Tale of the Tape: UNC-DukeThe numbers are exactly what you expect. Duke takes 39% of shots from three and hits 39% of those. That, along with 53% inside the arc equates to a gaudy eFG% of 55.2 and an offensive efficiency of 121.9. UNC's defense has been much improved in ACC play (tied with UVa for 2nd in ACC games) but this match-up will test what the Tar Heels can do defensively. (Tar Heel Blog)
Like Kupchak and LaGarde, UNC's Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks running afoul of FT stereotypesTo appreciate how far Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks have come as free-throw shooters, it’s worth noting how far guard Marcus Paige has fallen, in part, because of their improvement. The 6-foot-8 Hicks ranks second on North Carolina’s team, behind only point guard Joel Berry, at 78.9 percent for the season. (Fayetteville Observer)
Previewing DukeDuke enters Wednesday’s contest with a 19-6 (8-4 ACC) record. The Blue Devils won 14 of their first 16 games to open the season before taking a detour with four losses in five games early in ACC play. Krzyzewski’s squad has since recovered, winning four in a row, including upsets over Louisville and Virginia at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels to face familiar face in former recruiting target Brandon IngramSince North Carolina coaches identified him as a high-importance recruiting target when he was in the 10th grade, former Kinston High School star Brandon Ingram was a regular in Chapel Hill. “We all kind of got to know him because he was here every other weekend,” Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige said Tuesday. “It felt like we recruited him for five years. ... So he’s a familiar face.” (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC-Duke: Battle of Wills on TapThe latest edition of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry could hinge on which team establishes its preferred method of play in a contest of contrasting styles. Roy Williams often talks of his traditional lineup imposing its will against opponents by utilizing its size on the offensive end. Mike Krzyzewski will counter with spacing and a penetrate-and-pitch strategy. (Inside Carolina)
UNC vs. Duke: Positional BreakdownBoth North Carolina and Duke are coming off statement wins and look to continue their respective winning streaks by defeating their biggest rival. In anticipation of chapter one of this storied rivalry, CarolinaBlue took an in-depth look at the players of each team and compared them side by side. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Tar Heels Ready For Duke ShowdownMarcus Paige, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks & Brice Johnson talk about what they expect to see from Duke and why the rivalry is so important to the team.
Consistent Brice Johnson becomes top threat for No. 5 Tar HeelsThe question hovering over North Carolina's Brice Johnson is no longer whether he's tough and focused enough to follow a good performance with several more while avoiding those curious quiet games that have dotted his career. Now it's whether Johnson can become the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. (Associated Press)
Tar Heels Cutting Down on Foul TendenciesWith a veteran roster in 2015-16, the Tar Heels have climbed back to 61st nationally (6th ACC) by reducing their fouls per possession to 25.0 percent. One way UNC’s coaching staff has worked to limit the fouling is by emphasizing better defensive habits during the offseason, particularly in the summer pickup games when former Tar Heels come to town. (Inside Carolina)
Hornets' P.J. Hairston Traded to Memphis GrizzliesCharlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston has been traded to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade involving the Hornets and Heat, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports. According to the source, Hairston heads to Memphis along with former Heat big man Chris Andersen and two second-round picks. In exchange, the Hornets receive Courtney Lee. (CBS Sports)
Brotherhood Transcends RivalryNate Britt, North Carolina junior point guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, came from the same area as former Duke point guard Nolan Smith. While they are six years apart, the two have developed a “big-brother little-brother” relationship that has withstood the test of time, as well as the terms of the basketball rivalry. (GoHeels.com)
North Carolina Hosts Duke WednesdayNorth Carolina (21-4, 10-2 ACC) will try to win its third game in a row and stay atop the ACC standings when it hosts Duke (19-6, 8-4) on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will tip off at 9:10 p.m. in the Smith Center. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake will call the game for an ESPN national TV audience. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Duke Press Conference RecapUNC coach Roy Williams talks about keeping the Blue Devils off the free throw line, trying to take advantage of Duke's shorter rotation, and the challenges of guarding Grayson Allen before the two teams meet in the Smith Center on Wednesday.
The Magic Eight: One of these teams will win the national titleNorth Carolina was the AP’s preseason No. 1 and the No. 1 team in SI’s preseason projections, and the Tar Heels have their entire rotation intact for the stretch run. I can’t say I’ve watched them lately and come away convinced that they look like a national champ, or defend like a national champ, but logic tells me to keep them in the Magic Eight. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: UNC vs. Duke - Best Dunks All-TimeNorth Carolina vs. Duke: The best dunks from college basketball's best rivalry including iconic dunks from Vince Carter, Dahntay Jones, Jerry Stackhouse and more!
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