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Can scares at BC be the kick in the pants UNC basketball needs?

The way Roy Williams’ North Carolina basketball team has been playing lately, especially Tuesday at Boston College. you couldn’t have blamed the Hall of Fame coach for not wanting to be around to watch. That’s not, of course, why he left the bench with 14½ minutes to go and his trailing the ACC’s last-place team by five. (Wilmington Star News)

Know Your Opponent: Pittsburgh

Defensively, Pitt has no elite shot-blockers, but plenty of overall size. Despite no one on the roster standing taller than 6-9, the Panthers rank 14th in the country in average height. Junior Jamel Artis and freshman Cameron Johnson are both 6-7 wings who can stretch defenses with their ability to shoot 3s. Johnson is a 40 percent shooter from deep for the year. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Try To Turn The Corner After Boston College

The Tar Heels hope to put a rough stretch of games behind them on Sunday when Pittsburgh comes to Chapel Hill. “I think now it’s just being consistent with our concentration and effort defensively,” Roy Williams said. Before the start of the Boston College game, he made a change in his starting lineup, sitting starters Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson. (Chapelboro.com)

Vince Carter: The Lion in Winter

Vince Carter is 38 years old, but out here on the court, alone with his basketball, alone in the quiet, he suddenly looks like the Vince of old. He drives to the basket against an imaginary team of defenders and gracefully soars to the rim. He effortlessly drains shots from as far as 30 feet. He’s in a beautiful rhythm, like he’s dancing on the court, the music of basketball moving his spirit, which the beats and notes and harmonies of the game have done since he was a child. (Bleacher Report)

Previewing Pittsburgh

No. 9 North Carolina returns to action at the Smith Center for the first time in 15 days for a matchup with Pittsburgh on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. Pittsburgh enters Sunday’s contest with a 17-6 (6-5 ACC) record. The Panthers got off to a blistering start at 14-1 before hitting a series of roadblocks once ACC play began. (Inside Carolina)

In One Unexpected Way, Vince Carter Surpassed Michael Jordan

Vince Carter was one of those unfortunate souls who arrived in the NBA at a time when he and other high-flying wing players tried to live up to the hype of being “the next Michael Jordan,’’ and couldn’t pull it off. Off the court? The five-time NBA All-Star was every bit Michael Jordan, if not bigger – in Canada. (Forbes)

How Vinsanity nearly never was

Canadian basketball was an afterthought. For years, The North had little juice, hoops-wise, with the exception of a Victoria, BC native with a swashbuckling game by the name of Steve Nash. But then the Raptors acquired Vince Carter in a Draft day trade in 1998, and bball in our neighboring country rose to new heights—literally. (SLAM Online)

Jim Delany to receive lifetime achievement award from Basketball Hall of Fame

Jim Delany will receive the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2016 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. Aside from enshrinement, this award is considered the highest honor to receive....Delany has more than 40 years in athletic administration. He played for North Carolina under the great Dean Smith and was also the former Vice-President of USA Basketball. Delany has been the Big 10’s commissioner for the last 26 years. (Today's U)

Roy Williams tries to ease fears about his health

Roy Williams was on a flight in July 2005 when he got up to use the bathroom and had a vertigo spell. The plane had hit a patch of turbulence, sending a suddenly woozy Williams back into his seat, badly in need of an air sickness bag. Thinking the UNC coach might be having a heart attack, a flight attendant rushed to him, looking for a pulse. She couldn't find one. (Fayetteville Observer)

Story Time with Roy

St. Andrew Bunker Puking Incident: "I puked in the bunker on the 18th hole at the New Course at St. Andrews. So Terry Allen who was out football coach at KU at that time made us shirts that said, 'I saw Coach Williams puke in the bunker at St. Andrews.'" (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Roy Williams: 'I feel fine' after vertigo attack at BC

UNC coach Roy Williams doesn't sound worried about the vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College. The 65-year-old coach Friday was instead eager to reiterate he's OK and crack jokes while talking about a two-decade history with vertigo going back to his time at Kansas. "I feel fine," he said. "Unfortunately it was on national television." (Associated Press)

Roy Williams Updates His Health

UNC head coach Roy Williams has lifted weights and taken yoga, in addition to coaching practice, since his vertigo attack at Boston College on Tuesday. He discussed his health with several anecdotes during his weekly press conference on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams Press Conference: All the Vertigo Stories

Hey, if you were really interested in hearing all about Roy Williams' vertigo and the number of times he's vomited on a golf course thanks to an episode, today is your day. Obviously the vertigo episode would be a hot topic to discuss in Williams' weekly press conference since it really couldn't be explored on Tuesday night during the postgame media availability. (Tar Heel Blog)

Justin Jackson Trying to Shake Off Slump

On Feb. 1, while Louisville was ending North Carolina’s 12-game winning streak at the KFC Yum! Center, Justin Jackson appeared to break free from the shooting slump that had mired his second ACC season. The sophomore wing led UNC with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the loss. That output was a marked improvement from his first eight games of the ACC conference slate. (Inside Carolina)

Pitt's 3-2 zone change-up likely will be revisited

All it took was a surprising defensive change for Pitt to control the entire first half against a ranked opponent on the road. But don't count on the Panthers, who traditionally play man-to-man defense under coach Jamie Dixon, to make a permanent change. “We're going to have to play man-to-man for a portion of the game,” sophomore forward Ryan Luther said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 68
Boston College: 65
Tue, Feb 9 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Feb 20, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
UVA62
at Duke63
FINAL
Louisville66
at Notre Dame71
FINAL
Wake Forest88
at NC State99
FINAL
Georgia Tech52
at Clemson66
FINAL
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(9) North Carolina9-220-4
(7) Virginia9-420-5
Notre Dame9-418-7
(12) Miami8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-419-6
Duke8-419-6
Clemson8-515-10
Syracuse7-517-8
Pittsburgh6-517-6
Florida State6-616-8
Virginia Tech5-713-12
Georgia Tech3-913-12
NC State3-913-12
Wake Forest1-1210-15
Boston College0-117-17

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