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Willie Cooper, first black player on UNC's freshman team, remembers Dean Smith

In 1964 Dean Smith gave Willie Cooper a long-shot chance to be the first black student to play varsity basketball at an ACC school in North Carolina. Cooper, now 69, played freshman basketball at North Carolina and dealt with many of the indignities black athletes faced in the 1960s. (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith: Amazing Grace

For Dean Smith, all of this was rooted in his understanding of Christian faith. In his book, A Coach's Life, Smith has a whole chapter on how his faith motivated and drove him to become involved and take clear stands on moral issues. (Huffington Post)

Lineup change wakes up the Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks had been sick, but that was not the case in Chestnut Hill. That’s not why Meeks didn’t start, Roy Williams said. Neither Meeks nor Brice Johnson had graded out well defensively coming into the game. Last Saturday was the first time in 19 games that Meeks, a sophomore, hadn’t started. Sophomores Britt and forward Isaiah Hicks started against Boston College. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Pitt looks to bolster NCAA Tournament resume vs. No. 12 North Carolina

Pitt's final regular-season home game against a ranked opponent gives the Panthers their last best opportunity to make a push for an NCAA Tournament berth. If the noon matchup Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center follows a recent trend, the Panthers will be a dangerous adversary. The Panthers are 4-2 in ACC home games compared to 1-4 in conference road contests. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Pitt's weakness 'pretty obvious' to all

In the 10 games in which the other team made at least half of its shots, Pitt has allowed 67 or more points. That reduces the margin of error for a team that scores an average of 68. “It just doesn't get noticed (in victories). Now that we lost a game, it has to get changed.” Saturday would be a good starting point, with No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Dean Smith's coaching genius, character showed in early struggles

The booming baritone voice on the other end of the line left no doubt about a willingness to tackle the subject of Dean Smith’s early days. I think he called me “Holliday.” Lee Shaffer often does when he wants to make a passionate point about Carolina basketball: “People have no idea,” he said, “what Dean Smith inherited.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC basketball legends turn out for Dean Smith's funeral

The service was open to family, close friends and Tar Heels basketball letter-winners. One of those letter-winners was Pearce Landry of Greensboro, a minister, coach and part-time financial adviser who played for Smith from 1992 to '95. Landry said the pastor told the packed church that Smith planned his own funeral, hand-picking scripture passages and hymns. (Greensboro News & Record)

Theo Pinson, despite injury, still takes the lead for Carolina

North Carolina basketball guard Theo Pinson on Monday will finally get out of the protective boot he has worn for the past three weeks. Next Friday, he’ll sit down with team doctors and figure out whether he’ll get to play again this season. Healthy or not, the Greensboro resident who played at High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy is still an oft-heard presence in UNC’s locker room. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt

UNC returns to action following a week off with the second of three straight games on the road. The Tar Heels travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1995. On paper these teams are similar offensively while on the other end of the court Pitt has struggled to defend. Pitt's offensive efficiency is a respectable 110.4 with a solid ORB% and a low turnover rate. (Tar Heel Blog)

Vince Carter: The greatest dunker ever (video)

Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan at the 2000 slam-dunk contest. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of it 15 years later. (ESPN.com)

Three to know – No. 12 North Carolina at Pittsburgh

North Carolina coach Roy Williams shocked many in last weekend’s 79-68 at Boston College by tweaking his starting lineup for the first time in 18 games. Guard Nate Britt started in place of swingman J.P. Tokoto. Forward Isaiah Hicks got the start instead of center Kennedy Meeks. In practice this week, Hicks and Britt remained on the first team. (Fayetteville Observer)

15 Inspiring Stories About Dean Smith That Prove He Was Much More Than Just 'Michael Jordan's Coach'

This week the entire basketball world is mourning the recent passing of legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a man who taught the game to many of its most famous players. Thousands of words have been shed about Smith’s on-court contributions. But to many, Smith was much more than a coach; he was an inspiration. (Huffington Post)

Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral

Inside the Chapel Hill church where Dean Smith had a regular seat on the back row, family, friends and former players gathered privately Thursday to celebrate the coach whose fight, accomplishments and values transcended the bounds of a basketball court. While a public memorial services for the longtime UNC coach is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the campus arena that bears his name, those closest to the native Kansan spent Thursday at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church to say goodbye. (Lebanon Democrat)

A Few Short Stories About The Coach

Eight years ago, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours alone with Coach Smith, interviewing him in his post-coaching cubby-hole of an office somewhere in the Smith Center. On this day, 75 then and 10 years away from the job, he was reflecting. He admitted to learning some lessons late, and repeated some opinions long held. Among those he shared: (Chapelboro.com)

Dean Smith represented the best of the ACC and UNC

Dean Smith did not put ACC basketball or the University of North Carolina on the map. Instead Smith, who died on Saturday night, three weeks short of his 84th birthday, defined the best of both the league and the university he proudly represented. (Charlotte Observer)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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