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Monmouth's visit to UNC recalls memories

A coach or player from each of UNC's five NCAA Tournament championship teams was in attendance for the Tar Heels' 102-65 demolition of Monmouth. But far more intriguing than any of John Henson's dunks, Harrison Barnes' jump shots or Kendall Marshall's nifty assists was this unique collection of winners and how this Carolina family connects all previous eras. (Fox Sports Carolinas)

Thad: King's Homecoming

For most Carolina fans, the tilt with Monmouth on Sunday was an opportunity to see the Tar Heels in a low-stress, feel-good environment. For three decorated former Tar Heels, the game was a quite a bit more—a homecoming, a brutal test, and an early measuring stick for a rebuilding program. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Monmouth: Postgame Quotes & Audio

On the UNC coaching tree: "It was started by Coach [Frank] McGuire and Coach [Dean] Smith enhanced it in every area. I feel very fortunate to just be the guy who's sort of in charge of it. And I say sort of in charge, because I don't know if I'm in charge or if those guys in the short pants are in charge. This program is the best basketball family there is in college basketball." (Inside Carolina)

Three things to know: Monmouth at No. 5 North Carolina

Biscuit watch: In what has become a long-standing arrangement, a fast-food joint (Bojangles) has agreed to offer discounted sausage biscuits the day after the Tar Heels score 100 or more points. If North Carolina can break the century mark for the third time this season, walk-on David DuPont could be part of it. He’s scored the Tar Heels’ 100th point twice this season. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC hopes to burn Rice in coaching return

Monmouth is coached by former North Carolina point guard King Rice, who’s in his first year at the West Long Branch, NJ, school. Two of Rice’s assistant coaches are Tar Heels from the same era — Derrick Phelps, also a former point guard, and Brian Reese, an athletic forward during his playing career. Phelps and Reese were starters on UNC’s 1993 NCAA championship team. (Shelby Star)

King Rice takes Hawks to Chapel Hill

When Monmouth University steps inside the building for a 3 pm contest against the Tar Heels, the Hawks will of course get booed. However, when they first step on the floor, one can imagine that the coaching staff may get quite the ovation. Head coach King Rice, along with assistant coaches Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps, are native sons of Chapel Hill. For those three, today is a homecoming. (Asbury Park Press)

Video: Marvin Williams Sinks Amazing Buzzer-Beater

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams nailed an incredible buzzer-beater from half court on Friday night to help his team take a 43-37 lead over the New Jersey Nets into halftime. Williams made a tremendous spin move to create an open look at the basket from midcourt and he buried the long-range shot to give the crowd an exciting moment to cheer for heading into the break. (Bleacher Report)

George Karl says Raymond Felton was 'first class' in awkward situation

The Trail Blazers improved to 3-0 Thursday with a solid 111-102 win over Denver on Thursday. The most important battle of friends was at point guard, where Denver’s Ty Lawson (25 points, three assists, eight steals) and Portland’s Raymond Felton (23 points, six assists, five rebounds) battled to about a stalemate. (Oregonian)

Michael Jordan engaged to Yvette Prieto

Charlotte Bobcats majority owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan got engaged over the Christmas holiday, a Jordan spokeswoman confirmed Thursday afternoon. Several celebrity gossip websites reported MJ proposed to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto recently. One website is reporting the couple is celebrating on a private yacht overseas. (Charlotte Observer)

Rejuvenated Marvin Williams leading way for Hawks

At the break, he led all Hawks scorers with 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting and also had six rebounds. He finished 4-of-8 and 2-for-3 on three-pointers. Last season Williams only hit double figures in 33 games, as he started 52 and played in 65 because of a knee injury and also because of a bad back. (FOX Sports South)

Road test against North Carolina packs extra emotion for Elon assistant

While Jack Wooten has been on the staff of Elon coach Matt Matheny for three seasons, his connections to North Carolina still seem fresh. He played alongside current Tar Heels Tyler Zeller and Justin Watts. His younger sister, Maggie, is one of the Tar Heels’ student managers. He said the prelude to the game has left him weirdly conflicted. (Fayetteville Observer)

Catching Up With: Jack Wooten

It wasn’t too long ago that North Carolina walk-on Jack Wooten got caught up in a switch during practice and found himself trying to guard 7-foot freshman Tyler Zeller. So it’s been a little weird this week for the now-Elon-assistant-coach to be watching film, and trying to pick apart the tendencies of his former teammate, who is now a senior. (ESPN.com)

Brendan Haywood better come up big for Mavs

That means Brendan Haywood better step up, which is sort of a sensitive subject for Carlisle, who was publicly protective of the big man when he was an overpaid, under-producing backup for most of last season. “I think it's important to point this out and to be very clear about it: Brendan Haywood is not Tyson Chandler,” Carlisle said after the Miami Heat hammered the Mavs 105-94 in the season opener. (ESPN.com)

Tyler Hansbrough: A Candidate For Sixth Man of the Year?

Tyler Hansbrough's likely relegation to the bench in favor of David West has myself and others thinking: might he have a chance to win Sixth Man of the Year this season? Most Pacer fans have always considered Hansbrough's style bench appropriate. Not end-of-the-bench appropriate, but his energy and relentlessness have always seemed a picture-perfect match to unleash on other teams' second units (Indy Cornrows)

Historian takes readers back to ACC basketball's past

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when giants walked the earth: Everett Case of N.C. State, who brought the fast break, the running game and the one-hand shot to the game; Frank McGuire, who brought the ACC and UNC-Chapel Hill their first national titles; Vic Bubas, Bones McKinney, Press Maravich, Lefty Driesell and an up-and-coming kid named Dean Smith. (Wilmington Star News)

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