UNC holds off No. 25 Pitt in 1st ACC meeting at Smith CenterNorth Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo didn’t look like himself during the Tar Heels’ 75-71 win over No. 25 Pittsburgh in the Smith Center on Saturday. McAdoo could have gone for a haircut and a shave. He instead went for 24 points and a dozen rebounds, both game highs. “This is the James Michael McAdoo that we need,” UNC point guard Marcus Paige said. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tar Heels finally get their first ‘Good’ ACC winWith James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige leading the way, UNC came away with a 75-71 victory that added a little extra credibility to its rise from the bottom third of the league back up to the top division. The Tar Heels have now won six straight heading into a challenging home stretch that will give them several more chances to enhance their rapidly-improving NCAA tournament resume. (Wilmington Star News)
Vince Carter's hoop legacy in CanadaThe 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest ended shortly before midnight, Feb. 12, on the East Coast, and so, too, then did a new life begin for Vince Carter. Carter's new reality took hold even before he could suit up in the next day's All-Star Game. Watching from Miami, Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter had to reach his star's agent late Saturday night to explain a new media policy for what lay ahead. (ESPN.com)
Warriors' Harrison Barnes starting to find itHe won't say the Black Falcon is back. Harrison Barnes isn't going that far. But he did acknowledge he's starting to feel comfortable in his new role as the Warriors' sixth man. "It's been a challenge," Barnes said just before the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday in New Orleans. Smart move to temper the expectations. But lately it seems Barnes might be finding a groove. (San Jose Mercury News)
Video: McAdoo, Tokoto, Meeks Post-Pittsburgh InterviewsUNC's James Michael McAdoo, Kennedy Meeks, and J.P. Tokoto speak with Jones Angell following the Tar Heels' 75-71 win over visiting Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Animated GIF: J.P. Tokoto tomahawk dunk vs PittNorth Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto throws down a monster breakaway dunk as the lone Pitt defender decides just to get out of the way.
Lucas: Calling TimeThis is a column about Roy Williams and timeouts, which is not a particularly unique topic. There have been plenty of stories about Carolina's head coach and his feelings on stoppages, most of which were learned while watching Dean Smith. Here's what's different about this particular column on Williams and timeouts: it's about the ones he did call. (GoHeels.com)
UNC star duo makes it six straightNorth Carolina’s most recent win against a ranked team — a 75-71 victory against No. 25 Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon — was different than its other three. It wasn’t one in which UNC could outrun and outgun an opponent who played a similar up-tempo style. It was one that required toughness. It was one that required UNC’s best players to step up and make big plays in crucial situations. (Carolina Blue)
ACC Tournament Bye in ReachOn Jan. 17, North Carolina occupied the cellar spot in the ACC standings. Four weeks later, the Tar Heels are positioned for a top-4 seed and a pair of byes in the ACC Tournament following their 75-71 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday. UNC (17-7, 7-4 ACC) trailed Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5 ACC) by three games in the loss column after its 0-3 start in league play. (Inside Carolina)
McAdoo, Carolina Priming for March RunWith 25.6 seconds left, all James Michael McAdoo could do was watch. And he wasn’t even aware that would be the case right away. “I didn’t know it was my fifth foul cause I didn’t know I got my fourth foul,” McAdoo said after going for 24 points and 12 rebounds in North Carolina’s 75-71 victory over No. 25 Pittsburgh. “But that’s a long story.” (Zag's Blog)
Vince Carter, the savior the dunk contest neededThe dunk contest was on life support in 2000. Then, Vinsanity revived it. To understand what Vince Carter meant to the dunk contest, you have to go back to the beginning. The dunk contest's place in culture has never been totally secure. (SB Nation)
James Michael McAdoo EmergingWhen Pittsburgh cut its deficit to 63-61 on the back of an 11-2 run with five minutes to play, James Michael McAdoo answered with back-to-back baskets to halt the momentum swing and help North Carolina extend its winning streak to six games. McAdoo’s late-game heroics didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that’s watched the Tar Heels over the last three weeks. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Marcus Paige's Five 3-Pointers vs. PittNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige was on fire against Pitt Saturday in Chapel Hill, hitting five three-pointers in the win.
As James Michael McAdoo steps up, UNC becomes that much tougherNorth Carolina's six-game winning streak has coincided with James Michael McAdoo's best stretch of the season. The 6-9 junior had arguably his best game of the season Saturday vs. Pitt with 24 points and 12 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 75-71 win Saturday. And his play makes off-again, on-again UNC a team to watch down the stretch. (Sporting News)
UNC-Pitt Post-Game QuotesRoy Williams: "Well I feel very good right now. Not good about the way we played the last couple of minutes, or really the second half. I thought we had some really silly turnovers and missed opportunities there, but you have to give Pittsburgh credit. They are a tough bunch and Jamie Dixon does a great job with his guys. They made plays down the stretch, but it was weird stuff going on out there." (GoHeels.com)
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