Know Your Opponent: Louisville

Wednesday's clash between North Carolina and Louisville not only pits the top two teams in the ACC standings against one another, but it also features the two teams tied for first in efficiency margin in the league. Both teams are outscoring their opponents by 0.14 points per possession, comfortably ahead of No. 3 Florida State. (

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5. North Carolina: UNC looked dominant against Virginia and is nipping at Baylor’s heels for the final No. 1 seed. A win Wednesday over Louisville may be enough to jump to the top line of the bracket. The Tar Heels still have more difficult games upcoming, including rematches with Duke and Virginia, so if they do charge to the top, staying there won't be easy. (CBS Sports)

Fake UNC-Duke tickets land man in slammer

Andrew Frank Arvai, 24, has been arrested for selling counterfeit tickets to the Feb. 9 UNC-Duke men’s basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Durham Police alleged that Arvai placed an ad on Craigslist for the tickets and set up a meeting with a ticket broker from at Northgate Mall to sell the tickets to the Feb. 9 game. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Louisville-North Carolina, Duke-Syracuse preview features two matchups of Hall-of-Fame

The Tar Heels are sitting alone in first place in the ACC, a game ahead of Duke and Louisville. A win on Wednesday would put UNC in a position where it seems very unlikely that they’ll finish behind Louisville and, barring upset losses at either Virginia or Pitt, give them a chance to lock up the outright ACC regular season title when they host Duke in the season finale. (NBC Sports)

UNC vs. Top Defenses in the Roy Williams Era

Despite allowing a staggering 1.45 points per possession (90 points on 62 possessions) in its last game against Virginia Tech, Louisville remains fifth in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. So how has North Carolina performed against top-10 defenses (based on Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency) in the 14-year Roy Williams era? Let’s look. (The Secondary Break)

Three to know: No. 7 Louisville at No. 8 North Carolina

With four teams within two games of first place in the ACC, tonight’s game will have a major say in how the final week and a half of the regular season plays out. North Carolina leads the league, but Louisville and Duke are a game behind. Florida State and Notre Dame are also in the picture. A UNC win gives the Tar Heels some breathing room on everyone except for Duke. (Fayetteville Observer)

This Year’s ACC Might Be the Best Basketball League Ever

The cream of the ACC plays Wednesday night, with No. 10 Duke meeting Syracuse and No. 7 Louisville facing No. 8 North Carolina. All four programs have won national titles, feature Hall of Fame coaches and likely will qualify for next month’s NCAA tournament. But if the ACC, leaves a mark this year, it will be because even its worst teams are pretty good. (New York Times)

5 Newcomers to Watch for UNC Football in 2017

Finding a replacement for quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be at the top of UNC coach Larry Fedora's priority list this spring. There will also be openings at wide receiver, running back, and offensive line. Defensively, tackle Nazair Jones opted for the NFL and the secondary will need some new pieces. Here are five newcomers that will push for playing time in 2017. (Athlon Sports)

Lucas: An Uncommon Showdown

When No. 8 UNC hosts No. 7 Louisville tonight, the Smith Center will be the venue for the 31st Associated Press top-ten game it has hosted in its 32 seasons. This is the first time the Cardinals will be in the building for a top-10 showdown. Nearly half (14) of the 31 games at the arena have been against Duke, and UNC holds an 8-6 mark in those contests. (

Chansky’s Notebook: Charlie Scott - A Deserving Pioneer

This basketball season marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie Scott’s enrollment at UNC as the first black scholarship athlete. Recruited by Dean Smith out of Harlem, Scott broke one of the most significant color barriers in the history of this state and went on to become a two-time All-American and win an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City. (

Wilson Library opens exhibit on integration of varsity sports at Carolina

When Charles Scott took the floor for the men’s basketball team on Dec. 2, 1967, he became the first African-American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina. When Dean Smith was hired as head basketball coach in 1961, one of his goals was to recruit African-American players for Carolina. (

Andrew Miller's first live BP draws respect from teammates

Brandon Guyer introduced himself to left-hander Andrew Miller last August. Both players had just been traded to the Indians, so Cleveland's new outfielder -- best known for his ability to hit left-handed pitching -- had a message for his new Tribe teammate. "I said, 'Nice to meet you, man. I'm glad I don't have to face you again,'" Guyer recalled with a laugh on Monday. (

The Greatest Game Never Played

The made-for-TV court at Caesars Palace could have been empty except for one basketball and two of the game's most illustrious players ever. They would have been free of teammates, facing each other head-on in The King of the Court, to finally answer a question that remained unanswered for so long: Who's better—Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson? (Bleacher Report)

UNC vs. Louisville: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

It’s surprising sometimes how seldom big-time programs have played each other. UNC is 11-5 vs. Louisville, including 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament and 1-0 in the ACC Tournament. UNC lost the first meeting in 1929, then went 11-3 from 1972 until that ACCT meeting two years ago, before dropping the game last year. Round 17 is Wednesday at 9:00 in Chapel Hill. (The Secondary Break)

Tar Heels Up To No. 4 In Men's Tennis National Rankings

The UNC men’s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 4 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I national rankings, released Tuesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The Tar Heels (11-1) reached the semifinals in last weekend’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships. In the singles rankings, senior Ronnie Schneider moved up a spot to No. 15. (

Tar Heels anxious to pick up pace again

After mastering a different kind of style, it could be back to full speed ahead for North Carolina tonight. The first-place Tar Heels tangle with Louisville, which shares second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, in a Top 10 showdown. “It will be a much different game than what it was against Virginia,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. (Burlington Times-News)

UNC initiative will combat opioid use disorders and overdose deaths

A new research initiative at UNC will seek to combat the opioid epidemic by helping reduce barriers to rural physicians treating opioid use disorders in North Carolina. The project is the first focus of a new effort to increase North Carolinian’s access to specialty care through a medical education model that gives rural health practitioners access to resources not usually available to them. (

Sam Perkins, Ivory Latta Visit Troops in Afghanistan

Sam Perkins, Caron Butler and Ivory Latta sat in the first row, Bob Delaney in the second, members of the U.S. military were fanned out behind and beside, and Craig Sager was everywhere. It didn’t feel like a combat zone. That was the plan, of course, that the USO would bring several NBA representatives and Latta from the WNBA’s Washington Mystics on a tour. (

Ed Davis blazes his own trail in NBA

On the basketball court, Ed Davis is a spark. Davis, a former Benedictine and Hanover High star, played in 81 games for the Portland Trail Blazers last season, all providing a spark off the bench. As his NBA career has become more solidified, he wants to provide that same spark off the court. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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