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UNC Flashback: Smith Center's Grand Opening

Hollywood couldn’t have scripted the scene any better. It was Saturday afternoon, January 18, 1986 and the North Carolina Tar Heels were hosting the Duke Blue Devils in the long anticipated, oft-delayed unveiling of the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, better known as the Dean Dome. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels are No. 2 in AP, Coaches Poll

North Carolina (16-2) comes in at No. 2 in both this week's AP and Coaches Poll. The AP Poll reads No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 UNC, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 Xavier. The USA Today Coaches Poll reads No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 UNC, No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Villanova, No. 5 Maryland. The Tar Heels are riding a nine game winning streak and are 5-0 in the ACC. (Carolina Blue)

The Top Smith Center Moments

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the first game in the Smith Center. We're asking Tar Heel fans to vote on their favorite memories from the building. Please read through the following options and then rank your choices here. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Where It Began

It’s hard to imagine now that the Dean Smith Center could ever have opened against any opponent other than Duke. Of course the Blue Devils had to be the first opponent on Jan. 18, 1986, thirty years ago today. That’s the only possible way to open a new building for North Carolina basketball. But that was never the plan (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Supportive of NBA Draft Early Entry Rule Changes

Another change is that underclassmen can enter the NBA Draft in multiple seasons without jeopardizing eligibility – student-athletes previously could only enter their names once – and they can also participate in the combine and work out for each NBA team once per year. “It’s the way it should be,” Roy Williams said. “I like that." (Inside Carolina)

Video: Dean Smith Center Opening - UNC vs. Duke (Jan 18, 1986)

Relive the opening of the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC as North Carolina hosted Duke 30 years ago on January 18, 1986. The #1 Tar Heels prevailed over the #3 Blue Devils in the unveiling of the 'Dean Dome.' View Video...

Comfortable Meeks takes it to the Wolfpack

Kennedy Meeks started for the first time in eight games. He didn’t start to find his game, though, until a scintillating second half. The contrast was huge, and not just the fact that he scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime in UNC’s 67–55 victory Saturday over N.C. State. He was blocking shots. He dove to the floor for a ball trying for a steal and earned a held ball. (Raleigh & Company)

Even when things go poorly, they go well for UNC

North Carolina’s 67-55 victory over NC State won’t be remembered as a pretty basketball game. The Tar Heels shot 37.9 percent on the afternoon, with Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson — who each average over 12 points per game — combining for 15 points on 6-of-24 shooting. (Today's U)

For Marcus Paige, shooting touch hair today, gone tomorrow

Samson lost his strength when he cut his long flowing locks. On the basketball court, a haircut may have had a similar effect on Marcus Paige’s shooting touch. Though it’s probably a coincidence, the UNC star hasn’t been the same player since trading in the shaggy look he started the season with for a cleaner, close-cropped style. The numbers are startling. (Wilmington Star News)

North Carolina depth apparent in 67-55 win over NC State

When Marcus Paige's shots aren't falling, Saturday's win showed UNC has players who are more than capable of picking up the slack, a contrast to years past. Joel Berry in particular shot the ball well from the perimeter, making 5-of-9 shots and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. "We got guys — Joel Berry is so much better, Isaiah (Hicks) is so much better," Paige said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Williams finally discovers formula for paying back Wolfpack

A weird game on a strange day in the Dean Dome left Carolina feeling a little better and State looking a little worse. That seems to have become a trend. North Carolina, deep in bodies and headed for bigger games later in the year, wore down N.C. State 67-55 Saturday. Hard to say where State is headed. (Greensboro News & Record)

Kennedy Meeks helps Tar Heels muscle past Wolfpack

Kennedy Meeks, UNC’s resident big-bodied post player, outplayed the Wolfpack’s plus-sized contingent of BeeJay Anya and Abdul-Malik Abu in No. 5 North Carolina’s 67-55 win on Saturday. Meeks, reinserted into the lineup after missing several weeks with a knee injury, provided a 23-point reminder of why he’s a crucial part of UNC’s hopes. (Greensboro News & Record)

Even without stars shining, UNC finds a way to win … the way good teams do

Mark Gottfried’s words turned out to be prophetic. Only it wasn’t his N.C. State basketball team that heeded them. “Throughout the game of basketball, things happen,” the Wolfpack coach said Wednesday after his team’s home loss to Florida State. “Good teams overcome whatever it may be … foul trouble, poor shooting.” Saturday at the Smith Center, that’s exactly what North Carolina did. (Wilmington Star News)

Nate Britt Provides Boost For UNC

Nate Britt may have finished the game with a pedestrian stat line – three points on 1-for-3 shooting to go along with one assist and two steals - but stats don’t tell the entire story. The junior backup point guard brought something that cannot be measured by numbers to a UNC squad struggling to match the Wolfpack’s intensity. (Inside Carolina)

UNC 67, NC State 55: Meeks, Depth, and Defense

While everyone expected a dominant performance, North Carolina ultimately had to grind out a 12 point win after being tied with NC State at halftime. Here is what we learned. Kennedy Meeks is back. Meeks returned to the start lineup and after a nondescript first half, went to work in the second stanza. Meek scored 18 of his team high 23 points after halftime. (Tar Heel Blog)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 75
Kentucky: 73
Sun, Mar 26 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Oregon
Sat, Apr 1, 8:49 ET CBS

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 Kentucky73
at #6 UNC75
Briscoe (Kentucky) 7 pts; Meeks (UNC) 7 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-431-7
(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
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1020-15
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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