AP Poll Update: Tar Heels No. 15North Carolina is ranked No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll for the second week in a row after being No. 18 two weeks ago. The Tar Heels also are up one spot to No. 15 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 15th week in a row, including all 11 polls in 2014-15. (GoHeels.com)
Video: UNC Legend Charlie Scott on Breaking Down Racial BarriersOn Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we look back at a man who helped desegregate sports in the South, Charlie Scott. Scott became UNC's first African-American scholar-athlete when he was signed by Dean Smith in 1966. In this ACC Now, Scott discusses his personal experience wearing the Tar Heel blue, what life was like for him in the South in the 1960s and more.
Tar Heels about to discover true identityThe Tar Heels will likely be favored in their next three games, including on the road at Wake and at home against a Syracuse team weakened by injuries and limited by personnel. But if the Heels play three more games like the one they played against the Hokies -- if they still need reminders that they have to “bring it” -- then it’ll be hard to view this team as back among elite. (ESPN.com)
Tar Heels rolling going into Wake Forest game WednesdayWith games coming this week against a pair of struggling squads — at Wake Forest (9-9, 1-4) on Wednesday and Saturday at home versus Florida State (also 9-9, 1-4) — it appears the Tar Heels are in great shape to continue their run. Not so fast, said Roy Williams, who laughed when a question on Monday’s ACC Coaches’ Teleconference asked how his team prepares knowing it is favored to win. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Video: Roy Williams Catches Marcus PaigeWatch Tar Heels' head coach Roy Williams catch Marcus Paige as he dives out of bounds to save the ball from going out of bounds. Check out the impressive hands on Williams in this ACC Must See Moment.
Roy Williams Monday Teleconference QuotesRoy Williams: “Going to Wake Forest on Wednesday night we know we’ve got to play a heck of a lot better. I think Danny’s club is playing so much better each week. We know we’ve got to play well. We’ve got to continuing milking some time in practice because of our injury situation, but we need to play a heck of a lot better, there’s no question.” (Inside Carolina)
Incomplete, but enough for Tar HeelsSunday night’s 68-53 victory against visiting Virginia Tech wasn’t North Carolina’s A-game, Marcus Paige said. So, what grade would the junior guard give the ACC victory? “I’m going to give it an incomplete,” Paige said. Hence was the hollow feeling in the Smith Center after the Tar Heels appeared to be on the verge of blowing out one of the league’s bottom feeders. (Burlington Times News)
No. 15 North Carolina slogs way through ugly winThe Tar Heels had some good moments in a game that seemed to stop and start constantly with no real flow. The game was interrupted multiple times in both halves because of blood on the court, and at one point, a referee had to wipe out a made free throw by Virginia Tech and switch free-throw shooters. But there just seemed to be something missing from the Tar Heels all night long. (FOX Sports)
James Michael McAdoo agrees to 10-day contract with WarriorsJames Michael McAdoo has signed a 10-day contact with the Golden State Warriors, according to a Yahoo Sports report. The former collegiate star at North Carolina has had a sinuous road to the big show. Undrafted in 2014, he was signed by the Warriors in September to undisclosed terms after a successful NBA Summer League season. (Sports Illustrated)
UNC-Virginia Tech Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "I thought that was a weird game. The stoppages, the wrong shooters, all that kind of stuff. It took forever to play the game, but you’ve got to congratulate Virginia Tech. They controlled the tempo and style of the game, everything. You can just look at the rebound numbers. We’ve got to be pleased with the rebounding. We’ve got to get a heck of a lot better on the defensive end." (GoHeels.com)
Effort not nearly enough for talent-shy Tech against UNCThe Navy SEALs portion of Virginia Tech basketball's obstacle course — four consecutive top-15 opponents — continued Sunday with routine results. North Carolina dismissed the Hokies 68-53 at the Dean Dome, and good luck gleaning any insight from these two hours. Undersized and outmanned, Tech does not resemble an ACC team? (Daily Press)
Justin Jackson Avoids Babysitting DutyAfter Justin Jackson failed to grab a single rebound in No. 15 North Carolina’s win over N.C. State last week, assistant coach Hubert Davis offered the freshman wing an ultimatum – pull down five or more rebounds against Virginia Tech or wind up on babysitting duty. “I’ve told him he’s got to be more aggressive,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters after the game. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: The Tradition ContinuesNo one on the court Sunday night was born when Carolina played at Carmichael. Assistant coach Hubert Davis never played at Carmichael. Sunday night’s opposing coach, Buzz Williams, who might be cut from the Lefty Driesell mold in terms of sideline theatrics and promises to make the ACC very entertaining, wasn’t even in high school yet when Carolina played at Carmichael. (GoHeels.com)
UNC beats Va. Tech, earns extra practiceVirginia Tech hasn’t beaten anybody in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Syracuse, Florida State and Louisville have knocked off the Hokies. The Tar Heels figured they’d get some, too, beating Virginia Tech 68-53 in the Dean E. Smith Center on Sunday. UNC was, well, meh, Roy Williams suggested. “Sometimes you’ve got to win ugly,” Williams said. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC-Virginia Tech Postgame NotesThe Tar Heels have won 10 of the last 11 and 28 of the last 31 games against the Hokies. Tonight’s win is the 149th career win for Roy Williams in ACC regular season and ACC Tournament games, tying Georgia Tech’s Bobby Cremins for the fifth-most in league history. The win is Williams’ 320th as Carolina’s head coach, which is seventh-most in ACC history. Virginia’s Terry Holland is sixth with 326. (GoHeels.com)
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