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UNC Basketball Moves to No. 1 in Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25

1. North Carolina: Why the Tar Heels are ranked here: The top four scorers -- and every rotation player except J.P. Tokoto -- are returning from a team that finished 11th in KenPom's final ratings and made the Sweet 16. The late addition of Kenny Williams adds a shooter to the roster. So the Tar Heels are talented, experienced and deep, which is a nice combination. (CBS Sports)

Top Ten Greatest NBA Playoff Performances By Former Tar Heels

The NBA Playoffs have been fun to watch this year, in part because there is no shortage of UNC alumni playing postseason basketball. Whether it’s Danny Green blocking shots for the Spurs, Vince Carter turning back time or Harrison Barnes filling his role perfectly for the Warriors, here are some moments in NBA Playoff history that stand out as the greatest by former Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Depot)

Harrison Barnes benefits from bulk of practice with Walton

After most practices, Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes plays one-on-one against assistant coach Luke Walton, who has added at least 15 pounds since he played at 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds. So when Barnes gets assigned would-be mismatches, like Memphis’ 6-9, 260-pound Zach Randolph, he feels as if he’s right back on the practice court. (San Francisco Gate)

UNC basketball legend Phil Ford and Kenan-Flagler team up to fight obesity

Just minutes after North Carolina basketball legend Phil Ford spoke Tuesday about his newest life passion, the sound of shoes squeaking and basketballs bouncing filled Woollen Gym. Ford, a former UNC point guard and the 1978 NCAA National Player of the Year, is no stranger to filled gymnasiums — but this time, Ford was the one cheering from the sidelines. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Basketball will still be strong, despite missing out on Ingram

Fear not, North Carolina fans. The sky isn’t plummeting because Brandon Ingram — the reigning North Carolina Mr. Basketball — committed to play basketball at Duke. “The addition of shooting guard Kenny Williams actually fills a bigger need for UNC than a small forward, given that (UNC Coach) Roy Williams can use Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson there.” (Winston-Salem Journal)

Sneakers Worn by Then-Rookie Michael Jordan Sells for More Than $71,000

A pair of Nike sneakers worn by Michael Jordan sold at an auction Sunday for more than $71,000. The Nike Air Ship shoes worn by the Bulls’ most infamous MVP during his rookie season fetched $71,553 through SCP Auctions. The shoes are white leather canvas with a red Nike Swoosh logo and a red upper heel. (NBC Chicago)

Jerry Stackhouse: What Dean Smith taught me about money

I asked Jerry Stackhouse, who played in the NBA from 1995 to 2013 and reportedly has a net worth of $60 million, about how he manages his finances. "Coach [Dean] Smith put me with a group, Franklin Street Partners...and I've been there ever since," he says of the Chapel Hill-based trustee. Stackhouse remembers Smith telling him "you need to slow down a little" after seeing his financial statements during his rookie year. (Yahoo! Finance)

Vince Carter's putback dunk will make you immediately nostalgic for 1998

Vince Carter is the greatest dunker in NBA history -- and if you're foolish enough to dispute this, we present legendary YouTube video "Vince Carter's 100 Greatest Dunks" as exhibit A. Let's just say it's nice to see him turn back the clock. Vinsanity forever. (SB Nation)

Player Review: Marcus Paige

Marcus' season started with only 8 points on 2 of 8 shooting against North Carolina Central. While it would have been easy to write that off as one game, as the season progressed Paige continued to play at a level that was significantly lower than what was expected. In time, it became known that Paige was indeed suffering from plantar faciitis. (Tar Heel Blog)

Recruiting Under the NCAA Cloud

Roy Williams and his UNC program would benefit from a late addition to its roster in cementing its status as a Final Four contender in 2015-16, although the lingering NCAA investigation has seriously hampered those efforts. Look no further than Kinston, N.C., a small town of 21,000 some 110 miles southeast of the Dean E. Smith Center, for evidence of the fallout of a NCAA case still awaiting its midpoint. (Inside Carolina)

Bucks' John Henson gave out burritos to fans waiting for tickets

Bucks fans lined up Thursday afternoon to get tickets for their kinda surprising Game 6 matchup with the Bulls. They didn't have to go hungry. Idea: For every long line everywhere -- the DMV, airports, etc. -- John Henson shows up and hands out burritos. This is a good idea. (SB Nation)

Kenny Smith talks Chapel Hill, Dean Smith

Kenny Smith is best known among basketball fans for his role as an analyst on Turner Sports’ Inside the NBA. Smith banters, bickers and talks basketball with host Ernie Johnson and fellow analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Before he became a familiar TV presence — adding a family reality series to his résumé this spring— Smith played basketball. When Smith reached the NBA in 1987, LeBron James was just a toddler in Akron, Ohio. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Benton Moss, Sasha Seymore Honored At Chancellor's Awards

Two UNC student-athletes were honored at the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards, held on April 22. The ceremony is the only campus-wide student recognition program at UNC. Benton Moss, a senior on the baseball team, received the Jim Tatum Memorial Award. Sasha Seymore, a senior on the men’s basketball team, was honored with the Chi Omega Award for Scholarship and Leadership. (GoHeels.com)

Player Review: Brice Johnson

Offensively, Brice Johnson ended up being only slightly better than he was in 2013-14. His individual offensive efficiency ticked up from 114.3 to 114.5. Johnson's offensive rebounding percentage was down slightly while his defensive rebounding percentage was up. His two-point shooting percentage matched the previous season at 56.6% although Johnson took 101 more shots as a junior. (Tar Heel Blog)

Oddsmakers say the 2015-16 basketball national title favorites are...

North Carolina (10/1), Duke (10/1), Kentucky (10/1), Michigan State (10/1): The four co-favorites are each name-brand programs, which suggests a couple of things. North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, and Michigan State all will be really good next season. UNC is the safest bet to meet expectations since the Tar Heels return all but one key player from a Sweet 16 team. (Yahoo! Sports)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 95
Radford: 50
Sun, Dec 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Davidson
Wed, Dec 7, 9:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Tennessee
Sun, Dec 11, 5:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, 5:45 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Duke84
at UVA76
Fort Wayne72
at Notre Dame87
Southern Miss49
at FSU98
S Carolina St46
at Miami82
at Wake Forest91
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(23) Notre Dame0-09-0
(5) Duke0-09-1
(7) North Carolina0-08-1
(14) Virginia0-08-1
Florida State0-08-1
(11) Louisville0-07-1
Wake Forest0-07-2
Virginia Tech0-06-1
NC State0-06-2
Georgia Tech0-04-3
Boston College0-04-3

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