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Today’s U Top 25 Countdown: No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels

Once Paige returns, if North Carolina can stay healthy, improve its defensive rebounding and play better basketball in late-game situations, there’s no reason why this team shouldn’t be the favorite to cut down the nets in Houston come April. (Today's U)

Previewing Temple

No. 1 North Carolina opens the 2015-16 season against Temple in the Veterans Classic at Annapolis on Friday. Tip-off at Alumni Hall is at 7 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports Network. With an experienced rotation that could go 10-deep, coach Fran Dunphy will once again lean on a man-to-man defensive approach that served the Owls well last season. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Take In Naval Academy

The UNC basketball team made the most of its day in Annapolis on Thursday. In town to prepare for Friday's 2016-17 season opener against Temple in the Veterans Classic hosted by the United States Naval Academy, Thursday was anything but a typical road trip practice day. Carolina players toured the Naval Academy, getting a taste of life at the service academy. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Player Profile: Marcus Paige

The recovery window for Marcus Paige's broken hand is 3-4 weeks which means a possible return after missing six games just in time for the Tar Heels to face #3 Maryland in Chapel Hill. One silver lining regarding Paige's injury is that it affects his non-shooting hand. It should heal rather quickly and not be the nagging type of injury that plagued him last season. (Tar Heel Blog)

No time for learning curve as Temple goes for upset of UNC

Temple has no time to get settled before taking on its toughest opponent of the early part of the season. The Owls take the court for the first time in front of the public on Friday evening, on the court at the Naval Academy’s Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md. The opponent is North Carolina, ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll and No. 2 in the coaches’ poll. (City of Basketball Love)

North Carolina alters its look with hopes of bringing back glory days

Have you seen them? The all-black-everything, alternate uniforms that will have North Carolina looking so Brooklyn when it plays UCLA next month in the Barclays Center. Junior center Kennedy Meeks described the jerseys and shorts -- that maintain the trademark argyle pattern down the side in Carolina blue but are trimmed with gold -- in one word: "Fire." (ESPN.com)

Warriors Make James Michael McAdoo Pay For The Team’s Breakfast At McDonald’s

James Michael McAdoo may not be a rookie but he was tasked with buying the team breakfast on Tuesday. And while horror stories of young players being left obscene restaurant bills by their teammates are fairly common in sports, the Warriors were much more wallet-friendly towards McAdoo when they decided that it was his turn to foot the bill for a meal. (Next Impulse Sports)

Projected NCAA tournament bracket: UNC, Kansas, Duke, UK are No. 1 seeds

No. 1 seeds: North Carolina is SI's No. 1 overall seed, and thus is slotted in the East Region, which will be played in Philadelphia, 415 driving miles from Chapel Hill, N.C. The South Region is in Louisville, 538 miles from UNC. If Kentucky can lock up the South (as we project), it will enjoy the biggest geographic advantage of any of the No. 1s. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC wing Pinson healthy, hopeful and ready to seize his opportunity

It all starts for real Friday at 7 p.m. when the No. 1-ranked Tar Heels face Temple in Annapolis, Md., before Sunday’s 4 p.m. home opener against Fairfield. J.P. Tokoto’s departure after last season already created an opportunity for Theo Pinson, and he’ll get even more chances early in the season with guard Marcus Paige out for the first few weeks of the season. (Raleigh & Company)

Celtics center Tyler Zeller knows why playing time is short

Tyler Zeller is pointing a finger of blame with regard to his rapid decline in minutes. At himself. The 7-footer has fallen from the starting lineup to the point where he was used only in blowout duty in last Friday’s 20-point win against Washington. (Boston Herald)

Marcus Paige can't run the offense right now, but he can run sprints

A driver of a food truck on North Carolina’s campus stopped Wednesday when he saw point guard Marcus Paige on foot. He yelled out to ask how Paige’s broken hand is healing. Paige won’t play in Friday night’s season opener against Temple at Annapolis, Md., but he figures his right hand will be feeling good enough to play within a few weeks. (Burlington Times News)

Marcus Paige opens up about broken hand

Marcus Paige’s right hand is at the forefront of every North Carolina basketball fan’s mind. Professors, classmates, even food truck drivers — the senior guard can’t go anywhere without getting asked about his injury. “If it was up to me and I didn’t have any pain, I would try to just wrap it up and play or something,” Paige said. “But it’s not that simple.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Theo Pinson talking his way into a big role at UNC

Theo Pinson is the best defensive player UNC has returning, and on paper, he’s a natural fit to fill the hole left by J.P. Tokoto. He has rehabbed his broken foot this offseason after surgery, and he’s tweaked his shooting stroke to give him a quicker and more accurate release. But his hands and feet may be less important than his mouth — at least for UNC this season. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC seniors hope to change legacy

Marcus Paige's jersey will hang in the Smith Center rafters after this season, with the honored status for his No. 5 resulting from a second-team All-America selection in 2014. That alone won't provide Paige with a sense of fulfillment once his college career has ended. The legacy of this talented senior class will be determined by what they accomplish in 2015-16. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Player Profile: Brice Johnson

On paper, Brice Johnson is everything you would want in a UNC big man. He is long, athletic, and quick. He has added 40 pounds to his matchstick frame since he arrived at Chapel Hill, so at 230 pounds he won't be conceding nearly as much heft on the inside. His scoring and shotmaking have steadily improved, but his consistency and drive have been his biggest question marks. (Tar Heel Blog)

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

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
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Thompson (Syracuse) 18 pts; Lammers (Georgia Tech) 23 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(10) North Carolina11-323-5
(8) Louisville10-422-5
(12) Duke10-422-5
(25) Notre Dame10-521-7
(17) Florida State9-521-6
(14) 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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