UNC searching for more than a win at Boston CollegeRoy Williams has been coaching up the Tar Heels toward having a sense of urgency. They won't be on a sports stage as big as the Super Bowl when they drop in on Boston College Saturday (3 p.m., ACC Network). But Williams and his players have said the time is always now in the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference. On paper, UNC (17-6, 7-3 ACC) is supposed to beat Boston College (9-12, 1-8 ACC). (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: UNC Basketball - Pride of the StateOur nation's first public university, North Carolina has as much pride in its colors as it does its rich basketball tradition. From coaching legend Dean Smith to current head coach Roy Williams and from players like Michael Jordan to Antawn Jamison the feeling has always been that being a Tar Heel is truly being a member of a "family."
Previewing Boston CollegeNo. 12 North Carolina travels north in hopes of snapping its current two-game skid at Boston College on Saturday. Tip-off at Conte Forum is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. Boston College enters Saturday’s contest with a 9-12 (1-8 ACC) record. The conference grind has been rough, however, as their lone victory came at Georgia Tech, 64-62, on Jan. 25. (Inside Carolina)
Paging J.P. TokotoWhen a reporter asked Roy Williams on Friday what stood out about junior wing J.P. Tokoto’s performance in Monday’s loss to Virginia, the 12th-year UNC head coach paused for a lengthy seven seconds before answering. “Just wasn’t involved,” Williams said. “Just wasn’t as involved as much as he wanted to be, I wanted him to be, the whole bit.” (Inside Carolina)
North Carolina-Boston College PreviewTwo games against the top 10 halted a North Carolina team seemingly on the verge of climbing into the ranks of the elite. Shouldering back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the 12th-ranked Tar Heels now face a three-game road stretch of ascending difficulty with Saturday's trip to Boston College prefacing trips to Pittsburgh and Duke. BC plays its next three at home, where it's gone 0-3 thus far in the league. (Yahoo! Sports)
Roy Williams discusses injuries, UNC big menNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams met with the media Friday afternoon before the Tar Heels fly to Massachusetts to take on Boston College. "Yesterday was the first day that Joel Berry's done anything live. He probably went 40-50% of the live stuff. Marcus was a little sore, but got a little better as the practice went on. It has been a balancing act in trying to give them some more time." (Carolina Blue)
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Boston CollegeRoy Williams and Marcus Paige discuss team health, pace of play and stopping Boston College as the Tar Heels prepare to take on the Eagles on February 7, 2015.
Know Your Opponent: Boston CollegeThe Eagles have three solid wins out of conference - New Mexico, Providence and Harvard. They have just two losses outside of the KenPom top 100, the worst of which was a 4-point home loss to USC. And of their eight ACC losses, five have been by single digits. The BC lineup has been pretty consistent all year, and the Eagles are among the nation's most experienced teams. (GoHeels.com)
Rasheed Wallace back in Portland for Trail Blazers game, fans give him warm welcomeRasheed Wallace's playing days with the Portland Trail Blazers might've been a little rocky at times, but for many fans, there are only fond memories. So when 'Sheed's face was shown on the big screen during the game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, the crowd gave the now retired player a lot of love. (OregonLive.com)
Tar Heels Head To Boston CollegeNorth Carolina (17-6, 7-3 ACC) will try to rebound from its first losing streak of the season when it visits Boston College (9-12, 1-8) on Saturday afternoon at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Tipoff is set for 3:06 p.m., and the ACC Network will televise the game regionally with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) on the call. (GoHeels.com)
Will Perdue shares more details of Michael Jordan punchHorace Grant told a New York radio station about the time Michael Jordan punched teammate Will Perdue during practice. Perdue confirmed the story was legit and filled in some more of the details. "First of all, the second unit was kicking the first unit’s butt, and Michael wasn’t too happy about it. And we used to do that actually quite often in practice." (Chicago Sun-Times)
Back To The Drawing Board For UNC At Boston CollegeNo. 12 North Carolina, 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the ACC, will look to put an end its two-game losing slide Saturday afternoon in Chestnut Hill when it takes on the struggling Boston College Eagles, sporting a 9-12 mark on the season with only one win in conference. UNC head coach Roy Williams has been asking for more practice time for the Tar Heels. Well, he’s had it this week. (Chapelboro.com)
Marcus Paige Named Academic All-DistrictUNC junior guard Marcus Paige has been selected to the Capitol One Academic All-District team, the second year in a row Paige has earned that distinction. Paige went on to earn second-team Academic All-America honors last year. The 2015 All-America selections will be announced later in the season. The Marion, Iowa, native is majoring in journalism and history. (GoHeels.com)
One On One With Joel JamesJoel James: "As a spectator, you lose sight of the fact that this is my fifth, sixth year playing basketball. You’ve been watching basketball longer than I’ve been playing. In a sense, it’s very frustrating sometimes when I hear people criticize me, saying how I should be doing this or that, when you’ve been watching the game longer than I’ve been playing." (GoHeels.com)
James Michael McAdoo Named D-League All-StarAlthough James Michael McAdoo and Elliot Williams have seemingly spent the bulk of their playing time recently at the NBA level, their accomplishments at the D-League level haven’t gone unnoticed. Wednesday, the two Santa Cruz Warriors were each selected to represent the Western Conference during the D-League All-Star Game on Feb. 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
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