Paying off a lost bet on Battle of the Blues, Durham honors Chapel Hill — with a poemThe Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau recently Tweeted its Chapel Hill counterpart, Visit Chapel Hill, a laudatory poem after the UNC Tar Heels defeated the Duke Blue Devils in an ACC men’s basketball clash on Feb. 8. The poem grew out of a bet the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau made with Visit Chapel Hill before the Tobacco Road showdown. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tar Heels Heading To Louisville For Saturday Night ShowdownNorth Carolina begins a two-game road trip at Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 17th. Tip time is 8:16 p.m. Louisville is 18-8 overall, 8-5 in the ACC and 14-3 at home. Carolina leads the series against Louisville, 12-5, including 3-2 since the Cardinals joined the ACC four years ago. This is the first meeting since a 74-63 Tar Heel victory on 2/22/17 in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)
Audio: Cameron Johnson - “Urgency” is key for remainder of seasonNorth Carolina guard Cameron Johnson joined the David Glenn Show ahead of the Tar Heels’ matchup with Louisville to discuss adjusting to a new program and style of play, why he was given the middle name “Jordan,” what kind of teammate Theo Pinson is, and much more. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: Theo Pinson - Tar Heel PlaymakerTheo Pinson has been a key ingredient to North Carolina's success this season. The Tar Heel senior leads Carolina in assists and finds ways to make impact plays throughout the game. Pinson is a true stat sheet stuffing playmaker.
Re-energized Tar Heels peaking at the right timeAfter appearing worn down in the middle of the ACC slate — with Roy Williams expressing frustration at having to coach energy level — North Carolina has looked re-energized over the past week while handling three tough opponents in five days. Whatever the cause, Carolina has looked significantly fresher and seems to be peaking in time for a late-season run. (Wilson Times)
Video: Michael Jordan's Greatest Game vs. Duke - 1983A look back at the GOAT as Michael Jordan prepares to turn 55 on Saturday. Jordan had many great games as a Tar Heel, but here is his greatest against his greatest rival, Duke. M.J. dropped 32 on the Blue Devils in Chapel Hill in 1983 as a sophomore, which was his career high at the time.
UNC’s Schematic Change on DefenseThere has been a subtle change made to UNC's defensive set in recent weeks intended to mitigate the team’s struggles defending the three-point shot. Roy Williams has long employed his 22 defense, a man-to-man set built upon halfcourt pressure. Coming off a three-game losing streak to end January, Williams changed up his defensive sets. (Inside Carolina)
Podcast: Reader Questions, Turtlenecks, Berry, Maye, and the FutureInside Carolina's Greg Barnes and Ross Martin join host Tommy Ashley to answer reader questions. They also discuss Joel Berry, Luke Maye, the future of UNC Basketball, and more in this episode of the podcast. (Audioboom)
Walston: UNC vs NC State - Of course it's a rivalryWhen you want to beat a team so you can talk trash, it’s a rivalry. When you want to not lose to a team as badly as you want to beat them, it’s a rivalry. Roy Williams wants to beat NC State at least as much as he wants to beat anybody on the schedule. Mike Fox, too —he threw on a red Carolina Hurricanes sweater for an event a few years ago, but he didn’t like it. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Roy Williams Has Not Called a Timeout in 140 MinutesRoy Williams called one timeout during North Carolina's recent four-game win streak. Williams has not called a timeout since the first half of the Pittsburgh game on Feb. 3. That is a full three and a half games without a calling a timeout. Even when N.C. State went on a 19-0 run against the Tar Heels on Saturday in Raleigh, Williams refused to call a timeout. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Tyler Hansbrough Scores ACC Freshman Record 40 Points vs. GT - Feb. 15, 2006North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough scores an ACC freshman record 40 points in an 82-75 win over Georgia Tech in the Smith Center on February 15, 2006.
Michael Jordan Put On a Heckuva Show at ’88 All-Star WeekendIn 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 Rankings16. 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 UNCA 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.
Luke Maye, Joel Berry Placed on Naismith Award Top 30 ListThe 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)
|at #1 UVA||65|
|Lammers (Georgia Tech) 22 pts; Jerome (UVA) 18 pts;|
|at #5 Duke||50|
|15:35 IN 2ND|
|Spalding (Louisville) 13 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 10 pts;|
|Pinson (UNC) 23 pts; Battle (Syracuse) 26 pts;|
|at Virginia Tech||65|
|Reed (Clemson) 28 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 14 pts;|
|14:27 IN 2ND|
|Moore (Wake Forest) 11 pts; Stewart (Pitt) 6 pts;|
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|(10) North Carolina||11-5||22-7|
|(25) Florida State||8-7||19-8|