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Pinson says he feels like he’s ‘getting close’ to playing again

It has been a season of false starts for Theo Pinson, the North Carolina junior forward. Back in October, after the Tar Heels began practice, he was anticipating becoming a full-time starter and providing in larger doses the energy for which he’s known. Then he endured a broken bone in his right foot, and the injury forced him to miss UNC’s first 16 games. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC-Notre Dame likely to be Greensboro’s last major basketball game for a while

The UNC vs. Notre Dame match-up that took place Sunday is likely the last major basketball game in Greensboro for a while. With the ACC tournament out of state this year and the NCAA moving its games because of House Bill 2, many people from Greensboro who saw the Tar Heels dominate the Fighting Irish said they were happy the coliseum could host this game. (FOX 8 WGHP)

At meeting, coach tries to shoot Kenny Williams’ confidence back up

Early in the season, Kenny Williams showed that he was going to be a force offensively, and his confidence gave North Carolina a powerful complement to his tough defense. That player has been missing for the Tar Heels recently. But that guy showed up in the Tar Heels’ 83–76 victory in a postponed and moved ACC game on Sunday in the Greensboro Coliseum. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC’s Experience Supplanting Lack of One-and-dones

No. 18 Duke’s recent revolving door of one-and-done recruits provides a sharp contrast to No. 8 North Carolina’s veteran approach, albeit not one that Roy Williams intended. “Well, it’s not by design,” Williams told reporters on his ACC teleconference call on Monday. “All of the guys that they’ve got, we tried to recruit also. There’s no question about that.” (Inside Carolina)

Victory over Notre Dame to count as UNC home game in RPI

North Carolina says the NCAA has determined that its victory over Notre Dame in Greensboro will count as a home game for the Tar Heels and a road game for the Fighting Irish in its RPI rankings. The NCAA decided that it would count as a UNC home game because it was moved for emergency purposes and its season-ticket holders could use their tickets. (USA Today)

Tar Heels Climb In National Basketball Polls

North Carolina jumped four spots to No. 8 in the Associated Press college basketball poll and three spots to No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches basketball poll in new rankings released on Monday afternoon. The Tar Heels were No. 12 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the coaches rankings before beating PItt and No. 20/18 Notre Dame last week. (GoHeels.com)

For one day, Tournament Town comes alive

This was a benchmark event for Greensboro, an unscheduled occasion that landed here out of necessity, an invitation to a league and a game, one that was born here and the other that found its home in the best college basketball arena in America. If we didn’t know that already, we certainly do now. And it’s an absolute shame it might never happen again. (Greensboro News & Record)

Kenny Williams finds his shot

Kenny Williams thought back to his shooting woes in the past few games. He thought back to hearing those words of confidence from coach Roy Williams. And after the ball fell through on the first shot against Notre Dame, he thought about being the shooter he is. "First thought... There it goes. It was a relief, just being able to knock down that shot," said Williams. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels See Benefits of Raising Defensive Intensity

The final numbers showed the continuation of a disturbing trend, but UNC’s players walked off the court feeling encouraged. Considering the quality of the offense they faced, they played better defense in their victory over Notre Dame on Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum than they had in recent games. “We were more active today,” Joel Berry said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC gets NCAA tournament warmup

UNC claimed the 83-76 victory over Notre Dame, reaffirming why it will be one of the favorites come NCAA tournament time. The conditions weren’t perfect for a Big Dance setting, but there were plenty of similarities. Sure, a sea of Carolina blue flooded the Greensboro Coliseum, but the Tar Heels are likely to open this year’s NCAA Tournament in Greenville, S.C (FanRag Sports)

Update on Theo Pinson's situation

Is it possible that junior wing Theo Pinson could return for the Tar Heels game against Duke on Thursday? UNC played in their third-straight game without Pinson, who is dealing with an ankle injury. But it appears his return is coming sooner than later. Pinson participated in the pregame shootaround and worked out before their win over Notre Dame on Sunday. (FOX Sports)

All Hands On Deck For Tar Heels

In order to defeat Notre Dame, the Tar Heels needed contributions from everyone Roy Williams called on, and that is what happened in UNC’s 83-76 victory at the Greensboro Coliseum. Six Tar Heels scored in double figures, but all ten that got on the floor did something that enabled the Heels to leave with a victory and in firm control of first place in the ACC. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels thrive in 'weird' situation against Notre Dame

Technically, it will go down as a neutral-site game. But the Tar Heels felt at home in front of the Greensboro crowd of 17,051. UNC had six players score in double figures. The Tar Heels have won more games in program history in the city of Greensboro than any other place outside of Chapel Hill, with the majority of those wins in ACC and NCAA tournament games. (ESPN.com)

UNC’s unexpected visit to Greensboro could be ACC’s farewell

Under normal circumstances, North Carolina’s unexpected trip to the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday would have been a precursor to the Tar Heels beginning the NCAA tournament next month on the same floor, where they have enjoyed such success in the past. The Tar Heels’ 7-0 NCAA record here is one of so many deep ties to this building, for both UNC and Notre Dame. (Charlotte Observer)

Amid a strange situation, Tar Heels avoid awkward ending to defeat Notre Dame

There were so many strange components involving the Notre Dame / North Carolina men's basketball game that the No. 12 Tar Heels wanted to make sure there wasn’t a totally unusual ending Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum. With that, they made enough plays in the final minutes to repel No. 20 Notre Dame 83-76 and remain alone in first place in the ACC. (Burlington Times News)

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