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Best Games Of 2013-14: No. 25-No. 21

No. 22: Carolina 93, Louisville 84 - Men's Basketball, Nov. 24, 2013: The Tar Heels scored their first of several signature non-conference wins with a 93-84 upset of defending NCAA champion Louisville. The win over the Cardinals was also perhaps the first sign that Marcus Paige would become one of the dominant players in the ACC, as the sophomore guard poured in a team-high 32 points in an MVP performance. (GoHeels.com)

P.J. Hairston Looking To Create “Buzz”

It turns out embattled former UNC shooting guard P.J. Hairston won’t be leaving the state of North Carolina to embark on his NBA career. The Miami Heat traded Hairston to the Charlotte Hornets in a deal involving Connecticut star Shabazz Napier. Hairston is the 15th Tar Heel under Roy Williams to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft and the 46th all-time first round pick from UNC. (Chapelboro.com)

James Michael McAdoo's path a personal choice

Compared to pro football or baseball, roster spots are extremely scarce in the NBA, and a player can make a lot of money overseas. If James Michael McAdoo performs well enough to merit a place in the NBA, a franchise will give him an opportunity, regardless of how his college career began or ended. If McAdoo is comfortable with the path he's chosen, it doesn't really matter what we think. (Fayetteville Observer)

Toronto Raptors exercise option on Tyler Hansbrough

The Toronto Raptors have picked up their team option on big man Tyler Hansbrough for the 2014-15 season, the team announced Monday. Hansbrough, 28, signed a two-year deal with the Raptors last offseason, but only $1 million of the second year was guaranteed. Toronto could have cut ties with the former UNC star to free up some extra cap space, but instead will pay his full $3.33 million salary for next season. (FanSided.com)

PJ Hairston’s Baggage: Real and Imagined

In his two years at Carolina, P.J. Hairston was never considered a bad teammate or a negative locker room presence. In fact, there’s zero evidence that Hairston was anything other than a GREAT team player. Despite being perhaps the most talented member of the UNC roster in 2013, he spent the first half of his sophomore year coming off the bench. Instead of sulking or comparing his situation to prison, P.J. spent his limited minutes doing what he does best—scoring at an insane rate. (Raleigh & Company)

PJ Hairston convinced Charlotte Hornets he’s owned up to his mistakes

On Thursday the Hornets bet the 26th pick on shooting guard P.J. Hairston, who made a mountain of trouble for himself that cost him his remaining college eligibility. Between a job interview in Chicago and two workouts in Charlotte, Hairston convinced the Hornets he’s grown up and can be trusted. “There are concerns always when there have been things in the past,” coach Steve Clifford said. (Charlotte Observer)

Raymond Felton has 'fresh start' with Mavericks

Raymond Felton, who is coming off the worst year of his career on and off the court, wasn’t included in the six-player trade with the New York Knicks because the Mavs wanted him. The Knicks insisted on dumping Felton in the deal with Chandler. The Mavs, however, are hopeful that the 30-year-old Felton can get his career back on track in Dallas. (ESPN.com)

Humbled PJ Hairston given the ultimate second chance by Hornets … but will he take advantage of it?

There’s a scene in the Hollywood classic “The Natural” in which the character played by Glenn Close encourages fallen hero Roy Hobbs as he laments the mistakes he has made in his checkered past. “I believe we all have two lives,” she says, “the one we learn with and the life we live with after that.” (Wilmington Star News)

UNC Finishes Fourteenth in Director's Cup Standings

UNC finished fourteenth in the final 2013-2014 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics announced Friday. Carolina compiled a total 976 points, led by the women’s tennis team with a second-place finish of 90 points. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC Players on NBA Summer League rosters

Rosters for the NBA’s two summer leagues are starting to take shape, with several former ACC stars already committed to playing for teams in either Orlando or Las Vegas. More players will be added to the rosters as the games get closer. Lakers: Kendall Marshall, guard, UNC. Warriors: James Michael McAdoo, UNC. (Wilmington Star News)

Clinic Notes: Roy Williams' UNC Secondary Break

Secondary Break and UNC Transition, Roy Williams, University of North Carolina: Don’t be married to the way you want to play. Sometime it doesn’t work. Stop practice to stress shot selection (empower don’t threaten). Players must understand that there are good shots and bad shots and that those shots vary based on who is taking them. (Men's Basketball Hoop Scoop)

P.J. Hairston: I’m In Charlotte To Prove People Wrong (audio)

New Charlotte Hornets guard and former Tar Heel P.J. Hairston joined The Mac Attack show on Charlotte sports talk station WFNZ the morning after draft night to discuss his reaction to returning to his home state, what he will bring to the team, and how he learned from the difficult choices he has made over the past couple years. (CBS Charlotte)

Vince Carter impressing in whole new ways now

Since he was a middle-teen in the early ’90s, Vince Carter has impressed people. At first blush, with his basketball skills, but also, eventually, with his naturally friendly demeanor and well-rounded interests (he was a Mainland High drum major, don’t forget). But we wouldn’t have known about any of that other stuff if we hadn’t first known Vince Carter the basketball player. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

P.J. Hairston 'fully regrets' issues

Charlotte Hornets shooting guard P.J. Hairston said he's learned from his past mistakes and believes his off-the-court problems are behind him. Hairston, the 26th overall pick in the NBA draft, said Friday at introductory press conference that he "fully regrets everything that happened" around benefits and eligibility issues while playing at North Carolina. Hairston said he's matured over the past year. (ESPN.com)

Your Opinion on McAdoo's Draft Decision Doesn't Really Matter

Time will tell how this decision plays out for James Michael McAdoo. In the meantime, he is a 21 year old newlywed who at best could latch onto an NBA roster somewhere or at worst end up playing basketball for money in Europe. It may not be what he or anyone else expected but there are far worse ways to spend your time. Ultimately, if McAdoo is happy then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. (Tar Heel Blog)

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
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
Duke7-418-6
Syracuse7-517-8
Clemson7-514-10
Pittsburgh6-517-6
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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