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Dean Smith's legacy grows, one year after his death

The most central measure of a life is found in its impact on other people. By that standard, Dean Edwards Smith mastered the art of being human. Smith’s greatness as a man transformed lives. His coaching acumen certainly led to significant advancements in the way basketball was taught and studied, but its greatest value is that it enabled Smith to have a platform in the integration of North Carolina.... (The Comeback)

Remembering Dean Smith One Year Later

Sunday marked one year since the death of legendary Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith. Word began to spread early the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2015, that the Coach Smith had passed away late the night before. Memorials poured in over the next few days as many people who had varying levels of interaction with Coach Smith remembered the man responsible for so many successes on and off the court. (Chapelboro.com)

Dean Smith's impact still felt at UNC one year after his death

Today is the one-year anniversary of Dean Smith's death. On Friday, UNC coach and former Smith assistant Roy Williams discussed his mentor's continual impact on the program. "Everything we do, it's 85 percent Coach Smith, 14 percent Bob Knight, John Thompson, Jerry Tarkanian. And one percent Roy Williams. And that may be giving me too much credit." (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: Missing Coach Smith

It’s simply impossible to think of Dean Smith being gone. There are too many examples of his influence all over the world of Carolina basketball. Saturday night, on the way home from South Bend, my 10-year-old was upset about the loss...and what was it Smith always said? "A billion people in China don't even know we played." That's what I told Asher. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Can't Stop

The Fighting Irish came into the game as the most efficient offensive team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s metrics. They showed why in the final 14 minutes, getting points on 19 of their final 26 possessions. Think about that. In the most critical point of the game, Carolina was able to get a defensive stop on barely a quarter of the possessions. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Outworked in South Bend

Frustration is likely the best description for UNC’s postgame scene, not only in the locker room, but also in Roy Williams’ press conference. Frustration not only in the defeat, the Tar Heels’ second in six days, but more so in how the loss transpired. “We’ve got to decide we want to compete when it’s tough, not just when it’s easy,” Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Notre Dame Postgame Notes

Notre Dame's 31 made free throws are the second-most by opponents against a Roy Williams-coached Tar Heel team. Notre Dame's two turnovers are the fewest against a Roy Williams-coached UNC team (previous 4 on three occasions). Ninth time in his career that Marcus Paige made five or more three pointers. He has a school record 259. (GoHeels.com)

Notre Dame 80 UNC 76: Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

15-19, 28-32, 31-38. Those numbers are the what Notre Dame has shot at the free throw line in the past three games against North Carolina. As was the case last year, Notre Dame drew fouls consistently against the Tar Heels. UNC was called for a season high 27 fouls which 17 of those coming in the second half. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams Post-Notre Dame Quotes & Audio

Roy Williams: "Congratulations to Notre Dame. Their coach did a heck of a lot better job of getting his guys to play with intensity than I did. Look down there, 19 points off turnovers for them, 0 for us. 23 second chance points for them, 13 for us. 38 foul shots for them, 21 for us. I’ve got to do a heck of a lot better job of getting my club to play with a lot more intensity than we did." (Inside Carolina)

Notre Dame wins third straight vs. UNC as No. 2 Heels drop 2nd straight

Neither UNC nor Notre Dame have lost back-to-back games this season. Saturday's showdown in South Bend was sure to end that streak for one team, and when the game was hanging in the balance it was the recent dominance of the Irish in this series that seemed the most apparent in their 80-76 win. Mike Brey has now won three straight against Roy Williams. (CBS Sports)

Second-half Notre Dame surge hands North Carolina second straight loss

This one might have looked a little familiar to North Carolina fans. Notre Dame utilized a strong second half to take down the No. 2 Tar Heels before a sold-out Purcell Pavilion crowd that was bursting at the seams. The Fighting Irish’s 80-76 win over the visiting Tar Heels was reminiscent of their meeting 11 months ago in the ACC tournament title game. (ESPN.com)

Notre Dame rallies to beat No. 2 North Carolina 80-76

Demetrius Jackson scored 19 points, Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Notre Dame rallied to beat No. 2 North Carolina 80-76 on Saturday night. It was the second straight loss for the Tar Heels (19-4, 8-2 ACC). Marcus Paige broke out of a six-game shooting slump, finishing with 21 points. Brice Johnson had 14 points and 14 rebounds for North Carolina. (Associated Press)

Recap: Notre Dame 80, UNC 76

The good news is Marcus Paige snapped out of his slump. The bad news pretty much everything else went wrong as UNC went from leading 39-30 at halftime to an 80-76 loss at Notre Dame. UNC falls to 19-4 overall and 8-2 in the ACC which has the Tar Heels in a tie with Louisville though the Cardinals are no longer eligible for the postseason. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Tar Heels Come Up Short at Notre Dame, 80-76 - Highlights

Despite a game-high 21 points from Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels fell on the road to Notre Dame 80-76 on February 6, 2016. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Notre Dame

That one hurts much more than Monday's loss at Louisville. Carolina should've won Saturday night's game at Notre Dame, and had a 15-point lead late in the first half and nine points at halftime. But the Irish fought back and won an 80-76 decision. Carolina is a good rebounding team. But they haven't been in the past two games. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 92
Butler: 80
Fri, Mar 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Kentucky
Sun, Mar 26, 5:05 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky0
at #6 UNC0
Sunday 5:05 PM
Monk 20.4 ppg, 2.4 apg; Jackson 18.1 ppg, 2.7 apg;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-430-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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