Tale of the Tape: UNC vs DukeThis is very straightforward. Two teams ranked at or in the top ten in offensive efficiency and averaging at least 67 possessions per game but with some less than stellar defense. On paper this stands to be more about which offense can hit shots rather than anything the respective defenses do. (Tar Heel Blog)
Lucas: UNC Basketball NotebookRoy Williams said Marcus Paige continues to be bothered by plantar fasciitis. "It probably bothered him more this Sunday than the Sunday after the Boston College game," Williams said. "Williams singled out Maryland's Mark Turgeon and ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson as being among the individuals who contacted him with the most heartfelt messages in the wake of Dean Smith's passing (GoHeels.com)
Michael Jordan's 50 Sports Illustrated CoversInstant rebuttal to the assertion that a Sports Illustrated cover appearance brings bad luck: Michael Jordan has fronted the magazine a record 50 times, and still somehow managed to win six NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and the esteem of the entire sports world. Excluding commemorative and collector's editions, there are in fact 50 SI covers of Michael Jordan. (Sports Illustrated)
Lefty Driesell encouraged son to emulate former rival Dean SmithThe late Dean Smith has been remembered this week for what a great coach he was. Lefty Driesell remembers what a great recruiter Smith was. Smith, the legendary North Carolina coach who died last weekend at the age of 83, and Driesell faced each other on the court many times when Driesell steered Maryland from 1969 to 1986. (Roanoke Times)
UNC-Duke: On PointIn the past, it’s been matchups like Chris Duhon and Raymond Felton, back in 2004, that have determined the outcome. Duhon’s late reverse lay-up in overtime sealed a win for Duke at the Dean Dome, and his exceptional defense on Felton, then a freshman and the ACC leader in assists, in both games led to a clean 2-0 sweep of the games that year for the Blue Devils. (Chapelboro.com)
Dean Smith: Teacher, innovator and team-builder before the onset of personal brandingI wonder what Dean Smith would have thought of Twitter. Probably not much. His mind ravaged by dementia the last few years of his life, as documented in an ESPN The Magazine story by Tommy Tomlinson last spring, Smith never knew what such tech toys were. But I don't wonder because Smith surely preferred graphite or chalk over the tapping of keys. I wonder because he was never the type of coach who wanted to make himself the show. (PennLive.com)
Previewing DukeNo. 15 North Carolina concludes a three-game road trip at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday for the latest edition of its rivalry with No. 4 Duke. Tip-off is set for 9pm and will be televised by ESPN/ACCN. Duke enters Wednesday’s contest with a 22-3 (9-3 ACC) record. With a high scoring offense and a wealth of young talent, Duke has remained in the top five of the AP poll for the entirety of the season. (Inside Carolina)
Defending Duke's Dribble PenetrationNo. 4 Duke’s offensive strengths include the frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year honors in the post and a lethal touch from beyond the arc. No. 15 North Carolina’s ability to limit dribble penetration will be key in containing both options. “I think offensively they have the best balance of any team in college basketball because they can score inside and they have terrific 3-point shooters,” Roy Williams said Tuesday. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Tuesday Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "Sunday we gave them the day off. Yesterday we had a pretty decent practice. We showed them some clips where we have to do better. We showed them some clips where we did some good things but it wasn’t enough. I think that is part of the learning process, too. We have probably shown this team more clips from games than we have shown any other in the past three of four years." (Inside Carolina)
Video: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Press Conference Recap - DukeMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson answer questions from the media on February 17, 2015 in preparation for Wednesday’s game at Duke.
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - DukeNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams answers questions from the media on February 17th, 2015 in advance of Wednesday's game at Duke.
Charlie Scott to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of FameKansas State’s Rolando Blackman, Quinn Buckner of Indiana, Ohio State’s John Havlicek, Long Beach State’s Ed Ratleff and Charles Scott of North Carolina headline the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2015. A two-time All-America and the ACC athlete of the year in 1970 playing for coach Dean Smith, Scott was the first African-American scholarship athlete for the Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Know Your Opponent: DukeWith round one of the best rivalry in college basketball set for Wednesday night in Durham, Duke finds itself in sight of one of its annual goals - a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils have been no worse than a No. 3 seed every March since 2007, and with an RPI of 5 and a SOS of 8, they can expect to continue that streak. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Dean Smith Breaks Down 1989 UNC vs Duke GameIn this ACC Hidden Gem, legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith breaks down UNC's big win over Duke during an episode of his weekly TV show. It's a unique opportunity to hear the coach talk about keys to the 91-71 win for a Tar Heels team that featured Rick Fox, Hubert Davis, Scott Williams and J.R. Reid.
Justin Jackson finding his way, from home school to hoops hotbedThus far, there's been little normal about Justin Jackson's college experience. The freshman forward for 15th-ranked North Carolina gets one day off a week. This month his Tar Heels will play seven games in four different states, each one carried on television and chewed over by fans and media. One of those, Wednesday night's trip to No. 4 Duke, will come complete with several days of incessant hype. (Fayetteville Observer)
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