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Box Score: North Carolina 71, Wisconsin 56

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 71-56 win over Wisconsin in the finals of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. (View Box Score)

How Harrison Barnes has quickly evolved from role player to go-to guy

Independent from who he is, where he came from, and his role on the best regular season team in NBA history, Barnes is a young former supporting player growing into a significant role with a new team. This isn’t a completely unheard-of development in NBA history, despite what social media might have you believe. (Dallas Mavericks)

North Carolina dominant on the offensive glass

North Carolina’s Roy Williams knows a thing or two about having elite offensive rebounding teams. But this year’s team goes even beyond elite, to head-shaking. According to statistics website KenPom, the Tar Heels have an offensive rebounding rate of 50.3 percent, meaning the Tar Heels have actually grabbed more offensive rebounds than their opponents have garnered defensive boards. (Carolina Blue)

The Kenny Williams Effect

The Tar Heels have been significantly more effective on both ends during Kenny Williams’ minutes at the 2-guard. UNC scores about 14 more points per 100 possessions in those minutes and also allows about 22 points / 100 fewer. Diving into the “4 Factors” numbers, it can be concluded that Carolina is much better at forcing turnovers with Williams on the court. (The Secondary Break)

Bilas: "Carolina is the best, most complete team I've seen"

ESPN's Jay Bilas is one of the more knowledgable and respective college basketball analysts. He called the UNC vs. Oklahoma State game on Tuesday night and then tweeted this out on Wednesday afternoon: It's early, and a long way to go. But, North Carolina is the best, most complete team I've seen. Right now, I'd have the Heels at No. 1. (Carolina Blue)

Three to Know: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Wisconsin

Wisconsin, which returns its top nine scorers from a year ago, is off to a hot start under rookie head coach Greg Gard, who took over for Bo Ryan midway through last season. The game will feature a contrast in styles as fast-paced North Carolina, which ranks 53rd in adjusted tempo, will have to contend with the slower approach of the Badgers, who rank 348th. (Fayetteville Observer)

What keeps UNC’s Roy Williams going, after nearly 1,000 games

The message is more than a year old but Roy Williams won’t delete it. He wants to remember there are those who don’t believe in him. The voice mail is from the spring of 2015. “Told me it was going to be a cold day in Hades when the Carolina people are going to be satisfied with the job that I was doing because Brandon Ingram signed at Duke.” (Charlotte Observer)

Vertical Pod with Woj: Donnie Walsh

NBA legend Donnie Walsh joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj to discuss one of the NBA's legendary executive careers. Walsh also covers fascinating territory in his life, including how he nearly accepted a job in Richard Nixon’s law firm, and his memories of playing under Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC vs. Wisconsin: Position by Position comparisons

Point Guard: UNC - Joel Berry; Berry can beat you off the dribble and in transition. The junior and team leader is UNC's engine on both sides of the ball. Wisconsin - Bronson Koenig; A preseason first team All-Big Ten nomination, Koenig has led UW in scoring in all five games this season. Koenig is averaging a team-best 17.6 points per game. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels & Badgers To Face Off For Maui Title

Fourth-ranked North Carolina plays #16/14 Wisconsin in the championship game. The Badgers have beaten Tennessee (74-62) and Georgetown (73-57) to reach the final. Carolina is playing in its sixth Maui Invitational championship game. The Tar Heels are 3-2 in previous finals. Carolina is 3-0 vs. Big Ten teams in Maui history, including 2-0 in the finals. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Wisconsin Preview

No. 4 North Carolina will square off against No. 16 Wisconsin for the Maui Invitational trophy on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. The game tips at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. In his first full official season in charge, head coach Greg Gard has the Badgers off to a hot start in 2016-17. Wisconsin is 4-1, with their only loss coming to No. 22 Creighton. (Inside Carolina)

Five Thoughts On UNC’s 107-75 Win Over Oklahoma State

I’d love to have just one guy that looks like Justin Jackson at Oklahoma State. What is it like to root for somebody like that? He looks and plays like an alien. I could not be more impressed (or jealous). North Carolina is amazing. Thoroughbreds all over the floor. Pros at every position. Everything you want your program to be. (Pistols Firing)

Chansky’s Notebook: Not So Tough So Far

Whoosh...now it’s on to Wisconsin. Great basketball teams can play any style, and the Tar Heels will face that challenge tonight when they try to win the Maui Invitational against Wisconsin. Carolina routed previously unbeaten Oklahoma State Tuesday night 107-75, but there will be no scoring 100 points against the rugged Big Ten Badgers. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC-Oklahoma State Postgame Notes

UNC point guard Joel Berry set his career high with 24 points. It was the third time in six games he set or tied his career scoring high. The Tar Heels have won 17 games in the Lahaina Civic Center. The win tied the number of wins by Carolina (17) in the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., and the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: A Bad Reputation

It’s hard not to love the way this team competes, and the way they seem to thrive on dismantling an opponent. They seem a little angry, don’t they? That attitude has enabled UNC to already punch a handful of opponents in the mouth. Do that many more times, and it starts to turn into the kind of reputation that makes everyone left on the schedule very wary. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Georgia Tech: 66
Sat, Jan 20 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#10 UNC0
at Virginia Tech0
Monday 7:00 PM
Maye 17.8 ppg, 2.4 apg; Hill 14.7 ppg, 1.2 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia7-017-1
(4) Duke5-217-2
(10) North Carolina5-216-4
(18) Clemson5-216-3
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Boston College3-414-7
NC State3-413-7
Notre Dame3-413-7
Virginia Tech2-412-6
Wake Forest1-68-11

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