Tar Heel Super FanYou know the hair: Dark, frizzed out like a 1970s rock star, and all over the place. He’s that guy. Josh Mayo is UNC’s super fan and he’s on TV almost as often as the Tar Heels. “I was born in Chapel Hill to a mother that didn't go to UNC and father that went to Duke,” Mayo said, sitting in his dorm room on Carolina’s campus, walls adorned everywhere with Tar Heelia. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Portland Trail Blazers' Ed Davis on season-ending surgery: 'Definitely not a high point in my life'One day after the Portland Trail Blazers announced that Ed Davis would undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, the big man spoke to reporters about an injury he had been keeping quiet for parts of two seasons. Davis can't remember exactly when he first hurt himself -- sometime last season -- but he remembers when he aggravated it. (Oregon Live)
Video: Roy Williams interview on The Rich Eisen ShowNorth Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams discusses March Madness, Michael Jordan, and more Thursday on the Rich Eisen Show. (Rich Eisen Show)
UNC students go to great lengths to get Duke ticketsWith the UNC vs. Duke basketball game quickly approaching on Saturday, many students are willing to do almost anything to get a ticket. Numerous Facebook posts can be found asking for tickets in exchange for money or through trade. One student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he had four different offers for his Phase 3 ticket, and he sold it for $140. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC-Duke matchup also a showdown for ACC Player of the Year between Jackson, KennardThe Player of the Year race in the ACC is closer than in any other power conference this season, and the proceedings at the Smith Center offer Luke Kennard and Justin Jackson one last chance at a distinctive statement effort. For a pair of 2016-17’s ascendant stars, it represents one final opportunity to create separation where there is not much at all. (Sports Illustrated)
Summer work, NBA lessons fuel Justin Jackson's rise at No. 5 UNCThere's nothing complicated about how UNC's Justin Jackson dramatically improved his 3-point range and scoring output to make himself a candidate for ACC player of the year. No, the 6-foot-8 junior said it's simply a revamped mentality after lessons learned from workouts for NBA teams last summer. "I realized how hard you really have to work to be at that level," Jackson said. (Associated Press)
A Golden Anniversary of Success, Pt. 2UNC’s 1967 basketball season was filled with anticipation. Dean Smith had engineered a building process that was coming to fruition. This is the golden anniversary of a three-year period unparalleled in ACC history with three straight league regular-season and tournament championships. Smith knew he had to have a more balanced team to be really successful. (GoHeels.com)
King Rice named MAAC Coach of the Year for second straight seasonOn Friday, King Rice was named the MAAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after Monmouth went 18-2 in the league, becoming the first team in league history to win 18 games. Rice is the third coach in league history to win that award in back-to-back years, joining Iona's Tim Welsh in 1997 and 1998, and La Salle's Speedy Morris in 1988 and 1989. (Asbury Park Press)
UNC-Duke Really Is College Basketball’s Best RivalryIt’s difficult to find a rivalry that combines so many different measurable factors of animosity between two schools. None of the rivalries with an Elo rating in the same neighborhood as the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have played anywhere near as often, nor do any have the physical proximity, nor are any as closely matched recordwise. It’s a set of conditions custom-built for hate. (FiveThirtyEight)
Video: Thank You, UNC Basketball SeniorsNorth Carolina's senior basketball players reflect upon their achievements on the basketball court and what their four years in Chapel Hill have meant to them.
UNC vs. Duke PreviewNo. 5 North Carolina looks to secure back-to-back outright ACC regular season titles with a win over No. 17 Duke on Saturday. Senior Night tip is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. at the Smith Center. Duke has been walking a tightrope since its last meeting with UNC, recording a 4-2 record over the span with five of the six games being decided by five points or fewer. (Scout.com)
Video: Charlie Scott Played in Greatest New York City Streetball Game EverCharlie Scott returns to Rucker Park and reunites with fellow NYC playground legend, Joe Hammond. The two reminisce about the early days of basketball in New York and the playing alongside Julius Erving in the greatest streetball game ever played.
UNC, Duke took divergent paths to rematchAt worst, it will be another classic game in a rivalry almost eerily predisposed to providing them. Whatever happens against the Tar Heels, Duke will wake up Sunday morning and look at its calendar and get that unmistakable panic in the pit of its stomach. The deadline is here. Finished or not, perfect or not, at some point you have to turn something in. (ESPN.com)
Tar Heels know post-Virginia path can workIf No. 5 North Carolina responds in the same manner as it did last year after losing at Virginia, all will be fine with the Tar Heels. Just like Monday night’s defeat in Charlottesville, Va., the 2016 setback to the Cavaliers came on Feb. 27. North Carolina followed that with 10 consecutive victories. Do that again, it would mean a national championship this year. (Burlington Times News)
Sports Illustrated Picks: UNC-Duke headlines intriguing weekend slateThe Tar Heels are a different team than the one that lost in Cameron Indoor Stadium three weeks ago. That night, they were without forward Isaiah Hicks. Also, forward Theo Pinson played but he had missed the previous three games with an injury. Those guys are at full strength, Duke is hobbling, and the game is in the Dean Dome. Pretty easy call. UNC 81, Duke 71 (Sports Illustrated)
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