Instant Analysis: North Carolina 75, Pittsburgh 71North Carolina opened up a double-digit lead in the second half and held it to the end of the game, defeating No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 on Saturday in Chapel Hill. With 21.5 seconds remaining, Pitt clawed back to within one possession down 74-71, but couldn't close the gap enough. Here's some quick analysis about the game. (Greensboro News & Record)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - PittsburghThe Tar Heels had some free throw adventures in the second half, shooting 8-of-15 from the stripe for 53.3 percent. But that was a giant shot by Brice Johnson with 2.8 seconds left to provide a four-point lead. After missing the first one, Johnson had the complete weight of the game and the 20,341 people in the Smith Center on him. (GoHeels.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto Tomahawk Dunk vs PittMarcus Paige steals the in-bounds pass and starts the fast break that J.P. Tokoto finishes with an emphatic tomahawk slam in the Tar Heels win against Pitt.
Video: Isaiah Hicks' One-Handed Dunk vs. PittMarcus Paige starts the fast break with a steal and Nate Britt finds Isaiah Hicks who finishes the fast break with a one-handed slam in the Tar Heels win against Pittsburgh.
Box Score: North Carolina 75, Pittsburgh 71View the complete box score from North Carolina's 75-71 win over the Pitt Panthers Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Video: Brice Johnson wears Google Glass at practiceNorth Carolina forward Brice Johnson wears Google Glass at practice, giving you a first-hand look at what he sees while dunking a few alley-oop passes from Wade Moody.
Five questions to ponder before tipoffHow will UNC bounce back from the disappointment of not getting to play Duke on Wednesday? The Tar Heels were stoked to play their hated rival at the Smith Center on Wednesday, only to have the game postponed. It’s only natural that there’s an emotional letdown. Coach Roy Williams’ team can’t allow that to linger, though. (Wilmington Star News)
Preview: UNC vs #25 PittsburghBoth UNC and Pittsburgh have been in search of a quality win in conference play. While UNC registered three wins versus ranked teams earlier in the season, the list of impressive wins is fairly blank despite being 6-4 in ACC play. (Tar Heel Blog)
Kendall Marshall jabs Ryan Kelly over UNC-Duke postponementThey're teammates now, but they'll always be rivals. LA Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) couldn't resist taking a shot at Ryan Kelly (Duke) over Wednesday's snowout of Heels-Blue Devils. (Sporting News)
Next challenge for Pitt: Red-hot North CarolinaPitt lost in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night to Syracuse, but the Panthers have had little time to feel sorry for themselves. That’s because they must visit red-hot North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N. C., this afternoon. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Snowed in at the Smith CenterLike the Carolina-Duke showdown that was scheduled to take place on February 12, the competition between Davis and Reynolds didn’t reach a satisfying conclusion. James Michael McAdoo, who had been nursing a soda while sitting on the scorer’s table, wandered over and began shooting three pointers. (RealTailgate.com)
Tar Heels Look For Sixth In A RowNorth Carolina (16-7, 6-4 ACC) will welcome new ACC member Pittsburgh (20-5, 8-4) to Chapel Hill on Saturday, looking to extend its longest winning streak of the season with a sixth consecutive victory. The Tar Heels and Panthers will tip off at 1:06 p.m. on Saturday in the Smith Center. CBS will televise the game nationally with Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Greg Anthony (analyst) on the broadcast. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels host No. 25 Pitt for first time as ACC opponentsNo. 25 Pitt (20-5, 8-4 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill for the first time as a member of the ACC to face North Carolina in a nationally-televised game at the Smith Center today. Pitt enters the game in fourth place in the league standings. UNC, which has won five straight ACC games after starting 1-4 in league play, is in fifth place. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Pittsburgh at North Carolina PreviewPittsburgh was just seconds away from its biggest win of the season before a 35-foot heave at the buzzer ended the upset bid. Now the No. 25 Panthers will look to bounce back from that major disappointment when they travel to Chapel Hill for an ACC matchup against North Carolina. North Carolina enters this contest riding a five-game win streak. (CBS Sports)
Former Tar Heel Michael Brooker stepping down as high school coachFPD boys basketball coach Michael Brooker informed players in a team meeting on Friday, February 14 that he is stepping down as head coach in order to be more available to his growing family. A graduate of Brentwood High School, Brooker went on the play collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina from 1996-2001 and was a member of three NCAA Final Four teams and three ACC Championship squads. (First Presbyterian Day School)
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