Video: Roy Williams Pre-Pittsburgh Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' noon game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
UNC's Leadership by CommitteeAfter looking up to Marcus Paige for so long, the Tar Heels were forced to look to one another entering the 2016-17 season. UNC’s upperclassmen are a veteran bunch having played in 16 postseason games, two ACC Tournament finals and a national championship game in the last two years. That solidarity has allowed for a collective approach to leadership this season. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Kennedy Meeks Pre-Pittsburgh Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Kennedy Meeks speaks with the media on Friday ahead of the Tar Heels' basketball game at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Is North Carolina the best team in America?It’s not uncommon for a Roy Williams team to start playing its best basketball at this point in the season. It’s why North Carolina has played in five of the last six ACC Tournament championship games. That’s also why the Tar Heels have never been bounced from the first round of the NCAA Tournament under Williams. (FanRag Sports)
UNC Gets Air Jordan 13 Low PE In Time For March MadnessThe North Carolina men’s basketball squad is still battling to maintain their place in the Top 10 of the college basketball rankings and atop the ACC standings, and Jordan Brand is here to give the Tar Heels the boost they need with another fresh PE in this argyle-lined Jordan 13 Low perfect for the coming March Madness season. (Sneaker News)
Chansky’s Notebook: Fake SuckingIsn’t interacting with the opposing team and coach and the refs part of the price of buying a front row seat, from Spike Lee at Madison Square Garden to the fan doing the bump with Stephen Curry the other night? Is UNC going to pronounce, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please treat Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils with the utmost of respect.” Fat chance. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC vs. Pittsburgh PreviewNo. 8 North Carolina can clinch a double-bye in the ACC Tournament with a win at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Tip off is set for noon. The Panthers’ latest loss served as a microcosm of their season, one full of blown leads and missed opportunities. Pittsburgh led by 19 points over Wake Forest before the Demon Deacons rallied for their largest comeback in 18 years. (Inside Carolina)
UNC casting pretty big ACC shadow over DukeUNC’s 74-63 win over Louisville Wednesday doubled as the Tar Heels’ ninth top-50 RPI victory and provided them with a two-game cushion atop the ACC standings. In other words, Roy Williams is about to win his eighth ACC regular-season title in a 13-year span, which will be six more than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will have won in that same time frame. (CBS Sports)
Could Justin Jackson up his scoring even more?Justin Jackson scores 18.7 points per game, which ranks seventh in the ACC. However, what if I told you that he could score even more points, without having to increase his usage or take additional shots? As a wise philosopher once said, “There’s always money in the banana stand.” Well, that logic may apply to Jackson, too. Just go with me for a second. (ACC Sports Journal)
Better Defense or Luckier Defense for UNC?It’s been well documented that UNC’s defense has been much better recently. After dropping to the mid-40s in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings, the Tar Heels have climbed all the way back to No. 20 with dominant performances against Virginia and Louisville. But how much is due to actually playing better defense versus having luckier defense? (The Secondary Break)
These Role Players Could Decide March MadnessTheo Pinson brings defensive skill, energy, and playmaking ability to a team that needs varying degrees of all three, and his presence in the UNC lineup makes such a difference that it’s becoming difficult to tell who’s the most valuable member of the roster. Pinson has the energy of an X factor, the attitude of a glue guy, and, the jump shot of someone wearing a blind fold. (The Ringer)
What to expect when No. 8 UNC men's basketball takes on PittsburghUNC has looked like a defensive stalwart of late, but the Tar Heels have struggled to maintain that defensive dominance against inferior opponents. Pittsburgh is hovering around the NCAA Tournament bubble and desperately needs a quality win against an opponent like North Carolina to earn an at-large bid. (Daily Tar Heel)
Kenny Williams’ absence affects UNC in a variety of waysNorth Carolina likely will be without guard Kenny Williams for the remainder of the season; the sophomore injured his knee in a practice following the Duke game. Williams had surgery earlier this week. What does this mean for UNC — a team with national championship aspirations? Williams was a two-way player, and UNC’s defense will feel his absence. (ACC Sports Journal)
Brice Johnson Makes NBA Debut For ClippersLos Angeles Clippers rookie Brice Johnson, sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his back, was active against the Warriors on Thursday night. Johnson grabbed 2 rebounds in 3 minutes. Fifty-seven games into his rookie year, the former North Carolina star got to put on his uniform. It’s No. 10, by the way, for anyone who can’t remember back to October. (Orange County Register)
Tar Heel Talk Podcast: Bobby Frasor SpecialOn this week’s show, former Tar Heel basketball player, Bobby Frasor, joins me to talk about heading back to his high school alma mater in Chicago to coach basketball. We will also look back at his time in Chapel Hill, as well as, talk about the current UNC basketball team. Thanks for listening, and we will see you all next week. (Tar Heel Blog)
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