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Michael Jordan Put On a Heckuva Show at ’88 All-Star Weekend

In February of 1988, Michael Jordan was in his prime. The NBA All-Star Game was held that year in Chicago at the old and raucous Chicago Stadium. He was battling Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins for the NBA Dunk Contest title, but everyone there that day knew Jordan was going to win, no matter what. Nor was there anything Wilkins could do about it. (SLAM Online)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

16. North Carolina: Saying it was a great week for the Tar Heels would be an understatement. They started it with a win over rival Duke in Chapel Hill, then survived in Raleigh against an NC State squad gunning for a season sweep, and finally eased past Notre Dame back at home. Will the emotional win over Duke stand out as a turning point in UNC’s season? (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Michael Jordan's Iconic Turnaround Jumper Started at UNC

A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan developed his iconic turnaround jumper at UNC under the tutelage of Dean Smith. Listen to a young Michael Jordan talk about how that shot was one of his favorites during his time at Carolina. Read More...

Luke Maye, Joel Berry Placed on Naismith Award Top 30 List

The Naismith Award, college basketball’s prestigious National Player of the Year honor, released its top 30 candidates Wednesday with a pair of Tar Heels in the mix. Junior forward Luke Maye leads UNC in scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.4 rpg), while Joel Berry is right behind in scoring (17.5 ppg) and has been UNC’s steadying backcourt force. (Chapelboro.com)

Inside The Playbook: How UNC turns Theo Pinson into Draymond Green on offense

Theo Pinson is the only frontcourt player in the ACC this season to have an assist rate above 20 percent, and a turnover rate under 22 percent. Pinson gets a lot of his assists off slash-and-kicks, the pick-and-roll, and in transition. In the win over NC State, though, UNC went to a half-court look that, frankly, I’m not sure I’ve seen them go to before. (ACC Sports Journal)

Roy Williams Live: Surviving the Gauntlet

“It was a good stretch,” Roy Williams said on his radio show Tuesday. “I told the kids that it’s the schedule and that we’re going to play it, win or lose. If we lose we’re not going to complain about it because we know it, so let’s get prepared for it. I said that we have an opportunity here. Sometimes opportunities are dressed in work clothes. That’s what it boiled down to.” (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Channeling The Dean

I’m sure Roy Williams will do this when the time is right, but Dean Smith would not have been subtle in his promotion of Luke Maye for ACC Player of the Year. Let Marvin Bagley III make All-ACC and Rookie of the Year, but he has to put in more than one season to win Best Player. I can hear Smith chiding the media, “If you don’t vote for Maye, you don’t know basketball.” (Chapelboro.com)

Tobacco Road’s wild week alters expectations

So, what have we learned? The Tar Heels have played themselves into a top-four spot in the ACC, which would give them one of the double-byes into the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brooklyn. More importantly, they seem to have tightened up their perimeter defense, at least a little bit, and discovered some reliable scorers outside of Luke Maye and Joel Berry II. (North State Journal)

Roy Williams reaches ACC milestone

University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball coach Roy Williams has already had an historic career filled with accolades. With Monday’s win, Williams reached an Atlantic Coast Conference milestone and joined some elite company. Williams earned his 200th ACC win, composing of regular season conference wins and conference tournament wins. (Keeping It Heel)

In rookie season with Kings, Justin Jackson learning plenty from 'Mr. Carter'

Vince Carter and Justin Jackson are bound together by their alma mater, but until last summer, the 41-year-old veteran of 20 NBA seasons and 22-year-old rookie had never met. That changed during Sacramento's Summer League. "As soon as I signed with the team, the first text message I received was from Justin Jackson, and he called me, 'Mr. Carter,'" Vince Carter said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Locker Room Report: Four Straight

Peaking is a word thrown around a lot this time of the year. The last two North Carolina teams, both of which made it to the final day of the college basketball season, were seemingly peaking around this time of the season. While the 2017-18 version is very different, there is a similar feel of playing the best ball as the regular season enters its final stretch. (Inside Carolina)

UNC completes 5-day trifecta

This has to be the greatest five day span during the regular season in UNC basketball’s storied history. Three wins in five days – two of them over Big Four rivals. Coach Roy Williams mentioned the Tar Heels once had a stretch like this in 1980. I saw those games 38 years ago in my Tar Heel Network days alongside the legendary Woody Durham and Jim Heavner. (WRAL Sports Fan)

The offensive versatility of Luke Maye makes him the ACC’s No. 2 player

The ascension of North Carolina's Luke Maye from solid role player to All-American candidate is well-documented. We have even reached the point where it’s trendy to now question if Maye is the ACC’s second best player — behind Marvin Bagley of Duke. Instead of speculation, though, let’s dig into the numbers. Here’s why Maye is the league’s No. 2 player. (ACC Sports Journal)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Recapping NCSU & Notre Dame

Recap the big basketball wins over North Carolina State and Notre Dame and take stock of the rest of the season in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com also hear what happens when a listener invites coaches Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge and Roy Williams to his wedding. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Whether it was a second wind or just dad-gum determination to stick it to the ACC schedule-makers and ESPN for giving the Tar Heels three brutal games in a five-day period, something changed on the court. The Tar Heels haven’t seen a card this grueling since February of 1991 — 27 years ago — when the Gulf War forced postponement of the State home game. (Chapelboro.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Louisville: 76
Sat, Feb 17 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Syracuse
Wed, Feb 21, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Boston College46
at NC State58
9:57 IN 2ND
Chatman (Boston College) 11 pts; Beverly (NC State) 15 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia13-123-2
(5) Duke10-422-5
(10) North Carolina10-521-7
(15) Clemson9-520-6
Virginia Tech8-618-8
NC State8-618-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-817-11
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1011-16
Wake Forest3-1210-17

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