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UNC Requests Interview With McCants

UNC has reached out to Rashad McCants, according to the News and Observer. The University’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Development, Vince Ille, confirmed Sunday night that a registered letter was sent to the former UNC basketball standout’s residence, as well as two text messages. (Chapelboro.com)

Charlotte Hornets guard P.J. Hairston in pickup game altercation

Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston got into an altercation Sunday with a high school basketball player in Durham, his agent confirmed to the Observer. Juan Morrow, who represents the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Hairston, said his client was playing in a pickup basketball game when tempers flared. (Charlotte Observer)

Jeff McInnis is AAU's most animated coach

Team Charlotte coach Jeff McInnis may have taken home two pieces of hardware on Sunday, but he won three titles. The third? The Most Animated Coach award. The former UNC great and 12-year NBA veteran works up quite a sweat on the sidelines; working the refs, firing up his team and even engaging in a little tasteful banter with a spectator or two on occasion. (USA Today)

Rashad McCants Is Still Talking, Just Not to NCAA

As for UNC or the NCAA not speaking to Rashad McCants, that's no surprise. While I'm sure the NCAA may be interested in hearing what he has to say, there is no doubt the reason for their return to Chapel Hill is access to Julius Nyang'oro and Deborah Crowder, and not McCants. In the meantime, it would probably serve McCants to stop talking at this point. (Tar Heel Blog)

Recap and Forecast: Marcus Paige

UNC hopes for more of the same out of Paige in the upcoming season and there is no reason to think otherwise. While opposing defenses will target the Iowa native, Paige will be surrounded my more capable and effective scoring options. (Carolina Blue)

Raymond Felton settles divorce battle

Former Knick point guard Raymond Felton and his wife settled their nasty divorce battle Thursday, her lawyer told The Post. Lawyers for Felton – who now plays for the Dallas Mavericks – and Ariane Raymondo, 26, each had several private discussions with Judge Deborah Kaplan in Manhattan Supreme Court in the morning before the judge spoke with them jointly. (New York Post)

Mike O'Koren named assistant basketball coach at Rutgers

Rutgers University head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan announced today that Mike O’Koren and Greg Vetrone will serve as assistant coaches. A collegiate All-American at North Carolina under Dean Smith, O’Koren arrives “On the Banks” with 10 years of NBA assistant coaching experience, while Vetrone possesses more than 25 years of coaching experience. (ScarletKnights.com)

Will Graves to take classes in drug case

A prosecutor says ex-North Carolina basketball player Will Graves will take drug and alcohol education classes that could lead to the dismissal of misdemeanor drug charges. Orange County assistant district attorney Jeff Nieman says the 15-hour course is part of a deferred prosecution. (Associated Press)

ESPN Panel Thinks 15 Current Coaches Are Better Than Roy Williams

Roy Williams is the second lowest-ranked of the coaches who have actually won a national championship, and all of the coaches who have won multiple titles are in the top 5, except of course for Williams. The top 15 suffers from a healthy dose of The Next Big Thing(TM), which is likely why Fred Hoiberg, Tony Bennett, Shaka Smart, Sean Miller, Kevin Ollie, and Gregg Marshall are all listed ahead of Williams. (Tar Heel Blog)

Desmond Hubert Seeking Offensive Growth

Desmond Hubert would like nothing better than to add an offensive flourish to a career rooted in defense and rebounding during his senior campaign. If you’ve been paying attention, you know the offseason routine for Hubert by now. As the Cream Ridge, N.J. forward told reporters recently, his summer emphasis is “same as it always is.” (Inside Carolina)

UNC to visit Kentucky on December 13 (12pm, CBS)

Kentucky has announced its 2014-15 men's basketball non-conference schedule, which is highlighted by five of the winningest programs in college basketball history. The Wildcats will ring in December with four straight home games, including a 12 pm matchup against North Carolina on December 13 which will be televised on CBS. (UK Athletics)

Sam Perkins Talks About His Charity Work and Life After Basketball

Sam Perkins, who was a member of UNC's 1982 NCAA championship basketball team, was selected with the fourth pick of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played in the NBA for 17 seasons. Perkins currently works with the NBA as a consultant. In this interview, Perkins discussed the transition between playing in the NBA to life after basketball. (PRWeb)

Veterans, Rookies Seizing The Summer for Tar Heels

Taking advantage of a new NCAA policy that allows teams to meet two hours per week for official summer practice, the Tar Heels are getting their first real look at some fresh new faces. It’s a crash course for the young guys, veteran Jackson Simmons says. The highly-touted freshman trio of Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson are taking the challenge head on with the help of the upperclassmen. (Chapelboro.com)

Patrick Ewing to Coach P.J. Hairston in Summer League

Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is on the Charlotte Hornets' summer-league team that will compete in Las Vegas. The Hornets selected Hairston, and former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh, in the first round of June's NBA draft. Charlotte associate head coach Patrick Ewing will coach the summer-league squad after the team's four-day minicamp that starts Monday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Turner's Take: Building a Better Brice

Brice Johnson started just two games in his sophomore season, a pair of home games against Davidson and Northern Kentucky. But despite averaging fewer than 20 minutes per game, Johnson led the team in blocked shots, was second in rebounds and fourth in points per game. Now, with James Michael McAdoo off to the professional ranks, Johnson is preparing to have an even bigger impact. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
Tue, Feb 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
Florida State6-616-8
Virginia Tech5-713-12
Georgia Tech3-813-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1110-14
Boston College0-117-17

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