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Q&A With Kennedy Meeks

What motivates you going into this season? Kennedy Meeks: “Of course to win a national championship. That’s the biggest motivation for our team. It’s written on the board inside the locker room. So I think now its just about us improving each day, working hard in practice, taking the things coach says everyday to help us get ready.” (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels hope tight team chemistry translates to success on court

If, in a few months, North Carolina ends up becoming the national championship contender many think it can be, some share of the credit might need to go to the wildly popular FIFA video game series. According to several Tar Heels, the simulated soccer battles that play out on the big screen in the Smith Center's team lounge get serious. (Fayetteville Observer)

ICTV: Justin Jackson's Mindset

Justin Jackson put in the work in the offseason and is ready to assume a more prominent role. "Just a mindset," he said as to why he made such strides late last season. "Before that I had put the time in and it wasn't clicking for me yet. Confidence wise I knew Coach had confidence in me and I that I just had another level of confidence and that really helped." (Inside Carolina)

Tyler Zeller remains under the radar

More than two weeks into training camp, we are moved to ask whether Tyler Zeller has entered the witness-protection program. Is the new beard just another way of hiding his identity? The Celtics’ starting center is a full 7 feet tall and has trouble fitting under the top of some doorways, yet he is under the radar. “Yeah, but I’m all right with that,” said Zeller with a smile. (Boston Herald)

Experienced Tar Heels confident in strengths ahead of season

UNC, which welcomes just two freshman this year and returns its core and its starters from last season, has played through enough situations that it feels that experience should carry over. “It’s a big thing, I think it’s key,” senior Joel James said. “Because we’re such experienced guys, I feel like we’ve seen a lot of things on the court and it’ll just help us in all game situations.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Q&A With Marcus Paige

What sort of pressure do you feel with all of the expectations put on you? Marcus Paige: “I just feel a pressure to make sure the team’s doing everything they can to get it done. There’s more responsibility on my part to make sure everybody’s doing whatever they can do to get this team over the hump and push us to the next level. But I’d rather have that than not have any expectations at all.” (GoHeels.com)

King Rice gives positive reaction on black UNC jerseys

Monmouth University head coach King Rice played for UNC from 1987-1991. During that time, the school’s relationship with Nike hadn’t started yet as it was still a Converse school. Back then, the uniform was simpler with the argyle pattern not part of it. Times changed, though, in the 1990’s as Nike’s stranglehold on college basketball became prevalent at places like North Carolina, Duke, Georgetown, Syracuse and Arizona among others. (Asbury Park Press)

North Carolina Tar Heels 2015-16 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Roy Williams likes to say that he would rather coach a talented team than an experienced team if forced to choose between the two. What he likes best, though, is coaching experienced talent. That winning combination produced NCAA championships for Williams in 2005 and 2009, and he enters this season with another UNC team featuring an abundance of both qualities. (Athlon Sports)

Watching the Basketball Watch Lists

Now that we are into full preseason mode, that means there are preseason teams and award watch lists to ponder. UNC has three players named to award watch lists heading into 2015-16 season. This is Marcus Paige's second time on the Cousy Award watch list as he seeks to become the fourth Roy Williams era point guard to win it. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC's Brice Johnson Wanting More

Roy Williams continues to push Brice Johnson. The senior has shown improvement in each season at UNC, including earning All-ACC recognition while finishing second in scoring and first in rebounding last season. "It has been a very steady thing," Williams said at Media Day. Williams has been able to show Johnson throughout his career that the potential is always there for better play. (Inside Carolina)

ICTV: Marcus Paige Keys On 'Talent and Experience'

"The older you get the easier it is, just going through practices and getting your mind right for the day-to-day grind," Marcus Paige said. "After you've been through it a couple times it almost becomes second nature. I think experience and older teams definitely have an advantage as long as they're still talented and I think that's one thing this team has talent and experience." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Basketball Trio Named To Preseason Watch Lists

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame named University of North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson, senior guard Marcus Paige and sophomore small forward Justin Jackson to the respective preseason watch lists for the Karl Malone Power Forward, Bob Cousy Point Guard and Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year positional awards. (GoHeels.com)

Marcus Paige not following lead of the "Duke Starting 5" haircut

"You look at the NBA, look all across America right now, everyone grows their hair out," Marcus Paige said. "If I decide to grow my hair out, I'm pretty sure it's independent of people down the road. I have heard it, though. People tweet it at me all the time, ‘You have the Duke Starting 5 haircut.' Like, nah, I just haven't cut my hair." (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: 1-on-1 with Roy Williams at UNC Basketball Media Day

UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams sits down with Jones Angell to discuss player development, team expectations, and more on 2015 Media Day. View Video...

UNC’s Stilman White: A man of many numbers

Stilman White is an economics major at UNC, which makes him something of a numbers man. Proof of that can be found on the jersey he’ll be wearing during the upcoming basketball season. No. 30. It’s the third different number he’s worn in his three seasons at UNC, joining the No. 11 he wore as a freshman and the No. 45 he sported last season upon his return from a Mormon mission. (Wilmington Star News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#9 UNC23
at Boston College17
7:57 IN 1ST
Hicks (UNC) 4 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 8 pts;
#12 Louisville0
at #10 FSU0
Saturday 2:00 PM
Mitchell 13.8 ppg, 2.6 apg; Bacon 17.4 ppg, 1.8 apg;
at #15 Notre Dame30
5:57 IN 1ST
Lydon (Syracuse) 10 pts; Beachem (Notre Dame) 14 pts;
Georgia Tech0
at #16 UVA0
Saturday 2:00 PM
Lammers 14.9 ppg, 1.9 apg; Perrantes 11.8 ppg, 4.1 apg;
at #18 Duke0
Saturday 8:15 PM
Reed 15.2 ppg, 2.4 apg; Kennard 20.2 ppg, 2.5 apg;
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
Saturday 2:00 PM
Collins 16.4 ppg, 0.4 apg; Smith Jr. 19.1 ppg, 6.2 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State5-117-2
(15) Notre Dame5-116-3
(12) Louisville4-216-3
(16) Virginia4-214-3
Virginia Tech3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-311-7
(18) Duke2-314-4
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest2-411-7
Boston College2-49-10

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