Former Tar Heel Tyler Zeller still ‘Mr. Reliable'Jared Sullinger said he kept getting stuck in traffic in Boston. But Brad Stevens, who didn’t make a big deal out it, still counted the instances as unexcused tardiness. So there was ol’ Tyler Zeller — ol’ reliable Tyler Zeller. “He's been very reliable,” Stevens said. “He's a very reliable worker and young man.” “I just try to come do my job every day. The NBA is just a job like everybody else’s,” Zeller said. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Dick Vitale saddened to miss calling first Duke - UNC game of his careerFor the first time in more than 30 years, Dick Vitale won't play a part in calling the annual Duke - UNC rivalry game on ESPN, the network confirmed on Monday. Vitale, who has been calling the Blue Devils - Tar Heels rivalry since the network's inception in 1979, was taken off the broadcast this year in a move that seems to mark a transition to ESPN spotlighting fellow analyst Jay Bilas. (Sporting News)
North Carolina to play in 2015 CBE Hall of Fame ClassicThe North Carolina Tar Heels were named as one of four teams to play in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, MO. The field was announced today as were members of the 2015 Hall of Fame Class. UNC will be joined by Northwestern, Missouri and Kansas State in the field of four. (Keeping It Heel)
U.S. Senate Resolution Honors Dean SmithThe U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution (S. Res 79), honoring the life of Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina’s basketball team. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the resolution this past week following his passing on Saturday, Feb. 7. (North Carolina News Network)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs DukeThis is very straightforward. Two teams ranked at or in the top ten in offensive efficiency and averaging at least 67 possessions per game but with some less than stellar defense. On paper this stands to be more about which offense can hit shots rather than anything the respective defenses do. (Tar Heel Blog)
Lucas: UNC Basketball NotebookRoy Williams said Marcus Paige continues to be bothered by plantar fasciitis. "It probably bothered him more this Sunday than the Sunday after the Boston College game," Williams said. "Williams singled out Maryland's Mark Turgeon and ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson as being among the individuals who contacted him with the most heartfelt messages in the wake of Dean Smith's passing (GoHeels.com)
Michael Jordan's 50 Sports Illustrated CoversInstant rebuttal to the assertion that a Sports Illustrated cover appearance brings bad luck: Michael Jordan has fronted the magazine a record 50 times, and still somehow managed to win six NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and the esteem of the entire sports world. Excluding commemorative and collector's editions, there are in fact 50 SI covers of Michael Jordan. (Sports Illustrated)
Lefty Driesell encouraged son to emulate former rival Dean SmithThe late Dean Smith has been remembered this week for what a great coach he was. Lefty Driesell remembers what a great recruiter Smith was. Smith, the legendary North Carolina coach who died last weekend at the age of 83, and Driesell faced each other on the court many times when Driesell steered Maryland from 1969 to 1986. (Roanoke Times)
UNC-Duke: On PointIn the past, it’s been matchups like Chris Duhon and Raymond Felton, back in 2004, that have determined the outcome. Duhon’s late reverse lay-up in overtime sealed a win for Duke at the Dean Dome, and his exceptional defense on Felton, then a freshman and the ACC leader in assists, in both games led to a clean 2-0 sweep of the games that year for the Blue Devils. (Chapelboro.com)
Dean Smith: Teacher, innovator and team-builder before the onset of personal brandingI wonder what Dean Smith would have thought of Twitter. Probably not much. His mind ravaged by dementia the last few years of his life, as documented in an ESPN The Magazine story by Tommy Tomlinson last spring, Smith never knew what such tech toys were. But I don't wonder because Smith surely preferred graphite or chalk over the tapping of keys. I wonder because he was never the type of coach who wanted to make himself the show. (PennLive.com)
Previewing DukeNo. 15 North Carolina concludes a three-game road trip at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday for the latest edition of its rivalry with No. 4 Duke. Tip-off is set for 9pm and will be televised by ESPN/ACCN. Duke enters Wednesday’s contest with a 22-3 (9-3 ACC) record. With a high scoring offense and a wealth of young talent, Duke has remained in the top five of the AP poll for the entirety of the season. (Inside Carolina)
Defending Duke's Dribble PenetrationNo. 4 Duke’s offensive strengths include the frontrunner for ACC Player of the Year honors in the post and a lethal touch from beyond the arc. No. 15 North Carolina’s ability to limit dribble penetration will be key in containing both options. “I think offensively they have the best balance of any team in college basketball because they can score inside and they have terrific 3-point shooters,” Roy Williams said Tuesday. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Tuesday Press Conference QuotesRoy Williams: "Sunday we gave them the day off. Yesterday we had a pretty decent practice. We showed them some clips where we have to do better. We showed them some clips where we did some good things but it wasn’t enough. I think that is part of the learning process, too. We have probably shown this team more clips from games than we have shown any other in the past three of four years." (Inside Carolina)
Video: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Press Conference Recap - DukeMarcus Paige and Brice Johnson answer questions from the media on February 17, 2015 in preparation for Wednesday’s game at Duke.
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - DukeNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams answers questions from the media on February 17th, 2015 in advance of Wednesday's game at Duke.
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