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Recruiting Under the NCAA Cloud

Roy Williams and his UNC program would benefit from a late addition to its roster in cementing its status as a Final Four contender in 2015-16, although the lingering NCAA investigation has seriously hampered those efforts. Look no further than Kinston, N.C., a small town of 21,000 some 110 miles southeast of the Dean E. Smith Center, for evidence of the fallout of a NCAA case still awaiting its midpoint. (Inside Carolina)

Bucks' John Henson gave out burritos to fans waiting for tickets

Bucks fans lined up Thursday afternoon to get tickets for their kinda surprising Game 6 matchup with the Bulls. They didn't have to go hungry. Idea: For every long line everywhere -- the DMV, airports, etc. -- John Henson shows up and hands out burritos. This is a good idea. (SB Nation)

Kenny Smith talks Chapel Hill, Dean Smith

Kenny Smith is best known among basketball fans for his role as an analyst on Turner Sports’ Inside the NBA. Smith banters, bickers and talks basketball with host Ernie Johnson and fellow analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. Before he became a familiar TV presence — adding a family reality series to his résumé this spring— Smith played basketball. When Smith reached the NBA in 1987, LeBron James was just a toddler in Akron, Ohio. (Charlotte Business Journal)

Benton Moss, Sasha Seymore Honored At Chancellor's Awards

Two UNC student-athletes were honored at the 2015 Chancellor’s Awards, held on April 22. The ceremony is the only campus-wide student recognition program at UNC. Benton Moss, a senior on the baseball team, received the Jim Tatum Memorial Award. Sasha Seymore, a senior on the men’s basketball team, was honored with the Chi Omega Award for Scholarship and Leadership. (GoHeels.com)

Player Review: Brice Johnson

Offensively, Brice Johnson ended up being only slightly better than he was in 2013-14. His individual offensive efficiency ticked up from 114.3 to 114.5. Johnson's offensive rebounding percentage was down slightly while his defensive rebounding percentage was up. His two-point shooting percentage matched the previous season at 56.6% although Johnson took 101 more shots as a junior. (Tar Heel Blog)

Oddsmakers say the 2015-16 basketball national title favorites are...

North Carolina (10/1), Duke (10/1), Kentucky (10/1), Michigan State (10/1): The four co-favorites are each name-brand programs, which suggests a couple of things. North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, and Michigan State all will be really good next season. UNC is the safest bet to meet expectations since the Tar Heels return all but one key player from a Sweet 16 team. (Yahoo! Sports)

Roy Williams ‘Surprised’ by J.P. Tokoto’s Early Exit

J.P. Tokoto’s decision to forgo his senior season at North Carolina and enter the NBA Draft was not expected by Roy Williams. The junior wing declared for the June draft in an interview with Yahoo Sports on April 8. “It was a surprise because we had not talked about it,” Williams told InsideCarolina.com prior to a Tar Heel Tour event this week. (Inside Carolina)

Marcus Paige, Sasha Seymore Inducted Into Golden Fleece

North Carolina men's basketball players Marcus Paige and Sasha Seymore were among the inductees announced this spring as UNC's Order of the Golden Fleece, Carolina's oldest honorary society, tapped its newest members. Members are selected based upon service to Carolina, as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits. (GoHeels.com)

Player Review: Joel James

Joel James proved to be a bit of a revelation this season. He wasn't necessarily a dominant big man and still struggled at times but there were plenty of instances where James validated his time on the court. James scored 11 points against UNCG then went for 8 points against Ohio State. In the game versus Duke in Durham, James played solid defense on Jahlil Okafor and also chipped in six points. (Tar Heel Blog)

John Henson coming up big for Bucks in playoffs

For most of his career, John Henson has been an enigma. His talent and physical gifts are apparent, but his inconsistent play over his first three years in the NBA left it fair to question whether he'd ever put it all together. But in what really is his first taste of the playoffs, Henson is playing some of the best basketball of his career. (FOX Sports)

Art’s Angle: The Show Goes On

Losing Brandon Ingram is a tough blow for Carolina basketball but certainly not a fatal one. That outcome is more in the hands of the NCAA, which has dragged out this investigation for so long that the Tar Heels have already suffered a de facto penalty of losing an entire recruiting year. What could the NCAA be doing with all the time and material they have had since last summer? (Chapelboro.com)

A post-draft declaration look at next season's top 20 teams

1. North Carolina: Despite the surprise departure of ultra-athletic forward J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina has to feel very fortunate about how the draft declaration period turned out. Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks each never seriously considered turning pro, ensuring the Tar Heels will have enough returning talent to make a championship push for the first time since 2012. (Yahoo! Sports)

Carolina launches fundraising campaign to honor life and legacy of Dean Smith

UNC, in consultation with the Smith family and with its full support, has launched a fundraising campaign for student assistance to honor the life and legacy of legendary men’s basketball coach Dean E. Smith, who died Feb. 7, 2015. The campaign will raise money for The Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, which will make college a reality for outstanding undergraduates from lower-income families and enable professionals in education and social work to pursue advanced degrees. (UNC.edu)

Justin Jackson Getting To Work

Summer is coming for Justin Jackson, and with it a singular focus. Getting better. Next week, Jackson is returning to his home in Tomball, Texas rather than attend UNC's first summer session. It’s a chance, his parents say, to regroup, recharge and rebuild. “He has to get stronger,” said his mother, Sharon Jackson. “He’s coming home to work,” added his father, Lloyd Jackson. (Inside Carolina)

Video: James Michael McAdoo Helps Santa Cruz to NBDL Title

Golden State Warriors' James Michael McAdoo boosts the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBDL title-clinching win with 21 points. View Video...

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 83
Davidson: 74
Wed, Dec 7 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Tennessee
Sun, Dec 11, 5:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, 5:45 ET CBS Tickets

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Wed, Dec 21, 8:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(23) Notre Dame0-09-0
(5) Duke0-09-1
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
(11) Louisville0-08-1
(14) Virginia0-08-1
Florida State0-08-1
Virginia Tech0-07-1
Wake Forest0-07-2
NC State0-06-2
Georgia Tech0-05-3
Boston College0-04-4

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