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No lack of confidence in Marcus Paige

Sure, Marcus Paige is 3-for-25 over the last three games, but his teammates lack no faith in their leader. Paige hopes to break out of his shooting slump against Virginia Tech on Sunday. The good thing for UNC is that even though one of their top scorers is struggling as of late, the Heels keep winning. They are currently riding a 10-game win streak and are 6-0 in conference play. (Carolina Blue)

Three to know: North Carolina at Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels are second in the country in points per game (86.2) and second in adjusted offensive efficiency (averaging 122 points per 100 possessions). But there has been one thing to nit-pick. Recently, the Tar Heels’ shooting has been a bit off. While UNC has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, don’t be surprised if Sunday's game is closer than most would have expected. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: The Quiet Brice

Not too long ago, a 27-point, 11-rebound performance from Brice Johnson would have been the primary headline no matter what else occurred. But after Carolina’s 83-68 win over the Deacs, there was more chatter about Roy Williams’ postgame frustrations, and about Marcus Paige’s continued shooting struggles, than Johnson’s double-double. (GoHeels.com)

UNC won’t be playing the same Virginia Tech team on Sunday

When North Carolina travels to Blacksburg on Sunday for a 6:30 p.m. matchup against Virginia Tech, it won’t be the same type of “gimme” game it’s been in the past. While the Tar Heels haven’t lost to the Hokies since the 2009-10 season — a year in which Roy Williams’ team finished 10th in the ACC as Virginia Tech tied a school record with 25 wins — Buzz Williams’ squad is off to a hot start in conference play.... (Today's U)

Previewing Virginia Tech

No. 2 UNC travels to Blacksburg for a matchup with upstart Virginia Tech on Sunday. Tip-off at the Cassell Coliseum is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. Virginia Tech enters Sunday’s contest with a 12-7 (4-2 ACC) record. Buzz Williams’s squad has won the games its supposed to win and lost the games its supposed to lose, outside of its upset of No. 13 Virginia. (Inside Carolina)

Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Fikes To Be Honored As Tar Heel Trailblazers

For the third year in a row, UNC Athletics will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Tar Heel Trailblazers award. This year’s honorees are Sharon Couch-Fikes and Phil Ford. The award recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the student-athlete experience. The Trailblazers will be honored at halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 20 vs. Miami. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Head To Virginia Tech

North Carolina (17-2, 6-0 ACC) will look to stay atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings and win its 11th consecutive game when it visits Virginia Tech (12-7, 4-2) on Sunday evening in Blacksburg, Va. The Tar Heels and Hokies will tip off at 6:31 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Virginia Tech is 3-0 at home vs. ACC foes this season. (GoHeels.com)

Marcus Paige's baffling shooting slump continues

In the past couple of decades, Coach Roy Williams has overseen the growth of several talented players. From Paul Pierce and Kirk Hinrich in his days at Kansas to Tyler Hansbrough and Harrison Barnes in his time at North Carolina, the list of gifted athletes is extensive. Williams will promptly tell you senior guard Marcus Paige belongs on that list. But lately, the senior has trudged through a prolonged shooting slump. (Daily Tar Heel)

Lakers great James Worthy gets about $2 million for Bel-Air home

Hall of Fame basketball player and Lakers assistant James Worthy has sold a home in Bel-Air for $2.025 million in a deal completed outside the Multiple Listing Service. The two-story house in guard-gated Bel-Air Crest originally listed for sale in September for $2.195 million and was taken off the market in November. (Los Angeles Times)

North Carolina-Virginia Tech Preview

With its archrival in a tailspin, North Carolina has re-staked its claim as the premier basketball program on Tobacco Road. A spot atop the national polls may soon follow. The second-ranked Tar Heels will likely regain the No. 1 position if they get past improving Virginia Tech on Sunday night and earn an 11th consecutive win. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tar Heels hanging with the Hardy Boyz

The Hardy Boyz, consisting of real-life brothers Jeff and Matt Hardy from Cameron, N.C., were in the Dean Dome on Wednesday to watch UNC defeat Wake Forest and notch their 17th win and 10th straight. After the game the professional wrestlers, who spent time in the WWE, WWF, and TNA, took photos with the North Carolina players. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams worries about defense despite UNC's big ACC wins

North Carolina coach Roy Williams started with sarcasm in his most recent postgame press conference. "I'm as happy as I can possibly be," he said. Five minutes later, as he wrapped up his thoughts about an 83-68 home win against Wake Forest, Williams encapsulated his true feelings. "Satisfaction is not part of my language right now," he said. "Nowhere close." (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC may be basketball’s team to beat if and when things click

The Heels’ ability to dominate even when playing well below their potential could be an indication of how dangerous they can be when at their best. In a year when college basketball can be defined by the word “parity,” it could also mean that North Carolina is more fit than any other team to pull away as the favorite to win it all. (Today's U)

Harrison Barnes a finalist for U.S. Olympics team

Harrison Barnes, also known as “the Black Falcon,” has made quite the name for himself in the NBA. Since he entered the league in 2012, he has posterized numerous players and created some of the best highlight reels. Now, Barnes sets his sights on winning a gold medal for his country. This would look nice in his collection beside his 2015 NBA Championship ring. (Keeping It Heel)

A positive step for Rockets guard Ty Lawson

Despite the 123-114 loss on Wednesday night, Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff was happy with the play of guard Ty Lawson. Lawson had 18 points, five rebounds and three assists in the game. Lawson has had a tumultuous year – between serving suspensions for a total of five games due to past DUI accounts, to an ankle injury to adjusting to a new team. (Houston Chronicle)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 72
Arkansas: 65
Sun, Mar 19 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Butler
Fri, Mar 24, 7:09 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#21 Butler0
at #6 UNC0
Friday 7:09 PM
Martin 16.1 ppg, 1.1 apg; Jackson 18.1 ppg, 2.7 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-429-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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