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Vince Carter: The greatest dunker ever (video)

Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan at the 2000 slam-dunk contest. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of it 15 years later. (ESPN.com)

Three to know – No. 12 North Carolina at Pittsburgh

North Carolina coach Roy Williams shocked many in last weekend’s 79-68 at Boston College by tweaking his starting lineup for the first time in 18 games. Guard Nate Britt started in place of swingman J.P. Tokoto. Forward Isaiah Hicks got the start instead of center Kennedy Meeks. In practice this week, Hicks and Britt remained on the first team. (Fayetteville Observer)

15 Inspiring Stories About Dean Smith That Prove He Was Much More Than Just 'Michael Jordan's Coach'

This week the entire basketball world is mourning the recent passing of legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a man who taught the game to many of its most famous players. Thousands of words have been shed about Smith’s on-court contributions. But to many, Smith was much more than a coach; he was an inspiration. (Huffington Post)

Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral

Inside the Chapel Hill church where Dean Smith had a regular seat on the back row, family, friends and former players gathered privately Thursday to celebrate the coach whose fight, accomplishments and values transcended the bounds of a basketball court. While a public memorial services for the longtime UNC coach is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the campus arena that bears his name, those closest to the native Kansan spent Thursday at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church to say goodbye. (Lebanon Democrat)

A Few Short Stories About The Coach

Eight years ago, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours alone with Coach Smith, interviewing him in his post-coaching cubby-hole of an office somewhere in the Smith Center. On this day, 75 then and 10 years away from the job, he was reflecting. He admitted to learning some lessons late, and repeated some opinions long held. Among those he shared: (Chapelboro.com)

Dean Smith represented the best of the ACC and UNC

Dean Smith did not put ACC basketball or the University of North Carolina on the map. Instead Smith, who died on Saturday night, three weeks short of his 84th birthday, defined the best of both the league and the university he proudly represented. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Pittsburgh

Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' first game after the loss of Coach Dean Smith and Desmond Hubert's career-ending injury. Nate Britt talks about Pittsburgh's tough defense. View Video...

Roy Williams Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams: "Coach Smith’s wife Linnea had the great statement that there is a basketball season still going on. But there have been some other things going. We played at B.C on Saturday, we had the Special Olympics clinic on Sunday, Monday we had practice, Tuesday we gave them the day off, Wednesday we did run and shoot, Thursday we had practice, and we did practice today." (Inside Carolina)

Jeff Wolf recalls playing for Dean Smith

"It's unfortunate news, it's something we knew was coming, but until you actually confront that he's gone — it's hard to take," said Jeff Wolf, a former Kohler High School basketball standout who played collegiately at North Carolina under Smith from 1976-1980. (Sheboygan Press)

There'll Never Be Another Dean Smith

Whenever someone of historical prominence dies, particularly someone of the stature of Dean Smith, who died Saturday night at the age of 83, there is an inevitable tendency to honor the deceased by proclaiming "we will not see the likes of them again." This is rarely true....But the career and influence of Dean Smith feels like an exception. (Sports on Earth)

UNC's Stretch Run Underway

The final three weeks of No. 12 North Carolina’s 2014-15 regular season includes four road trips and a pair of home tilts against rivals N.C. State and Duke. The stretch run begins at Pittsburgh on Saturday. It’s only been six days since UNC outran Boston College, 79-68, yet in light of the news of Dean Smith’s passing, the length of time seems much more substantial. (Inside Carolina)

UNC to celebrate life of Dean Smith at Smith Center Feb. 22

UNC will remember Coach Dean Smith and celebrate his life at a public memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Dean E. Smith Center. Seating for Sunday’s celebration service will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith Center doors will open at 1 p.m. For those who prefer to tune in from home, the service will be carried live on GoHeels.com, ESPN3 and on UNC-Chapel Hill’s YouTube channel. (UNC.edu)

Previewing Pittsburgh

No. 12 North Carolina returns to action against Pittsburgh on Saturday following its ACC mid-week bye. Tip-off at the Petersen Events Center is set for noon and will be televised by the ACC Network. Pittsburgh enters Saturday’s contest with a 16-9 (5-6 ACC) record. The Panthers have been consistently average and have struggled to separate themselves from the pack in the ACC. (Inside Carolina)

Woody Durham Named Recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award

Famed photographer Rich Clarkson and broadcaster of more than 40 years Woody Durham are the 2015 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. The two will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame)

Know Your Opponent: Pitt

Pitt enters Saturday's contest in the midst of a season-defining five-game stretch - three straight against opponents in the top 10 of the RPI bookended by a home-and-home with Syracuse. With an RPI in the mid-50s and a strength of schedule in the high-40s, the Panthers are the epitome of a bubble team looking to play its way into NCAA tournament contention. (GoHeels.com)

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
TeamACCOverall
(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
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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