Previewing Northern Iowa

No. 1 North Carolina travels to Iowa for Marcus Paige’s homecoming game in Cedar Falls against Northern Iowa on Saturday. Tip-off at the McLeod Center is at 2 p.m. EST and can viewed online at ESPN3. Northern Iowa enters Saturday’s contest with a 1-1 record. Head coach Ben Jacobson’s squad dropped its opener to Colorado State, 84-78, before topping Stephen F. Austin, 70-60. (Inside Carolina)

How To Watch & Listen to UNC vs Northern Iowa

The No. 1-ranked UNC men’s basketball team will tip off at Northern Iowa at 2 p.m. Eastern. Due to the overlap in basketball and football game times, Dave Nathan and Eric Montross will provide the “radio” call of the men’s basketball game on There is no charge to listen to the UNC-Northern Iowa game on (single-game subscription fees will be waived for this game). (

Preview & Prediction: #17 UNC at Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels will need to play with the same quick-strike dominance in the first half it has over the past three games. The degree of difficulty will be a tad higher given the circumstances but if UNC is a team that truly belongs in the conversation as a possible CFP dark horse candidate, losing this game is not an option. Prediction: UNC 38 Virginia Tech 24 (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Preview and Prediction

It might be nice to the casual onlooker to have Frank Beamer go out with a victory in Blacksburg, but North Carolina fans will disagree. Virginia Tech matches up reasonably well against the Tar Heels, but UNC has too many weapons and is peaking. For old times sake we'll say the Hokies block three extra points and a punt out of the end zone but...Prediction: North Carolina 32, Virginia Tech 26 (Athlon Sports)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is playing to remember its past. No. 12 North Carolina is playing to define its future. Saturday’s matchup at Lane Stadium will be Frank Beamer’s 180th and final home game. The 69-year-old, who was born in Mount Airy, N.C., has led Virginia Tech to four ACC championships and six Coastal Division titles since 2004. The Hokies are 9-2 against the Tar Heels in ACC games. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Iowa Prepares To Welcome Paige

When Marcus Paige was just an eighth grader, he received his first college basketball scholarship offer—from the University of Northern Iowa, approximately an hour from his home in Marion. Eight years later, he’ll return to Iowa as his Tar Heels face the Panthers Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Paige’s status is uncertain as he recovers from a broken hand, but that hasn’t slowed the dozens of ticket requests. (

Larry Fedora Named Coach Of The Year Semifinalist

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced the 2015 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award, which is presented yearly by the Maxwell Football Club, and North Carolina's Larry Fedora is among those honored. The list includes a field of 18 candidates for the award which have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee. (

Marcus Paige to miss own homecoming game at UNI

One cool UNC tradition that's being carried on by coach Roy Williams is scheduling games in places the Tar Heels would not normally visit simply to give a player an opportunity to compete near his hometown. That's why the Tar Heels are playing at Northern Iowa on Saturday -- so that Marcus Paige, from nearby Marion, can have a homecoming game. The only problem? Paige is hurt and will not play. (CBS Sports)

UNC at Northern Iowa, three to know preview

The game was arranged as a chance for UNC senior Marcus Paige, who will be sidelined as he recovers from a hand injury, to play about an hour northwest of his Marion, Iowa, hometown. Redshirt senior guard Matt Bohannon, who ranks third on UNI's team with a 16.0 scoring average, played in the same Linn-Mar High School backcourt with Paige. UNI's McLeod Center has a seating capacity of 6,650. (Fayetteville Observer)

Carolina continues ascent as a global research powerhouse

UNC is continuing its decade-long rise as one of the world’s top universities for sponsored research, climbing to eighth nationally among private and public research institutions in overall research and development (R&D) expenditures and sixth nationally in federal R&D spending. This is the second year in a row that UNC-Chapel Hill has placed in the top 10 for both categories. (

Mentally Ill Homeless Man Killed In Accident Was Former UNC Football Player Ryan Hoffman

For many the story of a homeless man being hit and killed is all too quickly forgotten. Most of these people unfortunately have alienated themselves from others and frankly not many people know them and many have little or no family. The recent death of a homeless man in Haines City on November 16th isn’t one such case. This one centers around a former college football star with the North Carolina Tar Heels, who suffered from mental illness, named Ryan Hoffman. (The Daily Ridge)

Sometimes, the laugh's on North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad

Shakeel Rashad's play this season is a big reason why the Tar Heels have turned a corner on defense. The starting weakside linebacker is second on the team with 70 tackles, while adding two interceptions and three forced fumbles, all career highs with two games left in the regular season. But even with the bigger role and greater responsibility, Rashad does not take himself too seriously. (

Hokies Set to Face Tar Heels' Dynamic Offense and Bend But Don't Break Defense

Saturday afternoon will be festive when Hokie Nation says thank you to Frank Beamer. It will be an emotional day at Lane Stadium, as two generations of Virginia Tech fans and players bid farewell to the only head coach they have ever known. The Hokies face a monumental task to defeat No. 12 North Carolina. (The Key Play)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Northern Iowa

UNC's numbers are largely where one would expect them to be, maybe even a little better given Marcus Paige has yet to play a game this season. Northern Iowa is two games into the season so any potential trends here might be short lived. One that might not be is 3PA/FGA. 46% of the Panthers' field goal attempts have been threes, and they are making 38.3% of them. (Tar Heel Blog)

The Frank Beamer decision that changed the course of UNC football

Imagine, for a moment, if Frank Beamer had made the move. If he’d decided to leave Virginia Tech 15 years ago to become the head coach at North Carolina. He almost did, and so it’s conceivable that Beamer could have been on the opposite sideline when the Tar Heels play the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Instead, Beamer, who’s in his 29th season and on the edge of retirement, will be on the Virginia Tech sideline.... (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Town Hall Interrupted By Protest

As the UNC Town Hall meeting on race and inclusion began Thursday evening, a group of protesting students interrupted moderator Clarence Page to make demands of the administrators present, including Chancellor Carol Folt and members of the board of trustees. “We have some demands for Chancellor Folt and the administration that are combating anti-blackness on this campus,” a protester said. (

Hokies' Loeffler, UNC's Chizik need no introduction Saturday in Blacksburg

As soon as North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik started studying some of Virginia Tech's games in preparation for Saturday's meeting in Blacksburg, he noticed a style that seemed awfully familiar, and a few wrinkles he might not have expected. Getting another look at Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's approach represented a blast from the not-so distant past for Chizik. (Daily Press)

Stakes Through the Roof For UNC Against Virginia Tech

One win. That’s all it will take for the No. 12 ranked UNC football team to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and continue its dream season. Standing in front of them? A date in Blacksburg against the Virginia Tech Hokies–in what will be the final home game for their legendary head coach, Frank Beamer. (

UNC enters "Coastal Week" with goals intact

Entering Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech with a chance to claim the Coastal Division crown, Mack Hollins sat in Tuesday’s team meeting brewing over this week’s theme. Then, in a eureka moment of sorts, he screamed, “Coastal Week!” The name has stuck. “It is Coastal Week,” said redshirt senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. (Daily Tar Heel)

Injury reports for Saturday’s football games involving UNC, State, Duke and Wake

North Carolina at Virginia Tech: UNC - Probable: S Sam Smiley; Doubtful: P Corbin Daly, RB Ty’Son Williams; Out for the season: S Cameron Albright, DT Aaron Crawford, LB Joe Jackson, TE Caleb Samuel, WR Taylor Vippolis; Virginia Tech - Out for the season: CB Kendall Fuller (knee), RB Shai McKenzie (knee), RB Marshawn Williams (knee). (Wilmington Star News)

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