Jay Bilas and Jay Williams talk North Carolina men's basketball, NBA Draft and recruiting before UNCAhead of ESPN College Gameday and the North Carolina men's basketball team's matchup with Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill, two commentators — Jay Bilas and Jay Williams — met with members of the local media on Friday. Here is a sampling of different topics discussed. (Daily Tar Heel)
The Tar Heels without Kenny WilliamsSophomore Kenny Williams is the fourth Tar Heel to be sidelined by an injury this season. The Virginia native is expected to be out for the remainder of the season. Despite Theo Pinson’s recent return, UNC head Coach Roy Williams said that a number of changes will have to be made to make up for the loss of Kenny’s defensive intensity on the court. (Carolina Blue)
No. 10 UNC begins rugged stretch vs. VirginiaUNC's schedule is loaded with challenging assignments across the final weeks of the ACC regular season. So if the No. 10 Tar Heels maintain first place in the league, they'll have earned it. Next up, there's a much-anticipated matchup with No. 14 Virginia on Saturday night at the Smith Center. "It's by far the most difficult (stretch) in the league," Ryo Williams said. (Yahoo! Sports)
Cavs face daunting task of trying to break out of slump on road against UNCNorth Carolina wing Justin Jackson has seen enough of Virginia to get a feel for what he’ll face Saturday. Though No. 14 U.Va. is slumping, it won’t abandon its deliberate pace — a stark contrast to UNC’s warp-speed comfort zone. Of course, U.Va. loves playing slowly, as evidenced by its 350th-fastest tempo out of 351 Division I programs. (Daily Press)
ESPN's Jay Bilas very high on UNCAhead of GameDay broadcasting live from Chapel Hill on Saturday, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas sat down with the local media to discuss a variety of topics. Much of the talk centered around UNC, who Bilas considers the top team in the nation."They have a brutal schedule down the stretch. I do think that when they are healthy they are the best team." (Carolina Blue)
Roy Williams Twice Approached About NCSU Job While At KansasRoy Williams coached in Lawrence from 1988-2003. N.C. State made two coaching changes during that time period, first after firing Jim Valvano in 1990 and again after Les Robinson stepped down in 1996. “I was called about it on two different occasions when I was at Kansas. I said, ‘How in the dickens can I come coach at State? That just doesn’t make sense.’” (Inside Carolina)
UNC vs. Virginia PreviewNo. 10 North Carolina closes the regular season with four of its final five games against ranked opponents. First up is a home tilt with No. 14 Virginia on Saturday night.Tony Bennett’s squad has dropped four of its last six games. Virginia’s primary scorer is point guard London Perrantes, while wing Marial Shayok has moved into a more prominent role. (Inside Carolina)
When Michael Jordan made his NBA debut in Peoria, IllinoisMichael Jordan made his professional debut Oct. 5, 1984, at what now is called Carver Arena. He had a team-high 18 points as the Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers 102-98 in an NBA preseason game. The attendance that night was estimated at 2,100, according to a Journal Star story by Dave Reynolds. (Peoria Journal Star)
Carolina Basketball Hosts UVA Saturday NightUNC hosts Virginia Saturday, in a matchup of two of the top-15 ranked teams in the country. Game time is 8:20 p.m. ESPN is televising the game and is producing its GameDay show from 10 a.m. to Noon and during pregame, halftime and postgame. UNC will recognize Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson at halftime for their jerseys honored in the Smith Center rafters. (GoHeels.com)
Despite Recent Losses, UVa Still FormidableJust because Virginia has lost three of its last four games and four of its last six doesn’t necessarily mean the Cavaliers aren’t playing well, UNC coach Roy Williams says. When Williams watched film of the Cavaliers from the last few weeks, he was impressed with what he saw and figures the rigors of the ACC simply jumped up and bit them. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
UNC is a tough place for Virginia basketball to avoid a rare losing streakVirginia senior point guard London Perrantes has never experienced a three-game losing streak at Virginia; the Cavaliers haven’t had one since February 2011. But that stretch is in danger of snapping Saturday, when No. 14 Virginia will face league-leading, 10th-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels are undefeated this season. (Washington Post)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Virginia Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game against Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Video: Justin Jackson Pre-Virginia Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Justin Jackson speaks with the media Friday prior to the Tar Heels' game against Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Video: Vince Carter takes us through Vinsanity's greatest momentsVince Carter turned 40 on January 26; however, he still shows flashes of his younger, acrobatic self. For nearly two decades, Half-Man/Half-Amazing has entertained audiences worldwide. In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report Studios, Carter takes us in full detail through Vinsanity's greatest moments. (Bleacher Report)
Video: Interview with Art Chansky about Dean Smith-Charlie Scott bookAmong many legendary episodes from the life and career of men’s basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Author Art Chansky looks at the impact the legendary coach & player had on the sport, the town, & the times. (UNC-TV)
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