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Ty Lawson out for Nuggets with broken rib

At least now Ty Lawson was sitting up. The Nuggets' starting point guard is in no condition to do much else. His fractured rib will keep him out of the next two games at least — Monday night vs. the Pacers and Wednesday at Minnesota vs. the Timberwolves. When he'll return after that is anyone's guess, but he'll have the all-star break to get it figured out. (Denver Post)

Will Winter Weather Play Havoc With UNC-Duke on Wednesday?

As it stands right now, central North Carolina is due a fair amount of winter weather over the next 72 hours. The main thrust of the weather in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area could come on Wednesday into the night until Thursday morning. That would put game time in the middle of the expected worst part of the storm and complicate fans coming to the game. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams thrives on taking talent out of Iowa

Williams has continued to raid Iowa since he relocated to North Carolina. Harrison Barnes (Ames) and current UNC player Marcus Paige (Marion) hail from the Hawkeye State. Williams caused some angst by removing local talent from its home base. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels Supporting Tar Heels

Though their games are the toughest tickets on campus, UNC's men’s basketball players don’t just confine themselves to the Smith Center. “I’ve been to all the football games, been to women’s basketball...” sophomore forward Brice Johnson said. “I need to go to tennis now. I want to go to a tennis match. I try to see whatever I can. I’m a sports fanatic.” (GoHeels.com)

Thought of the week: Put up or shut up

The Tar Heels have put it all together during their five-game winning streak. Just how good have they looked? Guard Marcus Paige is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 3-to-1. He has been the team’s leading scorer during that span with an average of 18 points per game. (ESPN.com)

Great Expectations for UNC Freshmen vs. Duke

Nate Britt was a high school junior, sitting on the baseline at the Smith Center next to fellow commits Isaiah Hicks and Marcus Paige, when he watched freshman Austin Rivers stunningly bury a game-winning 3-pointer to seal Duke's comeback over North Carolina in 2012. It's a memory that fuels the point guard, especially now that he's a freshman for the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)

P.J. Hairston torching D-League but didn't dominate Duke

At 6-4 in the ACC and 16-7 overall, the Tar Heels probably won’t get back in the national top 20 - even if they beat the Blue Devils Wednesday in Chapel Hill. But over four career games against Duke, P.J. Hairston had only one big night and that came in UNC’s 73-68 loss last year on Feb. 13 (Mike Krzyzewski’s birthday) in Durham. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Out Of The Blue: Marcus Paige

Marcus Paige has proven that he is the unquestioned leader of the Tar Heel basketball team, but all he's focused on is getting better at his craft as he looks to continue Carolina's history of great point guards. Ben Brown: Who do you model your game after? Paige: "Well, I try to model my game after Chris Paul. I just like the way he has an all-around game." (GoHeels.com)

Forgetting P.J. Hairston

Collectively we Carolina fans are doing our best to move on from unexpectedly losing P.J. Hairston, the player who was supposed to be this team’s superstar. We try to avoid thinking about what the team could be if he hadn’t been pulled over on that fateful day in June. It’s not productive to live in the past. The team on the court is what we have now. This team is starting to hit a stride. (TheBlackFalcon.net)

‘Stack’ backs Carolina College Advising Corps

After leading the Tar Heels to the 1995 Final Four, entering the NBA draft early to become the No. 3 draft pick and playing professionally for 18 seasons, Jerry Stackhouse is back in Chapel Hill more often, lending his voice to something he believes in deeply: expanding access to a college degree. One of UNC’s programs that has drawn his attention is the Carolina College Advising Corps. (UNC.edu)

Tar Heels lean on Tokoto in fight at Notre Dame

A tipped pass, box-out, or rebound won’t get you on SportsCenter. J.P. Tokoto has been on SportsCenter. He knows. The UNC sophomore has dunked his way into the spotlight on more than one occasion. He did so again just five minutes into Saturday’s 73-62 win against Notre Dame, receiving a feed from point guard Marcus Paige and then taking flight for a one-handed, arena-rattling slam. (Daily Tar Heel)

How Larry Brown's Magic Is Turning SMU Basketball Around in a Hurry

Less than two years after being lured out of retirement, the Hall of Fame coach has transformed one of college basketball’s biggest doormats into a team that should be nationally ranked for the first time since 1985 when the next Associated Press poll is released Monday. (Bleacher Report)

Harrison Barnes wants to keep it simple at NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest

Harrison Barnes has never participated in a formal dunk contest before, so he just wants to keep things simple for the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. Barnes said he hopes to have some fun and maybe involve teammate Stephen Curry. He’s been soliciting dunk ideas from fans on Twitter, so I asked him if maybe one idea would involve a tribute to fellow UNC product Michael Jordan? (Inside the Warriors)

The Best That Never Was?

The 1983-1984 Tar Heels were arguably the best team Dean Smith put on the floor in his 36 years in Chapel Hill. That UNC team featured five first-round NBA draft picks. four first-team All-Americans, and the national player of the year in Michael Jordan. The starting lineup featured Kenny Smith at the point, Jordan and Matt Doherty on the wings, and Sam Perkins and Brad Daugherty inside. (Tar Heel Blog)

Petition to name Rasheed Wallace Pistons’ head coach has started

The Detroit Pistons are looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Mo Cheeks. That has them looking for a new head coach and a group of Pistons fans have started a petition with the White House to make Rasheed Wallace their head coach. Of course the white house would require 100,000 signatures to address it formally, and as of now they have 36 signatures. (FanSided.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 72
Wisconsin: 79
Thu, Mar 26 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Guilford
Fri, Nov 6, 7:30 ET

UNC vs. Temple
Fri, Nov 13, 7:00 ET CBSSN Tickets

UNC vs. Fairfield
Sun, Nov 15, 4:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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