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Lucas: Historically Tough Stretch Awaits

Jay Bilas, who will call Thursday night’s game for ESPN, opined Tuesday that Carolina and Duke have the toughest remaining schedules in the country. This much is certain: Carolina’s closing stretch is unprecedented in UNC basketball regular season history, and among the toughest eight-game stretches in program history—including the postseason. (GoHeels.com)

Duke's Allen, UNC's Berry share long friendship

Joel Berry has seen and heard all about Grayson Allen's run-ins, and he has an opinion, too. "I think he's a great dude, even with the things that happened to him," Berry said. "I've been around him a great bit, whether it was us playing in the [AAU] tournaments or going to the camps with each other, so I know him personally, and he's a great guy." (ESPN.com)

Remembering Dean Smith

Two years later, we revisit Inside Carolina's coverage of the passing of former Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith. (Inside Carolina)

Greatest Roy Williams-Era Performances vs. Duke

Let’s count down the 10 greatest Roy Williams-era individual performances against Duke. This obviously throws out a big chunk of pre-2003 UNC history, so apologies to Phil Ford (34 on Senior Night in 1978), Larry Miller (32 in the ’67 ACCT title game), Charles Scott (40 points in ’69 ACCT title-clinching comeback win), Joe Forte (24/16/7 in 2001), and Antawn Jamison (35 in 1998). (The Secondary Break)

Brandan Wright: ‘I know I can help win in a big way’

Brandan Wright will appear in a Grizzlies regular-season uniform for the 17th time Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Suns. Wright is back after overcoming ankle surgery. And when Wright’s teammates say they believe he’ll put them over the top, they mean it. “Brandan completely changes the game with his athleticism,” point guard Mike Conley said. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

UNC's Hicks showing growth

Isaiah Hicks, the Tar Heels’ 6-foot-10 senior forward, reflected on Tuesday. He’ll be back in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday night for another UNC-Duke game, his fourth and final one in Durham, and he remembered it, too — freezing in the lane in overtime during his sophomore year. Hicks seemed bashful about it. He sounded almost embarrassed. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Comparing UNC men's basketball to its Final Four predecessors

The 2016-17 Tar Heels have aspirations to get back to the Final Four and maybe even win it all, following in the footsteps of those teams that have come before. One way to test if this current North Carolina team has what it takes to get back is to compare its statistical profile on kenpom.com to the profile of UNC's four previous Final Four teams under Williams. (Daily Tar Heel)

Roy Williams, Joel Berry Comment on Grayson Allen Situation

With the college basketball season’s first matchup between UNC and Duke taking place this week, Tar Heel coach Roy Williams was asked Tuesday for his thoughts on the situation surrounding Blue Devil guard Grayson Allen. Allen was suspended for one game and stripped of his team captaincy this season after tripping an opponent for the third time in his career. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels taking experience into Cameron

There are different strokes for different folks. This season, North Carolina’s and Duke's basketball teams have taken different paths to what they hope will lead to a national championship. UNC coach Roy Williams has leaned on juniors and seniors. At Duke, the Blue Devils have looked for the right formula with key veterans while mixing in a heavy dose of freshmen. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Tar Heels amp up 3-point production entering Duke game

Justin Jackson doesn't hesitate to shoot when the ball comes his way behind the 3-point arc. Neither do backcourt mates Joel Berry or Kenny Williams. The approach is working, too, for a UNC team that is using the 3 more than it has in years entering its game at Duke on Thursday. Make no mistake: The eighth-ranked Tar Heels still lean on their inside game first. (ABC 11)

Roy Williams missed the point by calling Grayson Allen a 'wonderful kid'

On Thursday, Duke will take on rival North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Ahead of the matchup, UNC coach Roy Williams came to the defense of Duke's Grayson Allen: "I think he’s a wonderful kid who he himself, and Mike (Krzyzewski), has said has made some mistakes." Williams added that the scrutiny of Allen has been overblown. Has it, though? (USA Today)

Roy Williams on HB2: "It's harmful to us and it's not right"

Roy Williams spoke out once again against North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2 at his press conference on Tuesday. "I'm not a lawmaker, but I know the impression that that law has given other people of our state and that's the saddest thing in the world to me. I think it's discriminatory, I don't like it. I don't think we should have it. I think it's harmful to us and it's not right." (ABC 11)

Vince Carter turned back the clock and threw a block party against the Spurs

On one sequence midway through the final quarter, Vince Carter blocked LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyle Anderson on back-to-back layup attempts, despite giving up a total of eight inches to the two Spurs forwards. Just over a minute later, Carter rejected Aldridge again at the rim, bringing his block total to four for the game in a hard-fought 89-74 victory. (Yahoo! Sports)

Dean Smith Remembered Two Years After Death

Tuesday marked two years since the death of legendary UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith. Smith coached UNC for 36 years while amassing 879 wins and two national championships. WCHL’s Ron Stutts dedicated a portion of Tuesday’s Ron Stutts Show to remembering Smith. (Chapelboro.com)

Berry knows team intensity is key

Joel Berry was held scoreless in the first half against Notre Dame only to explode for 12 in the second. A big shot from three sparked Berry's second-half surge. But it was nothing new for Berry, "The opportunity presented itself and I just went and knocked the ball in. I mean that’s what big time players do in big time moments." (Carolina Blue)

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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

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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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