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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs NC State

Since the first meeting both teams have become more efficient on the offensive end and less so on the defensive side. In UNC's case, the Tar Heels' defensive efficiency has dropped from 90.5 a month ago to 96.2. NCSU has slipped to 99.4 from 97.4. Defensive efficiency ratings tend to take a beating in league play and that is certainly the case here for both teams. (Tar Heel Blog)

Meeks heeds message, returns to starter status with Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks hasn’t hidden the incentive behind his increased productivity. Coach Roy Williams’ decision to remove him from North Carolina’s first unit and sit him on the bench at the start of two recent games didn’t sit well with the sophomore forward. “Being put on the bench was motivation in itself,” he said. (Burlington Times-News)

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball send North Carolina flowers after Dean Smith's death

Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse basketball team sent North Carolina flowers on Monday in honor of coaching legend Dean Smith who passed away two weeks ago. After Smith passed away, Boeheim remembered the longtime UNC coach fondly. (Syracuse.com)

Know Your Opponent: N.C. State

Carolina leads the all-time series against the Wolfpack 151-76. N.C. State has made toying with NCAA tournament projections an annual tradition. Three times under Mark Gottfried the Wolfpack has had a stretch in ACC play that seemed to be a death knell for the program's postseason hopes. And all three times, State has found a way to hear its name called on Selection Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Dean Smith wouldn't want memorial, but we needed one

Ten men and two women walked onto a large stage Sunday afternoon. The lights dimmed, a video played on the giant screens and the sound that filled the arena was loud enough to echo throughout the concourse. Then chancellor Carol Folt of UNC Chapel Hill assertively stepped up to one of two microphones. “Good afternoon and welcome to the Dean E. Smith Center,” Folt said to a silent crowd, with a slow emphasis on the building’s name. The coach would’ve hated it. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC vs NCSU, Part II

Ever since Dean Smith died, there has been a national celebration of the basketball excellence he developed in the ACC. A letdown — and that’s different from a hard-fought loss — by the current edition of the Tar Heels against NC State (8 p.m., ACC Network) would be unsettling during what has been an emotional time for the program, particularly for Roy Williams. (Durham Herald-Sun)

ACC Tournament Seedings in Play

Add ACC Tournament positioning to the long list of items at stake, such as bragging rights and winning streaks, in Tuesday’s matchup between No. 15 North Carolina and N.C. State. The Tar Heels have won 16 of the 17 meetings with the Wolfpack, including 11 in a row at the Smith Center. Extending that streak would lock in UNC having a higher ACC Tournament seed than N.C. State. (Inside Carolina)

Harrison Barnes Blossoming

There are significant differences between Harrison Barnes at North Carolina and Barnes with the Warriors. While the Iowa native came in as the nation’s No. 1 recruit and was the team’s go-to scorer from the start in Chapel Hill, shooting isn’t what the Warriors needed when they selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in 2012. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Previewing N.C. State

No. 15 North Carolina looks to win for the 12th time in a row at home against rival N.C. State on Tuesday night. The game tips at the Smith Center at 8:00 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. N.C. State enters Tuesday's contest with a 16-11 (7-7 ACC) record. The Wolfpack are currently part of a five-team group in the middle of the conference. (Inside Carolina)

Ranking the NBA's top 10 players under six feet tall

Ty Lawson isn’t enough of a force to be the first scoring option on a playoff team, but he’s done his work to push Denver into the playoffs this year. The speedy North Carolina product is nearly averaging a double-double for the first time while playing 36.7 minutes a night for the Nuggets, who absolutely collapse on offense without Lawson. (Sports Illustrated)

Roy Williams Wants More Help From Fans In N.C. State Rivalry Rematch

Tuesday night at 8 p.m., the No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-8 overall with a 9-5 mark in the ACC, will square off with its rival from Raleigh, the N.C. State Wolfpack, who come into the contest with a 16-11 record and 7-7 mark in the league. UNC head coach Roy Williams will be hoping for more ‘investment’ from the Carolina fans. (Chapelboro.com)

Fans, players, legends pay tribute to North Carolina's Dean Smith

Susan and Sherry Dennis had to be here. It didn’t matter that mother and daughter had been snowed in for the past four days. Or that they lived in Hendersonville, N.C, 240 miles from Chapel Hill. Or that Sherry has cerebral palsy. All that mattered most was that former North Carolina coach Dean Smith was going to be honored with a public memorial on Sunday in the arena that bears his name and they knew they needed to be there. (Sports Illustrated)

North Carolina-NC State Preview

Marcus Paige isn't having the type of season most expected when he was selected as a preseason All-American, but big men Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks have provided steady efforts. Paige hasn't had much trouble putting up big numbers against N.C. State, though. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels seek their 18th victory in 19 meetings with the Wolfpack as the rivals meet Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. (Yahoo! Sports)

Roy Williams Monday Press Conference Quotes

Do you feel like the team has turned a corner over the past two games? Roy Williams: “I think we really did some good things at Duke. We didn’t have enough at the end, didn’t make a play here and there, but I thought we played better. I was pleased on Saturday because with so many things going on and so many people expecting a letdown after the Duke game that I was pleased with what they did." (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Post Efficiency on the Rise

UNC’s post trio – Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks - has elevated its production and scoring efficiency during the month of February. In terms of efficiency, the trio has combined to make six more field goals per game over the last five outings while only taking 5.8 more attempts. The improved post efficiency has resulted in UNC shooting 51.3 percent from the floor over its past five games. (Inside Carolina)

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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