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One Maryland fan’s letter from Dean Smith

In the days after his death at 83, there were dozens of stories about Dean Smith’s famous letters. Here’s another one, courtesy of a reader named Sidney. “I attended the University of Maryland as an undergrad, and despite the de rigueur animosity between the UM and UNC, I was always a Dean Smith fan,” Smith e-mailed. “A few months after he retired I sent him a letter congratulating him on his incredible coaching career, and Coach Smith actually took the time to write me back!" (Washington Post)

Five college players who may someday win the NBA dunk contest

1. J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina: As a high school senior, Tokoto earned a reputation as a great dunker by sticking an in-game 360 slam and winning several all-star-game dunk competitions. The versatile wing has validated that hype since arriving at North Carolina, producing highlights in transition, via lobs and just by fearlessly attacking the rim. (Yahoo! Sports)

Video: Sasha Seymore Chases Dreams

For UNC basketball player Sasha Seymore, wearing the uniform is only part of his dream as Tar Heel. ESPNU Campus Connection Correspondent Kylie McCoy has his story. View Video...

Dean Smith's obituary, written by his family

With Dean, the man you saw on the basketball sidelines was the same man you met in the fellowship hall or on the golf course: attentive, devout, funny and sincerely interested in the person in front of him. He was a teacher, father, leader, friend. Each of these things spoke to part of who he was, but the sum was always greater. (Legacy.com)

Dean Smith was a man of letters. Literally.

In 1988, former North Carolina guard Charlie Scott — the Tar Heels’ first black scholarship basketball player — and wife Trudy welcomed daughter Simone into the world. Smith sent her a letter. (Washington Post)

Reeling Tar Heels Usher In Duke Week Licking Wounds

One of the most storied and intense rivalries in all of sports will be renewed Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. We’re just two days away from the 239th installment of Carolina-Duke and this season, the Tar Heels and Blue Devils are trending in different directions. The Tar Heels are searching for answers. And that’s bad timing with a pretty big game looming large midweek. (Chapelboro.com)

SMU routs UConn, pays tribute to Larry Brown's mentor, Dean Smith

Still mourning his former coach and mentor, SMU coach Larry Brown received a lift from his team Saturday night: a 73-55 rout of defending national champion Connecticut. Saturday against UConn, the first home game since Smith's death, SMU's players wore black warmup shirts with "Family" printed in Carolina Blue letters. The gesture clearly moved their 74-year-old coach. (FOX Sports)

If any college coach was an educator, it was Dean Smith

Dean Smith was an educator if there ever was one. His duty was, first and foremost, to win basketball games, but his actions show he was just as concerned with what was happening in the world around him when, as ESPN's Richard Lapchick put it, most coaches were "conservative or not political at all." (SB Nation)

Not A Pretty Sight

When Pittsburgh broke UNC's double team and found Michael Young for a wide open slam as the first-half clock expired, Carolina coach Roy Williams ripped off his glasses, angrily said something to himself and stormed off the court into the tunnel and toward the team's locker room. Williams was furious. He was irate. He was beside himself, and who could blame him? (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Dean Smith had taste, touch on recruiting trail

When Dean Smith died Feb. 7, the seal was broken on an untold number of stories that had been bottled up by his humility. “I’m going to tell you a funny fact,” Ed Geth said. Here’s “how Dean Smith got me over probably a lot of other schools that were recruiting me.” In 1993, Ed Geth as a reserve forward helped Smith win his second national championship. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels streaking in the wrong direction

Technically, their 8-4 record in the conference puts the Tar Heels (18-7) just one game in the loss column out of second place. But the way they're playing makes it seem far more distant. North Carolina has lost three of four games heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 4 Duke. North Carolina’s problems during this regression have largely come in two areas: turnovers and defense. (ESPN.com)

Is Vince Carter a Hall of Famer?

Thursday is the 15th anniversary of Vince Carter winning the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. While the performance was legendary, is his career worthy of Hall of Fame consideration? Stats & Info breaks down the numbers on both sides of the debate. (ESPN.com)

Video: Danny Green Reflects On Dean Smith, Beating LeBron James, And More

San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green is in NYC for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and sat with REVOLT TV to touch on a few topics. First off he reflected on the impact of his former UNC coach Dean Smith on the game of basketball. Green pointed to the fact Smith didn’t see the color of a player when it came to putting a team together. (Project Spurs)

Dean Smith’s historic victory in Winston-Salem

Dean Smith’s last victory in the state of North Carolina came in Winston-Salem. The occasion was the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament at Joel Coliseum, a matchup between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Colorado Buffaloes. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Honoring Dean: The Story Behind Chapel Hill’s Newest Mural

Here’s the thing that is so lovely about Chapel Hill. We are a thoughtful community but also one that takes action. Upset about the death of Dean Smith on February 7, muralist Scott Nurkin decided to do something to pay his respects. Call it grief personified. The UNC alumnus had been wanting to create a Dean Smith tribute mural for a very long time. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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