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For Harrison Barnes, It’s All About A First-Time Opportunity

With a larger role comes more responsibility. Since his time at UNC, Harrison Barnes hasn’t really had the spotlight on his game, but he will in Dallas with many people viewing him as the player of the future after Dallas’ willingness to give him such a large contract. That means that when things aren’t going so well, he’ll likely get a significant share of blame. (Hoops Habit)

Is Joel Berry II massively underrated?

One of the biggest preseason publications, Blue Ribbon Magazine, released its five-member All-America team this week. Only one ACC player, Duke’s Grayson Allen made the cut, which wasn’t a major surprise. But it still semi-prompts the question: Is North Carolina’s Joel Berry II massively underrated? (Carolina Blue)

UNC basketball freshman preview: Tony Bradley

Freshman center Tony Bradley, like Joel Berry, is a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida. He averaged 23 ppg, and 12.6 rpg, while shooting an impressive 65% from the field. The five-star Bradley is among the highest-ranked players in the class of 2016. Bradley is also the first UNC recruit to be a member of the McDonald’s All-American team since 2014. (Tar Heel Blog)

What will it take for Harrison Barnes to get court time in Rio?

Over the previous three games, 11 guys played in all of them. The 12th man sat out all three. The question going into Wednesday's game, then, was what's it going to take to get Harrison Barnes into a game? A 20-point lead? Twenty-five? A FIBA bribe? An Olympic boxing judge? A reporter for the Charlotte Observer suggested the snub-of-sorts is typical of Coach K. (Dallas Morning News)

P.J. Hairston Works Out For Los Angeles Lakers

Former Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and North Carolina player, P.J. Hairston, was one of several free agents to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers held a free agent minicamp where they worked out six players with NBA experience. Hairston is still looking for a home this upcoming season as he has not yet been signed by a team. (Swarm & Sting)

Joel James to play overseas in Japan

We’ve seen Marcus Paige (Utah Jazz), Brice Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers) and J.P. Tokoto (New York Knicks) find homes in the league. But what about Joel James? Well on Thursday, we finally got an update. Joel James announced via Twitter that he will play overseas in Japan next season with the Kumamoto Volters. (Keeping It Heel)

Carolina Athletics: 2015-16 Year In Review

Carolina finished seventh in the Learfield NACDA Cup standings, UNC’s seventh top-10 performance in the last eight years. It marked the 17th time Carolina was the highest finisher among ACC schools. UNC was one of only three schools, with Stanford and Oklahoma, to finish in the top 10 in both men’s and women’s standings in the Capital One Cup. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Outside The Paint - Brandon Robinson's Road to UNC

Take a look at the new series: Outside The Paint featuring incoming freshman Brandon Robinson as he talks about his road to North Carolina. View Video...

U.S. Men's Basketball Blows By Argentina, 105-78

After a first-quarter fight, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team (6-0) shut down Argentina (3-3) to record an impressive 105-78 quarterfinal win on Wednesday night at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The USA will meet Spain (4-2) in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 19. Spain advanced after defeating France (3-3) 92-67. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Making Their Marks at Rio Olympics

Sixteen Tar Heels have been delivering on months and years of training in their goal to compete at the highest level of their sports, bringing them to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the games closing ceremony set for Aug. 21, here’s how UNC Olympians have been doing. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Lucas: Dean Smith's Only Must-Win

On exactly one occasion in his decorated career, Dean Smith coached for the sole purpose of winning. Smith, of course, is famous for reminding his players of the billion people in China who had no idea the Tar Heels were about to play what they considered an important game. But at the 1976 Olympics, he coached only for winning. (GoHeels.com)

25 photos of Michael Jordan's nastiest poster dunks

Aside from the Olympics, there is none of the basketball going on. Zero. We are in the doldrums subsiding on annoyingly close/good Team USA victories in Rio. It's decent, but we need our NBA fix, and because I can't make the league come back sooner, here are 25 bonkers pictures of Michael Jordan dunking on NBA legends and scrubs alike. (FOX Sports)

Michael Jordan In Pictures: Vintage Shots From His Early Career

Michael Jordan, the indisputable face of basketball for generations of fans, won six NBA championships, earned myriad endorsements and sponsorships, and left sports fans worldwide in awe of his impeccable on-court instincts and dramatic high-flying slam dunks. (Forbes)

Ed Davis: River to River

27-year-old Ed Davis has gone from Richmond, VA, to North Carolina to the NBA thanks to his parents’ guidance and hoops pedigree. Now on his fourth NBA team, the 6-10 rebounding machine has settled in as the Blazers’ sixth man. We caught up with him this summer to find out exactly where he comes from, and how he made it. (SLAM Online)

Best coach/point guard duos in the country

Joel Berry and Roy Williams, UNC: Williams inserted Berry into the starting lineup as a point guard last season, which shifted Marcus Paige to shooting guard. The move clearly benefited Berry. Berry has the keys to the offense in 2016-17, and he was incredible down the stretch last season. He cracked double figures in scoring in 13 of his final 14 outings. (NCAA.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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