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Dean Smith's success built on extra pass, fast break

The extra pass. That was the key to everything. The offense depended on it. Carolina basketball wasn’t about the individual but the team. The whole was greater than its parts. That was what Dean Smith learned at Kansas, not at the feet of Phog Allen, his basketball coach, but in the classrooms of his mathematics professors. (Greensboro News & Record)

Bill Walton: Michael Jordan was 'basically average'

Bill Walton has been known to have an eccentric thought or two, but his latest comments about Michael Jordan reach another level of ridiculous. Walton said Michael Jordan, who is almost unanimously regarded as the best basketball player of all-time, wasn't even a top-three player. Then, perhaps just as ludicrous, Walton suggested Jordan was "basically average" in regards to his "size, strength, speed and jumping ability." (FOX Sports)

Reflections from Dean Smith's last team

North Carolina started off Dean Smith's final season as head coach making a dubious kind of history. During the 1996-97 season, the Tar Heels began ACC play 0-3 for the first time ever. And the young squad that featured sophomores Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison were headed to a fourth loss, trailing NC State by nine points with 2:34 left in the game. (ESPN.com)

Isaiah Hicks thrives in starting role

Could Isaiah Hicks become the missing piece for a North Carolina team that stands at 18-6 overall and 8-3 in the ACC? The Tar Heels beat the teams they should but struggle against more talented and tougher teams. The answer could come soon. (Carolina Blue)

Steve Hale remembers Dean Smith

All those wins. The 11 Final Four appearances and two national titles. The mastermind behind the revolutionary "four-corner" offense. North Carolina's Dean Smith is a legend in college basketball. But he was so much more to his players at Chapel Hill, says Dr. Steve Hale, a former Tar Heel under Smith in the 1980s. (Burlington Free Press)

Mike Krzyzewski wears lighter shade of blue in honor of Dean Smith (photo)

Also in Chapel Hill for the private service were former Georgetown head coach John Thompson and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Krzyzewski paid tribute to Smith by wearing a “Carolina blue” shirt and tie. (NBC Sports)

Dean Smith's essence lives in all aspects of Tar Heel life, and will always

On the morning Dean Smith's death was announced, the sun rose and illuminated a rare, unseasonably warm mid-February day filled with cloudless blue skies. Some would call them Carolina blue skies. But in the days since, it's been dark and dreary and rainy. (FOX Sports)

Rested, Fresh Tar Heels Head To ‘Oakland Zoo’ To Tame Panthers

The No. 12 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 18-6 overall and 8-3 in conference, will play its first ACC game in Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon when it takes on the Pitt Panthers, who come in with a 16-9 mark on the season and 5-5 ledger in the league. The ‘Oakland Zoo’, as they call the boisterous student section at the Peterson Events Center, will be ready. (Chapelboro.com)

Remembering Dean Smith’s first game, and a lifetime of excellence

It was Dec. 2, 1961. North Carolina’s Tar Heels had just won their home opener, defeating Virginia 80-46. The Tar Heels’ new coach, Dean Smith, met with his team in the locker room, then he came out, looked around at a handful of us who had come looking for a quote or two for our stories and asked Bob Quincy, the sports information director, “What do I do now?” (Charlotte Observer)

High Point Coach Scott Cherry: "Maybe Coach Smith was with me tonight"

High Point University men’s basketball coach Scott Cherry thought his coach and mentor, Dean Smith, was looking down on him Wednesday night. Having rallied from 16 down early in the second half and 10 down in the last 3:20, the Panthers overcame a tough situation in the last 10 seconds and pulled out an improbable 73-72 victory over Winthrop at the Millis Center. (High Point Enterprise)

Hubert’s ACL tear further thins UNC’s bench

The knee injury that kept North Carolina senior forward Desmond Hubert from being available against Boston College this past Saturday has turned out to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament. On Sunday, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed the severity of Hubert’s injury, which has brought his UNC playing career to an end, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Art’s Angle: 10-40 Years Ago

Monumental events often make me go back in time to recall what was happening 10, 20, 30 years ago. The passing of Dean Smith, whose legacy will live forever, came almost cosmically as the basketball season heads into the home stretch with February Fretting before March Madness. So what was going on at those various 10-year mileposts? (Chapelboro.com)

The night Vinsanity was born

Vince Carter's 2000 dunk contest performance was almost mythical. Fifteen years later, he walks us through the magic. (CBS Sports)

Sam Perkins: Dean Smith did everything the right way (video)

On SI Now, NCAA champion Sam Perkins discusses Dean Smith's personable nature, immense knowledge and the way he cared for his team on and off the court. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith remember Dean Smith

On TNT's Inside the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith all remember former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith. Smith was a point guard for Coach Smith and UNC from 1983–1987. (Carolina Blue)

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
TeamACCOverall
(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
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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