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John Feinstein Discusses Personal Stories About Dean Smith’s Life (audio)

Sports writer John Feinstein called into The Mac Attack to talk about the life and career of Coach Dean Smith including some great stories about him that people rarely knew about him. Feinstein begins his story telling by saying that Coach Smith rarely rode in the same bus as the team on road games. (WFNZ)

Love it or hate it, Carolina-Duke is here to stay as a rivalry

Whether or not you think UNC-Duke is the best rivalry in sports probably depends on how you like your rivalries. If you like good, old-fashioned, pure, unadulterated hatred without a hint of respect, you've come to the wrong place. But if you like high-stakes games between two consistently great programs that respect each other but harbor plenty of dislike for each other, then you've come to the right place. (FOX Sports)

North Carolina looks for answers while Duke seems to be finding them

Heading into Wednesday night's showdown with No. 4 Duke (22-3, 9-3), No. 15 North Carolina (18-7, 8-4) has lost three of its last four. Lineup tweaks and a week off couldn't offset the Tar Heels' injuries and inconsistency during what has been an unsatisfying February. Of the 16 players on the Tar Heels' roster, five are either out for the season or sidelined indefinitely with injuries. (Fayetteville Observer)

Underdog Tar Heels Meet ‘Offensively Balanced’ Blue Devils At Cameron

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team,18-7 overall and 8-4 in the ACC, travels down Tobacco road Wednesday night to renew its rivalry with No. 4 Duke, 22-3 on the season with a 9-3 mark in the league. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils will square off in iconic Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9 p.m. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels look to change directions with short trek to Duke

If Duke has it all in gear again, there’s only so many solutions for North Carolina when the teams meet Wednesday night. “They are going to score, so you have to have your offense clicking, too,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “There’s not one key when you’re playing Duke. There’s not one thing, you just have to play your best game.” (Burlington Times News)

UNC-Duke Offensive vs Defensive Breakdowns

Can North Carolina limit the effectiveness of Duke center Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils' outside shooters? Can Duke keep the Tar Heels from dominating the offensive glass? Here's a look the main storylines at each end of the court when UNC faces the Blue Devils on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels have hands full with Okafor

Duke is 22-3 overall, 9-3 in the ACC and ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press Top 25. “They’ve just annihilated people, and we understand that,” Roy Williams said. “Offensively, they’ve got probably the best low-post scorer in America.” That would be Jahlil Okafor. “You’re talking about a guy who is 6-11, 270,” Williams said. “He’s a load, but he’s very gifted." (Durham Herald-Sun)

Former Tar Heel Tyler Zeller still ‘Mr. Reliable'

Jared Sullinger said he kept getting stuck in traffic in Boston. But Brad Stevens, who didn’t make a big deal out it, still counted the instances as unexcused tardiness. So there was ol’ Tyler Zeller — ol’ reliable Tyler Zeller. “He's been very reliable,” Stevens said. “He's a very reliable worker and young man.” “I just try to come do my job every day. The NBA is just a job like everybody else’s,” Zeller said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Dick Vitale saddened to miss calling first Duke - UNC game of his career

For the first time in more than 30 years, Dick Vitale won't play a part in calling the annual Duke - UNC rivalry game on ESPN, the network confirmed on Monday. Vitale, who has been calling the Blue Devils - Tar Heels rivalry since the network's inception in 1979, was taken off the broadcast this year in a move that seems to mark a transition to ESPN spotlighting fellow analyst Jay Bilas. (Sporting News)

North Carolina to play in 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

The North Carolina Tar Heels were named as one of four teams to play in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, MO. The field was announced today as were members of the 2015 Hall of Fame Class. UNC will be joined by Northwestern, Missouri and Kansas State in the field of four. (Keeping It Heel)

U.S. Senate Resolution Honors Dean Smith

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution (S. Res 79), honoring the life of Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina’s basketball team. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the resolution this past week following his passing on Saturday, Feb. 7. (North Carolina News Network)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Duke

This is very straightforward. Two teams ranked at or in the top ten in offensive efficiency and averaging at least 67 possessions per game but with some less than stellar defense. On paper this stands to be more about which offense can hit shots rather than anything the respective defenses do. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook

Roy Williams said Marcus Paige continues to be bothered by plantar fasciitis. "It probably bothered him more this Sunday than the Sunday after the Boston College game," Williams said. "Williams singled out Maryland's Mark Turgeon and ex-Georgetown coach John Thompson as being among the individuals who contacted him with the most heartfelt messages in the wake of Dean Smith's passing (GoHeels.com)

Michael Jordan's 50 Sports Illustrated Covers

Instant rebuttal to the assertion that a Sports Illustrated cover appearance brings bad luck: Michael Jordan has fronted the magazine a record 50 times, and still somehow managed to win six NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals and the esteem of the entire sports world. Excluding commemorative and collector's editions, there are in fact 50 SI covers of Michael Jordan. (Sports Illustrated)

Lefty Driesell encouraged son to emulate former rival Dean Smith

The late Dean Smith has been remembered this week for what a great coach he was. Lefty Driesell remembers what a great recruiter Smith was. Smith, the legendary North Carolina coach who died last weekend at the age of 83, and Driesell faced each other on the court many times when Driesell steered Maryland from 1969 to 1986. (Roanoke Times)

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, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

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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