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Free-Throw Distraction: The Best Fans in the NCAA

Fans are so central to the college basketball experience that they’re often called the sixth man. What has long been unclear is whether this sixth man was actually helping the home team, or whether opposing players were focused enough to shut out rowdy distractions. North Carolina’s fans help the Tar Heels to the tune of about two-thirds of a point per game, relative to a typical home crowd. (New York Times)

Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #1 Virginia

The danger in playing Virginia for this Tar Heel team is getting panicked and out of sorts. UNC will feel like it's in control then Virginia will tighten the defense and destroy hope much the same way Georgia Tech does with an eight minute drive on the football field. The Cavaliers can be had, though it may take as high level a game as UNC has played all season. Prediction: UNC 66, Virginia 63 (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels eager for another shot at Cavaliers

Coming off its first loss and going into a place where it historically hadn’t enjoyed much success, you’d have to say that Virginia’s win at North Carolina in early February was one of its biggest of the season. Virginia’s victory ignited a nine-game winning streak. On Friday, the schools meet again in the ACC Tournament semifinals. (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Tournament Tales: Brendan Haywood

Brendan Haywood’s Tar Heels would reach the Tourney in all four years that he played. Although they were ousted in the first round in Haywood’s sophomore season and the second round as a senior, North Carolina reached the Final Four in Haywood’s freshman and junior seasons. The 12-year NBA veteran took a minute Wednesday to tip off our initial installment of Tournament Tales. (NBA.com)

Cavs, Heels close to getting healthy

Two of the most hobbled teams in the ACC are trying to get back to full strength, just in time to meet in the ACC tournament semifinals. No. 19 North Carolina has seen its roster shortened because of injuries, but the Tar Heels have Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige playing at full strength or close to it. No. 3 Virginia also is happy to have Justin Anderson back in the lineup after a broken finger and an appendectomy. (Greensboro News & Record)

Michael Jordan's '84 shoes to auction

A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month. Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions. (ESPN.com)

Video: Dean Smith Painting Focus of Amazing Halftime Show

Dan Dunn, creator of "Paint Jam" brings his act to the ACC Tournament to paint a picture of the late Dean Smith. Check out Dunn's frenetic pace as he crafts a masterpiece in mere seconds! View Video...

Warriors Recall James Michael McAdoo from Santa Cruz

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward James Michael McAdoo from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced Thursday. McAdoo, who signed with Golden State for the remainder of the season on February 19, has appeared in four games with the Warriors, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.0 minutes. (NBA.com)

'Roy rage' wakes up Tar Heels, keys victory

Roy Williams had seen enough when he angrily called a timeout in the first half of Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal against Louisville. Williams got nose-to-nose with Brice Johnson about loafing down the court, paused for a moment to kneel down when he got dizzy, and then immediately recalled his anger to get into the face of J.P. Tokoto for a dumb pass. Message received. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Brice Johnson "Manned Up" against Louisville

It hadn't even been 10 minutes since his team's 70-60 win over Louisville in the quarterfinal of the ACC Tournament, but Roy Williams thought the crowd in the press conference auditorium could use a reminder. "I’d like to introduce you to our two players," he started. "Marcus Paige is the first one. Brice Johnson — he’s the guy who showed up for the second half. Don’t know who was out there for the first half." (Daily Tar Heel)

Lucas: A Joyful Noise

Less than two hours after Roy Williams bristled at Brice Johnson on the Greensboro Coliseum court, they were together again in a happy Carolina locker room. There was the head coach, still in his gray pinstripe suit, jumping around in the middle of the room with his ebullient players. And there, right next to him if perhaps a little higher off the ground, was Johnson. (GoHeels.com)

Previewing Virginia

No. 5 seed North Carolina will look to upset defending ACC Tournament champion and No. 1 seed Virginia in semifinal action on Friday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Cavaliers have maintained their dominance over the ACC from start to finish this season. (Inside Carolina)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Virginia

With Virginia, it's all about how well UNC can execute offensively against a team that is producing some of the best defensive numbers, efficiency wise, the KenPom rankings have ever seen. Virginia has the ability to lock Marcus Paige down and disrupt the Tar Heels' ability to get the ball inside. The question is how this game will differ from the February 2nd meeting in Chapel Hill won by the Cavaliers? (Tar Heel Blog)

Brice Johnson Answers Challenge

After a lackluster start, UNC forward Brice Johnson responded with a big second half as the fifth-seeded Tar Heels battled back to defeat No. 4 seed Louisville, 70-60, in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday. With Kennedy Meeks still recovering from an illness (he provided 9 points in 19 minutes of play), and Louisville’s defense buckling down, Johnson answered his coaches’ challenge. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Louisville Postgame Notes

Roy Williams passed legendary Kansas Coach Phog Allen with his 747th victory. That moves Williams into 15th place in all-time wins. Henry Iba is 14th with 759. Williams is now 747-200 overall (.789) and 329-99 as UNC’s head coach. Fifth seed UNC beat #4 Louisville today, marking the first time UNC has defeated a higher seed in the ACC Tournament since 2003. (GoHeels.com)

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, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 4:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

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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