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Weekend Picks: North Carolina-Texas

People might be tempted to go with the home team in an upset, but this Texas team has been mediocre from Day 1. The Longhorns are especially susceptible on the defensive backboards (326th in defensive rebound percentage), which is going to spell trouble against a Tar Heels squad that is long and rangy and loves to attack the glass. Prediction: UNC 80, Texas 67 (Sports Illustrated)

Danny Green is still important to the Spurs

Danny Green's role on this Spurs team goes far beyond just being a deadeye 3-point shooter. He's a very good on-ball defender, and generally performs well when matching up against the opposition's second-best perimeter player. He's a defensive playmaker, creating transition opportunities by poking balls away from dribblers and getting weak-side blocks on players who drive the lane. (Pounding the Rock)

When Michael Jordan wore really short shorts

Our story last month on the Chicago Bulls continuing to capitalize on the Michael Jordan era 17 years after His Airness left the team reminds us of the beginning of it all. At the start of his rookie season in November 1984, Crain's asked, “Selling Michael Jordan: Can a star save the Bulls?” Yes, that was a legitimate question. This was a money-losing franchise. (Craine's Chicago Business)

NCAA Kicks: UNC – From ‘Sheed and Stack to Antawn and Vince

Excitement was all around Chapel Hill after the 1993 National Championship as they had secured one of the nation’s top recruiting classes with Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. In addition, the following season, the Tar Heels would end their long time relationship with Converse, a brand they had worn for decades, and finalized their long-term apparel deal with Nike. (Kicks On Fire)

Will Texas’ threes fall against No. 3 Carolina?

Shaka Smart was more than happy to see some jump shots find the bottom of the net. He said as much after the game. But behind the praise was a subtle yet unspoken question: Will those shots go down against an opponent that’s several levels above UT-San Antonio? (Austin American-Statesman)

The Other Side Of Round: The Rejuvenation Of Raymond Felton

Where fans disdained Raymond Felton for gaining weight, they've embraced the round, slightly pudgy dude currently hustling on a basketball court as endearing. When Felton checks into a game for the Mavericks, the Dallas crowd cheers enthusiastically. Felton's teammates and coaches in Dallas all love him, too, and it has nothing to do with his weight. (VICE Sports)

Should P.J. Hairston continue to start for the Charlotte Hornets?

While many Hornets are playing some of the best basketball of their careers, second-year swingman P.J. Hairston is decidedly not. Defensively, Hairston's been great. He plays hard, rotates well, and more often than not makes sound defensive plays. He's yet to earn the respect of referees around the league, however, and is frequently whistled for blocking and shooting fouls. (At The Hive)

Tar Heels To Visit Texas Saturday

Third-ranked North Carolina (7-1) will try to win its first road game of the season when it visits Texas (5-3) on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s tipoff is set for just after 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time (4:15 locally) in the Erwin Center in Austin. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will call the game for an ESPN national television audience. Every Tar Heel game in December will be televised nationally. (GoHeels.com)

Guards Make Tar Heels Go

Marcus Paige’s presence does more than provide an additional scoring option for the Tar Heels. He impacts the game beyond the numbers on the stat line. The veteran leader acts as the final and most vital piece of the puzzle among the three Tar Heel point guards offensively, and makes just as significant of an impact on the defensive end of the court. (GoHeels.com)

SI Basketball Power Rankings: Is Theo Pinson UNC's MVP?

2. North Carolina Tar Heels: While UNC’s star senior guard, Marcus Paige, was injured, Theo Pinson averaged 28.5 minutes per game; now that Paige is back, Pinson is averaging 17.5. The Heels have seemed fine in that arrangement, beating Maryland and routing Davidson, but this is something to monitor, whether UNC needs Pinson’s playmaking to reach its peak level of offense. (Sports Illustrated)

Photos Wayne Ellington's Random Acts of Kindness

As part of the Brooklyn Nets 12 Days of Giving, Wayne Ellington surprised customers with gift cards and groceries at Key Food in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Nets)

Marvelous Marvin Williams

With Williams on the floor, Charlotte is scoring 105.1 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com, and giving up only 99.3 points per 100. That offensive rating would rank as the No. 3 offense in the league. And when Williams dips and hits the bench, Charlotte scores 101.1 points per 100 — a difference of four points. This isn’t insignificant, man. (SportsChannel 8)

Reggie Bullock looking to carve his niche on Pistons roster

Reggie Bullock has been looking to find his opportunity on the Detroit Pistons roster. After averaging 10.7 points in six preseason games, being praised by coach Stan Van Gundy for his defensive prowess and having his fourth-year option picked up by the team in October, Bullock hasn’t been able to showcase his abilities consistently due to a lack of playing time. (Kinston Free Press)

UNC's Point Guard Revival

Marcus Paige has long been viewed as North Carolina’s best option at point guard. So far this season, however, the senior has played primarily at the off-guard spot due to the improved play of point guards Joel Berry and Nate Britt running the offense. “They got a lot of confidence when I was out,” Paige said after Sunday’s win over Davidson. “I’m more off the ball this year." (Inside Carolina)

John Henson erased the Blazers’ game-winning attempt to clinch a Bucks win

t was a crazy final 14 seconds on Monday for the Bucks as they beat the Trail Blazers with two great plays down the stretch. First, the Bucks won a jump ball, which led to a Greg Monroe basket to to go up by one. Then, John Henson sealed the win with a fantastic block on Meyers Leonard. (SB Nation)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Syracuse65
at Georgia Tech71
FINAL
Thompson (Syracuse) 18 pts; Lammers (Georgia Tech) 23 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(10) North Carolina11-323-5
(8) Louisville10-422-5
(12) Duke10-422-5
(25) Notre Dame10-521-7
(17) Florida State9-521-6
(14) Virginia8-618-8
Miami8-618-8
Syracuse8-716-12
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
Pittsburgh4-1015-12
Clemson4-1014-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-129-18

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