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Tar Heels Host N.C. State Looking For 20th Win

North Carolina (19-8, 8-5 ACC) will host NC State (16-11, 7-7) on Tuesday at 8 p.m., looking for its 20th win of the season and to keep pace in the top half of the ACC standings. The Tar Heels enter the game with an ACC record of 9-5, tied for fourth place in the standings with Louisville and behind Virginia (13-1), Notre Dame (12-3) and Duke (11-3). NC State is tied for seventh place (7-7) with Pitt and Miami. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Dean Smith Breaks Down 1989 UNC vs NC State Game

In this ACC Hidden Gem, legendary Tar Heels coach Dean Smith breaks down UNC's big win over NC State during an episode of his weekly TV show. It's a unique opportunity to hear the coach talk about keys to the 84-81 win for a Tar Heels team that featured future stars Rick Fox, Scott Williams and J.R. Reid taking on Chris Corchiani, Rodney Monroe and Chucky Brown. View Video...

Dean Smith allowed NCCU’s LeVelle Moton into UNC family

LeVelle Moton didn’t play basketball for Dean Smith at North Carolina. Moton’s name was never stitched on the back of a baby blue jersey. His name doesn’t appear in any box scores for North Carolina. And yet, Moton, now the head basketball coach at North Carolina Central, still considers himself to be a part of the family Smith created in Chapel Hill. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Marcus Paige, JP Tokoto gear up for NC State

In five games against the Wolfpack, Marcus Paige has averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 44 percent. Against everyone else, he drops 12.7 points. Even this year, drawing more focus than ever before, Paige tallied 23 points in the two teams’ first matchup, which UNC won 81-79. “This year, he’s even got more of the defensive attention and the shot hasn’t fallen in quite as much,” Roy Williams said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Roy Williams defends right to assess UNC crowd energy

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams made news Saturday when he criticized the intensity of the Smith Center crowd after an 89-60 blowout of Georgia Tech. Upset that there wasn’t more noise, he urged fans to do better. “If you want to act like I’m chastising the fans, tell them to come in and invest,” Williams said Saturday. On Monday, Williams addressed those comments again. (Greensboro News & Record)

Memory Lane: NC State in Chapel Hill (video)

Most of the recent memorable moments in the North Carolina – NC State rivalry have come either in front of a distraught crowd at PNC Arena or a LOLing crowd at the ACC Tournament. Therefore, I found it necessary and apt to remind folks of three notable games from Wolfpack visits to Chapel Hill over the past 20 seasons (aka one’s with YouTube clips). (Tar Heel Depot)

George Karl, miracle worker

While National Basketball Association comings and goings generally draw little interest in these parts, the news that the Sacramento Kings had lured George Karl, 63 and one of the marquee names in coaching, away from ESPN to be their coach proved an exception. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs NC State

Since the first meeting both teams have become more efficient on the offensive end and less so on the defensive side. In UNC's case, the Tar Heels' defensive efficiency has dropped from 90.5 a month ago to 96.2. NCSU has slipped to 99.4 from 97.4. Defensive efficiency ratings tend to take a beating in league play and that is certainly the case here for both teams. (Tar Heel Blog)

Meeks heeds message, returns to starter status with Tar Heels

Kennedy Meeks hasn’t hidden the incentive behind his increased productivity. Coach Roy Williams’ decision to remove him from North Carolina’s first unit and sit him on the bench at the start of two recent games didn’t sit well with the sophomore forward. “Being put on the bench was motivation in itself,” he said. (Burlington Times-News)

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball send North Carolina flowers after Dean Smith's death

Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse basketball team sent North Carolina flowers on Monday in honor of coaching legend Dean Smith who passed away two weeks ago. After Smith passed away, Boeheim remembered the longtime UNC coach fondly. (Syracuse.com)

Know Your Opponent: N.C. State

Carolina leads the all-time series against the Wolfpack 151-76. N.C. State has made toying with NCAA tournament projections an annual tradition. Three times under Mark Gottfried the Wolfpack has had a stretch in ACC play that seemed to be a death knell for the program's postseason hopes. And all three times, State has found a way to hear its name called on Selection Sunday. (GoHeels.com)

Dean Smith wouldn't want memorial, but we needed one

Ten men and two women walked onto a large stage Sunday afternoon. The lights dimmed, a video played on the giant screens and the sound that filled the arena was loud enough to echo throughout the concourse. Then chancellor Carol Folt of UNC Chapel Hill assertively stepped up to one of two microphones. “Good afternoon and welcome to the Dean E. Smith Center,” Folt said to a silent crowd, with a slow emphasis on the building’s name. The coach would’ve hated it. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC vs NCSU, Part II

Ever since Dean Smith died, there has been a national celebration of the basketball excellence he developed in the ACC. A letdown — and that’s different from a hard-fought loss — by the current edition of the Tar Heels against NC State (8 p.m., ACC Network) would be unsettling during what has been an emotional time for the program, particularly for Roy Williams. (Durham Herald-Sun)

ACC Tournament Seedings in Play

Add ACC Tournament positioning to the long list of items at stake, such as bragging rights and winning streaks, in Tuesday’s matchup between No. 15 North Carolina and N.C. State. The Tar Heels have won 16 of the 17 meetings with the Wolfpack, including 11 in a row at the Smith Center. Extending that streak would lock in UNC having a higher ACC Tournament seed than N.C. State. (Inside Carolina)

Harrison Barnes Blossoming

There are significant differences between Harrison Barnes at North Carolina and Barnes with the Warriors. While the Iowa native came in as the nation’s No. 1 recruit and was the team’s go-to scorer from the start in Chapel Hill, shooting isn’t what the Warriors needed when they selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in 2012. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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