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Jawad Williams may sign with Italian league team Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italy) is about to land 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams, who currently plays at AEK Athens in Greece. In 16 A1 games he averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg this season. Thanks to pro basketball, Williams has experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents over his twelve year career. (EuroBasket.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Part 2 — Get On The Back Boards!

How Roy Williams can even his UNC record at Cameron Indoor: For Carolina to square ol’ Roy’s record in that overrated barn, his guys have to demonstrate they are the best rebounding team in college basketball. That is how Dean Smith upset undefeated and top-ranked Duke at Cameron in 1989, imploring J.R. Reid and Scott Williams to get on the boards. (Chapelboro.com)

Justin Jackson has grown into the star UNC was waiting for

Justin Jackson saved his best performance for when the whole country was watching. He went shot-for-shot against freshman stud Malik Monk in a marquee matchup with Kentucky, finishing with 34 points. Even as North Carolina lost a 103-100 heartbreaker, it was evident Jackson was an entirely new player this year. (SB Nation)

UNC vs. Duke: 10 stats priming you for college basketball's inconceivably even rivalry

The first North Carolina vs. Duke matchup is finally here. Because nothing gets people excited more than straight-up data, here’s some statistical perspective for Thursday night’s matchup in Durham. While Duke has a 43-36 all-time advantage at home, UNC won last year’s game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, 76-72. Overall, the Tar Heels lead the series 134-108 (Sporting News)

Heels coach Roy Williams speaks out — and up — over HB2

I worked for a short while as a sportswriter. That job required a few brief conversations with Dean Smith, a man unafraid to speak his mind. Smith spoke in favor of civil rights, against the death penalty, in support of prisoners and, yes, favored equal treatment of gay and lesbian citizens. Dean Smith, no doubt, would be proud of his protégé, Roy Williams, for speaking his mind. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC Shooting Trends

Let’s take a quick look at some North Carolina shooting trends for various shot types/locations. This analysis will be comparing numbers from the first 12 games (through Kentucky) to those from the last 13. It’s roughly a non-conference vs. ACC split, although the final 13 includes Northern Iowa and Monmouth (in addition to the 11 conference games). (The Secondary Break)

Can UNC use its balance to win another ACC title?

UNC has vaulted back to the top of the ACC standings with a balanced, veteran lineup. Roy Williams has nine players averaging 13 or more minutes per game. With one of the ACC’s top point guards in Joel Berry, a do-it-all wing in Justin Jackson who leads the Tar Heels in scoring and a pair of senior big men in Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, UNC can stack up with anyone. (ACC Sports Journal)

Turner's Take: It's Time

It's time. Tonight, for the 243rd time, Duke and Carolina take the court in one of sport's greatest rivalries. Much will be made of this game and its partner in Chapel Hill next month. The game draws interest nationwide and indeed worldwide. But beyond the hype, it's an opportunity for growth as the regular season's final sprint begins. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Players Pre-Duke Interviews

Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media prior to Thursday's game against Duke in Durham. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Kenny Williams

Video: Charlie Scott Wants his ACC Record Broken

Charlie Scott reflects on what it means to have the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn and hopes that a player from New York can break his championship game scoring record set in 1969. Read More...

The Essential UNC-Duke Gameday Prep List

Let's be honest: we all know you're not doing any work today. With that in mind, we've compiled some of the very best UNC-Duke videos, interviews and postgame stories (all the postgame victory stories from games at Duke in Roy Williams' time at UNC are here) for you to enjoy while waiting for tonight's 8 p.m. tipoff. (GoHeels.com)

The best UNC-Duke head-to-head basketball recruiting battles

North Carolina and Duke is as good a rivalry as there is in all of sports, not just in college basketball. On Thursday the rivals will play their first of two games this season when they face off in Durham. In preparation, National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi looks back at the top four head-to-head recruiting battles between Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski. (Rivals.com)

Is it just like any other game?

This is not just any other game. The players know it. The coaches know it. The fans know it. Media and TV knows it. There is a reason why ESPN has been running promos for UNC vs. Duke promos for a week now. There is a reason why Roy Williams' pre-Duke game press conference was packed with writers and TV people we usually only see a games. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina's heroes in the Duke rivalry

North Carolina had a number of unbelievable individual performances in its rivalry against Duke. So much so that a game-winning buzzer-beater, a 40-point game, an unbelievable defensive effort against one of college basketball’s best shooters and Larry Miller’s 32 points on 13-of-14 shooting night didn’t make the cut. (Carolina Blue)

The man who plays for everyone else: Nate Britt’s life has never been about basketball

It’s late. Quiet. Nate Britt would prefer it that way. The only thing that echoes in the Smith Center on nights like these is the bum-bum of a basketball on the hardwood. That, of course, and the man’s thoughts. Here, in front of an audience of none, is where Nate Britt does his best thinking. And on nights like these, it’s the serum for whatever ails him. (Daily Tar Heel)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9, TBD

UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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