Dean Smith: Ties That BindSome 16 years after he coached his last game, the tune surrounding Dean Smith hasn't changed. There's no chink in the armor. The people who are convinced it couldn't be legit are still searching for a player unwilling to drop everything and spend a half-hour telling you why they were lucky to have played for Dean Smith. That’s the difference. (Inside Carolina)
Statement From Roy Williams On Dean Smith's PassingUNC head coach Roy Williams on the death of Dean Smith: “It’s such a great loss for North Carolina – our state, the University, of course the Tar Heel basketball program, but really the entire basketball world. We lost one of our greatest ambassadors for college basketball for the way in which a program should be run. We lost a man of the highest integrity who did so many things off the court to help make the world a better place to live in." (GoHeels.com)
Dean Smith Passes Away At Age 83Former UNC head men’s basketball coach Dean Smith died Saturday evening in Chapel Hill. He was 83 years old. “Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children,” the Smith family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you.” (GoHeels.com)
Lucas: The Stories Are TrueI have been sitting here staring at this screen for 30 minutes. And what I have finally decided I want you to know the most about Dean Smith is this: it’s true. In the next few hours and days, as the tributes to the legendary man pour in, you are going to hear all of the incredible stories again. Some you may hear for the first time. Some you may hear for the hundredth time. These stories are true, and you should remember all of them, because now it’s our job to pass them down. Don’t embellish them. They don’t need it. They are good enough with just the facts. (GoHeels.com)
Dean Smith dies at age of 83Dean Smith, who coached North Carolina to two men's basketball national titles, died Saturday night at the age of 83. North Carolina announced Smith's death Sunday morning. "Coach Dean Smith passed away peacefully the evening of February 7 at his home in Chapel Hill, and surrounded by his wife and five children," Smith's family said in a statement. "We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as arrangements are made available to the public. Thank you." (ESPN.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Boston College Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke with the media after the Tar Heels 79-68 win at Boston College.
Isaiah Hicks Shines in Starting RoleIsaiah Hicks turned his second career start into a career performance in No. 12 North Carolina’s 79-68 win over Boston College on Saturday. The sophomore forward learned just before tip-off that he would be starting for the first time since late November. By halftime, he had already tied his career high in points and set a new career high with six made free throws. (Inside Carolina)
Lineup Shake-Up For Tar HeelsRoy Williams switched up his starting lineup on Saturday for the first time since late November – a span covering 18 games – in hopes of shaking his 12th-ranked Tar Heels out of their two-game losing streak. “You lose two in a row and you can’t just say everything’s rosy,” Williams told reporters following his team’s 79-68 win over Boston College. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Oxford EverywhereLuke Davis couldn’t say exactly why he’d had the premonition. He just knew that he had it. In the minutes before Saturday’s game at Boston College, Davis proclaimed to Carolina’s suit brigade—a group that lost Joel Berry II, who returned after a seven-game absence due to a groin injury, but gained Desmond Hubert, who was injured in practice this week—“I think Isaiah is going to score 20.” (GoHeels.com)
Hicks gets start, 21 points as UNC tops Boston College 79-68The North Carolina mystique isn’t what is was. Even not-so-good teams like Boston College don’t quake in their sneakers when the Tar Heels show up. So UNC had to earn one up here, escaping Silvio O. Conte Forum — and hopefully the snow threatening the Boston area — with a 79-68 Atlantic Coast Conference win over the Eagles on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC-Boston College: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesWhat went into your decision to switch up the starting lineup? Roy Williams: “We hadn’t played as well. Different things for different people. J.P. seemed out of it the other night completely, and had had 12 turnovers in the two games prior to that. Our defensive grades for Brice and Kennedy weren’t as good. I hesitated a little bit to make any change." (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC-Boston College Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 79-68 win over Boston College Saturday in Chestnut Hill.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 79, Boston College 68At some point this team will put together two good halves. As it stands right now, as long as the good half is the second one and it results in a win that's fine. Isaiah Hicks posted a career high 21 points in his second start of the season and Brice Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Heels to a 79-68 win at Boston College. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Brice Johnson's Dunk Goes In & Comes Back OutNorth Carolina's Brice Johnson follows the miss with a putback dunk that goes through the rim, gets caught in the net, bounces out, and does not count.
Hicks, Johnson, No. 12 North Carolina beat Boston CollegeIsaiah Hicks scored 21 points, Brice Johnson had 20 with nine rebounds and No. 12 North Carolina beat Boston College 79-68 on Saturday. Marcus Paige added 13 points, all coming in the final 12 minutes for the Tar Heels. Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd that was half-filled with fans wearing Carolina blue, the Tar Heels took control midway into the second half. (ESPN.com)
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