Video: UNC Basketball Hosts Clinic for North Carolina Special OlympicsMembers of the North Carolina men's basketball team took part in hosting a basketball clinic on Sunday for the North Carolina Special Olympics.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants claim former UNC forward Tyler HansbroughFormer Indiana Pacers big man Tyler Hansbrough should soon be on his way to Fort Wayne. The Mad Ants have claimed Hansbrough from the NBA Development League available player pool and he could be in uniform when the Ants play Westchester on Friday. Hansbrough, 31, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of UNC, has played seven seasons in the NBA. (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel)
What legacy will UNC’s seniors leave in Chapel Hill?UNC will celebrate Senior Night on Saturday as the Tar Heels try to secure the outright ACC regular-season title against the Duke Blue Devils. It’s been an up-and-down ride at UNC for Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt, the lynchpins of UNC’s 2013 signing class. Over four seasons, the core trio from that class has produced a 108-35 record (75.5%). (ACC Sports Journal)
North Carolina, UCLA now co-favorites to win NCAA TournamentNorth Carolina, last year’s NCAA runner-up and the No. 5 team in the AP poll, and No. 3 UCLA are the current favorites to win the NCAA championship as the calendar flips to March, according to Bovada. Both teams face odds of 6/1. No. 1-ranked Kansas (7/1), No. 4 Gonzaga (8/1) and No. 2 and reigning NCAA champion Villanova (10/1) follow. (Zag's Blog)
Luke Maye Named To All-ACC Academic TeamUNC sophomore forward Luke Maye is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team, as announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his academic career. (GoHeels.com)
A Visit To the Carolina Basketball MuseumOpened in 2008, the Carolina Basketball Museum documents the 100-plus year history of one of the best – actually, the best – college basketball programs in the country. Inside its doors, you’re quickly ushered into a small theater where a countdown to game day begins, and you hear the roar of the Dean Dome crowd. It’s electrifying. (Chapel Hill Magazine)
Four Corners: Senior NightThe regular season comes to a close this weekend in college basketball, and a UNC tradition will continue Saturday when the Tar Heels host Duke at 8:20 p.m. UNC will honor seniors Nate Britt, Kanler Coker, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks and Stilman White on the court with their families prior to the game. The Tar Heels have clinched at least a tie for the ACC regular season championship. (GoHeels.com)
Vince Carter ejected for decking Suns' Devin BookerDevin Booker wanted no part of veteran Vince Carter after he was dropped by the 40-year-old Grizzlies player Tuesday in Memphis. After he was fouled by Booker on a drive to the basket, Carter swung his right elbow to the face of Booker, who dropped to the floor on his back. As he picked himself up, Booker didn't even bother confronting Carter, who is twice as old as Booker. (Sporting News)
Video: Best Dunks of all Time in the UNC-Duke RivalryNorth Carolina vs. Duke: The best dunks from college basketball's best rivalry including iconic dunks from Vince Carter, Robert Brickey, Jerry Stackhouse and more.
Numbers and notes that matter in this ACCJustin Jackson is hot. Or at least he was until Virginia held him to 3-for-10 from the field Monday. Jackson had scored 20 or more points in 10 of 14 games prior to UVA’s 53-43 victory. The four games Jackson didn’t get 20, he scored 14, 16, and 19 twice. Jackson’s seven point total against the Cavaliers was his lowest since December when he scored seven against Tennessee. (WRAL Sports Fan)
It’s 2017 and Vince Carter is still dunkingVince Carter is 40 years old and apparently he is never going to stop dunking. On Friday night against the Pacers, he got out on a fast break, and while it wasn’t a spectacular dunk, it was still a dunk that he threw down with ease. (SB Nation)
Roy Williams Live: Isaiah Hicks Enduring Tough StretchAfter the best stretch of his career in January, Isaiah Hicks seems to have hit a wall in the final month of the regular season. The senior forward, infamously known for his foul trouble, has recorded more fouls (13) than points (10) over the last three games. The recent performances from the Oxford, N.C. native have been impacted by a lingering injury. (Inside Carolina)
UNC JV basketball honors Dean Smith by moving game to CarmichaelFor the first time since 2010, men’s basketball saw some action in Carmichael Arena. On Feb. 28, 1931, Dean Smith was born, and it was in his honor that the UNC JV team played on Tuesday in a 97-80 loss to Hargrave Military Academy. Typically, the team takes the court in the Smith Center before the varsity team. But Tuesday was all about Dean Smith and an historic arena. (Daily Tar Heel)
Justin Jackson Named Semifinalist for 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the YearOn March 1, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith semifinalists in consideration for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year: Justin Jackson, UNC; Lonzo Ball, UCLA; Ethan Happ, Wisconsin; Josh Hart, Villanova; Josh Jackson, Kansas; Frank Mason III, Kansas; Johnathan Motley, Baylor; Caleb Swanigan, Purdue; Luke Kennard, Duke; Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga; (NaismithTrophy.com)
Tar Heels look to put offensive nightmare at UVA behind themDespite Monday’s loss, the Tar Heels’ 85-67 win Pittsburgh on Saturday gave them at least a share of the ACC regular-season title. UNC also secured a No. 1 seed and a double bye for the ACC tournament. Roy Williams has now won eight ACC regular-season titles in 14 seasons at his alma mater. No other ACC coach has more than three during the same time period. (Wilson Times)
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