When Dean Smith, Jim Valvano, Mike Krzyzewski ruled the worldThe ACC, and especially Triangle teams, began an ascent to new prominence in 1980-81 that was sustained through the mid-90s. That season Mike Krzyzewski took over at Duke, Jim Valvano arrived at N.C. State, and Dean Smith led UNC to the national championship game. The ACC retained its preeminence at least through the ‘94 season. (Charlotte Observer)
Isaiah Hicks coming into his own as a juniorIsaiah Hicks knew he’d be a member of the UNC basketball team long before Roy Williams did. When Isaiah was a sophomore in high school, several schools called on the Oxford native. Each received the same answer: “I’m going to Carolina.” The Tar Heels eventually discovered him, and on Aug. 8, 2011, the coach offered him a scholarship. (Daily Tar Heel)
Retro THB: 1994 UNC at DukeWith UNC-Duke happening this weekend I thought it would be fun to reach back and watch one of the older versions of this rivalry. The year is 1994, UNC had just won an NCAA title a year after Duke had gone back-to-back. The Tar Heels returned four starters and added a talented freshman class. UNC started the season ranked #1. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: UNC vs. Duke - The New Chapter Hype VideoUNC vs. Duke: The New Chapter will be written on Saturday, March 5 when the Blue Devils and Tar Heels tip off at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Get fired up for this storied rivalry where legends are made with this hype video from the ACC Digital Network.
Lucas: When Growing Up ACC, Basketball Meets the ClassroomOn the first Friday of every March, something amazing happened: the ACC Tournament. This was not the bloated 14-team tournament we know today. There were only eight teams. The teachers knew that we knew. And so, when ACC Tournament games began on Friday at noon, the cool teachers would arrange for a television to be wheeled into the classroom. (Our State Magazine)
Sources: Ty Lawson agrees to deal with Indiana PacersFree-agent guard Ty Lawson has agreed to a deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to league sources. Lawson, 28, is expected to report to Indiana on Sunday. Forward Chase Budinger will be waived on Saturday to make room for Lawson, league sources said. Lawson is expected to fill a backup role to guard George Hill. (Yahoo! Sports)
UNC-Duke game very meaningful for Tar HeelsThe current North Carolina team and its three scholarship seniors have never won in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Collectively, the group of Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, and Joel James are 1-6 against Duke. They have a chance to make a big statement on Saturday as North Carolina takes on the Blue Devils at 6:30 PM in Durham. (Carolina Blue)
Seeds an important side dish in Tar Heels-Devils rematchNorth Carolina has even more incentive to win the regular-season rematch in the rivalry at Duke on Saturday. Roy Williams and his team can wrap up the No. 1 seed for next week’s ACC Tournament with a win. UNC hasn’t won in Cameron Indoor Stadium since March 3, 2012, when Kendall Marshall’s 20 points and 10 assists keyed an 88-70 win. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: UNC alum honors Dean Smith by painting muralCarolina alum Scott Nurkin is close to completing his mural of Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Dean Smith – which Nurkin began two days after Smith’s death in February, 2015.
Marcus Paige Named First-Team Academic All-AmericaUNC senior guard Marcus Paige is a first-team Academic All-America as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Paige is a double major in media and journalism/history. He is a two-time recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as the ACC’s top scholar-athlete for men’s basketball, and previously was a second-team Academic America in 2014 and 2015. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Marcus Paige Named First Team Academic All-AmericaAfter being a 2nd team academic All-American the past two years, Marcus Paige has been named to the first team. He is the only UNC player in history to be an academic All-American for three years.
Video: The Many Faces of Brice JohnsonBrice Johnson has been an expressive player during his four years in Chapel Hill. The star forward has put together an impressive senior season, which may only be topped by his varied and priceless emotional reactions and facial expressions.
How Dean Smith, Coach K, and Jim Valvano became rivalsEvery single day, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski found himself competing against an icon and a rock star. The icon was Dean Smith, who had already coached the U.S. Olympic team by the time Krzyzewski arrived at Duke and had taken the University of North Carolina to five Final Fours even though he was not yet fifty. (Campus Rush)
ACC tournament seeds at stake SaturdaySaturday's final day of ACC regular-season play will be important for the teams on Tobacco Road. UNC remains in contention for the No. 1 seed at the tournament beginning Tuesday in Washington, DC. But Duke, which hosts Carolina on Saturday, could either land a double bye into the quarterfinals or fall to fifth in the seeding. Things you should know: (Greensboro News & Record)
Michael Jordan Made the Forbes Billionaires List for the Second Year in a RowWednesday, Forbes released its annual 'World's Billionaires' list which named Nike co-founder Phil Knight as the richest name in sports. Knight wasn't the only Nike figure on the list. Michael Jordan made the cut for the second consecutive year. Although Jordan trails behind Knight, His Airness' position increased from no. 1,741 to no. 1,577 in the world. (Complex)
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||33-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|