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UNC Women's Basketball Heads To Myrtle Beach On The Verge Of History

North Carolina heads to Myrtle Beach for the 24th-straight year and history could be in the making with Tar Heel Hall of Fame head coach Sylvia Hatchell two wins shy of 1,000 career victories. UNC faces Washington on Sunday and Grambling State on Tuesday, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The exclusive 1,000 win club currently has three members. (GoHeels.com)

Francis Marion College Paved Sylvia Hatchell's Road To UNC

In 1975, Sylvia Hatchell, then 23, secured her first college head-coaching job at Francis Marion College. The tiny school in Florence was founded five years before Hatchell's arrival and had fielded a women's basketball team for only two seasons. Yet Hatchell blossomed there. And 11 years and 272 wins later, she became the head coach at North Carolina in 1986. (GoHeels.com)

Know Your Opponent: Tennessee

The Vols have the 18th-best defense in terms of KenPom efficiency thanks to ranking in the top 10 nationally in both block percentage and 2-point FG defense. Barnes' squad is also forcing a bunch of turnovers - UT forced 18 of them and held Purdue to 0.94 PPP in a 78-75 win in the Bahamas - while doing a nice job of protecting the ball on its end of the floor. (GoHeels.com)

Years at N.C. A&T masterpiece of Rod Broadway's coaching career

Rod Broadway has driven the same SUV from Gainesville, Fla., to Chapel Hill to Durham to Grambling, La., and finally to Greensboro, where he is wrapping up his seventh season as the head football coach at N.C. A&T. He has found success at all those stops, and his teams are 126-45 in his 15 seasons as a head coach at N.C. Central, Grambling State and A&T. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Harrison Barnes at ease with speaking up

Thursday was the third time that Harrison Barnes has been back at Oracle Arena since he became a member of the Dallas Mavericks, so we’re getting used to it. But it’s still worth remembering what he left behind. As well as what he took - a professionalism and leadership style that he learned while wearing a Warriors uniform. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Carolina Coffee Shop stays on Franklin Street with help of UNC graduates and US Soccer Olympian

When a group of UNC graduates heard the Carolina Coffee Shop might have to close, they invested in the restaurant in the hopes of preserving a well-established staple on Franklin Street. This past summer, the Carolina Coffee Shop came under new ownership by a group of UNC graduate investors, including soccer Olympian Heather O’Reilly. (Daily Tar Heel)

How Tyler Zeller has gone from sleeper to keeper

Tyler Zeller, who was signed on September 11, has become the team’s starting center over Timofey Mozgov, a player who the Nets are paying $16 million per year. Zeller, 27, has also become one of the Nets’ key performers of late. Since November 24, a 10-game stretch, Zeller has put up 9.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and is shooting 65%, playing 20.7 minutes per game. (Nets Daily)

Julius Peppers gets another shot at Packers’ Aaron Rodgers – finally

Julius Peppers, who returned for a second stint with the Panthers as a free agent last spring, will face Aaron Rodgers from the other sideline for the first time since that afternoon in 2013 at Soldier Field. After missing eight weeks while on injured reserve as he healed from a broken collarbone, Rodgers will start against Carolina at Bank of America Stadium. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC vs. Tennessee Preview

The Volunteers are one of the sharpest shooting teams from the perimeter in the country. Tennessee is converting 41.2 percent of its three-point attempts this season, good for 21st in the nation and first in the SEC. Sophomore guard Jordan Bowden has been unconscious from the outside, leading the SEC with a three-point field goal percentage of 59.3 percent. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina's Final Four Teams 10 Games In

15 of UNC’s 20 Final Four teams lost a game by this point in the season. The only ones that didn’t were in 1957, 1982, 1998, 2008 and 2009. Three of those clubs won national titles. But only two of the Tar Heels’ clubs to make the Final Four lost more than one game – 2000 and 2016. So, the current Heels at 9-1 are in line with 13 of the program’s Final Four teams. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Audio: Ryan Switzer on UNC Football - “They’ll bounce back”

