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Gonzaga Offers Difficult Defensive Test For North Carolina

Mark Few’s Gonzaga squad, coming off its first loss of the season against No. 3 Tennessee, leads the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (122.1) and ranks fourth in effective field goal percentage (59.4). What makes the Bulldogs a challenge defensively is their ability to find points up and down their lineup, not unlike some of ’s best teams in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Board of Governors 'cannot support' $5.3M plan to house Silent Sam statue on UNC campus

The UNC Board of Governors said it "cannot support" the plan put forth by the UNC Board of Trustees to spend $5.3 million to house Silent Sam. The Board of Governors met in closed session on Friday, debating what to do with the statue. Board Chairman Harry Smith cited student safety and the large price tag as reasons the university system decided against supporting the plan. (ABC 11)

UNC’s Roy Williams on Silent Sam: ‘I Think It Would Be Best If It Was Not Here.’

UNC head coach was asked about his thoughts on Silent Sam. “In my own personal belief,” Williams said. “I think it would be best if it was not here.” Williams said that he has no problem with his players getting involved with an issue they feel concerned about. “If they feel that way,” Williams said. “I have zero problems. I am glad they are expressing themselves.” (Chapelboro.com)

Coby White Will Play Against Gonzaga

North Carolina starting freshman point guard will play Saturday versus No. 4 Gonzaga, told reporters Friday at the Dean E. Smith Center. White was held out against UNC Wilmington with a sore left ankle. "He'll play," Williams said on Friday. "He's practiced all week. The times we've practiced, anyway, he's been there. He hasn't been limited or anything." (Inside Carolina)

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky: ‘I was focused on the wrong things’ in return vs. Rams

Quarterback had just played, statistically, the worst game of his pro career — and the Chicago Bears won their most important game of the season. If coach Matt Nagy had any question about which weighed more heavily on Trubisky, he got his answer immediately after the 15-6 victory Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. (Chicago Sun-Times)

UNC Basketball, Football Players Sign Silent Sam Protest Letter

Many North Carolina football and basketball players have joined fellow UNC student-athletes and signed an open letter denouncing the university's plans for Silent Sam. Among those who have thrown their support behind the protest of the UNC Board of Trustees' proposed plans include , , , , and . (Inside Carolina)

Know Your Opponent: Gonzaga

Saturday's rematch of the 2017 NCAA title game will feature two of the top four offenses in college basketball. According to KenPom.com's adjusted offensive efficiency rating, Gonzaga is the No. 1 offense in the land, with UNC close behind at No. 4. Both teams rank higher than they did two seasons ago at the Final Four, but both also have dipped in defensive rankings. (GoHeels.com)

‘We were a part of that sacrifice and branding’: UNC’s NBA stars condemn Silent Sam

Hours before a critical decision on a Confederate monument at UNC, a group of prominent athletes issued a statement calling it “crisis time” at Carolina. “We love UNC but now also feel a disconnect from an institution that was unwilling to listen to students and faculty who asked for Silent Sam to be permanently removed from campus,” they wrote in a letter signed by athletes including and . (Washington Post)

Historically, Roy Williams enjoys facing top five opponents in Smith Center

A top five opponent visiting Chapel Hill has UNC basketball fans' excitement increasing, and it got me thinking about how many other times the Tar Heels have hosted a top five opponent. With Duke and Virginia, it has not been that rare in ACC play. But looking at non-conference matchups, it turns out that there have only been three such games in the era. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: UNC Highlights of Mia Hamm, Silver Anniversary Award Recipient

University of North Carolina women's soccer great , UNC class of 1994, has been named a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for 2019. Take a look at a few of her amazing highlights while playing at Carolina. Read More...

UNC vs. Gonzaga prediction: 3 stats tell us who will win this matchup

It’s only December, but we’re getting a treat Saturday with a rematch of 2017’s national championship game when No. 4 Gonzaga travels to Chapel Hill to face No. 12 North Carolina. The Zags are averaging 94.1 points per game on the seventh toughest schedule so far this season — an extremely impressive feat. But Gonzaga’s defensive rating is the 227th-best out of 353. (NCAA.com)

Kenny Williams shows toughness through shooting slump

It’s not a talent that shows up in a box score, or is even something that’s easy to measure. But ask a coach about its importance, and he's likely to glow about it: A player’s ability to impact a game when his shot isn’t falling. That’s the best thing one can say about through his senior season so far. Williams is an excellent shooter, but early this year, his shot wasn’t falling. (247 Sports)

UNC WR Coach Lonnie Galloway's Ties to North Carolina Run Deep

Born and raised in North Carolina. Went to school in North Carolina. And coached in North Carolina. New UNC wide receivers Lonnie Galloway is North Carolina through and through, so the move to return to his home state after coaching at West Virginia and Louisville makes sense. "It's my home state. It's the flagship university. I've always wanted to be here," Galloway said. (Inside Carolina)

2017 Championship Game Revisited: Who Remains?

UNC and Gonzaga have changed a bit in the 619 days since the Tar Heels defeated the Zags in the 2017 NCAA championship game, though each team still has five players remaining from those rosters. Only one, Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins, started that night on Phoenix, and only four players got into the game: Perkins and Jeremy Jones for Gonzaga and and for UNC. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Michael Jordan Smacked Malik Monk Upside The Head After His Technical For Running On The Court

Every win is important for Charlotte as they try to find their way into the postseason, but that’s especially the case when going up against the other contenders in the East. The Hornets took a 108-106 lead with 0.3 seconds to play on a Jeremy Lamb jumper that sent the Charlotte bench, including owner , into celebration. However, Hornets guard got a little too excited. (UPROXX)

Gonzaga Coach Mark Few on Roy Williams, Playing the Tar Heels

"It's a great opportunity to revisit the championship game from a couple of years before," Mark Few said. "I have the ultimate respect for Coach Williams, you look at his career and how he has been able to run his program and have the success that he has had. He is a very good friend of mine. He took me under (his) wing when I was getting started as a division one coach." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Men's Basketball To Host No. 4 Gonzaga Saturday - Pregame Notes

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga features two of the top coaches in all-time win percentage. Mark Few is third (.821) and is sixth (.788). Williams is second behind Adolph Rupp among coaches with at least 1,000 games. needs 20 points to become the 78th Tar Heel to score 1,000 points. Carolina is 26-22 all-time when hosting an AP top-five opponent. (GoHeels.com)

Mia Hamm Named Winner Of NCAA Prestigious Silver Anniversary Award

UNC women's soccer great , class of 1994, has been named a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. The Silver Anniversary Awards are given each year to recognize six distinguished former student-athletes on their 25th anniversary as college graduates. Hamm is one of the most respected and admired women's athletes in American history. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Announces 2019 Men’s Lacrosse Schedule

The University of North Carolina men's lacrosse team will host eight regular season home games in Chapel Hill as well as playing host to three games in the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament as the squad's 2019 season schedule was released by head coach Thursday. Sites for games on the Chapel Hill campus will be announced at a later date. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Make Some Noise!

It should be some show at the Smith Center Saturday night. Sure, some North Carolina fans are disappointed that Gonzaga lost to Tennessee and will not be the No. 1-ranked team in the country when the Zags step onto Court. Nevertheless, the Tar Heels still have a great chance to spring a significant upset in the first sold-out home game of the season. (Chapelboro.com)
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