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North Carolina Hosts Miami For ACC Lead

North Carolina (21-5, 10-3 ACC) and Miami (21-4, 10-3) will face off on Saturday in Chapel Hill with first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference on the line. The Tar Heels and Hurricanes will tip off at 1:06 p.m. in the Smith Center. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analyst) will call the game for a CBS national TV audience. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, Miami battle for first place in ACC

UNC’s front line is as good as it gets, but this team does not have championship-caliber guards. Miami does—Sheldon McClellan has had a fabulous year—and in the end that could give the ‘Canes better prospects for the postseason. Even so, it is hard to envision the Heels losing two straight at home this time of year. Prediction: UNC 78, Miami 73 (Sports Illustrated)

UNC in Troubled Waters

The Tar Heels have lost three of their last five games, including Wednesday’s 74-73 loss to No. 20 Duke. The road will remain challenging as UNC plays three ranked opponents over its final five games, in addition to a road trip to rival N.C. State and a Senior Night tilt with Syracuse, which has won eight of its last 10 games. (Inside Carolina)

Miami's showdown with UNC a product of Jim Larranaga's detailed plan

Jim Larranaga is a coach who is organized about everything: statistics, goals, things to do that day, memorable lines to fit memorable occasions. At each timeout, for instance, one assistant is in charge of telling him the points per possession Miami is yielding in its zone and man-to-man defenses. In Wednesday's win against Virginia Tech, it was a season-best 0.79 points per possession in the man-to-man defense and an awful 1.3 in zone. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Weekend Preview: The ACC’s first place battle

Few outside of the college hoops media and the good folks of Coral Gables realize just how good this Miami team is. They’re good enough to win the league title, they matchup well with a UNC team that struggles to guard ball-screens and they’ll have a chance to prove it in a game that will be featured nationally on CBS. And I think they’ll get it done. (NBC Sports)

UNC Not Tough Enough Versus Duke

Duke fought through losing Matt Jones to an injury and Marshall Plumlee picking up his fourth foul with 14:06 left in the game. And they fought through what looked like Brice Johnson turning in a performance that would surpass what he did at Florida State six weeks earlier. And that’s where the greatest concern and negative for the Tar Heels enters the picture. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Great Larese Dies at 77

Former UNC basketball star York Larese, a first-team All-ACC selection for three straight seasons and second-team All-American, passed away on February 6, 2016, at age 77. Larese starred on Frank McGuire’s Tar Heel teams from 1959-61, averaging 18 points during his career and setting an ACC record by making 21 of 21 free throws against Duke in the 1959 Dixie Classic. (Chapelboro.com)

Remembering Bryan Crocker, a UNC alum and avid Tar Heels fan

After a long dinner, the check arrived. I don’t remember the name of that restaurant at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. I don’t remember how much the bill was. I do remember that Bryan Crocker reached for the check and put down his credit card. He was dying, he said, years into his fight against esophageal cancer, and so it only made sense for him to pick up the tab. (Charlotte Observer)

With five to go, who has the edge for the ACC regular season title?

North Carolina and Miami play Saturday with the winner taking sole possession of first place in the ACC. The good news for the Tar Heels is the game is in Chapel Hill but how much damage was done by the loss to Duke? In their final 5 games, North Carolina will play three of the top six in the ACC and two are on the road; at Virginia and Duke. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Wayne Ellington says it’s ‘bittersweet’ after father's murderer gets 30-60 years in prison

Nets guard Wayne Ellington Jr., a supporter of gun-control efforts, said it was "bittersweet" when the man accused of shooting and killing his father was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. "You always want justice to be served," Wellington Jr. said at practice in Brooklyn on Wednesday, "but at the same time none of that could ever bring my father back." (New York Daily News)

How will the North Carolina, Duke move forward from dramatic upset?

UNC is now tied with Miami for first place in the ACC, and the Hurricanes play in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Miami's Sheldon McClellan is the best pick-and-roll scorer among the nation's major-conference players, and the Hurricanes often have succeeded by involving their big men in high screens that force UNC center Kennedy Meeks to move on the perimeter. (Fayetteville Observer)

Bucks' John Henson focuses on healing

John Henson is trying to keep his spirits up while waiting for a lower back injury to heal. The 6-foot-11 Henson has missed the last seven games with his injury. He said it started to bother him in the Bucks' loss at New Orleans on Jan. 23. "We really don't know (when it happened)," Henson said. "I took a couple hard falls and then I wasn't moving right." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ACC, Big Ten & SEC coaches evaluate conference opponents with brutal honesty

On UNC: "They don't play hard all the time. I don't know if it's that they're soft or they just know they're really good and just trying to get through the regular season. Marcus Paige has been a dud. His body language is bad. Not sure he's the leader you need him to be. Joel Berry is much improved. Brice Johnson's turnaround jump shot is unguardable." (Campus Rush)

Duke hung around long enough to beat Carolina

There are some things in the universe that just can’t be explained. Air travel has always baffled me. Same with trigonometry. Radio, too. Halle Berry. Duke’s 74-73 win over North Carolina at the Smith Center has to fall into that inexplicable category because there’s really no legitimate justification for how it all transpired. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Williams: 'I should have called a timeout'

It's easy to sit here and be an armchair coach with the benefit of hindsight. However, if we all recognize it, and if Williams recognizes it based on how he's talked about his team all season, the insistence on coaching this year's iteration of North Carolina basketball like previous veteran groups looks like nothing other than sheer inflexibility to adapt to the team you have instead of the team you want. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20, TBD

Thu, Nov 23, TBD ESPN

Fri, Nov 24, TBD ESPN

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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