Tar Heels unsure if injured Joel Berry will be ready for Kentucky showdownRoy Williams said he was still unsure whether injured guard Joel Berry would be available for Saturday’s showdown with Kentucky. Williams, who said recruiting trips have taken him to eight different states in the last seven days, said the Tar Heels had Monday off and only did 45 minutes of running and shooting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Berry took part in the workouts. (Fayetteville Observer)
Kentucky may find planning to beat North Carolina easy, beating the Tar Heels more difficult ReadTo borrow from Kentucky Coach John Calipari, any “Basketball Bennie” can identify the challenges presented by UNC. The difficulty comes with bringing UNC to heel, so to speak. “North Carolina may be the easiest team in college basketball to prepare for,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. “Everybody knows what they’re going to do. You just can’t stop it.” (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings8. North Carolina: Yesterday, I introduced something called Club Roy—the group of eight teams that have, since the inception of advanced stats in 2001–02, finished in the top 20 in tempo and the top five in offensive efficiency. It’s Club Roy because five of the eight were coached by Roy Williams. For this season and last season, however, UNC has slowed down. (Sports Illustrated)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Kentucky Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams spoke to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Kentucky in the 2016 CBS Sports Classic.
Video: Justin Jackson Pre-Kentucky Press ConferenceNorth Carolina forward Justin Jackson spoke to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Kentucky in the 2016 CBS Sports Classic.
UNC’s Joel Berry’s Status vs. Kentucky TBDUNC fans will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if point guard Joel Berry will be available to play against No. 6 Kentucky in Las Vegas on Saturday. UNC has not practiced this week due to exams, Roy Williams said on Thursday. Thursday’s practice will be the coaching staff’s first look at Berry’s progress after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. (Inside Carolina)
North Carolina’s Three Greatest Strengths1. They can really get out and fly. Both teams are at their best when they are playing in transition. There are few in the country who do it better than Kentucky and North Carolina. “(Roy) will be yelling, ‘Get back!’ I’ll be yelling, ‘Get back!'” Calipari said. “We’ll probably yell that 100 times a half.” (Kentucky Sports Radio)
North Carolina Natives On Kentucky's Team Weigh In On Saturday’s GameThey say the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry means more for those that are from the state of Kentucky. The same could be said for one of Kentucky’s two North Carolina natives. Chapel Hill native Sacha Killeya-Jones is very familiar with the Tar Heels. Killeya-Jones became a North Carolina fan when his family moved from New Jersey around his seventh birthday. Bam Adebayo grew up not too far away in Little Washington, North Carolina. (Kentucky Sports Radio)
Chansky’s Notebook: One-and-Dones Forever?The one-and-done rule in college basketball isn’t going anywhere. The NBA and its players union have agreed to terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, or CBA, and the biggest takeaway for college basketball is still the 19-year-old minimum age rule. That means we are saddled with players being one and done for six or seven more years. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: UNC Basketball Locker Room Complex Tour with Sean MayWalk with Sean May as he gives you a complete tour of all the amenities of North Carolina's newly-renovated locker room complex.
Turner's Take: The Education of Seventh WoodsSeventh Woods is a freshman point guard at the University of North Carolina. In putting on the Tar Heel jersey, he adds his name to a lineage that includes Kenny Smith, King Rice and Derrick Phelps; Ed Cota, Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson and Kendall Marshall. Joel Berry. It's a daunting task. The expectations, both internally and externally, are incredible. (GoHeels.com)
Criticism Part of the Game for UNC Basketball PlayersThe critiques found Nate Britt not long after Tennessee’s 26-6 run put UNC in a 15-point hole on Sunday. Message boards and social media lit up with criticism directed at the senior point guard, pleading for freshman point guard Seventh Woods or backup Stilman White to take his spot during a tough shooting stretch with Joel Berry sidelined due to injury. (Inside Carolina)
UNC Basketball: Three Keys to Victory vs KentuckyOne of the most highly regarded matchups of the early college season won’t happen on a college campus. Two of the most historic programs in college basketball, North Carolina and Kentucky, will match up in Las Vegas on Saturday to add to their long rivalry. With both teams historically having extremely talented rosters, this year will be no different. (FOX Sports)
The Meditation Game: Joel Berry II believed—and worked—his way to success at UNCIt usually takes only 10 or 15 minutes for Joel Berry II to see what he wants. Every night, he lies on his back, shuts his eyes and measures his breaths. Scoff at the New Age, karmic conjuring all you want: The results are proof positive. An uncluttered, affirmative mind helped Berry become an invaluable cog in UNC’s run to the national title game last spring. (Sports Illustrated)
If he’s healthy for Kentucky game, one UNC player could be a game-changerWhile rebounding will be much discussed before, during and after Kentucky plays North Carolina on Saturday, one of the most important players on the court might be the smallest. “The first question I would have is: Is Joel Berry playing?” ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. UK Coach John Calipari said Berry’s absence greatly reduced the value of watching video of UNC's recent games. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
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