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ESPN.com Top 20 Athletes 1995-2015

ESPN.com celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. We'll be highlighting some of the top teams, athletes and moments that characterized greatness in sports from 1995 to 2015. Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods -- which athletes defined the pinnacle of sports over the past two decades? Our staff chose the following athletes as the best of the best. (ESPN.com)

Season in review: Marcus Paige

Year three saw a decrease in Marcus Paige's scoring average and a general struggle to score and play at the standard he established during his excellent sophomore season. Much of this can be attributed to a lingering plantar fasciitis injury. Before the ACC Tournament, Paige said he was finally 100% healthy. Consequently, his play and scoring returned to its normal high level. (Carolina Blue)

A tribute in black and white

The recent passing of Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith hit groundskeeper Lance Long hard. He had always admired Smith not just as a coach, but also as a man. Then, only a few days later, three Muslim students were slain in Chapel Hill, and he grieved for them, too, as he had for Student Body President Eve Carson when she was murdered in 2008. (University Gazette)

Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

Roy Williams on losing to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16: "In the locker room, the most difficult time as the coach is what to say to the kids in the last game after you lose. I tell them I feel so inadequate because there is nothing I can say to erase what just happened. There is nothing I can say to make it go away. It’s not like golf; you don’t get a mulligan. That is a very difficult time." (Inside Carolina)

Wayne Ellington missed his late father while helping Lakers beat 76ers

Wayne Ellington used to look into the crowd when he played an occasional road game here. His father would always be in attendance. Always. But Wayne Ellington Sr. wasn't there Monday, a sad fact of life still being grasped by his son. Ellington Sr. was shot and killed while sitting in a car last November in Philadelphia. (Los Angeles Times)

Basketball (after golf) with His Airness, Tom Brady...and Keegan Bradley?

What happens when Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and PGA Champion Keegan Bradley end up in the Bahamas together? They play a little pickup hoops – after they had played a round of golf. Apparently, Bradley tested the waters, telling Scott Van Pelt on “SVP and Russillo” that he asked Luke Donald about going to shoot some hoops, hoping Jordan would take the bait. He did. And so we have this clip: (Pinehurst Resort)

Roy Williams Not Expecting Any NBA Jumps

Roy Williams told his radio show audience on Monday night that he expects his roster to remain intact for the 2015-16 season. “I do think everybody’s coming back, but I’ve been surprised before,” Williams said. All ten Tar Heels that played in last Thursday’s Sweet 16 loss to No. 1 seed Wisconsin have eligibility remaining and no one on the roster is projected as a first-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. (Inside Carolina)

An Interview With Milwaukee Bucks Center John Henson

John Henson plays center for the Milwaukee Bucks. On the court he can be found, blocking shots, posting up, or shooting that perfect left hook. Afterwards he usually breaks down the game, talks strategy, or how they played during the game. We wanted to know about John off the court. Really, we just wanted to talk to him about music. So that’s what we did. (Radio Milwaukee)

Art’s Angle: More Talent, Toughness Needed

UNC still leads the NCAA Tournament with the most Sweet Sixteen appearances (now 32) but the Tar Heels are living proof of what it takes to get out of the regional round and onto the biggest stage, the Final Four. Just in the Roy Williams era, Carolina has done it three times with a combination of talent that went on to the NBA and tough guys who would not back down. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC underclassmen: Who’s going, who’s staying and who’s on the fence

Staying: Marcus Paige, UNC. Despite leading the Tar Heels in both scoring and assists for the second straight year and proving his ability as a clutch performer, Paige fell short of expectations after being named the ACC’s preseason Player of the Year. He’s the ACC’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and has already announced his intention to return for his senior season. On the Fence: Brice Johnson, UNC. (Wilmington Star News)

Interview with Harrison Barnes, Warriors’ renaissance man

What’s the difference between starting and coming off the bench for you? Harrison Barnes: Well it’s a big difference. After my rookie season, I felt like I had a good year, I felt like we could have kept the same guys and done what we were doing, but we made changes and it was a different experience for me. (San Francisco Gate)

Lakers' Wayne Ellington playing with a heavy heart after his father's tragic death

When Lakers guard Wayne Ellington returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Monday, it will mark the first time in his six-year NBA career that his father won't be in the Wells Fargo Center's stands, a proud dad flanked by fellow supporters, bellowing the mantra he shared with his son: “Go to work!” An arena full of thousands of people will feel empty. (Orange County Register)

Tar Heel players: $200 final gift was ‘classic Dean Smith’

Some of Smith’s former players had yet to receive the letter for various reasons. David Chadwick, a well-known pastor in Charlotte, was in Iowa on Thursday attending his son’s NCAA swim meet. “Good heavenly day,” Chadwick said when I told him what would be waiting for him in the mailbox when he returned to Charlotte. “What a man Coach Smith was. He just keeps on giving.” (Charlotte Observer)

SAAC Spotlight: Luke Davis

Get to know UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative Luke Davis, a senior on the men’s basketball team. SAAC is composed of representatives from each of UNC's 28 varsity teams and helps promote communication between faculty, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. SAAC members meet monthly to discuss issues pertinent to UNC Athletics, the ACC and the NCAA. (GoHeels.com)

Coach Dean Smith's last supper

A number of the men who received these checks are wealthy and famous -- Michael Jordan, who played for Smith in the early '80s, presumably can afford to eat out now and then. But it's not the money that's the extraordinarily moving principle here. It's the thought and the way it was delivered. It's the idea that this great man, this highly accomplished coach and leader, found a way to have a final timeout, a final word with his players. He found a way to thank them, posthumously, for being a part of his program -- his legacy. (Cleveland.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 95
Radford: 50
Sun, Dec 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Davidson
Wed, Dec 7, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Tennessee
Sun, Dec 11, 5:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Kentucky
Sat, Dec 17, 5:45 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Syracuse50
at UConn52
FINAL
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(23) Notre Dame0-08-0
(5) Duke0-08-1
(7) North Carolina0-08-1
(11) Louisville0-07-1
(14) Virginia0-07-1
Florida State0-07-1
Virginia Tech0-06-1
Wake Forest0-06-2
Pittsburgh0-06-2
NC State0-06-2
Clemson0-05-2
Miami0-05-2
Syracuse0-05-3
Georgia Tech0-04-3
Boston College0-04-3

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