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UNC Basketball Next Season: The Offense

Looking towards next season, one key will be the offense finding game-to-game consistency and also raising the overall range in which UNC operates. The key to that could be the play of the backcourt, particularly Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson and Joel Berry. In breaking down UNC's season, their final nine contests are separated out as the "Marcus Paige is healthy" portion of the season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington out for the season with shoulder injury

Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, who was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, had an MRI exam which confirmed a grade 1 shoulder separation. Ellington will miss the remainder of the season. In 65 games (36 starts) this season, Ellington averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals in 25.8 minutes per game. (Los Angeles Lakers)

Harrison Barnes: The Size of the Moment

Harrison Barnes: "For as long as I could remember, I’ve wanted to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. Funny thing is, there was a long period of time when I wasn’t sure how much they wanted me. Becoming a Tar Heel seemed like destiny in some senses. My mother chose ‘Jordan’ as my middle name, as a nod to her favorite basketball player." (The Players' Tribune)

Ranking College Basketball's National Champions since 1985

5. 2009 North Carolina: Led by national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, North Carolina was a dominant team for most of the season but especially in the postseason. The Heels’ 72-60 win over Blake Griffin and Oklahoma was their closest game in the NCAA Tournament. 7. 2005 North Carolina. 15. 1993 North Carolina. (Athlon Sports)

Video: At the Bar with UNC and Duke

We all know about the UNC-Duke rivalry, but which fan base has a better time watching their team play? VICE Sports took the trip down to Tobacco Road for the rivalry game and spent the first half with UNC fans and the second half with Duke fans to see the watering holes, the traditions and the fans that make this rivalry great. (VICE Sports)

UNC's 2005 Championship Run Revisited

A full decade has passed, but the memories, moments and camaraderie forged during the 2004-05 North Carolina national championship season remain for members of the team. Inside Carolina spoke this week with three members of the team – Sean May, Jawad Williams and Damion Grant – about the historic season. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams breaks down Kentucky-Wisconsin

Roy Williams thinks Frank Kaminsky can pull Kentucky's talented big men away from the basket, exposing vulnerability in the paint. He estimates Wisconsin won't be able to stay in front of Tyler Ulis on the other end. Williams figures it will be "an unbelievable game," but ultimately predicts the undefeated Wildcats will remain as such after they square off with the Badgers in a Final Four rematch on Saturday. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

One Last Gift From Coach Smith

Sam Perkins: "I got back in town this week and saw the $200 check from Coach Dean Smith in the mail. Actually, I’m looking at it as I write this. When I first saw it, I was shocked that he left something to all of us in his will. You can’t find another coach who has done that for his players. He didn’t do it for notoriety or anything. That’s just how he was. When I saw it, I took a moment of silence because I have so much admiration for him." (Sam Perkins Blog)

Season in review: Brice Johnson

In his junior season, Brice Johnson became more of the reliable scoring threat that UNC needed. In a full starting role, Johnson was the Tar Heels' go-to post player who was able to score down low and hit the the mid range jumper. Despite head coach Roy Williams continued plea for Johnson to become more consistent, Johnson flourished as scorer and player at an All-ACC First Team level. (Carolina Blue)

Danny Green, Spurs finding rhythm

San Antonio is where Danny Green went to become an NBA star, and if all goes to plan, he intends on staying with the Spurs. Green said Tuesday before the Spurs’ match against the Miami Heat that he hopes to remain in San Antonio following this season, the final year with his three-year, $11.28 million contract. But the former Tar Heel acknowledged there’s plenty of uncertainty with these Spurs, the reigning NBA champions. (Charlotte Observer)

Dean Smith ensures all will have seat at table

J.R. Reid celebrated his 47th birthday Tuesday by taking his $200 check and gathering his family and friends at Aberdeen Barn, a Virginia Beach steakhouse. Dean Smith, Reid said, loved more than any steakhouse fare a plate of Osso Buco. Yet for Tuesday’s purposes, something far less extravagant would do. Because there is nothing simpler than a fond memory, and nothing more precious than thinking of another human being. (Daily Tar Heel)

Dean Smith’s last play

The late Dean Smith did so much to burnish the often blemished image of big-time college athletics, he is remembered so justly for his personification of decency and altruism, it’s hard to believe he could offer one more striking example. But the legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach who died in February did just that, a posthumous gesture that once again reverberated far beyond the southern part of heaven. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Justin Jackson's return bolsters already loaded North Carolina

At a time when numerous prospects unlikely to be selected in the first round are turning pro, one with first-round potential made a savvy choice to return to school. North Carolina's Justin Jackson announced his decision Wednesday, gambling that he can solidify himself as a first-round pick as a sophomore while also participating in what could be a memorable season for the talent-laden Tar Heels. (Yahoo! Sports)

At 38, Vince Carter Drifts to the 3-Point Line and Reinvents Himself

If Vince Carter is self-conscious about going gray at 38, it is one of the rare instances in which he has fought the slow toll of time. As a basketball player, he has embraced his old age, adapting his game and tailoring his approach as his career marches on. Gone are the fierce drives and skyscraping dunks (for the most part), replaced by jumpers along the 3-point arc. (New York Times)

Justin Jackson Confirms He Will Return For Sophomore Season

Justin Jackson will return to UNC for his sophomore season, he announced on Wednesday. The family confirmed the news to Inside Carolina. The 6-8, 193-pound Texas native averaged 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists and earned a spot on the ACC's All-Freshman Team. He started 37 games, tied for most by a freshman under Roy Williams in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 83
Davidson: 74
Wed, Dec 7 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Wed, Dec 21, 8:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(23) Notre Dame0-09-0
(5) Duke0-09-1
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
Florida State0-09-1
(11) Louisville0-08-1
(14) Virginia0-08-1
Virginia Tech0-07-1
Wake Forest0-07-2
Pittsburgh0-07-2
Miami0-06-2
NC State0-06-2
Clemson0-05-2
Syracuse0-05-3
Georgia Tech0-05-3
Boston College0-04-4

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