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Four Corners: Ready For ACC Play

The Tar Heels finished regular season, non-conference play with a 12-2 record. North Carolina has won at least 12 non-conference games before the start of ACC play for the fifth time in Roy Williams' 14 seasons as the head coach in Chapel Hill. Carolina will visit Georgia Tech on Saturday at noon for a New Years Eve ACC opener. (GoHeels.com)

Q&A with NBA D-League Coach Jerry Stackhouse

Raptors 905 Coach Jerry Stackhouse on coaching in the D-League: "In Kinston where I’m from—the biggest hotel is a Holiday Inn Express. The Ritz Carlton, where you get 24 hours room service, yeah, that’s a perk that I take advantage of. But for real, anybody that knows me knows I’ll come over your house and roll up on your couch. Just give me a blanket and a pillow." (Complex)

ACC basketball 2017: Preview, predictions, important schedule dates, and 5 big storylines

Reigning national runner-up North Carolina again appears to have all the pieces necessary to play its way into the final weekend of the season. The Tar Heels rolled their way to a Maui Invitational title before dropping a road game to Indiana and a neutral-court thriller against Kentucky. (SB Nation)

North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks wants to leave Roy Williams speechless

Kennedy Meeks inherited the dubious title of "most picked on" by Roy Williams from Brice Johnson, who carried it throughout his four years in Chapel Hill. "Now I handle it a lot better," said Meeks, who is averaging 13 points and leads Carolina with 9 rebounds per game. "I try not to focus on how he says it but what he says, because I know he's here to help me." (ESPN.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Tough Young Coach

King Rice was tough enough to make Bobby Hurley cry. When the emotional former Tar Heel apologized to his Monmouth team for criticizing the officials Wednesday, it reminded me of King Rice, the player, who helped lead the 1991 Heels to the Final Four. Rice was not highly recruited, and he might not have played much if Dean Smith had signed Kenny Anderson or Bobby Hurley. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: He'll Bring The Biscuits

Dewey Burke can tell you this is a fact: when you are a frequent biscuits provider to North Carolina basketball fans, you never pay market rate at a Bojangle’s in the greater Triangle area again. But remember that we told you this is a story about redemption. And so, there was Kanler Coker at the free throw line on Wednesday night. (GoHeels.com)

Kings’ Ty Lawson quietly makes a career and lifestyle comeback

Ty Lawson looms as a significant factor in determining whether the Kings make the playoffs. After early bumps, the eight-year veteran has contributed in ways that aren’t necessarily reflected in the box score. He pushes the pace, sneaks into the lane and knocks balls loose, harasses opposing point guards and surprises with that midrange jumper. (Sacramento Bee)

Seventh Woods Struggles for Minutes

After the much-needed return of Joel Berry, Seventh Woods has continued to slip in the rotation. The offense struggles when he’s on the floor. Roy Williams has 40 minutes per night to give to the point guard position. Berry is going to get the majority of that time, while the rest of the minutes are divided between Nate Britt, Woods and, occasionally, Stilman White. (ACC Sports Journal)

The Understated Elegance of Justin Jackson

As Justin Jackson continues to add 3-point range to his arsenal, he’s now too good to fly under the radar. He’s developed into a legitimate alpha scorer, but the rarest of alphas who can dominate a game without dominating the ball. Let’s break down Jackson’s 28-point, 5-assist masterpiece against Monmouth to see how he’s creating his opportunities. (The Secondary Break)

Sloppy play didn’t make sick Williams feel much better

Coach Roy Williams “felt like junk” earlier in the day and did what he could by taking an IV two times. When he got sick of his team’s sloppiness in the second half, his treatment for North Carolina was to take all five players off the court. Doing it once didn’t stop the flow of turnovers, so he did it again. After still more mistakes, it again was five out and five in. (Raleigh & Company)

Frustration and fondness lead to emotional postgame scene for Monmouth coach and UNC alum King Rice

For Monmouth coach King Rice, Wednesday’s 102-74 thrashing at the hands of UNC created a jagged set of feelings. On one hand, he was home. A quarter century ago, as a quick and heady point guard, he helped the Tar Heels to two ACC titles and a Final Four. Later, as an aspiring college coach, he returned to learn under the man who had recruited him, Roy Williams. (Fayetteville Observer)

By blasting Monmouth, Tar Heels mercifully end nonconference slate

While Roy Williams was irked by some brief lulls and the Tar Heels' season-high 17 turnovers, his team still looked like a team that will contend in the ACC. Ninth-ranked North Carolina (12-2) begins ACC play on Saturday with a trip to Georgia Tech. For a Tar Heels team that has worked out plenty of kinks over during nonconference play, it's time. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: A Lifetime Pass

Understand this: King Rice has a lifetime pass in the Smith Center if for no other reason than he owned Duke’s Bobby Hurley. That’s enough credentials for a Tar Heel lifetime. Maybe some of you don’t remember. But Hurley was Grayson Allen before Grayson Allen was even born, and just like Allen, Hurley complicated matters by being very good. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Players, King Rice Post-Monmouth Interviews

Several UNC basketball players and former UNC point guard/Monmouth head coach King Rice spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 102-74 win over Monmouth on Wednesday. Here are their interviews: Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley, King Rice

UNC-Monmouth Postgame Notes

Kennedy Meeks became the 20th Tar Heel in history with 800 or more rebounds. His 12 tonight give him 803 for his career. Joel Berry II did not make a field goal for the first time since the last regular-season game of his freshman season. Berry did not practice on Tuesday due to a stomach bug and received a pair of IVs before the game on Wednesday. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Louisville: 76
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Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Syracuse
Wed, Feb 21, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Boston College66
at NC State82
Bowman (Boston College) 21 pts; Freeman (NC State) 20 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia13-123-2
(5) Duke10-422-5
(10) North Carolina10-521-7
(15) Clemson9-520-6
NC State9-619-9
Virginia Tech8-618-8
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-917-12
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1011-16
Wake Forest3-1210-17

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