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UNC's Perimeter Success Started in Offseason

Shoot your shot. That’s been the key to the early outside shooting success of the 2015-16 UNC basketball team, according to Roy Williams. “Sweat,” Williams replied when asked about the biggest key to the shots falling. “If you ask everybody on our team, the two guys that shot more basketball over the offseason than anybody was Nate Britt and Joel Berry.” (Inside Carolina)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Texas

Looking at the stats, there is one that really sticks out for the Longhorns. Texas is an awful defensive rebounding team despite having plenty of size. Prior to Texas feasting on 320th ranked UTSA on Tuesday, the Longhorns' defensive rebounding rate was around 60%. It improved with that game to 62.7% which is still 328th overall. (Tar Heel Blog)

Previewing Texas

No. 3 North Carolina returns to the road this weekend to matchup with Shaka Smart’s Texas squad. Tip-off at the Erwin Center is set for 5:15 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN. Texas enters Saturday’s matchup with a 5-3 record. Shaka Smart opened his tenure in Austin with a loss to Washington, 77-71, in Shanghai on Nov. 13. (Inside Carolina)

UNC at Texas, three to know preview

Since returning to UNC, Roy Williams has a 1-5 record against Texas, which replaced Rick Barnes with former VCU coach Shaka Smart after the 2014-15 season. Freshman Kenny Williams (UNC) and Tevin Mack (Texas) were VCU recruits before the coaching change. All five of Texas' starters were starters or key reserves on the team that won in Chapel Hill two seasons ago. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams discusses improved shooting

During Roy Williams' Friday press conference, the Tar Heel head coach was asked about his team's improved shooting this season. Eight games in to the 2015-2016 season, UNC is shooting 36% from three. In two games, Marcus Paige is shooting 60%. In eight games, Justin Jackson is shooting 27%, Joel Berry 38%, Nate Britt 48%, Theo Pinson 41%. (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Basketball Press Conference Recap - Texas

UNC coach Roy Williams and forward Kennedy Meeks discuss facing an experience Texas team, defending Cameron Ridley, and beating full-court pressure as the Tar Heels set to take on the Longhorns. View Video...

Preview: Texas vs. No. 3 North Carolina

Coach Shaka Smart’s three freshmen now have eight games under their belt, and all are finding a certain comfort level. Smart needs Kerwin Roach, Eric Davis and Tevin Mack all to contribute against North Carolina. (Austin American-Statesman)

The Two Tylers

The most common word to describe Tyler Hansbrough’s game is “energy”, which is fitting since the Hornets forward seems to turn things on and off like a light switch. Off the court, Hansbrough has a calm presence to him. Soft-spoken and relaxed, one would never guess he was capable of the aggressive play that earned him the nickname “Psycho T” during his days at UNC. (Charlotte Hornets)

Weekend Picks: North Carolina-Texas

People might be tempted to go with the home team in an upset, but this Texas team has been mediocre from Day 1. The Longhorns are especially susceptible on the defensive backboards (326th in defensive rebound percentage), which is going to spell trouble against a Tar Heels squad that is long and rangy and loves to attack the glass. Prediction: UNC 80, Texas 67 (Sports Illustrated)

Danny Green is still important to the Spurs

Danny Green's role on this Spurs team goes far beyond just being a deadeye 3-point shooter. He's a very good on-ball defender, and generally performs well when matching up against the opposition's second-best perimeter player. He's a defensive playmaker, creating transition opportunities by poking balls away from dribblers and getting weak-side blocks on players who drive the lane. (Pounding the Rock)

When Michael Jordan wore really short shorts

Our story last month on the Chicago Bulls continuing to capitalize on the Michael Jordan era 17 years after His Airness left the team reminds us of the beginning of it all. At the start of his rookie season in November 1984, Crain's asked, “Selling Michael Jordan: Can a star save the Bulls?” Yes, that was a legitimate question. This was a money-losing franchise. (Craine's Chicago Business)

NCAA Kicks: UNC – From ‘Sheed and Stack to Antawn and Vince

Excitement was all around Chapel Hill after the 1993 National Championship as they had secured one of the nation’s top recruiting classes with Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse. In addition, the following season, the Tar Heels would end their long time relationship with Converse, a brand they had worn for decades, and finalized their long-term apparel deal with Nike. (Kicks On Fire)

Will Texas’ threes fall against No. 3 Carolina?

Shaka Smart was more than happy to see some jump shots find the bottom of the net. He said as much after the game. But behind the praise was a subtle yet unspoken question: Will those shots go down against an opponent that’s several levels above UT-San Antonio? (Austin American-Statesman)

The Other Side Of Round: The Rejuvenation Of Raymond Felton

Where fans disdained Raymond Felton for gaining weight, they've embraced the round, slightly pudgy dude currently hustling on a basketball court as endearing. When Felton checks into a game for the Mavericks, the Dallas crowd cheers enthusiastically. Felton's teammates and coaches in Dallas all love him, too, and it has nothing to do with his weight. (VICE Sports)

Should P.J. Hairston continue to start for the Charlotte Hornets?

While many Hornets are playing some of the best basketball of their careers, second-year swingman P.J. Hairston is decidedly not. Defensively, Hairston's been great. He plays hard, rotates well, and more often than not makes sound defensive plays. He's yet to earn the respect of referees around the league, however, and is frequently whistled for blocking and shooting fouls. (At The Hive)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9, 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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