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UCLA's Steve Alford discusses UNC

During the CBS Sports Classic teleconference Thursday, UCLA head coach Steve Alford discussed the challenges UNC poses for his team. "A lot (of challenges). They are a very deep team and a very explosive team," Alford said. "They have lot of experience. I have a lot respect for Coach Williams and their staff. Obviously they are a great coached team, a very disciplined team." (Carolina Blue)

Grizzlies’ Brandan Wright expected to miss 6-8 weeks with knee surgery

One of the best under-the-radar signings of the summer was the Grizzlies picking up athletic big man Brandan Wright. But Wright hasn’t played much this season, appearing in just seven games and not staying healthy. Now, he’ll be out for a couple of months after undergoing knee surgery. Wright has missed the majority of the Grizzlies’ games already, so this isn’t something that really changes things. (NBC Sports)

UNC needs Marcus Paige at his best now to remain in No. 1 seed hunt

North Carolina will need Marcus Paige to be at his best, running a group that ranks third in offensive efficiency and clipping 118 points per 100 possessions on KenPom. Paige has to remain aggressive. He's UNC's best shooter, its clear leader, best defender in the backcourt and its best overall player. If he's not at his best, the team can't be. Roy Williams knows that. (CBS Sports)

SI College Basketball Power Rankings: Where are the truly elite teams this season?

9. North Carolina: Why have a two-loss UNC team ahead of undefeated Purdue and Xavier? The first part of the answer is that the Tar Heels should be evaluated as a one-loss team, given that they’ve only lost once with Marcus Paige in the lineup. The second part is that they have quality wins. The third part is that I still think they’d beat everyone ranked below them on a neutral court. (Sports Illustrated)

From pregame ceremony to postgame pick-up, Shammond Williams relishes return to UNC

Tulane came out on the wrong end of a 96-72 thrashing against No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday, but Green Wave assistant coach Shammond Williams didn’t leave Chapel Hill without at least making one warm memory. This was his first time back in the Smith Center on the opposing bench. Nearly an hour after the game ended, he was out on the Smith Center floor, playing one-on-one with UNC guard Nate Britt. (Fayetteville Observer)

Danny Green on passing Larry Bird in career 3-pointers: 'Mind-boggling'

Instead of discussing a career milestone after the San Antonio Spurs' 114-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Danny Green talked about the opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and his search for what he called a Jedi Knight hoodie. Then a reporter made Green aware he'd passed Hall of Famer Larry Bird in career 3-pointers, inquiring whether the accomplishment blew the guard's mind. (ESPN.com)

UNC wins ‘big,’ even without Kennedy Meeks in the lineup

Tar Heels 3.0 debuted Wednesday. With the duo of Joel James and Isaiah taking up most of the slack left by Meeks’ absence and Brice Johnson making amends for a disappointing performance in Saturday’s loss at Texas, UNC’s latest version cruised to a 96-72 win against Tulane at the Smith Center. (Wilmington Star News)

Johnson's career night sets tone for Tar Heels in romp past Tulane

Brice Johnson said he knew there needed to be sources of extra production somewhere from No. 11 North Carolina’s frontcourt. He took it upon himself to provide it Wednesday night Johnson, a senior forward, scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the first half as the Tar Heels brushed off visiting Tulane 96-72 at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels Bounce Back

There is little doubt at this point UNC can score with any team in the country. UNC got a look at life without Kennedy Meeks and for the most part played extremely well. The caliber of opponent had something to do with that but the exercise in adjustments is an important one. Now UNC will try to get past UCLA on Saturday then hope Meeks can return before ACC play gets too far along. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels use errors in Texas loss as motivation in 96-72 win against Tulane

North Carolina’s 96-72 win against Tulane displayed a No. 11 Tar Heel team focused on bettering its weaknesses, especially those on display in the 84-82 loss to Texas, rather than a team concerned with filling the void of injured Kennedy Meeks. UNC held Tulane to 37.9 percent shooting in the first half, then allowed the visitor to shoot 55.9 percent in the second half. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Defense Holding Back Johnson-Hicks Duo

Following UNC’s test run without Kennedy Meeks in the lineup on Wednesday, Brice Johnson accurately described his pairing with Isaiah Hicks in the frontcourt. “With Isaiah in there, it’s like having another one of me in there,” Johnson said. That statement is true on several levels. Both forwards are long and athletic, capable of soaring dunks and towering alley oops. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Generations

Shammond Williams loves, really loves, North Carolina basketball. He loves Dean Smith. He loves the blue. He loves the Smith Center. Before he got into coaching, you could find him playing pickup with the current team every single summer. Not just the years when it was cool to come back. He was always there. That’s what happens at Carolina, and that’s what makes it Carolina. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams on starting Joel James: “I knew I was going to start Joel (James) because he’s a senior, he deserved it, and he’s done some good things. I didn’t even look but I probably felt like Isaiah may even play more minutes...he really blasted him 19 to 18. But, Isaiah does a better job guarding the screen on the ball because he’s quicker but Joel was a force in there defensively." (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Tulane Postgame Notes

Carolina shot 50 percent from the field (36 of 72). That is the fourth straight game and seventh time in 10 games this year UNC has shot 50 percent or better. Four different Tar Heels either set or tied their career highs in assists. Marcus Paige moved out of a tie with Dennis Wuycik for 29th place in UNC career scoring. Paige now has 1485 points. Wuycik had 1469. Donald Williams is 28th with 1492. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Tulane Press Conference

North Carolina coach Roy Williams talks on the Tar Heels' 96-72 win over Tulane in the Smith Center on December 16, 2015. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Syracuse68
at #7 Louisville88
FINAL
Lydon (Syracuse) 17 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 25 pts;
Georgia Tech60
at #21 Notre Dame64
FINAL
Heath (Georgia Tech) 12 pts; Colson (Notre Dame) 20 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(7) Louisville11-523-6
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(21) Notre Dame11-522-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Miami10-620-8
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Syracuse9-817-13
Wake Forest7-916-12
Georgia Tech7-916-13
Pittsburgh4-1215-14
Clemson4-1214-14
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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