Hot Carolina Squad Hopes To Send Seniors Out On Top Against Notre DameThe No. 19 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 22-7 overall and 12-4 in the ACC, will be aiming to make it twelve straight victories Monday night in the Smith Center when it takes on struggling Notre Dame, 15-15 on the season and 6-11 in the conference. Head Coach Roy Williams says he credits some of the role players for keeping the Carolina winning streak alive. (Chapelboro.com)
Leslie McDonald, seniors to bid Smith Center goodbyeThere’ve been highs — 21 points against Duke in the midst of a nine-game win streak — and there’ve been lows in Leslie McDonald's career — an ACL tear, a year on the bench rehabbing it, and an NCAA investigation. But tonight against Notre Dame, McDonald will compete on the Smith Center court for the last time alongside fellow seniors James Manor, Denzel Robinson and Wade Moody. (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: Down The Stretch They ComeIt doesn't seem possible that the Smith Center will host its final game of the 2013-14 season tonight. Usually, early March is complete with intrigue and multiple ACC postseason permutations. That's not the case this season. UNC's win at Virginia Tech on Saturday clinched a top-4 seed in the ACC Tournament for the Tar Heels, which comes with a precious double bye in the event. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels, McDonald on upswingNorth Carolina had moments of promise and plenty of missteps early in the season before hitting its stride late. In some respects, that journey mirrors the one traveled by senior guard Leslie McDonald, who will be honored tonight at the Smith Center as UNC plays its final home game of the season against Notre Dame (7 p.m., ESPN). (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC-Notre Dame PreviewAfter a slow start to the conference season, North Carolina turned it around in a major way, winning 11 straight to clinch a first-round bye in the upcoming ACC tournament. The No. 19 Tar Heels will look to continue that run Monday night when they host Notre Dame in the team's final home game of the season. This matchup will close out the regular season for the Fighting Irish, who have lost three of four. (CBS Sports)
College Basketball's Best DunkersJ.P. Tokoto (North Carolina): Early in the second half of Carolina’s game against Pitt earlier this month, my perception of Tokoto was forever changed. By the way, in case you think Tokoto is a Dunk All-Star starter just because of one dunk, I should mention that there are plenty of other examples that will leave you shaking your head. (Grantland.com)
Previewing Notre DameMonday is the final game of the season at the Smith Center, which means it’s Senior Night. UNC’s opponent is Notre Dame, a team that has won just one road game all season. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Notre Dame enters Monday’s contest with a 15-15 (6-11 ACC) record. The Fighting Irish have split their six games since losing UNC at home just over three weeks ago. (Inside Carolina)
Walk-ons get moment in spotlight at senior nightDenzel Robinson and fellow Chapel Hill High graduate James Manor have combined for 10 points in 20 minutes this season. But tonight against Notre Dame at the Smith Center, they will join Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Tyler Hansbrough and all the other famous players who have started for the Tar Heels. “It’s one of those things that you look forward to ever since making the team,” said Manor. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Notre DameUNC faces Notre Dame for the second time this season after playing very well, especially in the second half, during the first meeting in South Bend. One particular stat that turned the game around was the turnover rate. On the season Notre Dame has been very good at taking care of the basketball. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: 8 Points in 17 Seconds, March 2 1974March 2, 1974: UNC scores 8 points in the final 17 seconds of regulation against Duke, capped by Walter Davis' 30-foot bank shot from the wing as time expired. The Tar Heels went on to win the game in overtime, 96-92, in one of the most dramatic games in the history of the rivalry.
North Carolina On Their Heels Against Virginia TechThe Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4 ACC) struggled against the Hokies’ slow-down pace and 2-3 zone but still came away with a 60-56 win at Cassell Coliseum. “Obviously we’re not super pleased with the way we played,” sophomore point guard Marcus Paige said. “But at this stage of the season, when you’re on the road, you’ll take whatever you can get.” (Durham Herald-Sun)
Memories of Dean Smith linger, even as his memory sadly fails himDean Smith celebrated his 83rd birthday on Friday. In all likelihood, there wasn’t much of a celebration. Smith is suffering from dementia and only occasionally is aware of what is going on around him. Dean Smith can no longer remember all the lives he touched. But he should be remembered every single day — on his birthday, today and forever. (Washington Post)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Virginia Tech Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks about the Tar Heels' win at Virginia Tech as UNC won it's eleventh game in a row.
Animated GIF: J.P. Tokoto's fast break dunk vs. Virginia TechUNC forward J.P. Tokoto adds to his rapidly-growing highlight reel on Saturday as he skies over a Virginia Tech defender for a thundering one-handed dunk.
UNC-VT: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes & VideoRoy Williams opening comments: "It was really a workman like game. I thought Virginia Tech’s zone defense really gave us problems. We didn’t get the kind of movement we’ve been getting nor did we shoot the ball as well. Still, it’s another win going 12-4 in the league we’re happy with the result, but we’ve got to play better and we’ve got to get better." (Inside Carolina)
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