Video: Isaiah Hicks Rocks the Rim vs. VirginiaNorth Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks had several impressive dunks in the Tar Heels' 65-41 win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Box Score: North Carolina 65, Virginia 41View the complete box score from North Carolina's 65-41 win over the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Video: Marcus Paige & Brice Johnson HonoredMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson, seniors on the 2015-16 team that won the ACC championship and led UNC to the Final Four and national championship game, had their jersey numbers honored at a halftime of the game against Virginia on February 18, 2017.
How North Carolina can become a No. 1 seedNorth Carolina enters Saturday as a projected No. 2 seed, per ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi. But the Tar Heels have a pretty clear road forward toward a No. 1 seed, and could even take over a projected top seed spot by end of day Saturday. Lunardi responded Saturday morning to a tweet about how Baylor needed to win its game over Kansas to keep a No. 1 seed. (Carolina Blue)
Jay Bilas picks North Carolina as ACC's best title chanceESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said he thinks North Carolina has the ACC’s best chance to win the national title. After Seth Greenberg picked Louisville on ESPN’s College GameDay, Bilas countered with the Tar Heels. “I like Carolina if I’ve got to pick one team," Bilas said. (Carolina Blue)
UNC fan made good sign about Kyrie Irving thinking world is flatKyrie Irving has come out as a person who believes the world is flat, so now he's going to be relentlessly teased about this for a while. This UNC fan got this important work started by making this sign for College GameDay on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (Carolina Blue)
Prepping for Virginia's StyleVirginia lost four of their last six outings. Their four losses were against solid squads (Villanova, Syracuse, Duke and Virginia Tech) but this is still the roughest patch of the Cavalier's campaign so far. Surely a 33 percent winning percentage shows some signs of late-season struggles. Coach Roy Williams says not so fast. (Carolina Blue)
UNC to honor Paige, Johnson on SaturdayUNC will honor a trio of former standout student-athletes Saturday at the basketball game vs. Virginia. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, seniors on the 2015-16 team that won the ACC regular-season and Tournament championships and led UNC to the Final Four and national championship game, will officially have their jersey numbers honored at a halftime ceremony. (Carolina Blue)
UNC vs. Virginia: Tale of Two Tempos?The UNC-Virginia game is being billed as a tale of two tempos. That’s certainly the case on paper. The Tar Heels have the 45th-fastest pace in the country (and 15th-fastest when considering only offensive possession length). Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers, on the other hand, are the second-slowest team in the nation. But let’s dig a little deeper. (The Secondary Break)
Tough stretch could tell Tar Heels' futureFour of the final five regular-season games pit UNC against opponents ranked among the Top 15 basketball teams in the nation. Starting tonight with Virginia’s visit, it’s a thorny closing stretch that will help determine how the tightly packed ACC race shakes out. And perhaps become an indicator of how deep the Tar Heels can journey into the NCAA Tournament. (Burlington Times News)
Know Your Opponent: VirginiaIt's a real testament to how good Virginia has been this season that, despite their recent 2-4 stretch, the Cavs have seen their overall KenPom rating drop from No. 2 all the way to...No. 3. A sweep of Louisville is the big feather in Tony Bennett's cap, and the Wahoos are the only team to beat the Cardinals at home so far this season. (GoHeels.com)
Three to know: No. 14 Virginia at No. 10 North CarolinaSaturday’s game will have its share of exciting extras. The Smith Center will be the site of ESPN’s College Gameday preview show, which runs from 11 a.m. to noon. Fans are invited to attend to the free event. Also, at halftime, North Carolina will honor the jerseys of former Tar Heel players Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. (Fayetteville Observer)
UNC vs. Virginia: Tempo-Free Season Box ScoresNo big game can ever have too many previews, so...Here’s a look at tons of pace-adjusted stats for the teams and players that will collide tomorrow at 8:15 in the Dome of Dean. Specifically, the team stats (besides pace and offensive efficiency) are per 70 possessions. The team’s percentile rank among the 351 teams in D1 are also given. (The Secondary Break)
Cavaliers must take it slow in Chapel HillTar Heels coach Roy Williams prefers a greyhound pace. UVa’s Tony Bennett, the polar opposite. Bennett’s Cavaliers are next-to-last in Division I basketball in tempo (out of 351 teams). Carolina isn’t the fastest-paced team in the country, but opponents might think so. UNC, winners in 10 of its last 12 games, is sixth nationally in scoring at 87.7 points per game. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
Brutal stretch of schedule for No. 14 Virginia continues with trip to No. 10 UNCThe 14th-ranked Cavaliers, coming off back-to-back losses at rival Virginia Tech and at home to rejuvenated Duke, face No. 10 North Carolina tonight in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (22-5, 10-3 ACC) have won three of their past four games, including Tuesday’s 97-73 rout of N.C. State their last time out. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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