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Lucas: We Interrupt This Life For Basketball

It’s November, UNC is No. 1 in the country, and there are potentially 40 opportunities to watch Tar Heel basketball over the next five months. This could be the type of season for which other programs wait a lifetime. The Tar Heels have waited four years, which feels like a lifetime. It’s going to be exhilarating and breathtaking and all-consuming. I apologize to everyone else. See you in April. (GoHeels.com)

Theo Pinson a natural to succeed J.P. Tokoto

Theo Pinson is not J.P. Tokoto. The comparisons between the UNC wings are striking. Both feature 6-foot-6 frames and weigh 200 pounds, and each sports elite athleticism and a penchant for playmaking. So when Tokoto declared for the NBA Draft in April, Pinson seemed a natural fit for the vacated starter spot. “He’s pretty close to as athletic as J.P. was,” junior guard Nate Britt said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Temple gets a big challenge right from the start

Temple's basketball team has a decent amount back from the one that won 26 times last season. And it's added some promising newcomers. Still, you probably could make the case that the Owls are flying at least a bit under many radar screens. (Philly.com)

Tar Heels Open Season With Temple

UNC will look to win its 11th consecutive season opener when it plays Temple on Friday Nov. 13. The game is the Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. CBS Sports Network will televise the game nationally. Tom McCarthy, Steve Lappas, and Lauren Gardner will have the call. Westwood One will carry the game nationally on radio. (GoHeels.com)

Marcus Paige eyes spot among UNC greats

Once Marcus Paige comes back from his broken hand, we could see the best version of Paige we’ve seen yet — because this is his last year to run the Smith Center floor. “I’m old now,” Paige said. “So there’s no next year at Carolina for me. It would mean a lot (to win some championships). It would complete a lot of what I came here to do. Just be a part of something bigger than myself.” (Daily Tar Heel)

ACC Basketball Preview: North Carolina

In the frontcourt, senior Brice Johnson and junior Kennedy Meeks were already going to play major roles. But both need to add dimensions to their games for UNC to make the jump from Sweet 16 to Final Four. For Johnson, that means being more consistent in both his effort and production. For Meeks it means adding an explosive element around the rim. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels hope to grow without Paige, then accelerate upon his return

North Carolina won’t have star guard and senior leader Marcus Paige to start this season and if there can be a benefit attached to his considerable absence it figures to be felt in the long term. For a team with great expectations, maybe, in the long view, Paige’s broken right hand can add even more value to the top-ranked Tar Heels and make their lofty aspirations perhaps more reachable. (Burlington Times News)

Justin Jackson confident UNC men's basketball will 'make a long run'

In the offseason, Justin Jackson returned home to Tomball, Texas with one goal in mind — to improve his game. He gained close to 10 pounds and worked on his mental game. “He’s played better in practice so far 100 miles than he did last year in preseason practices as a freshman,” said Roy Williams at UNC media day on Oct. 12. “I think he’s much more confident now. (Daily Tar Heel)

Roy Williams, No. 1 North Carolina believe NCAA scandal cloud 'beginning to lift'

Tar Heel players and coaches feel that the cloud has lifted. For once, the narrative surrounding this team entering the season is not the NCAA investigation. It's basketball. Marcus Paige has been answering questions about the NCAA investigation for years. But entering this year, he's been getting asked a whole lot more about being ranked No. 1. (USA Today)

Know Your Opponent: Temple

Two of the six winningest programs in Division I men's basketball history will take the court Friday when Carolina faces Temple as part of the Veterans Classic in Annapolis. Despite the fact that UNC ranks third in all-time wins and the Owls rank sixth, the two storied programs have met on just six occasions and not since the 1991 Elite Eight. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC Basketball Is No. 1 Featuring Experienced Talent

North Carolina basketball opens up the regular season tonight as the #1 ranked team in the country. Head coach Roy Williams talks about the lethal combination of experienced talent that his Tar Heels possess this season. View Video...

Harrison Barnes Is Going To Be Just Fine, Thanks

He has not signed a contract extension with the best team in the NBA, but do not weep for Harrison Barnes. He's not a jilted lover or a man done wrong by the system. His very understandable gamble to get some extra dough just didn't pay off, or hasn't paid off yet. The fourth-year forward will end this season as a Restricted Free Agent, perhaps having proved his worth once and for all. (VICE Sports)

2015-16 UNC Basketball Preview

The 2015-16 Tar Heels enter the season coming off a similar circumstances as 1992 right down to having watched rival Duke win the NCAA title. The Tar Heels finished with double digit losses, beat an SEC team(Arkansas) in the NCAA Tournament then lost 79-72 to a Big Ten team(Wisconsin) in the Sweet Sixteen. (Tar Heel Blog)

ACC Basketball: North Carolina players take note of athletic impact in Missouri saga

Three days after the football team at the University of Missouri helped bring about a change of leadership at the school, North Carolina basketball players Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were asked Wednesday what they took away from the seeing the weight athletes can have when they wade into social causes. (Fayetteville Observer)

Sixers Assign Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten to 87ers

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Wednesday that they have assigned guards Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League in order to continue their rehabilitation as part of the team's return to play protocol. In a related move, the Sixers have placed Marshall on the inactive list. (Philadelphia 76ers)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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