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Box Score: Texas 84, North Carolina 82

View the complete box score from North Carolina's last-second 84-82 loss to the Texas Longhorns Saturday in Austin. (View Box Score)

Know Your Opponent: Texas

Texas is in its first year under former VCU head coach Shaka Smart and his effect on the Longhorns' playing style has been clear. Under Rick Barnes, UT never ranked in the top 150 in defensive turnover percentage, dipping to a low of 350th in the country last season. But this season Texas is forcing a turnover in 22.5 percent of its defensive possessions, good for 35th nationally. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina brings big-time basketball to Texas

The Tar Heels are expecting a tough time against the Longhorns in only their second true road game. “They have players who have ‘been there, done that,’ and came here and beat us in our own building,” coach Roy Williams said. “They have a new coach, and Shaka (Smart) is gradually implementing his system. Neither one of us have our team where we want to be. (Austin American-Statesman)

Preview & Prediction: #3 UNC at Texas

While this isn't quite a homecoming game for Justin Jackson, it is just over two hours from his home in Tomball, Texas. The indicators point to this being a 1-2 possession game. However, if the Tar Heels can keep rolling with the same level of play seen last week in Chapel Hill, it will be more comfortable than that. Prediction: UNC 81, Texas 68 (Tar Heel Blog)

Game preview: Texas vs. North Carolina

The University of North Carolina presents the Texas Longhorns with their toughest challenge of the basketball season so far. Texas is 5-3 overall but holds an undefeated record at home, 4-0. Playing overseas did not fare well with the Longhorns this year. Texas lost to Washington in China and two out of its three games in the Bahamas. (Horn Sports)

All eyes on Shaka Smart: Texas hosts No. 3 North Carolina

Ask Texas fans when basketball season starts, and most have the same answer: After the bowl game. Well, not this year. Texas coach Shaka Smart doesn’t get the month of December to fly under the radar. His Longhorns (5-3) are now front and center since football season’s over. Those just tuning in picked a great time to focus on the Erwin Center. Here comes Roy Williams and the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. (Austin American-Statesman)

76ers' Kendall Marshall: Solid in season debut Friday

Marshall (knee) scored five points (2-4 FG, 1-1 3Pt), dishes six assists, and grabbed one rebound in 16 minutes during the 76ers' 107-95 loss versus the Pistons on Friday. Marshall's 16 minute limit was announced on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Tony Wroten (knee) sat out the second night of the 76ers' back-to-back as part of the team's plan to ease him back into the lineup. (CBS Sports)

UNC men's basketball prepares for tough road test against Texas

Inside the Smith Center on Friday, North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams and junior forward Kennedy Meeks met with the media to discuss the No. 3 Tar Heels' upcoming game against Texas at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday in Austin. The last time the two sides played, on Dec. 18, 2013, the Longhorns pulled out an 83-80 victory over UNC in Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)

With Paige back, Britt approaches role with acceptance for Tar Heels

North Carolina guard Nate Britt certainly can’t be accused of blindness to the team concept. His understanding, eyes-wide-open approach to Marcus Paige’s recent return to the lineup figures to provide a myriad of benefits for the third-ranked Tar Heels, who today meet Texas and first-year coach Shaka Smart. (Burlington Times News)

Key to Tar Heel success in Austin is simple

North Carolina's Roy Williams believes the key to beating Texas Saturday is simple -- the No. 3 Tar Heels (7-1) have to shoot their shot. One of the most important of the keys, specifically, is Joel Berry III's three-point shooting which has already raised the Tar Heels' average number of long-shots made this year and Williams has a very simple explaination of how the sophomore improved so significantly after his rookie year -- "Sweat." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Seth Greenberg: Kennedy Meeks almost "impossible" to keep off the glass

ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg joined host Michael Eaves to breakdown the North Carolina Tar Heels and what makes the No. 3 team in the nation go. Greenberg has previously shared his thoughts on the Tar Heels this season as he thinks they are one of the best teams in the nation. (Keeping It Heel)

Pressure D Awaits in Austin

No. 3 North Carolina will likely encounter an elementary version of Shaka Smart’s pressure defense in Saturday’s road matchup with Texas. Smart’s pressure defense – known as “Havoc” during his days at VCU - is intent on creating chaos for opposing offenses, forcing turnovers and poor shot selection. Smart wants to make opposing players uncomfortable. (Inside Carolina)

Texas faces its toughest challenge in No. 3 North Carolina

No.3 North Carolina, a potential Final Four contender, represents to Texas its greatest test of the season, by a million miles. No disrespect to the other teams Texas has played thus far, but this matchup serves as the first measuring stick by which the Horns should be measured. They will know exactly how far to mark positive progress, and it will inform their "needs improvement" areas. (Austin Chronicle)

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)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 43
Virginia: 53
Mon, Feb 27 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

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

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 Louisville0
at Wake Forest0
Wednesday 9:00 PM
Mitchell 16.1 ppg, 2.7 apg; Collins 19.1 ppg, 0.5 apg;
Boston College0
at #19 Notre Dame0
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Robinson 19.4 ppg, 3.2 apg; Colson 16.8 ppg, 1.7 apg;
NC State0
at Clemson0
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Smith Jr. 18.7 ppg, 6.3 apg; Blossomgame 17.4 ppg, 1.5 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(5) North Carolina13-425-6
(8) Louisville11-523-6
(19) Notre Dame11-522-7
(15) Florida State11-623-7
(17) Duke11-623-7
Virginia Tech10-721-8
(23) Virginia10-720-9
(25) Miami10-720-9
Syracuse9-817-13
Georgia Tech8-917-13
Wake Forest7-916-12
Clemson4-1214-14
NC State4-1315-15
Pittsburgh4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20

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