan. Yes, that is Thomas holding up a Crying Jordan head at Assembly Hall, and, yes, it's an amazing moment in basketball history. (Sporting News)

Video: Spurs’ Danny Green Invites Us Inside His Snake Enclosure

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green likes shooting threes, shopping for sneakers and spending time with snakes. George Kiel III from Coiski visits Green at his home in San Antonio to learn about how Green takes care of his prized pets. View Video...

UNC's Lesson Learned

Following his 1,000th game as a head coach, Roy Williams criticized his team for not matching the Hoosiers’ intensity, for not being the aggressor and for making silly mistakes. He told reporters that he had to coach better and his players had to play better. He even put his own fan base on blast for not matching the raucousness of Indiana’s home arena. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams wants UNC supporters to behave more like Indiana's fans

The vibe of Assembly Hall seemed to pulse through the TV. It was why on-campus games between college basketball blue bloods make for the best possible scheduling for the sport. Bloomington looked like the most exciting place to be in America on Wednesday. Roy Williams knew it and mentioned it afterward, with a direct challenge to UNC fans. (CBS Sports)

Lucas: The Lesson Plan

It’s fine to be disturbed by the loss. But we won’t really know how meaningful this defeat was until February or March. You were frustrated watching the game because you already knew you can’t take those kinds of shots. You can’t commit lane violations that give them a free point. You can’t continually let them drive to the rim. And you just can't play this way on the road. (GoHeels.com)

The Value Of A Loss

Needless to say, this performance bore no connection to what the Tar Heels did in the first seven games of the season. But, this is November, and the sneaking suspicion is North Carolina will learn from this and be a much better, more fortified bunch as a result of this performance. At least the Heels said the right things afterward, and that’s a start. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Georgia Tech: 66
Sat, Jan 20 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #5 Duke81
Carr (Pitt) 12 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 21 pts;
Georgia Tech66
at #15 UNC80
Okogie (Georgia Tech) 18 pts; Maye (UNC) 17 pts;
Notre Dame58
at #20 Clemson67
Gibbs (Notre Dame) 18 pts; Mitchell (Clemson) 12 pts;
Florida State91
at Virginia Tech82
Walker (Florida State) 24 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 26 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia6-016-1
(5) Duke5-217-2
(15) North Carolina5-216-4
(20) Clemson5-216-3
Boston College3-314-6
NC State3-313-6
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Notre Dame3-413-7
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-412-6
Wake Forest1-58-10

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