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Q&A With Brice Johnson

Brice Johnson on his expectations for the season: “My expectations are to win as many games as possible. Potential-wise, this team does have the potential to get some hardware this year. We haven’t gotten any in the three years that I’ve been here, and this year we’re going to have the potential to finish some games and hang a few banners in here.” (GoHeels.com)

Q & A With Roy Williams

We have had six practices, today will be the seventh. Things have gone pretty well. We are still trying to work on our half court offense and our half court pressure defense and our fast break. Everybody has done a pretty good job. Kennedy [Meeks] missed last practice and will miss a couple more because he tweaked his knee a little bit. He feels so much better already. (GoHeels.com)

Media Day: News, notes, and observations

North Carolina held their basketball media day on Monday. CarolinaBlue was there for Roy Williams media availability, player interviews, and the practice that followed. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Brice Johnson still working to meet Williams' demands

Brice Johnson can chuckle about it now. North Carolina's lean 6-foot-10 senior has come out of so many games feeling good about how he snagged rebounds in traffic, ran the floor and showed off that oh-so-soft shooting touch in the paint — only to have coach Roy Williams break down film showing the mistakes that prevented his good game from being great. "I'm used to tough love," Johnson said. (Associated Press)

Harrison Barnes returns to UNC

On September 26th, former North Carolina small forward and current Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes returned to Chapel Hill with the NBA championship trophy in hand. On September 26th, former North Carolina small forward and current Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes returned to Chapel Hill with the NBA championship trophy in hand. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Wing Theo Pinson Nearing Full Return

Theo Pinson factors heavily into UNC’s backcourt plans for 2015-16. Before that, however, the sophomore wing will have to be fully cleared to practice following his offseason foot surgery. “Theo has not done one fullcourt drill yet,” Roy Williams told reporters Monday. “He didn’t play a pickup game all summer. We’ve restricted him to halfcourt stuff the first six practices.” (Inside Carolina)

Dean Smith Added to Social Justice Memorial

Those two names added were Town Council member Bill Thorpe and legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. Smith will long be remembered by college basketball fans for the work he did leading the Tar Heel program for three decades, winning two national championships and cultivating Carolina basketball into one of the most recognizable brands in the world. (Chapelboro.com)

Predicting the top 20 guards for the 2015-16 college basketball season

North Carolina will not ask Marcus Paige to do everything, and fans shouldn’t expect his stats to skyrocket, though he should be closer to his scoring average from two years ago (17.5) instead of last season's mark (14.1). If he's healthy, Paige will not disappoint, and he should wind up back in the discussion for All-America and national player of the year honors. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Last First Week of Practice with Marcus Paige

Follow senior Marcus Paige as he experiences his last first week of practice with Carolina Basketball. From the 'Carolina Mile,' to class in the journalism school, early morning workouts, 'Late Night with Roy' practice, and new jersey reveals. View Video...

Dean Smith honored at Peace and Justice Plaza

Chapel Hill citizens gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza for the annual Peace and Justice Nominee Ceremony on Sunday, dedicated to community members who demonstrated a lifelong commitment to furthering the causes of peace and justice in Chapel Hill. This year, the honorees are Chapel Hill Town Council member William “Bill” Thorpe and UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith. (Daily Tar Heel)

The Rasheed Wallace commercial that wasn't (but briefly was)

So when Rasheed Wallace starred in a brand new, comfortably cool, black-and-white Nike advert at the outset of the 2004-05 season, it served as another reminder that by becoming the masters of their craft, like Navin R. Johnson upon the arrival of the new phonebook in The Jerk, the Pistons were somebody now. (Detroit Sports Nation)

Chapel Hill's Ronald McDonald House Launches Social Ambassador Program, Names Jawad Williams To Role

George Marut, Senior Director of Development at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, announced the launch of a new Social Ambassador Program in advance of its grand opening later this month. Mr. Marut said, “I am proud to introduce Jawad Williams as our first Social Ambassador. He is an athlete and philanthropist dedicated to our mission of providing hope and healing for families of seriously ill children in the Chapel Hill area and across the state of North Carolina.” (PR.com)

Celtics center Tyler Zeller not stressing about possible contract extension

Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller has said he would like to sign a contract extension this month, but knows he should be in good shape even if he doesn't. "No stress," Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway." (MassLive.com)

Justin Jackson Scouting Video

A video scouting report of North Carolina's Justin Jackson, Draft Express' #3 prospect in the ACC. (Draft Express)

Video: Hornets' P.J. Hairston discusses new mindset

Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston talks about his offseason focus and his new mindset going into training camp. (Charlotte Observer)

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 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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