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ACC Barnstorming Tour comes to Iowa for Marcus Paige homecoming

It was a UNC home basketball game a thousand miles from Chapel Hill. Carolina blue was the dominant color in Linn-Mar High School’s gym Saturday night. Some of it was from the “Team Paige” T-shirts people bought for $15 on location. But most of it was worn to the gym by many in the gathering of 2,200 who filled the gym to see former Lion Marcus Paige. (The Gazette)

UNC coach Roy Williams seeks to quiet questions about his future

Throughout the last four years, North Carolina's Roy Williams said his goal was to coach six to 10 more years. He thought it was silly to keep saying the same thing, so he changed his timeline and told a recruit last week that he hopes to coach another five to nine years. Confusing? A little. Williams, whose contract runs through 2020, has a simpler way to describe his outlook. (Fayetteville Observer)

Young Raptors Fans Leave 76ers' Kendall Marshall Hanging on His Way into Tunnel

The Toronto Raptors hosted the Sixers on Tuesday night, and the home team cruised to a 122-98 victory. As the teams made their way into the tunnel, a pair of young Raptors fans stuck their hands out to high-five the players. Just the Toronto players, though. This ended in a psych-out for Sixers guard Kendall Marshall, who reached out for a little high-five love. Instead, he got left hanging. (Bleacher Report)

13 former Tar Heels prepare for NBA playoffs

With the NBA playoffs set to begin on Saturday, North Carolina boasts the most former players in this year’s competition. The Tar Heels have more former players in this NBA postseason than Duke and UCLA, which are tied for the second-most former players participating. Here’s a look at the 13 former Tar Heels vying for this year's NBA title. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC men's basketball senior trio still hanging on

Marcus Paige is part of the 2016 ACC Barnstorming Tour that features ACC seniors from across the state, including UNC’s trio: Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James. The group moves from town to town, playing pickup basketball and fooling around one last time together. They’ll even head to Paige’s hometown of Marion, Iowa, next week. But fooling around was the key Thursday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson greeted by pro-UNC crowd in Durham

Marcus Paige drilled 3-pointers during the ACC Barnstorming Tour stop Thursday night. He fed former UNC teammate Brice Johnson for thunderous alley-oop dunks. Paige even tossed an alley-oop pass to Duke's Marshall Plumlee. Paige did not attempt to recreate his one-footed, hanging 3-pointer that tied the national championship game just 12 days ago. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Only School With A Starter on Both 1996 Bulls and 2016 Warriors

The Golden State Warriors set the record for the most regular season wins in a season in the history of the NBA Wednesday night. The 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls previously held that record. Former North Carolina Tar Heel Harrison Barnes is a starter on this record-setting Warriors team. Of course, the Bulls were led by another Tar Heel, Michael Jordan. (Chapelboro.com)

Kings fire coach George Karl

The Kings on Thursday fired coach George Karl, the fifth-winningest coach in NBA history, following a season in which the team fell well short of their playoff expectations. Karl was 44-68 in his nearly 1 1/2 seasons. (Sacramento Bee)

UNC has the most players in the 2016 NBA Playoffs

With the field of 16 officially set -- the NBA playoffs begin on Saturday -- I tallied up every roster to find out which colleges have the most former players in this year's NBA bracket. North Carolina is the big winner, with Duke, UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky not too, too far behind. Here are the schools with at least five players on 2016 NBA playoff rosters. (CBS Sports)

Roy Williams discusses the struggles Kennedy Meeks faced this season

UNC coach Roy Williams agreed that when it came to consistency Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks were called out the most, "Kennedy and Marcus were the most criticized this year," said Williams. "With every kid you have to deal with their emotions throughout the year. As a coach you have to get them through the very tough spots," said Williams. (Carolina Blue)

Justin Jackson likely to declare for NBA draft

A day after Roy Williams said he anticipated some of his players to declare for the NBA draft, Justin Jackson might have decided to test his stock. ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman reported on Wednesday that the sophomore wing is expected to declare for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. In January, the NCAA changed its rules to allow underclassmen to evaluate their NBA draft status while also maintaining eligibility. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: What if Kobe Bryant went to UNC?

What If Kobe Bryant Went To College? How the sports world would be different. We decided to look at the domino effect it would have on college hoops and the NBA starting with what would have been his decision to commit to the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Scout.com)

Roy Williams on the Warriors' record, his former players

At Tuesday's post-season media availability Roy Williams was asked if he has spoken with Harrison Barnes or James Michael McAdoo as they pursue the all-time NBA regular season wins record with the Golden State Warriors. "I've been crying. Do you think I am going to call some people about winning 73 freakin' games? I want the 4.7 seconds to play over again." (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Reflects On National Championship Loss

Roy Williams never saw the ball go in the basket. “As soon as he went up to shoot it, I knew it was going in,” he said. “I watched his follow through and I never looked at the ball after that. I knew it was going in the hole.” Understandably, Williams is far from the only Tar Heel struggling after Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater gave Villanova their first national championship since 1985. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels playing waiting game with underclassmen

Roy Williams said he expects a number of UNC’s underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft combine and work out for scouts and teams but not hire agents. After that, they’ll “see what happens.” Those announcements are expected to come next week after Williams meets with UNC’s underclassmen and shares feedback he’s received from NBA personnel. (Greensboro News & Record)

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