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Justin Jackson setting the nets on fire for UNC

The Tar Heels shot 52 percent from the field against NC State, scored nearly 1.3 points per possession and had 10 different players score at least five points. At the top of the scoring column, of course, was none other than the team’s leading scorer: Justin Jackson. Jackson, canned six three-pointers in just 23 minutes of action. (ACC Sports Journal)

Marvin Williams and the 10-Year Degree

Marvin Williams was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Being drafted that high meant that the 19-year-old would bank around $10.5 million. Most people that age would take eight figures’ worth of salary and kiss college goodbye forever. Williams did not. He continued to pursue his degree. “It took me 10 summers,” Williams told Basketball Insiders. (Basketball Insiders)

Joel Berry Named ACC Basketball Player of the Week

North Carolina junior guard Joel Berry II has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week. Berry averaged 25 points and four assists in UNC wins at Clemson and against NC State. Berry had 19 points and a game-high tying five assists in just 23 minutes on Sunday as he led the Tar Heels’ 51-point win over the Wolfpack. (The ACC)

Danny Green's shooting resurgence is making the Spurs difficult to defend

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Danny Green. Last year’s shooting struggles brought speculation regarding his future. Green’s defensive efforts were still there, but offensively the Spurs offense suffered. But Green has answered the doubts. He’s posting a career high in his three-point shooting (46.3) and efficient field goal percentage (64.6). (Pounding the Rock)

NC State plays with zero pride, gets embarrassed at UNC

NC State was buried very, very quickly by North Carolina—down 14-4 by the first television timeout—and not only didn’t respond, but didn’t seem to care to, either. It snowballed badly from there (it is winter, after all!), as the Pack shrank away from the challenge rather than stepping up to it. (Backing the Pack)

Theo Pinson’s Return is More Important than You Might Think

Looking beyond the box score is necessary to see just what type of impact Theo Pinson’s return will have. He is probably UNC's best defender given his combination of length and quickness. Pinson will usually fill a role that requires defending the opposing team’s best perimeter threat, something he will need to do well as the Tar Heels enter the heart of ACC play. (Hero Sports)

UNC Rises to No. 11 in AP Poll Following Historic Beatdown of NC State

UNC may have needed every one of Joel Berry’s 31 points to beat Clemson in overtime last Tuesday, but after a historic 51-point blowout win over NC State on Sunday it’s clear the Tar Heels are still among the nation’s most dangerous teams. As a result, UNC moved up three spots in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday–going from No. 14 to No. 11. (Chapelboro.com)

Joel Berry, finally healthy, had plenty to feed his passion

A fully healthy Joel Berry is dangerous enough, but there was plenty to feed his passion Sunday. Some of the pregame talk was that he would be on the short end of his first matchup against Wolfpack freshman Dennis Smith Jr. That helped him produce a particularly spirited effort. Berry admitted he had some satisfaction in getting the better of it against Smith. (Raleigh & Company)

Theo Pinson adds versatility to UNC lineup

North Carolina's Theo Pinson had to sit out the first couple months this season after breaking a bone in his right foot during fall workouts. But now that he’s returned, Pinson can be the spark the Tar Heels need as they seek another run to the Final Four. In Sunday’s 107-56 thrashing of NC State, Pinson showed just how much he can improve this UNC squad. (ACC Sports Journal)

Fans troll NC State after blowout loss

UNC dominated NC State in less-than-dramatic fashion. It was the largest margin of victory for UNC against any ACC opponent ever. The game was ever in question and college basketball fans alike took to Twitter to troll the Wolfpack on their blowout loss. (Carolina Blue)

Joel Berry Excels in Point Guard Duel

On Sunday, Joel Berry scored 12 of UNC’s first 31 points in building a 24-point lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. It was then that Dennis Smith checked out with three points and three fouls. The Tar Heels took a 33-point lead by halftime before securing their largest win ever against an ACC opponent. Roy Williams noted Smith's foul trouble. (Inside Carolina)

Throwing a knockout punch

107-56. It’s hard to remember a more thorough beatdown of an ACC opponent during the Roy Williams era. The 51-point margin of victory against NC State is the highest against a conference team since Williams returned to Chapel Hill. And, according to my “performance above expectation” metric, this was UNC’s second-best ACC showing of Williams’ tenure. (The Secondary Break)

Mark Gottfried Post-UNC Press Conference Quotes & Video

NC State coach Mark Gottfried: "I thought in the first half, North Carolina was terrific. Roy had them ready to play, they made every shot, and it was the perfect storm. They were really good, and we were as bad as you could possibly be. We'll move on from this game and get ready to play on Wednesday. We all watched it, and that was a stinker on our part." (Scout.com)

Theo on Theo's return

Theo Pinson got his first minutes of the season on Sunday against N.C. State after missing UNC's first 16 games with a broken foot. He injured it during preseason practice, had surgery, and then went through the necessary recovery and rehabilitation. Sunday was a long time coming. "It felt great. I couldn't wait," Pinson told reporters after the game. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Snow Day

You know how non-natives always tell us we don’t know what to do when it snows? I think they might be right. I think, now, I understand the way we’re supposed to do it. To paraphrase Elf, here’s how it works. I planned our whole weekend. On the first day, we’ll go sledding and drink hot chocolate and watch movies. And on the second day, we’ll beat NC State by 51 points. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 78
Syracuse: 74
Wed, Feb 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ ACC Tournament First Round
Tue, Mar 6, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia14-124-2
(5) Duke11-423-5
(10) North Carolina11-522-7
(15) Clemson9-620-7
Virginia Tech9-619-8
NC State9-619-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-917-12
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1111-17
Wake Forest4-1211-17

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