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UNC vs. Notre Dame Preview

February welcomes a difficult closing stretch to the ACC regular season for No. 12 North Carolina. First up is No. 20 Notre Dame and its potent offensive design. The grind of ACC play has finally caught up with Mike Brey’s squad as it has lost four of its last five contests. Notre Dame is clicking as usual offensively but has struggled to keep opponents off the offensive glass. (Inside Carolina)

What to watch for as No. 12 North Carolina men's basketball takes on No. 20 Notre Dame

The No. 12 North Carolina men’s basketball team faces off against No. 20 Notre Dame in the Smith Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday. While the Fighting Irish have lost their last three contests, they still pose a genuine threat to a Tar Heel side that’s having their own issues with consistency. (Daily Tar Heel)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Pitt Win, Fred Kiger

Friday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas reviews the basketball win over Pitt and features an interview with former UNC basketball team statistician Fred Kiger, an Emmy Award-winning producer and Chapel HIll historian. Kiger was the Tar Heels' statistician in the mid-1970s and a part of the planning committee for the Carolina Basketball Museum. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Fifteen Seconds To Immortality

During tomorrow's game against Notre Dame, the 60th anniversary of the 1957 undefeated national champions will be celebrated at halftime with the living members of that team. Today, we remember that group with an excerpt from The Best Game Ever. We pick up the story with 15 seconds remaining in the third overtime of the national title game. (GoHeels.com)

Joe Quigg, '57 Tar Heels to relive perfect season

Joe Quigg says he still gets goose pumps anytime the '57 champions are recognized for their season under Frank McGuire, the New Yorker who brought "kids" south to include Lennie Rosenbluth from the Bronx along with Bob Cunningham, Danny Lotz, Pete Brennan and Quigg. "Only five us of are left," Quigg says. They'll revel in the moment Saturday. (Fayetteville Observer)

Joel Berry's shooting stroke disposes of 'alien'

His coach referred to it as an extra-terrestrial situation, but UNC point guard Joel Berry knew better. It was nothing that several hundred shots couldn’t help cure. So one game after going without a field goal, Berry responded with 19 points in an 80-78 victory against Pittsburgh this week. He said he returned from Saturday’s loss at Miami and went to the arena for shooting practice. (Burlington Times News)

North Carolina Basketball Unveils Two Pairs Of Cool New Tar Heel Jordans

The Tar Heels get plenty of awesome gear in Carolina Blue, and these two new Jordans are no exception. One pair is a Carolina-themed colorway for the Jordan 31s, featuring a blue-to-white fade from the back of the sneaker to the front. The other is an all-white Jordan Super.Fly with a big UNC logo on the strap over the tongue. (The Spun)

Irish may switch up starting lineup ahead of North Carolina matchup

Notre Dame has used the same starting lineup in each of its 23 games this season. That might change Saturday, with Irish coach Mike Brey pondering dropping forward Martinas Geben from the starting five for his team’s trip to No. 12 UNC. Brey said he’s considering forward Austin Torres, guard Rex Pflueger and guard T.J. Gibbs to take the final starting spot. (The Observer)

Vince Carter becomes 5th player to hit 2,000 career 3-pointers

Wednesday in the Mile High City against the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies veteran Vince Carter hit a 3-point-shooting milestone that only four other NBA players have reached. With his second make from behind the arc with 2:35 remaining in the opening half, Carter became the fifth player to knock down 2,000 career 3-pointers. (The Score)

Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge

Making three-point shots this basketball season takes on even more meaning this year for Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. Carolina basketball will square off against teams across the nation to fight cancer as part of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. (GoHeels.com)

Can Tar Heels snap out of midseason funk before brutal stretch?

UNC is currently stumbling through its midseason stretch. The last two matchups included a 15-point road loss at Miami and a too-close-for-comfort 80-78 home win over Pitt, the last-place team in the ACC. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, their problems are easy to identify; defense has been a clear concern, as has their ability to score against zone defense. (FanRag Sports)

North Carolina’s 3-Point Report

With opponents using more and more zone defenses against UNC, the Tar Heels’ perimeter offense is taking on even greater importance in recent weeks. Let’s break down how UNC has been creating its 3-point opportunities. We’ll summarize 3-pointers by location, shot creation type, possession type (half-court, primary, or secondary), and possession length. (The Secondary Break)

Berry returns to form in win against Pitt

In UNC's 77-62 loss to Miami, Joel Berry went missing. The junior guard has played at a high level all season, but failed to muster any offense against the Hurricanes. For only the second time this year, Berry failed to make a shot, going 0-8 from the field. With just two points, the guard matched his season-low which came in a November game against Hawaii. (Carolina Blue)

Students have a fever for Duke tickets

During men’s basketball season, no position is more coveted than a spot among the Carolina Fever top 150 point earners. With tickets to the Duke game in the Smith Center and phase one riser seats at stake, top 150 hopefuls go the extra mile to get a spot in the constantly changing group. Students earn points by attending UNC sporting events, which are each assigned different point values. (Daily Tar Heel)

1-on-1 With Harrison Barnes on His Christian Faith

Money, fame, and talent can be the top priorities for most professional athletes, but for Harrison Barnes, it’s his relationship with God that comes first. This past summer, coming off a NBA Finals loss with the Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes hit free agency unsure of what was next on the horizon. (The Smoking Cuban)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
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Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Mid Tennessee68
at Louisville84
King (Mid Tennessee) 24 pts; Spalding (Louisville) 18 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-528-7
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-9
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-922-11
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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