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Lennie Rosenbluth & Pete Brennan: Last Loss In 1956 Motivated Us

The beginning of our run for the NCAA Championship in 1957 began when we lost to Wake Forest in the ACC Tournament semifinals the year before in Raleigh. We were embarrassed by the loss and the four returning starters vowed to do much better the next season, even though we had tied for first place with N.C. State in the league standings. (Chapelboro.com)

Birth of ACC hoops, Part I

The man most responsible for the league’s early success was Everett Case, coach at N.C. State. He had been highly successful in Indiana high school basketball, far and away the nation’s best, and he brought some top players with him to Raleigh. Frank McGuire soon followed on the scene at UNC. He was a legendary high school coach as well who made his mark in New York City. Later, he became coach at St. John’s University, also in the “Big Apple.” (Morganton News Herald)

A look at some highly anticipated UNC-NCSU games going back to 1989

With a 4-1 league record, N.C. State entered the midweek set of games as part of a three-way tie for first place in the ACC, sitting a half-game ahead of North Carolina (3-1). The Wolfpack hadn't held at least a share of first so late in the conference schedule since 1989, when it won the regular-season title with a 10-4 mark. (Fayetteville Observer)

And the top 16 college hoop teams ever are ...

The CBS Sports Network will air a show in March on the best 16 college basketball teams in history. They asked me to submit a ballot. They asked Jeff Borzello, Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander to do the same. So we spent much of this morning researching and debating on Twitter, and, after a few hours, we finally filed our lists. (CBS Sports)

David Glenn Chats With Hubert Davis, Jan. 26

Among the topics they discussed: what Hubert Davis remembers about Gary Williams, the former Maryland coach who was honored last night by having Maryland’s court named after him; if there are a lack of good shooters around the country these days; what UNC must do to adjust to life without Dexter Strickland; and what options, other than Stilman White, that UNC may have to back up Kendall Marshall. (ACC Sports Journal)

Danny Green getting some time as point guard Tony Parker’s backup

As a prep star on Long Island and through his four seasons at North Carolina, playing point guard in the NBA never was part of Danny Green’s hoop dreams. Nevertheless, there he was at New Orleans Arena on Monday night, manning the point guard spot so Spurs All-Star Tony Parker could get a few minutes of rest. (San Antonio Express-News)

Vince Carter happy injury not worse

Vince Carter engaged in some light shooting again at the end of practice Tuesday. He doesn't know when he'll be back from a sprained left foot, but he knows it could have been much worse. "I tried to walk it off ... but it felt a little different, so that's the first thing I was worried about was breaking that first metatarsal bone," Carter said. (ESPN.com)

Wes Miller, 28-year-old interim, has UNCG rolling

When Wes Miller was called into UNC Greensboro athletic director Kim Record's office in mid-December, he was informed Mike Dement was out. Miller was also told he was the choice to take the reigns on an interim basis, and the 28-year-old was admittedly nervous. Right now UNCG is just a half-game out of first place in the north division of the SoCon, but Miller isn't getting ahead of himself. (CBS Sports)

Finally something worth watching for UNCG coach Wes Miller

There has been some buzz about the UNC Greensboro men’s basketball team and this time it’s positive. The Spartans won twice last week, including the dramatic dunk off an inbounds play with less than a second remaining at The Citadel. New coach Wes Miller, who directed his first victory two days earlier against College of Charleston, drew up that lob play during a timeout. (Burlington Times News)

Spike Lee presents President Obama with a special pair of Air Jordans

Deep in the middle of an NBA Thursday night doubleheader, some friend of a friend re-tweeted something Spike Lee tossed out on Twitter. Surprised though we were that Spike Lee has a Twitter account, we pressed on to find this rather remarkable picture of Lee with President Barack Obama, and a particularly fetching pair of Air Jordan sneakers that Lee (a Nike endorser) apparently gave to the commander in chief. (Yahoo! Sports)

Why Danny Green’s value can’t be seen on box score

Danny Green’s statistical line Wednesday night showed a miserable offensive effort that he probably would like to forget. But the biggest reason the Spurs were able to escape with their first road victory of the season came from a defensive play by Green that might be the most critical play to this point of the season. (San Antonio Express-News)

More insight into Nuggets’ Ty Lawson, from a Tar Heels teammate

I caught up with Ty Lawson’s good friend from North Carolina, his old Tar Heels teammate Marc Campbell, who provided some more insight into both Ty and “Chico,” the alter-ego we met in Sunday’s Denver Post. Here’s what Campbell e-mailed: "He’s one of the most genuine people I have ever met in my life. He is true to himself in every sense of that statement..." (Denver Post)

Catching Up With: Phil Ford

Phil Ford misses the practices. Teaching players. Inspiring players. Watching them get better. That’s why the former North Carolina All-America — fired alongside the rest of the Charlotte Bobcats’ coaching staff more than a year ago — can sometimes be found at the Smith Center these days, watching his alma mater prepare for its next game. (ESPN.com)

Karl, Lawson, fans shine in NBA poll

So, which NBA coach runs the best offense? Survey says...George Karl?. This according to a survey of NBA general managers. Other Nuggets popped up in the survey responses, notably point guard Ty Lawson, in response to the question: Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2011-12? (Denver Post)

UNCG's Wes Miller Excited About First Wins, Ready For More

Getting your first win is exciting for every Head Coach. Wes Miller began his tenure at UNCG 0-6 before the Spartans embarked on a two game road trip with the College of Charleston and The Citadel. The Spartans stepped up their play and swept both games to give Miller the first coaching wins of his collegiate career. (Dig Triad)

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