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Kennedy Meeks' game expands by losing weight

If one wanted to know the secret to losing weight, North Carolina junior forward Kennedy Meeks might be the right person to ask. Prior to the beginning of his first season, Meeks entered UNC weighing nearly 320 pounds. Fast forward two years, and he has shed approximately 60 pounds — the average size of a 9-year-old boy. (Daily Tar Heel)

Brice Johnson reaches for his potential

Brice Johnson is used to tough love. The forward played at Edisto High School in Cordova, S.C., for his own father, Herman Johnson. And despite the numerous awards he garnered, including Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, Brice said his father wasn’t quick to offer praise. (Daily Tar Heel)

10 things to watch in Triangle hoops

This year, like every year, has the potential to be a banner season in Triangle basketball. That's a literal statement in our case - because (yet another) banner could be hung if things fall into place. The madness kicks off tonight with all three Triangle ACC teams and NC Central starting their seasons. That in mind - here are 10 things to watch in local college hoops this year. (ABC 11)

Joel James, a rock for UNC and the NCAA

If Joel James wasn’t a basketball player, he’d be a teacher. High school. That’s when there’s the best chance of impacting young people, he said at North Carolina men’s basketball media day. And if not a teacher, then he’d be a chef. Those two professions are different but supportive in their own ways. (Daily Tar Heel)

Isaiah Hicks set to blossom in his third year

When Isaiah Hicks set foot in Chapel Hill for the first time as a member of the North Carolina men’s basketball team, the expectations were already soaring. And given the accolades the then-precocious forward from Oxford had already racked up, it made sense.McDonald’s All-American. North Carolina Associated Press Player of the Year in 2013. Five-star recruit. (Daily Tar Heel)

As Hornets rise, long-forgotten Marvin Williams finds a home

Remember Marvin Williams? That guy Atlanta selected over Chris Paul and Deron Williams, like, 100 years ago? The one whose career peaked in its third season, and never induced much more than a yawn from the casual NBA fan? Fast forward to right now, and the zero-time All-Star is playing the best basketball of his life. (FOX Sports)

As Monmouth has grown up, so has King Rice

Admittedly, as the Monmouth program has grown up under King Rice, he himself has grown up as a head coach. "I think I understand the position probably more than when I first started, I learned everything doesn’t have to be a my way or the highway-type of deal," Rice said. (Asbury Park Press)

Jackson has eyes on Houston Final Four

Once the season starts, “next opponent” is the only answer you’ll get if you ask a player what’s on his mind. But before the season even begins, when players are allowed to discuss the big picture, sometimes you’ll get a glimpse of what they’re really thinking. And Justin Jackson is really thinking about a Final Four in his hometown of Houston. (ACC Sports Journal)

Roy Williams: The opportunity is there for guys to step up

Roy Williams will use a rotation of players to fill the void left by Marcus Paige. "What we are doing in practice is rotating Joel Berry, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson, and Kenny Williams through those two (guard) spots, but also giving Theo some time at the three spot to give Justin Jackson some time. And I think that's what we will continue to do until we get Marcus back." (Carolina Blue)

Which UNC player changed his game the most in the offseason?

North Carolina big man Kennedy Meeks paid a visit to The David Glenn Show at ACC Operation basketball to talk about what he did to lose over 70 pounds, how often the team discusses winning a national championship and what the mindset is going into this season. Which player does Meeks think has transformed his game the most in the offseason? (ACC Sports Journal)

Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs Temple

While Temple will be missing two key players from last season, the Owls return enough to be competitive. This is a team that shouldn't be taken lightly and certainly not on a neutral court. For the Tar Heels it is a simple task of seizing and maintaining control through what might be some ragged play often associated with season openers. Prediction: UNC 81 Temple 69 (Tar Heel Blog)

Roy Williams still has real passion despite all the pain

Why is Roy Williams still coaching? "I think because of my knees, and I'm walking slower, people are starting to wonder how close [I am to retirement]," Williams said. "But I've really never considered [retiring]." Again, I asked, why? "Because I still love walking out on that court for practice," Williams answered. "I love getting on that bus with my guys and listening to the junk they're talking." (CBS Sports)

Lucas: We Interrupt This Life For Basketball

It’s November, UNC is No. 1 in the country, and there are potentially 40 opportunities to watch Tar Heel basketball over the next five months. This could be the type of season for which other programs wait a lifetime. The Tar Heels have waited four years, which feels like a lifetime. It’s going to be exhilarating and breathtaking and all-consuming. I apologize to everyone else. See you in April. (GoHeels.com)

Theo Pinson a natural to succeed J.P. Tokoto

Theo Pinson is not J.P. Tokoto. The comparisons between the UNC wings are striking. Both feature 6-foot-6 frames and weigh 200 pounds, and each sports elite athleticism and a penchant for playmaking. So when Tokoto declared for the NBA Draft in April, Pinson seemed a natural fit for the vacated starter spot. “He’s pretty close to as athletic as J.P. was,” junior guard Nate Britt said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Temple gets a big challenge right from the start

Temple's basketball team has a decent amount back from the one that won 26 times last season. And it's added some promising newcomers. Still, you probably could make the case that the Owls are flying at least a bit under many radar screens. (Philly.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA19
18:32 IN 2ND
Murphy (Miami) 4 pts; Wilkins (UVA) 6 pts;
Boston College31
at #19 FSU55
Bowman (Boston College) 8 pts; Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 4 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(19) Florida State9-521-6
(18) Virginia8-618-8
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-129-18

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