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Michael Jordan reportedly made more money off sneakers last year than in 15-year career

Even more than 12 years after playing his last NBA game, Michael Jordan still dominates the sports world. According to an infographic by PBS, the basketball superstar made more money selling sneakers last year than he did during his entire 15-year playing career to become the highest-paid retired athlete in 2014. (Sporting News)

UNC Basketball News and Notes

Harrison Barnes and James Michael McAdoo plan to be in Chapel Hill on September 26 with the NBA Championship trophy they won as part of the Golden State Warriors in June. At present, recruits Harry Giles and Seventh Woods are planning to visit that weekend. NCAA rules would bar them from having contact with Barnes or McAdoo. (Tar Heel Blog)

SI Vault: North Carolina defeats Kentucky in the 1977 Elite Eight

The manner in which North Carolina disposed of Kentucky 79-72 at the East regional in College Park, Md., may have set back the cause of run-and-gun basketball as many as 50 years. With only five minutes gone in the second half, Coach Dean Smith sent his Tar Heels into their celebrated four-corners offense, gambling that a slowdown would protect a dwindling 59-53 Carolina lead. (Sports Illustrated)

The 15 basketball programs best positioned to succeed over the next five years

8. North Carolina: In a vacuum, UNC should be higher on this list because, well, it's UNC. But the lingering NCAA issues have hampered recruiting, and it's difficult to say whether Roy Williams will coach for another five years. That said, the Tar Heels might win a national championship this season, and even if Williams were to retire soon UNC would almost certainly replace him with a star. (CBS Sports)

Marcus Paige named Sporting News first team All-America

North Carolina senior point guard Marcus Paige was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News on Monday. As a junior, the Iowa native averaged 14.1 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game. Joining Paige on the 2015-2016 preseason All-America team is Wichita State's Ron Baker, Virginia's Malcom Brodgon, Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, and Iowa State's Georges Niang. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Roy Williams Toughens Preseason Conditioning

The mood was relatively jovial when the 2015-16 Tar Heels assembled two weeks ago for the annual 12-minute run. The event is a conditioning exercise, but it’s not the most strenuous portion of the team’s fall conditioning, which officially begins this afternoon. There was some lighthearted banter. Then Roy Williams made an announcement. “We’re making it tougher.” (GoHeels.com)

News & Notes: Tar Heels in Lexington

John Calipari said Sunday’s UK Alumni Charity event is expected to raise nearly $1.5 million for charities -- and UNC-related entities benefited from the giving. Calipari announced a $25,000 gift, along with $25,000 match, to the UNC Children’s Hospital and a $200,000 gift to a legacy fund at the Basketball Hall of Fame in the name of Dean Smith. “That what it’s really all about,” Harrison Barnes said. (Inside Carolina)

Harrison Barnes Takes The Lead

There was skilled and prideful play from both teams but the 122-115 final score was not the most important thing to come from Sunday’s game: the nationally televised event, in conjunction with the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience, is expected to raise $1.5 million for charity. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Kentucky alumni game an unfair fight

The Wildcats were represented by nine NBA draft picks, while the Tar Heels had three former draft picks wearing the other shade of blue. One of them was 40-year-old Jerry Stackhouse, who is retired, and served as a player and coach in this exhibition. The result was predictable: Kentucky’s alumni led by as many as 21 points and ho-hummed their way to a 122-115 victory. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Kentucky wins Alumni Game over North Carolina; 17 charities to get $1.5 million

Kentucky won the just-for-funsies game Sunday night. UK fans enjoyed seeing the heroes (Kentucky) and villains (North Carolina) of yesteryear. And 17 charities benefited to the tune of an announced $1.5 million. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

The Aggies and the Heels: a short history

Curtis Hunter and Matt Doherty were teammates on UNC Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith’s 1982-83 and 1983-84 teams. In 2000 each took a head coaching position with teams within the UNC system: Hunter at North Carolina A&T and Doherty at UNC-Chapel Hill. As was the custom then, and still today, members of the “Carolina Family” often wind up playing each other. (A View to Hugh)

Kentucky vs North Carolina Alumni Game: Start Time, Online Stream, TV Info, Roster and more

Per NBA rules, UK cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game, but among those expected to play include Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, and Warriors forward Harrison Barnes. (A Sea of Blue)

Audio: Hubert Davis discusses his favorite memory at UNC

Jones Angell asked Hubert Davis about his favorite memory from his playing days at North Carolina. His answer was incredible. (Audioboom)

Dunk History: Vince Carter defies gravity, belief in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest

For three hours, I was completely unaware of what was going down in Oakland Arena during the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. It was Vince Carter’s night, and we were all spectators, with me arriving fashionably late to the party. Carter was then a 23-year-old in his second year with the Toronto Raptors. (Yahoo! Sports)

Former Bull says Michael Jordan used to bet $100K on rock, paper, scissors

Jay Williams played a total of 75 NBA games before his career was cut short by an awful motorcycle accident. Even though his time in the league was limited, he still has cool stories to tell about it. Recently he went on The Brilliant Idiots podcast to talk about his days playing ball, and -- most interestingly -- about gambling with the one and only Michael Jordan. (SB Nation)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
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Young (Pitt) 25 pts; Henderson (NC State) 21 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Notre Dame5-016-2
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State4-116-2
(12) Louisville3-215-3
(16) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
(18) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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