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Justin Jackson is so hot right now

Without Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige on the roster for the 2016-2017 season, certain Carolina players HAD to step up. UNC junior small forward Justin Jackson has done just that. Despite staring almost every game as a freshman and sophomore, Jackson always played second or third fiddle to Carolina's older, more established players. (Carolina Blue)

Air Jordan 11 Low “UNC” to Return in Summer 2017

Jordan Brand will no doubt never stop paying tribute to MJ’s alma mater, as Jumpman ‘heads can look forward to the Air Jordan 11 Low “UNC” returning next year. Upon debuting back in 2001, the patent leather pair is slated for a comeback, albeit with slight modifications. (Highsnobiety)

New National Security Adviser’s Research at UNC Built His Reputation as Scholar-Warrior

H.R. McMaster ’94 (MA, ’96 PhD), the lieutenant general President Donald Trump picked on Monday to be national security adviser, often has been described in this week’s ensuing media coverage as a scholar-warrior, earning his hard-charging reputation on the battlefield and on the best-seller list. (UNC General Alumni Association)

Harrison Barnes has unseated Dirk Nowitzki as Mavericks’ go-to player

As Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes stacked up and age became his public enemy No. 1, the Dallas Mavericks have been searching for someone to make their franchise player the second-best player on their team. That search is finally over. Harrison Barnes, who was basically a role player the last four seasons with Golden State, has quietly unseated Nowitzki as the Mavs’ best player. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Audio: Jerry Stackhouse on life as a D-League coach

Former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse joined Lang Whitaker and Sekou Smith at All-Star weekend in New Orleans to talk about the differences between being an NBA player and a D-League coach. Plus, we look back at a memorable 2017 NBA All-Star game dominated by hometown star Anthony Davis. (NBA.com)

UNC Women's Basketball Falls On The Road At NC State

Four players scored in double figures to lead No. 18 NC State to an 80-60 victory over North Carolina Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum. Jamie Cherry scored a game-high 25 points to pace UNC. Paris Kea added 14. In the first meeting of the season between the two schools, an 83-70 UNC win in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels tied a school record with 14 three-pointers. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks and rebounding

North Carolina leads the nation in offensive rebounding with 15.86 offensive rebounds per game. First out of 351 teams in Division I. And the game against Louisville provided another example of why UNC dominates the offensive glass. The Heels doubled up the Cardinals 16-8 on offensive rebounds, including an 8-3 edge in the second half alone. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels up two in ACC standings

The Duke lost put UNC two games up on the Blue Devils in the ACC standings. The Tar Heel then went out and methodically beat No. 7 Louisville on Wednesday night putting Carolina two up on the Cardinals. With three games remaining in the ACC regular season, UNC has a two game lead in the conference standings. (Carolina Blue)

Top 5 Quarterbacks Entering the NFL Scouting Combine

2. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: In 13 games, Trubisky threw for 3,748 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Considered one of the more accurate passers in this draft class, Trubisky will need to continue to improve his footwork. He has the size (6-3, 220) teams are looking for at quarterback, but must overcome concerns about his lack of experience. (Athlon Sports)

Video: "I Was Better Than Michael Jordan, For About 3 Weeks" - James Worthy at UNC

James Worthy shares his early impressions of Michael Jordan at UNC, helping to recruit Jordan to North Carolina and being blown away by his abilities on the court. Worthy tells Antawn Jamison about the confidence with which Jordan carried himself, but how Worthy knew he was better than MJ..."for about 3 weeks." View Video...

UNC JV basketball falls to Huntington Prep, 103-98, in overtime

With time winding down in regulation and Huntington Prep down by three, Keldon Johnson calmly shot a contested three over a North Carolina defender. The ball went through the net and Huntington Prep went on to win the game 103-98 in overtime. It was a tough game for the Tar Heels and only their second loss all season, but coach Hubert Davis was not shaken. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels sprinting down the stretch run

North Carolina coach Roy Williams has been critical of his team’s schedule this season. The Tar Heels’ schedule has been back-loaded with top-shelf opponents—two against Duke, two against Virginia, one each against Notre Dame and Louisville—in the final month of the regular season. (Carolina Blue)

ACC's balance may not equate to genuine league strength

If UNC can go 2-1 in its three remaining regular-season games – at Pitt, at Virginia, and against Duke in Chapel Hill – the Tar Heels will win another ACC regular-season basketball race. The Tar Heels moved into that advantageous position with their win Wednesday over Louisville in concert with a buzzer-beater 78-75 win by Syracuse over Duke. (WRAL Sports Fan)

John Papuchis Providing Continuity for UNC's Defense

On the last two occasions North Carolina changed defensive coordinators, different schemes came in tow. With John Papuchis stepping into that role for 2017, don’t expect such seismic changes. Expect continuity, with potential tweaks. Even in terms of staff structure, Coach “J.P.” - as he introduces himself - will emulate Gene Chizik’s approach. (Inside Carolina)

Post-practice shooting contests propel Jackson in UNC men's basketball win over Louisville

Most of the UNC men’s basketball team has trickled out after practice. There’s a few coaches, some managers mulling about, but there’s no serious basketball being played. Now is the fun part. The group always changes — sometimes Kanler Coker joins, other times Brandon Robinson and Shea Rush — but there’s two stalwarts: Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Team On The Brink?

How good are the Tar Heels? We really don’t know yet. UNC looks to be on its way to another ACC regular-season championship under Roy Williams, who’s won something like 16 in his first 28 years of head coaching. The Heels had a great home stand, knocking off 14th-ranked Virginia and No. 7 Louisville in two of the ugliest games of the season, yet both impressive wins. (Chapelboro.com)

Best Case, Worst Case: North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina is one of the top teams in college basketball right now. The only "cupcake" win came on Jan. 21 against Boston College (9-19). If this week marked the end of March, the Tar Heels would be competing in the Final Four. We aren't there yet. With a trio of games to close out the regular season, what's the floor and ceiling for the 2016-17 Tar Heels? (Hero Sports)

Tar Heels leave no doubt regarding ACC's top spot

North Carolina is the ACC's best team. After a shut-down 65-41 win against then-14th-ranked Virginia and a 74-63 defeat of No. 7 Louisville, it is clearer now than at any point this season that heading into the last 10 days of the regular season, the No. 8 Tar Heels are the league's best team. That's not just because UNC beat the ACC's No. 2 team, either. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings: UNC's climbing fast

5. North Carolina Tar Heels: Justin Jackson has pulled off the rare feat of nearly doubling his long-range volume (from 4.2 3PAs per 40 minutes, pace-adjusted, to 8.2) from his sophomore season to his junior campaign, while also increasing his accuracy by nearly 10 percentage points (from 29.2% to 39.1). (Sports Illustrated)

Mitch Trubisky will do everything at NFL Combine except bench press

Former UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky will participate in everything except the bench press at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, according to Trubusky’s father. Though subject to change, it’s noteworthy because some top prospects skip their group’s workout session and instead choose only to throw or fully work out on their own campuses. (NBC Sports)

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