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Warriors’ James Michael McAdoo bides time, enjoys minutes

In his third season with the Warriors, James Michael McAdoo needs merely a glance at the upcoming matchup to determine whether he will play meaningful minutes. The only way he cracks the rotation is if the game plan calls for a big man capable of guarding multiple positions. The likelihood of getting an extended run doesn’t affect McAdoo’s approach. (San Francisco Gate)

Tar Heels looking for healing

Even with a mostly splendid month of January, there’s some pain for North Carolina’s basketball team, most of it rather fresh. “We have some major wounds that need to be healed,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Monday, referring to a misery-filled loss Saturday at Miami. Tonight the Tar Heels take on a Pittsburgh team that’s in a six-game losing streak. (Burlington Times News)

Game Changers fascinating account of Dean Smith, Charlie Scott and turbulent Chapel Hill in the ‘60s

As someone who grew up in a Franklin Street house and was a member of a church that included people who transformed Chapel Hill, Art Chansky’s book Game Changers was a fascinating read. Reading how the key players changed Chapel Hill in the 1960s, pushing for social change, made me proud. Basketball, of course, provides the main two storylines. (Raleigh & Company)

UNC vs. Pittsburgh Preview

No. 12 North Carolina looks to start a new winning streak on Tuesday against Pittsburgh following Saturday's loss at Miami. The game tips at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. Kevin Stallings’s squad has a 1-7 record in the ACC and is riding a conference-worst six-game losing streak. The games have been a mixed bag during the slide. (Inside Carolina)

Theo Pinson Out of Walking Boot

Roy Williams saw Theo Pinson on Monday at the Smith Center and said he is out of the boot he wore at Saturday’s game. However, “I don’t have any timetable,” Williams said. “We’ll just wait and see how Theo goes. He’s not going to play tomorrow (against Pitt). He did some upper body stuff in the weight room today. He’ll keep doing that until he comes back and plays.” (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Old Questions Arise

Was it just a bad day in Miami, or a blueprint of how to play Carolina? You can chalk the Tar Heels’ dreadful loss at Miami up to a few things: short turnaround from the Thursday night game against Virginia Tech, another injury to Energizer bunny Theo Pinson, or possibly the worst first half of Roy Williams’ coaching tenure and perhaps the history of UNC Basketball. (Chapelboro.com)

Joel Berry named a finalist for Bob Cousy Award

UNC junior point guard Joel Berry is one of 10 players listed as finalists for the 2017 Bob Cousy Award. The Bob Cousy Award is given to the top point guard in the nation. Berry is averaging 14.8 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. The Florida native is shooting 46% from the field, 42% from three, and 90% from the free throw line. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Fall In College Basketball Rankings

North Carolina fell three spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and four spots to No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches poll in new rankings released on Monday afternoon. The Tar Heels were No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the coaches rankings before splitting two games last week (beating Virginia Tech and losing at Miami). (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Theo Pinson out vs. Pitt

North Carolina junior wing Theo Pinson will not play when the Tar Heels take on Pittsburgh on Tuesday night in the Dean Dome. "I do not have any more information," UNC head coach Roy Williams said on the weekly ACC coaches Teleconference. "I think we're getting more information later today but I'm not positive about that. But he will not play tomorrow night." (Carolina Blue)

Trends to watch as ACC goes to the back 9

The Tar Heels missed Theo Pinson, but they weren’t the same team that looked so dominant entering Saturday. UNC started ACC play with a loss at Georgia Tech. After Pitt on Tuesday and Notre Dame Saturday in Chapel Hill, the Heels will have remaining road games against Duke, Virginia, NC State and the Panthers. They get visits from Duke, Virginia and Louisville. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Grizzlies' Brandan Wright expects to make season debut Monday

Brandan Wright is slated to make his season debut during Monday's game against the Suns. Wright underwent ankle surgery in November and has spent the entire season up until this point recovering. After taking part in practice over the last week or two, he's now feeling good enough to take the court, so look for Wright to be available for his season debut Monday. (CBS Sports)

Once a Heat-killer, Wayne Ellington making his mark in Miami

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra has watched Wayne Ellington perform like this on several occasions. The difference now is Spoelstra can applaud. For so many years, Ellington would produce some of his best games against the Heat. Now, he's doing it in a Miami uniform. Ellington is averaging 15.8 points and shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line the last five games. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Tyler Zeller makes early impact in first game since December 29

Few stood out as much as Tyler Zeller after having missed his previous 11 games with sinus issues that at times made him disoriented and light-headed. He finished with 10 points while making his first five shots from the field. Celtics guard Marcus Smart was impressed with Zeller’s contributions, especially considering it was his first game since Dec. 29 at Cleveland. (CSN New England)

Moses Malone-ing It

In a recent interview, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams remarked that this year’s team is “Moses Malone-ing it” on the offensive glass, suggesting that maybe the team’s offensive rebounding statistics are inflated by offensive rebounds coming off of missed easy layups. While there is anecdotal evidence supporting this theory, what do the numbers show? (Carolina Data Desk)

UNC remains hopeful that Theo Pinson will return soon

North Carolina didn’t have Theo Pinson on Saturday during its 77-62 loss at Miami, and the Tar Heels clearly missed him. They missed his oft-cited energy, his presence – they missed the little things he often does so well. UNC didn’t lose because of Pinson’s absence – to think otherwise would be “an excuse,” coach Roy Williams said. (Charlotte Observer)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6, TBD

UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9, TBD

UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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