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Pitt students honor Dean Smith with a quiet, powerful tribute

There's no doubt the Pitt students let the North Carolina players hear it during Saturday's game between the Panthers and Tar Heels. But before the game? Before the game they were all class as the school held a moment of silence for the late Dean Smith, the legendary UNC coach who passed away a week ago Saturday. (ESPN.com)

Pittsburgh drills No. 12 North Carolina 89-76

Sheldon Jeter scored a career-high 22 points and hot-shooting Pittsburgh dominated No. 12 North Carolina 89-76 on Saturday. Cameron Wright added 15 points for the Panthers, who shot 65 percent from the field (37 of 67) and never trailed. Brice Johnson led North Carolina with 19 points in the program's first game since the death of retired Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. (ESPN.com)

Video: UNC Unveils Patch to Honor Dean Smith in Pitt Game

Dean Smith was honored at the North Carolina vs Pittsburgh game and the Tar Heels wore a commemorative patch on their uniforms to pay tribute to their legendary coach. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Pittsburgh

Well, that capped a difficult week for Carolina basketball. Pittsburgh did everything right and had an unbelievable shooting day on the way to an 89-76 victory. The tone was set early, as Roy Williams was frustrated with his team's effort. UNC's third loss in the last four games puts the Tar Heels in a difficult position going to Durham on Wednesday night. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Pittsburgh 89, North Carolina 76

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-76 loss to the Pitt Panthers in Pittsburgh on Saturday. (View Box Score)

Dean Smith is remembered for bringing four future U.S. Olympians to face Yale in 1974

The passing last week of Dean Smith recalled, for this writer, the time in 1974 when that legendary college basketball coach brought his star studded North Carolina Tar Heels to New Haven, and left with some complimentary thoughts about the Yale team they faced on the Saturday afternoon of December 22, 1974. It was no average North Carolina squad, even by Smith’s own high standards. (WTNH)

Rivalry couldn't dim NC State's respect for Dean Smith

Ten years after that miraculous ACC tournament win by N.C. State, Smith went up to Whittenburg at Jim Valvano's funeral. "Jimmy really loved you," Smith told Whittenburg. "That conversation, those five minutes he took to talk to me, that really meant a lot," Whittenburg said. (The State)

Showtime Sets Dean Smith Documentary

Legendary North Carolina college basketball coach Dean Smith will be the subject of a new documentary set to premiere March 25. The documentary, Dean Smith, will chronicle the life of the Tar Heels coach, who retired in 1997 with the most wins in college basketball history. (Multichannel News)

True Blue

Dean Smith, who died over the weekend at the age of 83, was the rare college basketball coach who actually knew a thing or two about philosophers. The study in his home was filled with the works of Martin Buber and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Tillich and Robert McAfee Brown, and other writers recommended to him by his sister, who had gotten her master’s at the University of Chicago Divinity School. (Slate)

The 5 Defining Moments Of Dean Smith’s Life Off The Court

Dean Smith, who passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, won 879 basketball games, two national championships, made 11 Final Fours, coached 24 first round NBA Draft picks, among countless other accomplishments on the court. And although his legacy is ultimately ingrained in the hardwood of UNC’s Dean Dome, his contributions off the court are numerous. (Uproxx)

Roy Williams Radio Show - Celebrating Dean Smith (audio)

Listen to the Roy Williams radio show as Coach Williams and Jones Angell celebrate the life of Coach Dean Smith. Special guests include Eric Montross, Antawn Jamison, John Swofford, Phil Ford and King Rice. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: #12 UNC at Pittsburgh

Pitt is presently 59th in the RPI and lacks a win against the RPI top 25. Beating UNC would satisfy that need and put the Panthers at 6-6 in the ACC with some winnable games on the schedule. To do that, Pittsburgh is going to need to be much better on both ends of the floor than they have in ACC play so far. Prediction: UNC 77 Pitt 69 (Tar Heel Blog)

Buzz Peterson on Dean Smith: ‘It was how much he cared for you after your career was over’

I’ll never forget I was in his office after I was done playing. He said, ‘All right, you worked hard for me for four years. Now I want to work hard for you. What do you want to do?’ I said I wanted to coach. He spent 15 minutes trying to talk me out of it, but then he helped me get every job I ever got after that. (Charlotte Observer)

Ohio State guard Shannon Scott hit hard by loss of 'grandfather' Dean Smith

Simone Scott got her middle name from her maternal grandmother, and Shaun Scott got his from his paternal grandfather. Shannon Dean Scott -- Simone and Shaun's younger brother and Ohio State's point guard -- got his from Dean Smith. (FOX Sports)

Willie Cooper, first black player on UNC's freshman team, remembers Dean Smith

In 1964 Dean Smith gave Willie Cooper a long-shot chance to be the first black student to play varsity basketball at an ACC school in North Carolina. Cooper, now 69, played freshman basketball at North Carolina and dealt with many of the indignities black athletes faced in the 1960s. (Charlotte Observer)

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
(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
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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