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UNC's Lineup in Motion

While Roy Williams has yet to pencil in his starting lineup for Friday’s season opener against Temple, his rotation has been consistent since Marcus Paige broke his hand last week. No. 1 North Carolina is participating in the Veterans Classic at Annapolis - along with Florida, Navy and the Owls – with its All-American combo guard, who is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. (Inside Carolina)

Paige, Johnson realize influence: "It speaks volumes"

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson and guard Marcus Paige were both asked on Wednesday about their reaction to the Missouri football team protest and the subsequent resignation of University of Missouri system president, Tim Wolfe. "It speaks volumes for the entire football team to say we are not going to play a game if such and such doesn't resign," Johnson said. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball Weekly Press Conference: Roy Williams, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige

Roy Williams, Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige took turns taking questions from the media in the first press conference of the season ahead of Friday's opening tilt with Temple. The two biggest questions related to the lineup with Paige out and when Paige might return. Williams said playing time for Theo Pinson, Joel Berry and Nate Britt will be predicated on player performance. (Tar Heel Blog)

Chansky’s Notebook: Long But Loving

The inaugural Dean Smith Award dinner was a bit long but very loving. The Carolina Club ballroom was packed, every table and nearly every seat sold out. And while it went on so long that Roy Williams had to buy up the last live auction prize – a foursome at Pinehurst No. 2 – so his players in attendance could get to bed, the first Dean Smith Award was given and received a success of stories. (Chapelboro.com)

Marcus Paige's Hand Garnering Attention

As Marcus Paige walked to the Smith Center on Wednesday, a random food truck stopped and its driver asked the All-American how his broken right hand was progressing. Whether it’s students or professors, employees or fans, everyone wants to know when the top player on the nation’s No. 1 team will be cleared to play. “It’s kind of annoying, but it’s expected,” Paige said. (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky lead SI's preseason top 20 poll

1. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heels looks to build on last season's Sweet 16 run with a loaded roster ready to win right now. The loss of senior guard Marcus Paige for a month will hurt, but it won't be impossible to overcome. (Sports Illustrated)

UAB coach Jerod Haase donates $46K cost of attendance for men’s, women’s teams

UAB couldn’t cover cost of attendance for its basketball players, so men’s head coach Jerod Haase took the responsibility upon himself and donated $23,000 to both the men’s and women’s programs to pay the lion’s share of the stipends, ESPN.com com reported Wednesday. (Sporting News)

Harrison Barnes dunks from 10 feet (video)

Reggie Jackson was in decent position to challenge Harrison Barnes if the Warriors forward jumped from a normal place. Barnes didn’t jump from a normal place. The free-throw circle has a radius of six feet, and Barnes jumped from that, though to the left of its closest point to the rim. With the free-throw line 15 feet from the basket, I’m giving Barnes double-digit feet on that dunk. (NBC Sports)

How the Terps stack up against North Carolina

Since this game is going to take place in three weeks, a lot will be determined by Marcus Paige’s recovery. It seems that there would be a good chance he could play against the Terps with some sort of soft brace. Still, he clearly won’t be at full strength. With the game being at the Dean Dome, North Carolina should be the favorite. but Maryland has been a decent road team in the past. (Baltimore Sun)

Dean Smith fund gets $5,000 on Roy Williams bid as John Thompson honored

All net proceeds from the dinner and a special memorabilia auction will benefit the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, which provides financial assistance for undergraduate students from low-income families and enables professionals in education and social work to pursue advanced degrees. The bidding turned out to be lively, with tickets to the Duke-Carolina game going for thousands of dollars and Roy Williams bidding $5,000 for golf at Pinehurst No. 2. (WNCN)

First winner of Dean Smith award was coach's close friend

Dean Smith and John Thompson – two of the biggest names in college basketball – were close friends on and off the court, so it was only appropriate that Thompson was the first winner of the Dean Smith Award on Tuesday night. Normally Thompson would not be found at a fancy event, but the former Georgetown basketball coach said that he couldn’t say “no” to the award because of the person it was named for. (WRAL.com)

Lucas: Thompson Honored In Spirit Of Smith

One thing we learned about John Thompson on Tuesday night: he is honest. Another thing we learned about Thompson: he loved Dean Smith, and the first-ever Dean Smith Award could not have gone to a more perfect recipient. The former Georgetown coach told the sold-out crowd that he would never have journeyed to Chapel Hill to accept an award if it was in honor of anyone but Smith. (GoHeels.com)

College basketball's toughest non-conference schedules

4. North Carolina: When taking into consideration this team's ACC opponents, it's not a stretch to say UNC has the toughest schedule in the country. UNC has neutral showdowns with Temple and UCLA and faces Texas and Northern Iowa on the road. The Tar Heels also host Maryland and Davidson. In the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, UNC starts with a game against Northwestern. (USA Today)

Video: Marcus Paige - UNC's Key To Title Run

UNC's Marcus Paige is the key to a North Carolina title run in 2016. The Preseason All-American is critical for the Tar Heels with his clutch scoring, leadership and heart. See why Paige is UNC’s player to watch this season in this video. View Video...

Lucas: Dean Smith Award Finds Fitting Recipient

Dean Smith and John Thompson were kindred spirits in many ways; both Carolina and Georgetown sported near-perfect graduation rates under their direction. How close a friend was Thompson to Smith? The famously private Smith, who never opened his program to anyone, allowed Thompson to have the pregame meal with the team before the 1977 NCAA championship game against Marquette. (GoHeels.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Louisville: 63
Wed, Feb 22 Box Score

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

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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