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Video: Roy Williams Pre-Notre Dame Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Friday ahead of the Tar Heels' Saturday matchup at Notre Dame (6:00 pm ET, ESPN). View Video...

Tar Heels Visit Notre Dame Saturday: Pregame Notes

Carolina leads the series, 21-7. UNC has won the last three games against Notre Dame. Roy Williams is 6-3 against Notre Dame, all as UNC's head coach. The Tar Heels are 4-2 against the Irish in South Bend. The Irish beat second-ranked UNC, 80-76, on 2/6/16, the last time the teams played at Notre Dame. Joel Berry II had 10 points in the 2016 game at Notre Dame. (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Insider Podcast: BC Recap & Bubba Cunningham

Recap the basketball win over Boston College and celebrate the 100th episode of the Carolina Insider podcast with Friday's episode. Join hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas as they also welcome UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham to discuss all things Tar Heel athletics. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Seeking Helping Hand for Joel Berry

As has been the case under Roy Williams, his teams rarely lose when everyone is contributing. UNC’s four losses – Michigan State, Wofford, Florida State and Virginia – tell a different story. There is one player who has increased his scoring in losses while maintaining his shooting percentage: Joel Berry. “Part of it is just how Joel is,” Kenny Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Circuitous Route

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey owes his job to Roy Williams. Brey, whose Fighting Irish host UNC Saturday, is in his eighteenth season at Notre Dame. In a sense, he owes a debt of gratitude to UNC’s coach. Had Williams taken the UNC job in 2000, Matt Doherty would have stayed at Notre Dame and who knows if Brey would have had the chance to coach the Irish. (Chapelboro.com)

An Open Letter to Roy Williams’ Haters

You’re talking about Roy Williams, a coach who has guided his teams to two straight Final Fours, a coach who has brought three national championships to Chapel Hill since beginning his tenure in 2003, and a coach who has won nearly eight out of every ten games over his career. You’re talking about firing him. And you’re talking about it every. Single. Season. (Indy Week)

Wayne Ellington: The secret sauce to Miami's offense

Wayne Ellington has been the secret sauce to Miami’s offense in 2017-18. Bending around screens like a fast car does sharp corners, Ellington 3-point antics have allowed him to make the NBA's second-most 3s in December. When you shoot 43-percent on 3s that double as athletic feats, it’s not shocking, even when you do it in 100 fewer minutes than the leader. (Hashtag Basketball)

Harrison Barnes beginning to relish role as Mavs’ go-to closer down stretch

Putting the Dallas Mavericks on his back Wednesday and lifting them to a 115-111 victory in Charlotte, versatile forward Harrison Barnes continued to show he’s able and more than willing to carry the team down the stretch. Scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a stretch of nine straight Dallas points at one point, Barnes finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. (Dallas Mavericks)

The true power of Carolina basketball

My uncle Dan looks weighed down by the blankets on the hospital bed. His chemotherapy has left him with fuzz coating his head where there was once thick, dark, curly hair. Despite his exhausted body, his gaze and energy directed at the television are as intense as they were in health. He is watching the Tar Heels play in the Elite 8 in 2016. (Daily Tar Heel)

Luke Maye, Joel Berry Named To Midseason Wooden List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, and Tar Heels Joel Berry II and Luke Maye made the cut. Berry was on the preseason watch list and advanced to the top 25, and Maye was a midseason addition after a strong first half to his season in 2017-18. UNC is one of four schools have two players chosen. (GoHeels.com)

Tobacco Road Podcast: Luke Maye's Miracle

Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Henderson discuss North Carolina's and Duke's tough battles on the road over the weekend. Then, North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye joins the podcast to discuss his shining moment shot over Kentucky and trips to Outback Steakhouse. (Tobacco Road Pod)

Tar Heels in the NBA Update

Harrison Barnes has put up solid numbers in his second season in Dallas, scoring over 18 per game. Barnes has also upped his rebound numbers to over six per game. Reggie Bullock has continued his recent career renaissance, scoring a combined 24 points over his last two games. In his ninth season in the NBA, Wayne Ellington is having arguably his best year. (Tar Heel Blog)

Podcast: Good Heels, Bad Heels, Small Ball, Kenny Williams and Notre Dame

Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes and Ross Martin join host Tommy Ashley to deconstruct North Carolina Basketball heading into Saturday's game at Notre Dame. (Audioboom)

Tar Heels' small lineup does it all

Perhaps my worry was overstated. It doesn't matter nearly as much who starts as who plays meaningful minutes, and UNC's small lineup allowed the Tar Heels to get off to a fast start. Then, Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley entered the game and adjusted to its pace rather than feeling like they needed to be a part of setting it. There’s value in the veteran Johnson starting. (WRAL Sports Fan)

NBA analyst Kenny Smith lists Encino home for $3.6 million

Retired NBA player and basketball analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith and his wife, model-singer-actress Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, have listed their home in Encino for sale at $3.595 million. The couple appear to be banking on a flourishing luxury market in the Encino area. Five years ago they had asked $2.795 million for the French country estate on over half an acre. (Los Angeles Times)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
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UNC @ Virginia Tech
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UNC vs. North Carolina State
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Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia6-016-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
(20) Clemson4-215-3
Georgia Tech3-210-8
Boston College3-314-6
NC State3-313-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-58-10

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