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Five questions to ponder before tipoff

How important will tempo be in determining the UNC-UVA winner? The pace at which today’s game in Charlottesville is played will likely determine which team walks away with the victory. The Tar Heels want it to be a fast-paced up-and-down game. The Cavaliers want to slow things down and exploit some of UNC’s defensive deficiencies in the halfcourt game. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels take title thoughts to Virginia

North Carolina coach Roy Williams has mentioned several times recently that before the season among friends he selected Virginia as the preseason favorite in the ACC. Tonight, the Tar Heels have a chance to put a grip on the top spot with a showdown at Virginia. “We really want to win the ACC regular-season title,” UNC guard Marcus Paige said Friday. (Burlington Times News)

Three to know: No. 7 North Carolina at No. 3 Virginia

UNC has had a degree of success at Virginia’s home gym, winning four of the six games it’s played at John Paul Jones Arena. Given the reputation the venue has built among visiting teams, that’s no small feat. Virginia has won its last 18 games at home – including all 13 this season – and has a 33-1 record against ACC foes in the last four seasons. (Fayetteville Observer)

Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC at #3 Virginia

The ACC lead is on the line. A loss pulls the Tar Heels into a tie with the winner between Louisville and Miami, being played Saturday. A win would keep the Tar Heels one game ahead with games at home versus Syracuse and at Duke. The bigger prize is a #1 seed and placement in the Raleigh pod for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Prediction: UNC 71, Virginia 69 (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina's highly touted sophomore class hitting its stride in Year 2

Justin Jackson, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are starting to fulfill their potential, even if they're doing it a year later than the current landscape of college basketball deems acceptable. They were a big reason why the seventh-ranked, first-place Tar Heels overcame an early deficit and rolled to an 80-68 victory at N.C. State on Wednesday night. (Fayetteville Observer)

Virginia to Put Perfect Home Record on the Line

A sold-out John Paul Jones Arena will be rocking Saturday night when North Carolina, the ACC's first-place team, visits the Virginia men's basketball team. Tony Bennett's Cavaliers will take the floor two games behind UNC in the conference standings, with a loss eliminating UVA from any shot at a third straight ACC regular season title. But Bennett's team is a perfect 13-0 on its home court this season. (Charlottesville Newsplex)

Virginia hopes ESPN "GameDay" visit goes better than last year

A visit from No. 7-ranked North Carolina was enough for Virginia’s third-ranked men’s basketball team to get its second visit from ESPN’s “College GameDay.” It’s also the second “College GameDay” appearance for UVa in as many seasons, and the Cavaliers hope that history is not repeated. Virginia had won 21 straight games at John Paul Jones Arena before “College GameDay” visited last season. (Roanoke Times)

In midst of quiet season, UNC's Marcus Paige revels in teammate's rise

As the regular season heads into its final week, the ACC Player of the Year race is muddled. Cases can be made for North Carolina’s Brice Johnson, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Duke’s Grayson Allen and N.C. State’s Cat Barber. Nobody’s making one for the Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige, the league’s preseason Co-Player of the Year. And for the senior guard, that’s OK. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels trying to outrun Cavaliers

No. 7 North Carolina can all but lock up the ACC regular-season title today. All it has to do is make a hare beat a tortoise. Speed has been the Tar Heels’ ally this season, and UNC leads the ACC by a game with three to play. Virginia, by comparison, is the slowest team in the NCAA, according to Kenpom.com. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Virginia

This is a meeting between contrasting styles. Virginia is 351st in tempo while UNC is 44th. The Tar Heels average almost 11 possessions per game more than the Cavaliers. That is a shock to the system and since it is much easier to slow the game down than speed it up, the game's tempo will not be to UNC's liking. The Tar Heels cannot afford any offensive droughts. (Tar Heel Blog)

Vince Carter served as source of motivation for Lakers’ Kobe Bryant

They played together on the AAU circuit. They have remained two of the last few players still standing among their contemporaries. And they became linked partly because of Kobe Bryant’s high school coach. Lower Merion High coach Gregg Downer invoked Vince Carter’s name to motivate Bryant. “I enjoyed playing against him every time,” Bryant said of Carter. “I loved it.” (Los Angeles Daily News)

Previewing Virginia

No. 7 North Carolina’s tough closing stretch continues in Charlottesville, where the Tar Heels will clash with No. 3 Virginia on Saturday with NCAA Tournament seeding implications on the line. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. Virginia enters Saturday’s contest with a 21-6 (10-5 ACC) record. (Inside Carolina)

Rockets consider releasing Ty Lawson

The Houston Rockets are exploring releasing guard Ty Lawson, a source told ESPN on Friday. Lawson, in his first season with the Rockets, has struggled the entire season and has fallen behind veteran Jason Terry in the rotation in crunch time. Rockets officials would like to keep Lawson, but his declining play is making it difficult for them to justify retaining him. (ESPN.com)

ESPN College GameDay Analysts Weigh in on UVA-UNC Matchup

#3 Virginia will host #7 North Carolina at 6:30pm Saturday in an ACC showdown televised by ESPN. The festivities begin Saturday morning with ESPN's signature college basketball pregame show, College GameDay, airing live from John Paul Jones arena from 11am-Noon. (NBC 29)

Virginia confronts challenges of ESPN GameDay distractions, UNC's speedy effectiveness

On a day when Bennett would prefer his team to focus on getting back on track against No. 7 UNC (23-5, 12-3) after the Cavaliers suffered a tough 64-61 loss Monday at No. 12 Miami, there instead will be significant distractions to handle. A U.Va. loss to ACC leader UNC will eliminate the Cavaliers from contention for a third consecutive ACC regular-season crown. (Daily Press)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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