Legend Dean Smith wasn't above his fansOver the years, a lot of people wrote letters to Dean Smith, and in a lot of cases, he wrote back. Scott Cherry is the basketball coach at High Point University but he was a senior captain on the 1993 Tar Heel team that won the national championship. Years later, he remembers a letter coach Smith wrote, at an important time in his life. (WCNC)
Duke and North Carolina provide exactly what the game neededThere's nothing wrong with the college game when the game is between North Carolina and Duke. It never fails to deliver. In a season in which college basketball has taken its share of shots, rightfully so in many instances, the Blue Devils' 92-90 overtime win over the Tar Heels was a breathtaking reminder of why we love it in the first place. (ESPN.com)
The Morning After: UNC-DukeBy coming back in the first half and then playing their best basketball of the season to go up 10 in the second half, North Carolina proved they can be a great team. For the Tar Heels, toughness and execution when it counts is still an issue and the lack of a go-to-scored remains something hindering this team from taking the next step. (Carolina Blue)
Dean Smith was the king of basketball innovationsBefore he was the South Carolina men’s basketball coach from 1981 to 1986, Bill Foster had the misfortune of plying his trade at Duke, a few miles from Dean Smith at North Carolina. Foster led Duke for six seasons, including an appearance in the 1978 national championship game against title-winner Kentucky. Yet Foster grew increasingly frustrated in competing against Smith and UNC. (The State)
UNC's Bench Adds Positives in DefeatAfter falling behind no. 4 Duke by nine points at the first media timeout, No. 15 North Carolina received an unlikely, yet significant boost from its bench. Isaiah Hicks led the reserves with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and three rebounds. Nate Britt scored 11 points and Joel James added six points and five rebounds. Joel Berry’s lone score was the 3-ball on six field goal attempts. (Inside Carolina)
Dean Smith treated women sportswriters with respectHelen Ross remembers feeling nervous. As a sportswriter for The Greensboro News & Record in the 1980s, she had been assigned the task of interviewing University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith on a controversial subject. "We were doing a story on athletes and drugs,'' she said. "I knew it wasn't something he would really want to discuss. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: Top 3 J.P. Tokoto High-Flying Dunks vs DukeNorth Carolina junior J.P. Tokoto put on a show at Cameron Indoor Stadium with three awesome high-flying dunks against Duke.
Talking Points: Battle of the Blues defies expectationsNorth Carolina's season to this point would look drastically different had they been able to consistently close out opponents. Sometimes the bucket goes in, as it did against Louisville inside the Smith Center. Other times it won't, like the loss to Notre Dame. Strong second-half performances are counter-balanced with poor execution down the stretch. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Jay Williams Misremembers Playing UNC-Duke Game Against Vince CarterJay Williams attempted to explain the experience of playing in a Duke-UNC rivalry game to ESPN's audience Wednesday night, though in his attempt to name-drop some of the Tar Heels players he faced as a member of the Blue Devils, he mentioned Vince Carter—a player who was already in the NBA by the time Williams enrolled at Duke. (Deadspin)
The time Michael Jordan wore No. 12No. 23 did miss one game that season, although Michael Jordan did not. On Valentine’s Day, Jordan wore No. 12 instead of his iconic number. The sequence of events surrounding the jersey swap are not entirely clear, but a few details seem plausible in retrospect. Of the people familiar with the event who spoke to SI.com, there was an agreement on some basic points. (Sports Illustrated)
Wrong Side Of HistoryAs North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke Wednesday night in the Cameron Indoor Stadium press room, his voice quivered and his words withered. His gloomy eyes, fighting back tears, told the story of the game his team just played, a heart-crushing 92-90 loss to No. 4 Duke in overtime. It was a game that saw wild swings of momentum and highlights that will be featured on ESPN for years to come. (Carolina Blue)
Joel James’ role as emotional rock takes tollJoel James has forged his fame on the sideline. The 6-foot-10 forward has compiled a catalog of celebrations and all but trademarked the menacing mean mugs he unleashes on unsuspecting opponents. James doesn’t wear his emotions on his sleeve so much as his emotions wear him as their vessel. It’s a tough task to be a team’s emotional rock, but James has embraced it. (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: One Of Those NightsIf we’re going to get through this then we’re going to have to do it together, and we need to be honest about it right up front: I don’t want to write about that any more than you want to read about it. It was horrible. Well, wait a second. No it wasn’t. For the better part of two hours, it was thrilling. It was prototypical Carolina-Duke, and it was perfect (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Duke Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke to the media after the Tar Heels 92-90 overtime loss at Duke on Wednesday.
Devil in the Details for Tar HeelsNo. 15 North Carolina’s 10-point collapse in regulation and ultimate defeat in overtime at No. 4 Duke materialized due to a combination of glaring miscues and devilish details. Basketball is not the game of inches, but the idiom still holds true. The Tar Heels made that case in their 92-90 loss to Duke, the fifth in six games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and more importantly, the fourth in five games this season. (Inside Carolina)
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