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Top 10 Power Forwards: #5 Brice Johnson, UNC

Brice Johnson was a part-time player with James Michael McAdoo around, and he possibly could be more than that. In not even 20 minutes a game, Johnson put up numbers last season that would have satisfied a lot of full-time players. And it’s not just the scoring and rebounding. He blocks shots, too. UNC could be more destructive on defense with Johnson playing 30 minutes a game. (Sporting News)

The Green Smile

On Sunday former Tar Heel guard Danny Green became the 15th UNC alum to win an NBA title as a player. UNC grad and local writer Jordan Rogers talks to Bobby Frasor about his former teammate's journey from NCAA title winner to NBA champion. (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim Welcome Rick Pitino to the ACC

The ACC Digital Network released their first video today featuring Louisville’s Rick Pitino. Pitino will be the newest head men’s basketball coach to join the Atlantic Coast Conference when the Cardinals become an official member on July 1st. The ACCDN once again brings fans immediate behind the scenes access to the newest member school. (The ACC)

Danny Green Joins Elite Tar Heel Group

Danny Green, a 2009 UNC graduate, joined an elite group of former Tar Heels this week when he won an NBA championship as a starting guard with the San Antonio Spurs. Green, Michael Jordan and James Worthy are the only three Carolina players to win both NCAA and NBA championships. Green won a national championship in 2009 prior to this year's title with the Spurs. (GoHeels.com)

Still mending, Nuggets' Ty Lawson finds time for youth athletes

Invited to "surprise" a group of young athletes at John F. Kennedy High School in Denver on Monday, Nuggets' starting point guard Ty Lawson pulled up in a shiny white Bentley, ready to present 10 organizations with oversized checks. The money was given on behalf of DICK'S Sporting Goods' inaugural "Sports Matter" event, of which Lawson served as a local ambassador. (Denver Post)

The coaching tree from Naismith to Popovich

This graphic via Reddit shows how to trace the professional lineage of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's coaching tree all the way back to the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. It shows you how direct the descendency is. Just five branches to Popovich. From Naismith to "Phog" Allen to Dean Smith to Larry Brown to Popovich, and there you are. (CBS Sports)

Four NBA workouts remaining for P.J. Hairston

Former North Carolina standout P.J. Hairston has four workouts remaining with NBA franchises prior to the NBA Draft on June 26th. Hairston is scheduled to still meet with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. With the interest he has received on his workout tour for NBA teams, it sounds like a safe bet that Hairston will be a first round pick. (Carolina Blue)

The Truth is Not in the Transcripts: Refuting Willingham, McCants, and Kane

Last week Rashad McCants appeared on ESPN's Outside the Lines for a second time, to defend allegations he made against his former teammates, academic support staff, and coaches at UNC. McCants asserted that the truth is in the transcripts, a mantra traced back to Mary Willingham. N&O reporter Dan Kane supports both Willingham and McCants. (Coaching the Mind)

Roy Williams says latest 'junk' not a distraction

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams says he is focused on his team and not the latest allegations of academic impropriety by a former player. Williams was in Wilmington today for a luncheon with the local chapter of the Rams Club Educational Foundation. Williams said he expected to get questions about "the junk that's going on," but that he would ignore them and move on to other topics. (WWAY)

Danny Green, a textbook overachiever, can celebrate freely after NBA finals win

It seemed laughable when Danny Green considered entering the NBA Draft following a junior season in which he was UNC's sixth man. He returned to school, started for the Tar Heels' national championship team in 2009 and was picked in the second round of the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Green joins Michael Jordan and James Worthy as the only UNC alums to win NCAA and NBA titles as players. (Fayetteville Observer)

Top 10 point guards: UNC's Marcus Paige gets No. 1 nod

The No. 1 point guard on this list might not even play the position this season. Marcus Paige managed to enjoy an excellent sophomore season while bouncing between running the North Carolina offense and being the North Carolina offense. He’ll have so much more help with freshmen Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson arriving to play on the wings. (Sporting News)

Danny Green Joins a Very Exclusive Club

The San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship on Sunday night knocking off the Miami Heat 4-1 in the best of seven series. Spurs guard Danny Green became the 15th former Tar Heel to win an NBA Championship as a player. Green becomes only the third Tar Heel to win an NCAA title at UNC then a championship in the NBA as a player. The other two? Michael Jordan and James Worthy. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: The Life and Legacy of Dean Smith

The class of '64 witnessed the beginning of Dean Smith's head coaching career, the legacy and impact of which still reaches far and wide today. Woody Durham '63 led a discussion of shared insights and perspective about our amazing Coach Smith with Mike Cooke '64, Phil Ford '78, Fred Kiger '74, and Eric Montross '94. (YouTube)

A Conversation With NBA Great James Worthy

James Worthy: "Dean Smith is where it all started for me. He really laid the platform for how to play the game, how to approach life, create a team environment, chemistry and making everyone realize how important each other’s roles were. And then I got drafted to the Lakers...it was a blessing." (WBUR)

A look back at Jordan’s Game 2 lefty layup 23 years later

In Game 2 of the 1991 Finals — yes, 23 years ago — Bulls legend Michael Jordan hit one of the most iconic shots of his career, darting down the middle of the paint to fake a right-handed dunk, hang in the air, and then flip home a left-handed layup against the Lakers. (Sports Illustrated)

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 Scoreboard
FSU72
at Syracuse85
FINAL
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

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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