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Carolina Insider Podcast: UVA, Louisville & More

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast is now available. As the Tar Heels look to hang onto the top spot in the ACC standings, hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas break down the win over Virginia, discuss the ceremony honoring Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige and preview the Louisville game. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

How Kennedy Meeks learned to beat Virginia's double-teams for UNC men's basketball

Last Friday at the North Carolina men’s basketball press conference, junior wing Justin Jackson outlined one of the biggest challenges UNC’s offense would face playing against Virginia’s defense. “They double the post with the other big,” he said. “And that comes down to our bigs making the right decision, not panicking and making a smart play. And if they can do that, I think we'll be alright.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Lunardi: UNC projected to be a No. 1 seed

ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects that North Carolina will be a No. 1 seed in the South Region in his most recent Bracketology released on Monday. Baylor is the No. 2 seed, Florida is the No. 3 seed, and UCLA is No. 4 seed in the South Regional. The other three No. 1 seeds are Villanova, Kansas, and Gonzaga. (Carolina Blue)

As elite coaches face twilight, who will follow legends at UNC, Syracuse, Duke and Louisville?

Considering that North Carolina, Duke, and Louisville may not open for a few seasons, who could emerge during that time? Are rising coaches like Dayton’s Archie Miller, Xavier’s Chris Mack, Butler’s Chris Holtmann, VCU’s Will Wade and UNC-Wilmington’s Kevin Keatts positioned to keep soaring? Do they stay at their current jobs to hold out for better gigs? (Sports Illustrated)

College basketball's must-watch games to close the regular season

No. 7 Louisville at No. 8 North Carolina, Wednesday. Two of the ACC's best are playing for the only time during the regular season, with both hoping to lock up high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. An awful lot of talent on the floor at one time. No. 10 Duke at No. 8 North Carolina, March 4. One of the best rivalries in the game is not a bad way to end the regular season. (Associated Press)

On a points-per-touch basis, Harrison Barnes is one of the most efficient players in the NBA

What do Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and Harrison Barnes have in common? They each average 20+ points per game and they’re all top-10 in the NBA in points per touch, at least among heavy-usage guys. Of the top 112 NBA players in frontcourt touches per game — roughly the top-quarter of the league — Barnes ranks 10th in points per touch, at 0.372. (Dallas Mavericks)

No time for Justin Jackson to look to rafters

Justin Jackson admitted that having two recent teammates honored in that way was weird, because, “they come into locker room, and they’re the same goofballs I played with.” “Obviously, they had great careers. But sometimes, playing with guys like that, you don’t realize the caliber of player that they are. What they did here, not many people can do.” (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball No. 8 In Both Polls

North Carolina moved up in each of the two major basketball polls on Monday after a pair of wins last week at NC State and at home over then-No. 14 Virginia. The Tar Heels are No. 8 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls after being No. 10/9 last week. Carolina will host Louisville on Wednesday in a meeting of top-10, conference opponents. (GoHeels.com)

Four Corners: Louisville Visits In Another Big Game

North Carolina Basketball is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of four consecutive home games played against ranked opponents. The Tar Heels beat Virginia in the second of those games last Saturday night and will welcome Louisville on Wednesday before the season finale against Duke on March 4. On to this week's Four Corners. (GoHeels.com)

Bracket Watch: North Carolina snags No. 1 seed from Baylor

Villanova, Kansas and Gonzaga have yet to lock in a top seed, but all are headed in that direction. Baylor’s losses last week opened the door for North Carolina to move to the top line, as well. Plenty can change, but the Wildcats, Jayhawks and Bulldogs, along with the top team in the ACC, are on their way to leading the four regions in this year’s NCAA tournament. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC men's basketball sees shades of Maui in win over Virginia

Since the team plane touched down on the mainland, the No. 10 North Carolina men’s basketball team has been trying to find its way back to Maui. Not for the sunny skies and pristine beaches — though that certainly doesn’t hurt — but for the elite level of play UNC reached during the Maui Invitational. (Daily Tar Heel)

Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017

3. North Carolina: The Roy Williams critics point out that he’s been a head coach at Kansas and North Carolina — two schools where it’s hard NOT to win — but the fact remains that he’s averaged a staggering 28 wins in 28 seasons. Larry Fedora’s career has been highlighted by two very good seasons. He’s averaged an ordinary 7.2 wins in his other seven seasons. (Athlon Sports)

UNC, Louisville playing for a 1 seed?

This is the biggest week of the regular season for Louisville basketball. The Cards have a golden opportunity Wednesday in Chapel Hill where they'll tip off at 9 p.m. against North Carolina with a lot on the line. A win over UNC would pull Louisville into a tie for first place in the ACC and give the Cards a key tiebreaker in the chase for an ACC regular-season title. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement

After making 29% of his 120 3-pointer as a sophomore, Justin Jackson has improved to 39% on 178 attempts as a junior. That increase of 10 percentage points is a healthy one. But where does it rank in ACC history? Prior to this season, only 11 ACC players have had a 10-percentage-point increase in their season-over-season 3-point percentage. (The Secondary Break)

UNC's Tempo Adjustment

Not only are the Tar Heels pushing the tempo more effectively of late – UNC played eight games with 65 or fewer possessions in 2014-15 and has played that same number combined over the past two seasons – but they are winning more when forced to play at a slower pace. Roy Williams’s squad has won six of its last seven in games with 65 or fewer possessions. (Inside Carolina)

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
TeamACCOverall
(8) North Carolina12-324-5
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Miami9-619-8
Syracuse9-717-12
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
Pittsburgh4-1115-13
Clemson4-1114-13
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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