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Phil Ford, Dean Smith remain linked in Carolina history

Phil Ford was always close with his coaches growing up. So it only made sense that Ford, as a high school senior in Rocky Mount, wanted a similar bond with his college coach. “It’s not only basketball then,” Ford said. “You’re looking at someone who would share their whole life with you.” (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC-Pitt: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "Everybody gets to beat up college athletics a little bit about money and all of that kind of stuff, but that was a pretty neat thing, what those kids did out there. They gave me a card that was signed by a bunch of kids sharing their condolences over the loss of Coach Smith. They also gave me the banner that they held up before the game." (Inside Carolina)

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 Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 89-76 ACC road loss to Pitt on Saturday. View Video...

Recap & Analysis: Pittsburgh 89 UNC 76

At 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 Smith

The 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 tribute

There'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 89-76

Sheldon 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 Game

Dean 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. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Pittsburgh

Well, 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 76

View 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 1974

The 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 Smith

Ten 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 Documentary

Legendary 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 Blue

Dean 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)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Hawaii
Fri, Nov 18, TBD

UNC @ Indiana
Wed, Nov 30, TBD

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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