The UNC Crowd Loved It When A Ball Boy Drained Three Straight Half-Court Shots

North Carolina, at 16-3, is ranked ninth in both the AP and Coaches polls and is tied atop the ACC with a 5-1 conference record along with Florida State and Notre Dame. While the Tar Heels have an excellent squad, the most exciting basketball player in the program isn’t even on the roster. That title belongs to young Asher Lucas, one of the Tar Heels ball boys. (UPROXX)

Video: Roy Williams Wins 800th Career Game - Moment of the Week

Roy Williams won his 800th career game with UNC's win over Syracuse. Williams was honored in a postgame ceremony and spoke about how he never dreamed of winning 800 games, but he did have dreams to coach players like those on the Tar Heel roster. View Video...

Warriors’ McAdoo makes most of playing time in win over Houston

It was a memorable performance for James Michael McAdoo, who had totaled just 17 points in 88 minutes over Golden State’s first 42 games. Stuck behind several players on the depth chart, McAdoo relied on extra conditioning work to stay in shape. “You have to be a pro,” McAdoo said. “I show up early, stay late. When days like this happen, I’m prepared.” (San Francisco Gate)

Roy Williams on Theo Pinson's progress and starting

Theo Pinson "hasn't told me yet by his play that he is going to replace anybody," Roy Williams said. In other words, Pinson hasn't performed or practiced in a way that tells Williams that he is ready to be a starter. "Right now we are just trying to get him back involved in the action. It was a long time --- 12 weeks without playing. He has only played three or four games." (Carolina Blue)

Halpin, Hoffman and Major Named To U21 Field Hockey National Team

UNC’s Alex Halpin, Ashley Hoffman and Gab Major have been named to the 2017 U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team, announced Friday by USA Field Hockey. Halpin is a goalkeeper from Mohegan Lake, N.Y. Hoffman is a midfielder from Mohnton, Pa. Major is a forward from Royersford, Pa. Hoffman and Major were members of the team last year. (

Turner's Take: The Right Thing To Do

UNC finished second in the dual meet with Florida, but the atmosphere in Carmichael Arena Friday, and the meaning of the meet, went well beyond gymnastics. In partnership with Nike, Friday's meet was part of the #BETRUE campaign, celebrating contributions of the LGBTQ community. Friday's meet was dedicated to former UNC head coach Kendra Ourso. (

When his players get overconfident, Williams reminds them of Atlanta

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said when his team begins to get overconfident, he reminds them of the Georgia Tech game on Dec. 31. On paper Georgia Tech had no chance. The Yellow Jackets haven’t made it to the NCAA tournament since 2010. But North Carolina played its worst game of the season and lost by 12. (Charlotte Observer)

When it comes to NCAA tourney seeding, ACC powers could pay price for brutal league

For the ACC, this is a special season. The league, which features teams with national brands, four Hall of Fame coaches and players that are about as famous as college stars can be these days, is loaded. Six of the top 18 teams in the most recent Associated Press poll reside here. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams, former ACC players remember Obama the basketball player

It’s no secret: Former President Barack Obama is a fan of the Tar Heels. His official March Madness brackets often favor UNC, and then-candidate Obama famously stopped by Chapel Hill in 2008 for a pickup game..Less well-known is that the admiration is mutual, at least for UNC Coach Roy Williams. (Charlotte Observer)

Remembering Oliver Smithies, a kind gentleman and Nobel Laureate

The kind gentleman, the guest of honor, had won the mother (or maybe the father) of all science competitions – the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. And despite the recognition for a discovery that had changed the face of medicine, the gentleman stood among the rising stars and asked them a simple question. “Have you done any science today?” (WRAL Tech Wire)

Know Your Opponent: Boston College

A pair of North Carolina natives fuel the BC offense. Raleigh sophomore Jerome Robinson leads the team in scoring at 19.7 points per game and has been one of the ACC's most prolific shooters. Freshman Ky Bowman, a scoring point guard from Havelock, averages better than 15 points per game in league play and went for 30 and nine assists in the win over Syracuse. (

Offseason work paying off for Meeks

The offseason for most college basketball players usually involves a myriad of goals. Working out to make sure breakfast stays down come preseason conditioning. Mastering a new post move or adding a mid-range jumper to their game. Rehabbing a pesky, chronic injury. Learning the playbook. Avoiding too many late night stops at McDonald’s. Kennedy Meeks can attest to all of this. (Carolina Blue)

Reggie Bullock 'setting an example' for Detroit Pistons by cutting to hoop

Matt Barnes was the veteran who took Reggie Bullock under his wing when Bullock was a rookie with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2013-14 season. And Bullock picked up something useful. Barnes is great at surprise cuts to the hoop for easy baskets. (Detroit Free Press)

Update on UNC center Tony Bradley

UNC head coach Roy Williams spoke with the media on Friday afternoon before his team travels to Boston College to take on the Eagles. The first part of the press conference focused on the status of UNC freshman center Tony Bradley. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams on Barack Obama and Ball

Roy on Obama's "basketball body":"Pardon the phrase because we're talking about the President of the United States, but my man doesn't have the greatest basketball body. Let's just be honest about this. But he reminded me a little bit of the old school Lenny Wilkens. I think that would make him feel good if I said that. A little bit of a sneaky game. He knows how to play." (Carolina Blue)

Kenny Smith, other NBA on TNT members experienced a simulated nonviolent protest

As a unique tribute to Martin Luther King, TNT broadcasted the show from the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Ernie Johnson led a walk through the exhibits with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal. (USA Today)

SI Power Rankings: Handicapping the national title race at the midway point

4. North Carolina Tar Heels: The deep tourney experience argument applies again here. Most of the rotation has been part of multiple runs, and it’s hard for me to envision junior Joel Berry II—one of the best big-game point guards—not having another string of great performances that gives North Carolina a shot at a title. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC Basketball's First-Trimester Progress Report

With the Syracuse win in the books, the Tar Heels are a third of the way through their 18-game ACC schedule with a 5-1 conference mark. What have we learned about this North Carolina team along the way? 1. The starting 5—dominant in non-conference play—has been less effective in ACC play. (The Secondary Break)

Roy Williams Has Surging Tar Heels Respecting BC

The Tar Heels enter Saturday's game against Boston College having won five consecutive ACC games after losing the league opener at Georgia Tech and stand at 17-3 overall. Boston College, on the other hand, is improved from a year ago but is still just 9-10 overall and 2-4 in the ACC. Guarding against overconfidence is something that Roy Williams must deal with. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Turner's Take: Road Wild

The Tar Heels have half of their remaining games on the road. They'll hop into the fast lane Saturday at Boston College before traveling to Miami for a January 28 bash at the beach. February 9, Duke will be looking for payback from last year's season finale, and six days later the Wolfpack will attempt a backlash for UNC's 51-point win on January 8. (

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