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Hicks or Meeks?

On Saturday, Isaiah Hicks got the nod over a slumping Kennedy Meeks. While the actually playing time (21 minutes for Hicks vs. 17 for Meeks) was not too far off from what the two inside players normally notch, it did send a message. As of Monday, Coach Williams does not know if this move is a permanent switch. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Fikes Recognized As Trailblazers

Phil Ford joined former track and field star Sharon Couch-Fikes at center court of the Dean E. Smith Center on Feb. 20 to receive the third annual Tar Heel Trailblazers award, which recognizes individuals who paved the way for success in all aspects of the UNC student-athlete experience. View Video...

Tar Heel Basketball Poll Update

Ranked No.5/4 last week, North Carolina dropped two spots in both national polls to to No 7 (Associated Press) and No. 6 (coaches) in the rankings this week. UNC has been in the top 10 of both polls for 15 of 16 weeks during the 2015-16 season, falling to No. 11 for a week after its loss at Texas on Dec. 12. UNC is ranked in the AP poll for the 39th week in a row. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-Duke II gets favorable starting time

The traditional regular-season basketball finale between North Carolina and Duke on Saturday, March 5 has been given a 6:30 p.m. starting time and will be televised on ESPN. The game has been played at 9 p.m. the past few years and is also one of several sites under consideration to host ESPN’s College GameDay show on March 5. (Wilmington Star News)

Let's Dig Into Roy Williams vs Doug Gottlieb A Little More

In case you missed it, there was a bit of a kerfuffle between Roy Williams and CBS Sports' Doug Gottlieb on Saturday regarding comments the latter made about the former prior to UNC taking Miami behind the woodshed. During the pregame show Gottlieb speculated specifically that Roy Williams could retire after this season and hand the reins over to Hubert Davis. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC rebounds emotionally, impresses in big win

After UNC's 96-71 dismantling of Miami, Roy Williams spoke about out his team rebounded after Duke and what he liked from his team in Saturday's win. "(On Thursday) I went down to the weight room and I think 11 of our guys were in the weight room on their own. Originally we had practice scheduled, but after the game I decided to give them the day off." (Carolina Blue)

Ranking the ACC Football-Basketball Coaching Duos

4. North Carolina: Football: Larry Fedora, Basketball: Roy Williams; Williams has his best UNC team in at least five years. Williams is looking to reach his eighth Final Four. It probably took Fedora longer to turn the corner with the football program than UNC fans would have hoped, but the Heels are coming off their best season since 1997. (Athlon Sports)

Marcus Paige Logging More Time at Point Guard

Assistant coach Hubert Davis broached the topic, asking Marcus Paige, the ACC Preseason Co-Player of the Year, for his opinion on what needed to take place for the senior to feel more comfortable and become a bigger part of UNC’s offense. “I think they agreed that having the ball in my hands a little bit more would help me and help the team,” Paige said. (Inside Carolina)

Phil Ford, Sharon Couch-Sikes Recognized As Trailblazers

When Phil Ford was setting scoring and assist records for the Carolina men’s basketball team in the late 1970s, he never imagined he as creating a path for student-athletes to follow. But Saturday, Ford was honored for just that. Ford joined former track and field star Sharon Couch-Sikes at center court of the Smith Center to receive the third annual Tar Heel Trailblazers award. (GoHeels.com)

Brice Johnson's prolific season

The 2015-2016 season has been a productive one for UNC senior forward Brice Johnson. Whether it was his 39 point (14-for-16), 23 rebound performance in the Heels' 106-90 Florida State in January or his 29 point (13-for-17), 19 rebound night against Duke, Johnson has been a statistical nightmare for opponents. The 6-9, 230-pound forward is efficient too. (Carolina Blue)

Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson step up at the right time

Late in No. 5 North Carolina’s 96-71 win against No. 11 Miami on Saturday, Jackson hit his third 3-pointer of the day. Seconds later, he stole the ball and fed Isaiah Hicks on the fast break to give UNC an 86-48 lead. Running back up the court, Jackson cracked a grin. “You might see that every once in a while from me if things are clicking,” he said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kendall Marshall shows worth against Pelicans

Kendall Marshall said he's still working on turning into the player he’s capable of becoming. If so, the 76ers third-string point guard took a major step forward in Friday’s 121-114 setback to the New Orleans Pelicans. With backup point guard T.J. McConnell ineffective, the Sixers went to the seldom-used Marshall in the second half. He responded. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

The top pictures from the UNC Fan Cam

During the first time out of Wednesday’s Duke-Carolina game, the Tar Heels took a 360-degree photo of the entire crowd at the Dean Dome. The image has been posted online, allowing people who attended the game to find themselves. (Raleigh & Company)

Vince Carter at peace with role as Grizzlies' senior statesman

“I remember my second practice, right here,” Vince Carter said on Saturday, extending his arm to the practice court at the Air Canada Centre. “Charles Oakley grabs me by my shoulder and says, ‘Hey, I’m going to help you and make you somebody in this league.’ Seventeen years and six teams later, Carter is that veteran now. (Toronto Star)

Tar Heels answer call, maul Miami

Then came the game and the unleashing of it all in what became a 96-71 destruction at the Smith Center, North Carolina reclaiming sole possession of the league’s top rung by turning the Hurricanes into both a punching bag for its frustrations and a statement of its backbone. “I knew it was coming,” North Carolina forward Brice Johnson said. (Burlington Times News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10, TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23

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