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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)

Another Shot For P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston parlayed his D-League stint into an invitation to the NBA Combine in Chicago. When teams interviewed him about his background, they came away impressed with how much Hairston matured and appreciated the process of learning from his mistakes. Combine that with an elite NBA skill, Hairston is primed to be a first-round pick on June 26. (SLAM Online)

McCants Can Make A Difference, But Not Like This

I believe there is some truth to what both McCants and Williams said. To McCants comments, I believe he received grades that weren’t deserved. There is no denying that the AFAM department at North Carolina had its issues with shady classes. Students from all walks of campus-life partook in these courses. (Thrown Away To Worthy)

Roy Williams a model of basketball consistency

Eric Montross said it’s more difficult for Roy Williams to make a splash because of his consistency. “To me, the greatest compliment that you can give any professional athlete or professional coach is that that person is consistently excellent,” Montross said. “Because what we chase as players or coaches is consistency.” Williams is nothing, if not consistent. And that should come as no surprise. (ESPN.com)

Top 50 college basketball coaches: No. 16 Roy Williams

Roy Williams is recruiting well, just as he always does. The 2014 class is especially impressive. It comprises three players, all of whom are at least top-three at their position nationally: No. 2-ranked small forward Justin Jackson, No. 3-ranked small forward Theo Pinson and No. 3-ranked point guard Joel Berry. The Tar Heels' lone weakness last season -- off-ball wing play -- is now an embarrassment of riches. (ESPN.com)

Michael Jordan Is A Billionaire After Increasing Stake In Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have $135 million of debt, which makes Michael Jordan’s equity in the team worth $416 million. After subtracting all the cash Jordan has invested in the team, we estimate his net worth outside of the Hornets to be $600 million, giving him a net worth of a $1 billion. Welcome to the billionaires club, Mr. Jordan. (Forbes)

Rashad McCants’ message clouded by self-serving agenda

Rashad McCants had us at hello. Then he kept talking. And talking And talking. By the time he’d revealed his true agenda and was finally cut off by host Andy Katz, who did an admirable job of trying to keep a difficult interview on track, whatever credibility McCants may once have had was gone. The problem is that McCants could care less about academic integrity. (Wilmington Star News)

Harrison Barnes reacts to Rashad McCants' statements

Harrison Barnes saw the comments from former North Carolina basketball player Rashad McCants about tutors writing his papers and taking bogus classes. Barnes didn’t know what McCants was talking about. He said he didn’t see anything like what McCants said in his two years at North Carolina. “It was odd,” Barnes said. “People who play with him say he is out there.” (Ames Tribune)

UNC, Kentucky among Bahamas-bound

Likely preseason No. 1 Kentucky, ACC title contender North Carolina, 2014 NCAA tournament teams Ohio State, Pitt, Cincinnati, and a possible 2015 tourney squad in Ole Miss highlight 13 Division I teams that will play staggered exhibition games in the Bahamas from Aug. 2 to Aug. 25. Teams are allowed to practice a maximum of 10 times prior to leaving on the trip. (ESPN.com)

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

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Duke0
4:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
4:00 PM ET
Wake Forest14
at NC State8
15:14 IN 1ST
Georgia Tech0
at Clemson0
2:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-320-4
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
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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