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Dean Smith's coaching genius, character showed in early struggles

The booming baritone voice on the other end of the line left no doubt about a willingness to tackle the subject of Dean Smith’s early days. I think he called me “Holliday.” Lee Shaffer often does when he wants to make a passionate point about Carolina basketball: “People have no idea,” he said, “what Dean Smith inherited.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC basketball legends turn out for Dean Smith's funeral

The service was open to family, close friends and Tar Heels basketball letter-winners. One of those letter-winners was Pearce Landry of Greensboro, a minister, coach and part-time financial adviser who played for Smith from 1992 to '95. Landry said the pastor told the packed church that Smith planned his own funeral, hand-picking scripture passages and hymns. (Greensboro News & Record)

Theo Pinson, despite injury, still takes the lead for Carolina

North Carolina basketball guard Theo Pinson on Monday will finally get out of the protective boot he has worn for the past three weeks. Next Friday, he’ll sit down with team doctors and figure out whether he’ll get to play again this season. Healthy or not, the Greensboro resident who played at High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy is still an oft-heard presence in UNC’s locker room. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt

UNC returns to action following a week off with the second of three straight games on the road. The Tar Heels travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1995. On paper these teams are similar offensively while on the other end of the court Pitt has struggled to defend. Pitt's offensive efficiency is a respectable 110.4 with a solid ORB% and a low turnover rate. (Tar Heel Blog)

Vince Carter: The greatest dunker ever (video)

Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan at the 2000 slam-dunk contest. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of it 15 years later. (ESPN.com)

Three to know – No. 12 North Carolina at Pittsburgh

North Carolina coach Roy Williams shocked many in last weekend’s 79-68 at Boston College by tweaking his starting lineup for the first time in 18 games. Guard Nate Britt started in place of swingman J.P. Tokoto. Forward Isaiah Hicks got the start instead of center Kennedy Meeks. In practice this week, Hicks and Britt remained on the first team. (Fayetteville Observer)

15 Inspiring Stories About Dean Smith That Prove He Was Much More Than Just 'Michael Jordan's Coach'

This week the entire basketball world is mourning the recent passing of legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a man who taught the game to many of its most famous players. Thousands of words have been shed about Smith’s on-court contributions. But to many, Smith was much more than a coach; he was an inspiration. (Huffington Post)

Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral

Inside the Chapel Hill church where Dean Smith had a regular seat on the back row, family, friends and former players gathered privately Thursday to celebrate the coach whose fight, accomplishments and values transcended the bounds of a basketball court. While a public memorial services for the longtime UNC coach is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the campus arena that bears his name, those closest to the native Kansan spent Thursday at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church to say goodbye. (Lebanon Democrat)

A Few Short Stories About The Coach

Eight years ago, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours alone with Coach Smith, interviewing him in his post-coaching cubby-hole of an office somewhere in the Smith Center. On this day, 75 then and 10 years away from the job, he was reflecting. He admitted to learning some lessons late, and repeated some opinions long held. Among those he shared: (Chapelboro.com)

Dean Smith represented the best of the ACC and UNC

Dean Smith did not put ACC basketball or the University of North Carolina on the map. Instead Smith, who died on Saturday night, three weeks short of his 84th birthday, defined the best of both the league and the university he proudly represented. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Pittsburgh

Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' first game after the loss of Coach Dean Smith and Desmond Hubert's career-ending injury. Nate Britt talks about Pittsburgh's tough defense. View Video...

Roy Williams Press Conference Quotes

Roy Williams: "Coach Smith’s wife Linnea had the great statement that there is a basketball season still going on. But there have been some other things going. We played at B.C on Saturday, we had the Special Olympics clinic on Sunday, Monday we had practice, Tuesday we gave them the day off, Wednesday we did run and shoot, Thursday we had practice, and we did practice today." (Inside Carolina)

Jeff Wolf recalls playing for Dean Smith

"It's unfortunate news, it's something we knew was coming, but until you actually confront that he's gone — it's hard to take," said Jeff Wolf, a former Kohler High School basketball standout who played collegiately at North Carolina under Smith from 1976-1980. (Sheboygan Press)

There'll Never Be Another Dean Smith

Whenever someone of historical prominence dies, particularly someone of the stature of Dean Smith, who died Saturday night at the age of 83, there is an inevitable tendency to honor the deceased by proclaiming "we will not see the likes of them again." This is rarely true....But the career and influence of Dean Smith feels like an exception. (Sports on Earth)

UNC's Stretch Run Underway

The final three weeks of No. 12 North Carolina’s 2014-15 regular season includes four road trips and a pair of home tilts against rivals N.C. State and Duke. The stretch run begins at Pittsburgh on Saturday. It’s only been six days since UNC outran Boston College, 79-68, yet in light of the news of Dean Smith’s passing, the length of time seems much more substantial. (Inside Carolina)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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