Justin Jackson sees UNC making fresh start in GreensboroA team still figuring out what the deal is with its heart after 31 games seems a bit late. “I don’t think it is,” UNC freshman Justin Jackson said Saturday. UNC is the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Greensboro. UNC’s first game in the tournament is Wednesday (2 p.m.) against the winner of Tuesday’s matchup between Boston College and Georgia Tech. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Love/Hate: Experiencing The Passion Of The Duke-UNC Rivalry First HandDates, names and general facts take on a malleable quality where it doesn’t so much matter that you have it right but more that you remember or you felt something in the first place. When two teams have played each other as many times as these two have and won that many conference championships, it makes sense. It’s easy to dismiss the rivalry as media-created hype until you’re right in the center of it. (Uproxx)
Video: UNC Men's Basketball Senior Day 2015Seniors Sasha Seymore, Luke Davis, Jackson Simmons and Desmond Hubert were honored before the tip-off against Duke as it was the final home game of their Tar Heel basketball careers on March 7, 2015.
Coaches' All-ACC Team: Paige 2nd Team, Johnson 3rd TeamThe ACC has announced the 2015 All-ACC Team, as voted upon by the league’s 15 head coaches. North Carolina's Marcus Paige is on the second team and Brice Johnson is on the third team. Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas, Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon and Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan comprise the first team. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Stay No. 19 In Both Men's Basketball PollsNorth Carolina stayed at No. 19 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today coaches polls this week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 22nd week in a row, including all 18 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season. The Tar Heels began the 2014-15 season ranked sixth in the preseason. UNC started the season in the top 10 for the ninth time in 12 seasons under head coach Roy Williams. (GoHeels.com)
Video: ACC Dunks of the YearCheck out the best high-flying action from the entire season of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball in Dunks of the Year.
Larry Brown still trying to please mentor Dean SmithLarry Brown last played for former North Carolina coach Dean Smith 52 years ago, but he's still trying to please his mentor. While he was thrilled with SMU's conference-clinching 67-62 win over Tulsa on Sunday at Moody Coliseum, it was bittersweet. Smith, who died this past month, has been on the 75-year-old coach's mind quite a bit these days. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Basketball Pre-Tournament Hype VideoThe North Carolina Tar Heels have had an exciting regular season. Check out this hype video that features their best plays from Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson and more as we head into March Madness!
Five memorable moments in Dean Smith's career in the Greensboro Coliseum1997 Smith wins his last ACC tournament championship, a bookend to the 1967 title, beating N.C. State 64-54 in the finals. Tournament MVP Shammond Williams and Antawn Jamison lead the way. That final season, Smith won his final game against every ACC team. (Greensboro News & Record)
ACC Tournament PreviewNorth Carolina's first matchup against Boston College or Georgia Tech should be very winnable as the Tar Heels went 3-0 in the regular season against those two. Beyond that are matchups with Louisville and then potentially Virginia. A win against the Cardinals in the quarterfinals is critical for momentum heading into the Big Dance. (Scout.com)
Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Named to All-ACC Third TeamTar Heel juniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson were named to the All-ACC Third Team in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the ACC has announced. Paige, who was a first team selection last season, had 97 points including four first team votes. Johnson had 40 points and was the final member of the third team. UNC sophomore Kennedy Meeks was Honorable Mention with 10 points. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tar Heel usher dyes beard Carolina blue, because Duke-UNCDon't even come up to this usher if you're a Duke fan in the Dean Dome tonight. He will not point you to your seats. This is UNC's super fan usher and he doesn't care who knows. That's why he dyed his beard the perfect shade of Carolina blue just for the heated Duke-UNC game on Saturday night. It's strangely beautiful. (Sporting News)
Familiar Script for Tar HeelsThere’s a thin line between the elite and the just good of college basketball. North Carolina has long been on the right side of that divide. Games like Saturday’s loss to No. 3 Duke, however, provide insight into the minutiae that separate the haves and have-nots. Good teams, such as this UNC edition, don’t have much, if any, margin of error against elite teams like Duke, Virginia and Kentucky. (Inside Carolina)
Failure Of Focus Costs UNC In Loss To DukeThe collapse didn’t happen as quickly this time, but that didn't make it any less painful. After closing convincingly in a win against Miami on the last day of February, they were sure that their late-game terrors were dispelled. Now, as they head into a postseason that begins on Wednesday as the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament, they’re still seeking a way to become a complete team. (Carolina Blue)
Lucas: Sun Comes UpThe bottom line is that Saturday night was awful, really, and I hope you never have to experience it ever in your whole life, except that if we’re lucky we’ll get to do it again next year. There will be parts we can't watch and parts that make us scream and yell for all the wrong and right reasons and it will take years off our lives, probably, except for the parts where it incredibly enriches our lives. I really can’t wait. (GoHeels.com)
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