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Can Tar Heels snap out of midseason funk before brutal stretch?

UNC is currently stumbling through its midseason stretch. The last two matchups included a 15-point road loss at Miami and a too-close-for-comfort 80-78 home win over Pitt, the last-place team in the ACC. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, their problems are easy to identify; defense has been a clear concern, as has their ability to score against zone defense. (FanRag Sports)

North Carolina’s 3-Point Report

With opponents using more and more zone defenses against UNC, the Tar Heels’ perimeter offense is taking on even greater importance in recent weeks. Let’s break down how UNC has been creating its 3-point opportunities. We’ll summarize 3-pointers by location, shot creation type, possession type (half-court, primary, or secondary), and possession length. (The Secondary Break)

Berry returns to form in win against Pitt

In UNC's 77-62 loss to Miami, Joel Berry went missing. The junior guard has played at a high level all season, but failed to muster any offense against the Hurricanes. For only the second time this year, Berry failed to make a shot, going 0-8 from the field. With just two points, the guard matched his season-low which came in a November game against Hawaii. (Carolina Blue)

Students have a fever for Duke tickets

During men’s basketball season, no position is more coveted than a spot among the Carolina Fever top 150 point earners. With tickets to the Duke game in the Smith Center and phase one riser seats at stake, top 150 hopefuls go the extra mile to get a spot in the constantly changing group. Students earn points by attending UNC sporting events, which are each assigned different point values. (Daily Tar Heel)

1-on-1 With Harrison Barnes on His Christian Faith

Money, fame, and talent can be the top priorities for most professional athletes, but for Harrison Barnes, it’s his relationship with God that comes first. This past summer, coming off a NBA Finals loss with the Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes hit free agency unsure of what was next on the horizon. (The Smoking Cuban)

Chansky’s Notebook: Defenseless?

So here we go into February with struggling Notre Dame coming to the Smith Center Saturday. The Irish have lost three straight, two at home, and dropped to the middle of the ACC standings. Will UNC’s suddenly porous defense snap them out of their doldrums? Pitt’s 56 percent shooting was the highest against UNC this season and represents a scary trend. (Chapelboro.com)

Four Corners: Big Stretch Coming

Carolina held on to beat a hot-shooting PItt team on Tuesday night, bouncing back from Saturday's loss at Miami and maintaining its hold on first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference as we enter the second half of league play. The Tar Heels host Notre Dame on Saturday night in a nationally televised meeting of ranked teams. On to this week's Four Corners. (GoHeels.com)

Home-court Heels: UNC staying perfect at home

UNC entered the season with several goals. An obvious one is a return trip to the Final Four. Another, which comes up often this time of year, is an ACC title. Quietly, however, the team is well on its way to reaching another goal: an undefeated record at home. UNC scored its 12th win of the season in the Smith Center on Tuesday with an 80-78 victory over Pitt. (FanRag Sports)

Video: Theo Pinson Gets Roy Williams' Postgame Press Conference Started

UNC's Theo Pinson crashed Roy Williams' press conference once again following the Tar Heels' win over Pitt on Tuesday. Watch Pinson sit down and get the press conference started before Coach Williams takes his seat. Read More...

Jerry Stackhouse Named Coach for 2017 NBA D-League All-Star Game

Two-time NBA All-Star and Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse will coach the Eastern Conference team in the NBA Development League All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 18. Stackhouse, in his first season as a head coach, has led Raptors 905 to nine consecutive wins en route to an Eastern-Conference leading 21-7 (.750) mark. (NBA.com)

Another rough defensive night forces UNC to fight off upset

When UNC made its run last March through the ACC and NCAA tournaments, being committed to play tough defense was a huge factor in why it happened. The Tar Heels may finally find that level of defense between now and March. But for the second straight ACC game, there was little sign of it, even against the ACC’s last-place team. Pittsburgh fell to 1–8 in the league. (Raleigh & Company)

Channeling his frustration, Tar Heels' Joel Berry bounces back

After North Carolina's flight home from Saturday's loss at Miami, Joel Berry grabbed his stuff from the Smith Center and made a quick trip home to grab a bite to eat. But it wasn't long before the junior guard was back in team's practice gym, firing up jumpers. Roy Williams said that one of the things that often hinders Berry is the anger that follows mistakes. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Basketball Learning to Finish

Up nine with about six minutes left, North Carolina had a perfect opportunity to step on a lesser opponent’s throat. Due to some suspect late-game execution, though, the Tar Heels had to force a last-second stop to escape with a victory over Pittsburgh. Let’s break down the last several minutes of Tuesday’s contest to see what went wrong (and right) for UNC. (The Secondary Break)

UNC looking for improvement on defensive end

The North Carolina Tar Heels were tested until the final buzzer against Pittsburgh, who entered the game last place in the ACC. A hot shooting performance by the Panthers kept them in striking distance the entire night. Although UNC came out with a 80-78 win, Coach Roy Williams and company recognized that defense was a major issue. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Execution Against the Zone

No zone defense is exactly the same, and UNC has yet to combat the scheme consistently. In the Tar Heels’ 80-78 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday, it was the Panthers’ 3-2 zone, with 6-foot-7 wing Jamel Artis at the top of the key, that caused trouble for UNC early. Pitt’s length, with all five of their starters standing 6-foot-6 or taller, proved to be a challenge. (Inside Carolina)

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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

Radio Affiliates

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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