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Dean Smith's Tar Heel family bids farewell from their seats in the sky

Nearly an hour before Sunday's memorial for Dean Smith, only three of the seats in Section 228 were taken. Stuart Burroughs, Ellyn Courts and Mary Beth Montgomery had claimed three seats in Row K. "This was a very special gentleman," said Burroughs, a Carolina blue sweater slung over her shoulders. Courts and Burroughs, both of Chapel Hill, are longtime Tar Heels fans. (Fayetteville Observer)

A chance to smile, cry and say goodbye

Saturday afternoon, North Carolina coach Roy Williams honored Dean Smith in the best way he knew how — by holding up four fingers and calling Smith’s signature Four Corners to open the team’s 89-60 win against Georgia Tech. Sunday afternoon, he honored his mentor yet again in the Smith Center at the memorial service to honor Smith’s life. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Remembering Coach Smith

The sign that Dean Smith was most known for – other than the iconic four fingers raised to signal the four corners offense – was the index finger of the scoring player pointing to the teammate who made the pass. The meaning behind the gesture: “You deserve the credit. Thanks for the assist.” Sunday’s celebration of the late Smith’s life was a two-and-a-half-hour point back from grateful players, friends and fans. (GoHeels.com)

Harrison Barnes shows improvement in Warriors' new offense

Harrison Barnes is averaging career highs of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. His 43.4 percentage from long distance is second on the team and even better than 3-point champion Stephen Curry's. After Barnes' 16-point performance in Friday's win over San Antonio in which Barnes was 7 for 11 from the field, Steve Kerr even spoke of possibly a larger role for the 22-year-old. (San Jose Mercury News)

Remembering Dean Smith

Roy Williams has reprised the role of a history professor since Dean Smith, his mentor, died Feb. 7. Williams’ players aren’t old enough to fully appreciate the man for whom the arena in which they play is named. “I always kind of had an idea of how great of a legend he was,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said Saturday after the Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Final Farewell: Coach Smith Cherished, Celebrated By Those He Loved

The life and legacy of Dean Smith was publicly celebrated Sunday in the Carolina basketball showpiece that bears his name, the Dean E. Smith Center. There were few dry eyes in the house as former players, coaches and friends paid tribute to UNC’s priceless gem. ‘Amazing Grace’, sung to perfection by the UNC Clef Hangers, certainly didn’t help those watery eyes any, either. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Family Weekend

As anyone with a family knows, no one can fight like family, because no one knows exactly where to hit you like family. But no one can come together like family, either. So it was fitting that on Sunday afternoon it was Roy Williams who prompted the crowd to give a standing ovation to Bill Guthridge. Those two had their differences when Williams decided not to return to Carolina in 2000. But there was too much history to let it linger. (GoHeels.com)

The Dean Smith Memorial Celebration

On a Sunday afternoon that radiated warmth after a week of ice and snow, around 10,000 fans and hundreds of former lettermen and friends of the Carolina basketball family came to bid a final farewell to Dean Smith at a memorial celebration in the building that bears his name on Sunday. (Tar Heel Blog)

Pointing to Coach Smith

The Dean E. Smith Center, the banners hung within, and the wins and championships the arena was built upon were secondary on Sunday to the man the building was named for nearly 30 years ago. Current and former players and coaches, friends and family, national and state leaders, and thousands of fans filed into the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon for Dean Smith’s public memorial service. (Inside Carolina)

Video: A Celebration of the Life of Dean E. Smith

The University of North Carolina celebrated the life of Dean Smith Sunday as former players, coaches, fans, family and school administrators gathered in the building bearing Smith's name to remember the coaching legend: View Video...

Fans, players attend public memorial for former UNC coach Dean Smith

Fans, former players and coaching colleagues gathered Sunday to honor the late Dean Smith. The school held a public memorial service for the retired Hall of Famer in the campus arena bearing his name, drawing thousands of fans to pay their respects to the coach whose career made him not only the face of the university and a coaching innovator but also a civil-rights advocate. (NCAA.com)

For Dean Smith, team was more important than talent

Phil Ford’s watch may read 4:18 p.m., but your clock will tell you the time is really 4:08 p.m. “I’m 59 now, but that’s still left over from Coach Smith,” Ford said “That was Coach Smith’s most important principle -- I’m not more important than anyone else. Being late says your time is more important than my time.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Photos: Carolina's Four Corners versus Georgia Tech

Three photos of Carolina's Four Corners against Georgia Tech: Roy Williams signaling the play from the bench, Marcus Paige calling the play on the court, and a remarkable shot taken from the rafters as the play developed.

Audio: Coach Smith discussing his first win

Dean Smith talks about his first win as head coach at Carolina, including something very important that he forgot to bring to the game. (Audioboom)

Dean’s way is the right way

In 1982, the NCAA had 22 watches and UNC had 23 team members. David Hart, as the youngest manager, was left out. Arriving back in Chapel Hill, an assistant coach asked David to go see Coach Smith. When David found him, Coach Smith told him how much he appreciated his hard work and gave David his national championship watch. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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