Ryan Switzer was a star in both the return and receiving game for four years at North Carolina. Now as a rookie for the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer joined The David Glenn Show to talk about life in the NFL, scoring his first touchdown, his friendly rivalry with Mack Hollins and how UNC football can shake off a challenging 2017 season. (ACC Sports Journal)

No. 20 Tennessee welcomes its return to national spotlight against UNC

Tennessee isn't a very hospitable host to defending national champions. A rare sellout crowd will try to make sure that pattern continues Sunday when No. 7 North Carolina faces the 20th-ranked Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time since 1949. Tennessee has won the last five times it has hosted a defending national champion. Sunday's game will attract a capacity crowd of 21,678. (Associated Press)

Storylines: Tar Heels at Tennessee

Tennessee returns five of its top seven scorers from a 16-16 season. Forward Grant Williams, a Charlotte native, leads Tennessee in scoring at 16.1 points per game. The Vols have played two ranked teams this year in Villanova (a nine-point loss) and Purdue (a three-point win). Their best wins have been over the Boilermakers and NC State. Tennessee is 4-0 at home this year. (Argyle Report)

Nate Britt Signs With British Basketball League’s Glasgow Rocks

Former UNC guard Nate Britt–a member of last season’s national championship team–has agreed to a deal with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League. Britt will head to Scotland on a contract which will keep him in Glasgow for the remainder of the season. The Rocks are currently fourth place in the 12-team BBL standings through 12 games. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC needs to matchup with Tennessee's Grant Williams

The Tar Heels better be ready Sunday. Tennessee forward Grant Williams, a product of Charlotte, is a matchup nightmare. Williams averages 16.1 points, and has scored at least 20 points in three games this season, including the team’s lone defeat: Villanova. The 6-foot-7 Williams splits time at the 4 and 5 for the Vols; he does most of his damage at the basket. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tar Heels To Visit Vols Sunday

This is the 12th time a Roy Williams-UNC team has played an AP top 20, non-ACC opponent on the road. The Tar Heels are 4-7 in those games with wins at No. 19 Connecticut on 2/13/2005, No. 10 Kentucky on 12/3/2005, No. 17 Arizona on 1/27/2007 and No. 1 Michigan State on 12/4/2013. Carolina is sixth and Tennessee is seventh in the NCAA's RPI as of 12/14. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Announce 2018 Men's Lacrosse Schedule

UNC announced a challenging 2018 men's lacrosse schedule Friday. The Tar Heels will continue to play the nation's best teams following a 2017 ACC championship season in which the Tar Heels made an 11th successive NCAA Tournament appearance. UNC will open with three straight home games before heading to Johns Hopkins for a Friday night game on February 23. (GoHeels.com)

Picks: UNC-Tennessee, Kentucky-Virginia Tech Lead the Weekend

No. 7 North Carolina at No. 20 Tennessee: This is the only game of the weekend between two ranked teams, as well as the biggest game thus far of the Rick Barnes era at Tennessee. The Tar Heels are going to do what they can to turn this game into a track meet. The Volunteers have enough athleticism to keep up for stretches. Prediction: Tennessee 77, UNC 75 (Sports Illustrated)

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

The Tar Heels will be on the road this weekend against Tennessee, but they'll be in familiar territory. Sunday marks the 12th time in the Roy Williams era that UNC has played a top-20 nonconference foe in a true road game. Just four of those games were mandated by the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, meaning the Tar Heels intentionally sought out eight of the top-20 road tests. (GoHeels.com)

Podcast: Tate Frazier on UNC Basketball, the Best National Teams, & the ACC

On this podcast, Jon Seiglie is joined by the Ringer's Tate Frazier to talk about North Carolina's 9-1 start to the 2017 season. Tate and Jon then discuss who the best teams in the country are right now, and end the pod discussing how good the ACC is going to be this season. (Audioboom)

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