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Brice Johnson's career-high 27 points lifts North Carolina over UCLA

Brice Johnson, a senior with a lot of promise but plenty of inconsistency over his career, had a career-best 27 points in No. 11 UNC's 89-76 win over No. 22 UCLA on Saturday afternoon at the CBS Sports Classic. Even more impressive for Johnson was how he unleashed a can and completely opened up/changed the game for the Tar Heels. (CBS Sports)

Video: Brice Johnson Scores Career-High 27 vs. UCLA

Fresh off a 25-point game against Tulane, Brice Johnson was dominant - setting a new career-high with 27 points (11-12 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds to the lead the Tar Heels over UCLA on December 19, 2015 in the CBS Sports Classic. View Video...

No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 22 UCLA 89-76

Brice Johnson scored 27 points, the second straight game he set his career high, and No. 11 North Carolina overcame a horrible game from beyond the 3-point arc to beat No. 22 UCLA 89-76 on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic. Johnson missed his first shot then didn't miss again, finishing 11 for 12 as he bettered the 25 points he scored earlier this week against Tulane. (Associated Press)

Solving the Carolina riddle

North Carolina's missing ingredient isn’t necessarily one you can find on a stat sheet. It’s their motor. Sometimes it’s going and sometimes it’s idling. If they could simply keep it in gear for game after game after game, they could be that great team. Because when UNC gets in the groove, it’s pretty good. And this game against UCLA was perfectly emblematic of that. (ESPN.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 89, UCLA 76

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-76 win over UCLA Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic in New York City: (View Box Score)

Guard play takes center stage as UNC, UCLA clash in Brooklyn

Although the most compelling matchup between North Carolina and UCLA may come in the back court, the players missing inside might make the biggest difference. While Marcus Paige and Bryce Alford will take the court Saturday, Kennedy Meeks will not for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels when they meet the No. 22 Bruins in the CBS Sports Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marcus Paige takes cue from former Tar Heels guard

Former UNC guard Shammond Williams started to shed tears after a game at the Smith Center a few nights ago. It wasn’t because Tulane, which employs him as an assistant coach, lost to the Tar Heels. Nor was it because his school 3-point record had been broken several days earlier. It was because of his passion for the place. “It’s not given,” Williams said. “It’s a privilege.” (Burlington Times News)

Preview & Prediction: #11 UNC vs #22 UCLA

This is a big stage game with an NCAA Tournament feel, one where UNC can show it is putting things together despite taking two losses in the first ten games. Even without Kennedy Meeks, UNC has the offensive weapons necessary to win this game providing the Tar Heels can mount a halfway decent defensive effort. Prediction: UNC 84, UCLA 77 (Tar Heel Blog)

No. 22 UCLA could get clean slate with win over North Carolina

The UCLA men’s basketball team has already knocked off Kentucky and Gonzaga this month, avenging some of their worst nonconference losses from last season. Now, the No. 22-ranked Bruins are tracking toward a completely clean slate with Saturday’s 10 a.m. tipoff in Brooklyn against North Carolina — a team that beat them by 22 points a year ago. How much would a three-game sweep mean? (Los Angeles Daily News)

Ty Lawson, suspended two games, considering options outside Houston

The Houston Rockets say they are committed to point guard Ty Lawson, but his representatives are investigating his trade value with other teams, according to multiple sources. With Lawson having lost his starting job and with a two-game suspension beginning Saturday after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, his trade value could be low. (ESPN.com)

The Importance Of Brooklyn

Saturday's game versus UCLA in Brooklyn is a pretty big one for the Tar Heels. Even though it's not quite Christmas, the Heels need a resume enhancer. They will obviously get many opportunities to build their resume in ACC play, but to add another quality non-conference win especially away from Chapel Hill, would help UNC build toward a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Faces a Notable Challenge in UCLA

There were a lot of smiles in the team lounge shortly after Wednesday’s contest, but it wasn’t long before the players turned the page and began looking ahead to the next challenge — a Saturday date with UCLA in Brooklyn, New York, for the CBS Sports Classic. “The UCLA game is a bigger game just because it’s on a national stage and we’re playing at Barclays and all that good stuff,” Johnson said. (Today's U)

UNC's Isaiah Hicks grows in confidence

For most of his three seasons at North Carolina, Isaiah Hicks has been viewed as the Tar Heels' greatest untapped resource. But with No. 11 North Carolina (8-2) having to go without starting center Kennedy Meeks for at least two weeks, the moment for Hicks to deliver on his potential has arrived. Hicks says it wasn't until this season that things began to click. (Fayetteville Observer)

Know Your Opponent: UCLA

UCLA has followed up one of the more unusual runs to the Sweet 16 with an equally unpredictable start to 2015-16. The Bruins dropped their season opener to Monmouth (a team that has been compelling in its own right) and looked fairly pedestrian in losses to Kansas and Wake Forest in Maui. Since returning to the mainland, however, UCLA has reeled off five straight wins. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Sean May & C.B. McGrath preview UCLA before CBS Sports Classic

Sean May interviews assistant coach C.B. McGrath on what the Tar Heels need to do to be successful against UCLA at the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #7 Louisville88
Lydon (Syracuse) 17 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 25 pts;
Georgia Tech60
at #21 Notre Dame64
Heath (Georgia Tech) 12 pts; Colson (Notre Dame) 20 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(7) Louisville11-523-6
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(21) Notre Dame11-522-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Wake Forest7-916-12
Georgia Tech7-916-13
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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