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Q&A with UNC Coach Roy Williams, Part III

Rapper Drake hangs out with Calipari and LeBron with Coach K. Do you feel like you have to compete with that? Roy Williams: "I don’t know. Kids make decisions for unusual reasons. I am old fashioned, but I don’t think I’m that much different from a lot of other guys. If somebody tells me I have to hang out with somebody to be successful as a coach, I’d probably have a problem with that." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Player Preview: Kennedy Meeks

Coming into 2015, Kennedy Meeks has reportedly dropped another 10 pounds and is sure to provide extended minutes with his leaner, fitter shape. Meeks also needs to increase his ability to crash the boards to go alongside his usually reliable scoring. If he finds a way to average a double-double then he could become one of the best big men in the conference. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Ramifications Of Paige's Prognosis

So what does Marcus Paige’s injury actually mean? It’s great news that it’s not his ankles or feet. This is, by far, the most important part of today’s announcement. Paige had ankle and feet issues that lingered throughout his junior season and by his own admission, limited his performance. This is what should be a one-time injury to his non-shooting hand that will be fully healed before the first ACC game ever tips off. (GoHeels.com)

Tobacco Road Rivalry

The Battle for the Bell has huge implications in the race for the Coastal crown. However, the Heels are playing that school eight miles away, and that only adds fuel to the fire. Yes, yes the two basketball blue bloods are playing a game of significance on the gridiron, not the hardwood. And it seems the fans are excited as Kenan stadium is already sold out. (Carolina Blue)

Top five disappointments in UNC basketball (Roy Era)

1. Kendall Marshall's injury obstructs 2012 NCAA Title hopes The 2011-2015 UNC team might have been Roy William's most talented. The group featured Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Reggie Bullock, Dexter Strickland, James Michael McAdoo, and P.J. Hairston. Seven of those players are on NBA rosters. (Carolina Blue)

Broken Hand Sidelines Marcus Paige For 3-4 Weeks

UNC senior guard Marcus Paige fractured the third metacarpal on his right (non-shooting) hand in practice on Tuesday and is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks. Paige has received a number of first-team preseason All-America honors and was selected the Co-Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Player Profile: Joel Berry II

As of now, Joel Berry's role as either starter or first perimeter player off the bench will likely be based on whether Roy Williams prefers to have Marcus Paige start the game as the team's point guard or have him playing off the ball. But regardless of where he starts the season, Berry will see significant minutes early and figures to be a key factor in determining the level of success for this UNC team. (Tar Heel Blog)

All-around game coming together for stronger Justin Jackson

There were times last season when a physical opponent would get the best of Justin Jackson, and even the slightest contact sometimes knocked him off balance. Jackson, who is 6–8, has taken steps to change that by going from 186 pounds at the end of last season to about 200 now, and has a goal to be at 205 by the season opener. That has meant quite a bit of work in the weight room and at the table. (Raleigh & Company)

Lucas: Inside Jordan's Office

While going through some of Dean Smith’s office items recently, a photograph was uncovered that pictured Smith with Michael Jordan in a practice setting. Roy Williams hadn’t seen the photograph before, so he stuck it in his car before making the drive to Charlotte for the Hornets season opener on Sunday with three Williams-coached players plus Jordan. (GoHeels.com)

Light bulb now on, UNC’s Justin Jackson looking for big sophomore season

Justin Jackson is looking forward to being more assertive than he was as a freshman, when he admittedly found himself deferring to older teammates. Although this year’s Tar Heels will again be dominated by juniors and seniors, including preseason ACC Player of the Year Marcus Paige, Jackson’s continued improvement will likely be the key to UNC living up to its No. 1 national ranking. (Wilmington Star News)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Hollow No. 1?

Is Carolina the most overrated preseason No. 1 in college basketball history? We’re all excited about the basketball season, which begins officially next weekend. But that excitement has to be tempered by this question: how exactly are the Tar Heels No. 1 in the AP and other preseason polls, darn near a consensus No. 1? (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with UNC Coach Roy Williams, Part II

How much have you pushed reminders of the leads your team lost in the second half last season? Roy Williams: "We’ve pushed it a lot. I would say focus may be even a better word than toughness, because I think our guys are tough enough to dive on the floor for a loose ball. The focus to do your job, regardless of how small your assignment is, do that assignment to the best of your ability." (Inside Carolina)

On Team Unreliable, Hornets vet Marvin Williams has been Mr. Consistent

Reaching back to long before voluntary workouts began in September, Marvin Williams has been a steadying force in his 11th season. He’s the only Hornet who has played well in each of the team’s first three games, averaging 12.7 points, nine rebounds and 2.3 assists. “He’s doing everything and he’s doing it every night,” said coach Steve Clifford. (Charlotte Observer)

NBC Sports Preseason Basketball All-Americans

Marcus Paige, North Carolina: Paige underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle this past offseason. He was also able to rest the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season. He’s back to 100 percent, which means, theoretically, he’s back to being the player that was predicted to be the National Player of the Year at this time last year. (NBC Sports)

Veteran UNC Aims To End Where It Starts: At No. 1

North Carolina sits alone at the top, both of the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll and on the all-time list of teams with the most preseason No. 1 rankings. The Tar Heels are determined to be there in April, too. With nine of its top 10 scorers back, UNC enters the 2015-16 season at No. 1 for a record ninth time in AP preseason poll history, breaking a tie with UCLA. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

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

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

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA48
Murphy (Miami) 10 pts; Wilkins (UVA) 10 pts;
Boston College72
at #19 FSU104
Bowman (Boston College) 24 pts; Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 7 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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