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As elite coaches face twilight, who will follow legends at UNC, Syracuse, Duke and Louisville?

Considering that North Carolina, Duke, and Louisville may not open for a few seasons, who could emerge during that time? Are rising coaches like Dayton’s Archie Miller, Xavier’s Chris Mack, Butler’s Chris Holtmann, VCU’s Will Wade and UNC-Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts positioned to keep soaring? Do they stay at their current jobs to hold out for better gigs? (Sports Illustrated)

College basketball's must-watch games to close the regular season

No. 7 Louisville at No. 8 North Carolina, Wednesday. Two of the ACC's best are playing for the only time during the regular season, with both hoping to lock up high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. An awful lot of talent on the floor at one time. No. 10 Duke at No. 8 North Carolina, March 4. One of the best rivalries in the game is not a bad way to end the regular season. (Associated Press)

On a points-per-touch basis, Harrison Barnes is one of the most efficient players in the NBA

What do Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Harrison Barnes have in common? They each average 20+ points per game and they’re all top-10 in the NBA in points per touch, at least among heavy-usage guys. Of the top 112 NBA players in frontcourt touches per game — roughly the top-quarter of the league — Barnes ranks 10th in points per touch, at 0.372. (Dallas Mavericks)

No time for Justin Jackson to look to rafters

Justin Jackson admitted that having two recent teammates honored in that way was weird, because, “they come into locker room, and they’re the same goofballs I played with.” “Obviously, they had great careers. But sometimes, playing with guys like that, you don’t realize the caliber of player that they are. What they did here, not many people can do.” (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball No. 8 In Both Polls

North Carolina moved up in each of the two major basketball polls on Monday after a pair of wins last week at NC State and at home over then-No. 14 Virginia. The Tar Heels are No. 8 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls after being No. 10/9 last week. Carolina will host Louisville on Wednesday in a meeting of top-10, conference opponents. (GoHeels.com)

Four Corners: Louisville Visits In Another Big Game

North Carolina Basketball is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of four consecutive home games played against ranked opponents. The Tar Heels beat Virginia in the second of those games last Saturday night and will welcome Louisville on Wednesday before the season finale against Duke on March 4. On to this week's Four Corners. (GoHeels.com)

Bracket Watch: North Carolina snags No. 1 seed from Baylor

Villanova, Kansas and Gonzaga have yet to lock in a top seed, but all are headed in that direction. Baylor’s losses last week opened the door for North Carolina to move to the top line, as well. Plenty can change, but the Wildcats, Jayhawks and Bulldogs, along with the top team in the ACC, are on their way to leading the four regions in this year’s NCAA tournament. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC men's basketball sees shades of Maui in win over Virginia

Since the team plane touched down on the mainland, the No. 10 North Carolina men’s basketball team has been trying to find its way back to Maui. Not for the sunny skies and pristine beaches — though that certainly doesn’t hurt — but for the elite level of play UNC reached during the Maui Invitational. (Daily Tar Heel)

Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

3. North Carolina: The Roy Williams critics point out that he’s been a head coach at Kansas and North Carolina — two schools where it’s hard NOT to win — but the fact remains that he’s averaged a staggering 28 wins in 28 seasons. Larry Fedora’s career has been highlighted by two very good seasons. He’s averaged an ordinary 7.2 wins in his other seven seasons. (Athlon Sports)

UNC, Louisville playing for a 1 seed?

This is the biggest week of the regular season for Louisville basketball. The Cards have a golden opportunity Wednesday in Chapel Hill where they'll tip off at 9 p.m. against North Carolina with a lot on the line. A win over UNC would pull Louisville into a tie for first place in the ACC and give the Cards a key tiebreaker in the chase for an ACC regular-season title. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement

After making 29% of his 120 3-pointer as a sophomore, Justin Jackson has improved to 39% on 178 attempts as a junior. That increase of 10 percentage points is a healthy one. But where does it rank in ACC history? Prior to this season, only 11 ACC players have had a 10-percentage-point increase in their season-over-season 3-point percentage. (The Secondary Break)

UNC's Tempo Adjustment

Not only are the Tar Heels pushing the tempo more effectively of late – UNC played eight games with 65 or fewer possessions in 2014-15 and has played that same number combined over the past two seasons – but they are winning more when forced to play at a slower pace. Roy Williams’s squad has won six of its last seven in games with 65 or fewer possessions. (Inside Carolina)

ACC, Big 12, Big Ten coaches scout league opponents with brutal honesty

On North Carolina: “When you’re so systematic offensively, sometimes when you’re forced to improvise, it becomes more difficult. If you zone them and slow them down a little bit, they don’t have as good a flow. As big and strong as they are near the rim, they’re not a great pick-and-roll defensive team. They don't have a four or five man who can stretch and shoot threes." (Sports Illustrated)

Jerry Stackhouse: Passion Project

Jerry Stackhouse became a mentor, drawing from his playing experience and what he learned from a long line of legendary coaches—Dean Smith, Doug Collins, Rick Carlisle. When he played in Dallas for Avery Johnson, that’s when he began to consider coaching. “You get a real gratification out of seeing guys get better,” Stack says. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing.” (SLAM Online)

Justin Jackson's special season leading Tar Heels

The celebration began Saturday in Chapel Hill with former Tar Heels Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson having their jerseys raised among the rows of the honored. Justin Jackson might one day join Paige and Johnson with the season he's having for North Carolina. Jackson picked apart No. 14 Virginia's vaunted defense to the tune of 18 points in the first half Saturday. (ESPN.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9, TBD

UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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