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Guard play takes center stage as UNC, UCLA clash in Brooklyn

Although the most compelling matchup between North Carolina and UCLA may come in the back court, the players missing inside might make the biggest difference. While Marcus Paige and Bryce Alford will take the court Saturday, Kennedy Meeks will not for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels when they meet the No. 22 Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige takes cue from former Tar Heels guard

Former UNC guard Shammond Williams started to shed tears after a game at the Smith Center a few nights ago. It wasn’t because Tulane, which employs him as an assistant coach, lost to the Tar Heels. Nor was it because his school 3-point record had been broken several days earlier. It was because of his passion for the place. “It’s not given,” Williams said. “It’s a privilege.” (Burlington Times News)

Preview & Prediction: #11 UNC vs #22 UCLA

This is a big stage game with an NCAA Tournament feel, one where UNC can show it is putting things together despite taking two losses in the first ten games. Even without Kennedy Meeks, UNC has the offensive weapons necessary to win this game providing the Tar Heels can mount a halfway decent defensive effort. Prediction: UNC 84, UCLA 77 (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 22 UCLA could get clean slate with win over North Carolina

The UCLA men’s basketball team has already knocked off Kentucky and Gonzaga this month, avenging some of their worst nonconference losses from last season. Now, the No. 22-ranked Bruins are tracking toward a completely clean slate with Saturday’s 10 a.m. tipoff in Brooklyn against North Carolina — a team that beat them by 22 points a year ago. How much would a three-game sweep mean? (Los Angeles Daily News)

Ty Lawson, suspended two games, considering options outside Houston

The Houston Rockets say they are committed to point guard Ty Lawson, but his representatives are investigating his trade value with other teams, according to multiple sources. With Lawson having lost his starting job and with a two-game suspension beginning Saturday after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, his trade value could be low. (ESPN.com)

The Importance Of Brooklyn

Saturday's game versus UCLA in Brooklyn is a pretty big one for the Tar Heels. Even though it's not quite Christmas, the Heels need a resume enhancer. They will obviously get many opportunities to build their resume in ACC play, but to add another quality non-conference win especially away from Chapel Hill, would help UNC build toward a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Faces a Notable Challenge in UCLA

There were a lot of smiles in the team lounge shortly after Wednesday’s contest, but it wasn’t long before the players turned the page and began looking ahead to the next challenge — a Saturday date with UCLA in Brooklyn, New York, for the CBS Sports Classic. “The UCLA game is a bigger game just because it’s on a national stage and we’re playing at Barclays and all that good stuff,” Johnson said. (Today's U)

UNC's Isaiah Hicks grows in confidence

For most of his three seasons at North Carolina, Isaiah Hicks has been viewed as the Tar Heels' greatest untapped resource. But with No. 11 North Carolina (8-2) having to go without starting center Kennedy Meeks for at least two weeks, the moment for Hicks to deliver on his potential has arrived. Hicks says it wasn't until this season that things began to click. (Fayetteville Observer)

Know Your Opponent: UCLA

UCLA has followed up one of the more unusual runs to the Sweet 16 with an equally unpredictable start to 2015-16. The Bruins dropped their season opener to Monmouth (a team that has been compelling in its own right) and looked fairly pedestrian in losses to Kansas and Wake Forest in Maui. Since returning to the mainland, however, UCLA has reeled off five straight wins. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Sean May & C.B. McGrath preview UCLA before CBS Sports Classic

Sean May interviews assistant coach C.B. McGrath on what the Tar Heels need to do to be successful against UCLA at the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. View Video...

Three to know: North Carolina vs. UCLA

With solid pieces like shooting guard Bryce Alford, son of coach Steve Alford, and 6-9 senior forward Tony Parker, the Bruins can hang with most teams. However, as they’ve shown earlier this season, they can also struggle. With an eight-man rotation, UCLA isn’t a particularly deep team. That situation could be made worse by the absence of reserve guard Prince Ali. (Fayetteville Observer)

Isaiah Hicks clicks with aggressive moves to the rim

After playing out of position at the 3 spot as a freshman, then gradually finding his game more during his sophomore season, the 6–9, 215–pound Isaiah Hicks has put any doubts behind him as a junior. With center Kennedy Meeks out at least a couple of more weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee, Hicks will get more of an opportunity to show that. (Raleigh & Company)

Marcus Paige Q&A

How much do you mentor Joel Berry? Marcus Paige: "Not as as I did when I was out. Now that I’m out there, he’s much more comfortable. He’s more confident, taking shots when he’s open and going to the basket, so my role in that regard is kind of over. He’s kind of assumed the role as point guard and he’s getting the leadership thing down." (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Basketball's Top 4 Teams Under Roy Williams

The ACC Digital Network counts down the top 4 North Carolina basketball teams under Roy Williams. Which UNC team deserves to be number 1? View Video...

Tale of the Tape: UNC-UCLA

Statistically these two teams are somewhat even both in numbers and style. Both teams have legitimate interior scoring threats and perimeter player who can hit threes. However neither team leans heavily on three point shooting. UCLA, despite having a pair of 37% or better three point shooters and a third at 33% takes fewer threes than UNC does. (Tar Heel Blog)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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