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Preview & Prediction: #1 UNC vs Wofford

Much of Wofford's core from last season's highly-successful run to the NCAA Tournament remains. Spencer Collins was one of Wofford's more efficient player and was second in three point attempts, shooting 38% on 107 attempts. Wofford has two other reliable deep threats in Eric Garcia (37% on threes) and Jaylen Allen (40% on threes.) Prediction: UNC 85 Wofford 66 (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Host Wofford Wednesday

North Carolina will play its second game of the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic and its second home contest of the season when it hosts Wofford on Wednesday evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in the Smith Center. The Regional Sports Networks will televise the game. Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) will have the call. (

Justin Jackson Searching for His Shot

Most observers, both biased and impartial, expected UNC’s Justin Jackson to pick up where he left off last March. The 6-foot-8, 200-pound wing scored in double figures in 11 of his final 12 games as a freshman, converting at a blistering 52.1 percent from the floor and 44.7 percent from deep. That shooting touch has not carried over to 2015-16 just yet. (Inside Carolina)

Rasheed Wallace, former NBA players to play in summer Champions League

Behold The Champions League, a non-NBA affiliated venture where the league's chairman and CEO, Carl George, is hoping to provide family-friendly and affordable entertainment during the NBA's downtime. Sixteen teams to begin competing in the summer of 2016. The New York team is already fully formed and includes former NBA players Al Harrington, Rasheed Wallace and Maurice Ager. (CBS Sports)

Justin Jackson: "We have a lot of ways we can come at you"

Justin Jackson on his early-season shooting struggles: "(The missed shots) felt good. So I am just going to keep shooting. Sooner or later they will fall." On this year's Tar Heels: "We are deep. We have a lot of ways we can come at you. On defense, if we all lock in and play defense like we are supposed to and finish it I think we will be alright." (Carolina Blue)

Previewing Wofford

No. 1 North Carolina looks to improve to 3-0 on the season against Wofford on Wednesday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is at 7 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports South (RSN). Wofford enters the contest with an 0-1 record. The Terriers dropped their season opener at Missouri, 83-74. Freshman guard Fletcher Magee shined in his debut, scoring a game-high 22 points. (Inside Carolina)

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige On Wooden Award Watch List

The John Wooden Award has released its 50-player watch list for 2015-16, and Tar Heel seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige are on the list. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball’s most prestigious individual honor. (

Lucas: The Stories He Tells

“I could tell you some stories,” says Joel James one Tuesday afternoon at the Smith Center. And for the next hour, he does. He tells you about stretching out his 6-foot-11 frame on a couch instead of a bed, and dodging bullets on the way home from school, and the day he passed a murder scene on the way to the bus stop. But he does not tell all of the stories. He says he can’t. (

Roy Williams talks shooting, Nate Britt, and zone defense

On Nate Britt: "Shooting the ball in the basket always makes people feel better. I think he has a good assist to turnover ratio. I think he is comfortable, he's confident. Confidence does a lot of things for you. He's gone through some major changes from left hand to right hand and had some good things happen for him last year. I think it's more just his work and the time he has put in." (Carolina Blue)

40-year-old Jerry Stackhouse schools high school players in a polo and low tops

I know, I know. This is what a former NBA All-Star should be doing to high school competition. Yet somehow, I still find it strangely entertaining. Every teenage up-and-comer needs a reality check every now and again. And for the handful of prospects willing to go toe-to-toe with 40-year-old former Pistons guard Jerry Stackhouse this past May at the Adidas Nations camp in Houston, that's exactly what they got. (Detroit Sports Nation)

Roy Williams Live: Theo Pinson Solid in Return

After missing a large portion of his freshman season and all of the summer with a foot injury, Theo Pinson has returned to full health and No. 1 North Carolina’s rotation. “We really need him to be a big-time player for us,” Roy Williams said at Top of the Hill restaurant. Pinson has shown signs of potentially flourishing this season, especially in regard to taking care of the basketball. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Basketball In The National Polls

North Carolina is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press and USA Today Coaches top 25 polls for a second consecutive week (in rankings released on Monday November 16). The Tar Heels began the 2015-16 season atop both polls, holding the AP's top spot outright and sharing the No. 1 ranking in the coaches poll with Kentucky. (

Yes, John Lucas has Ty Lawson's back, but demons don't go away easy

The Rockets put a conference finals team in the hands of a point guard with long history of alcohol offenses -- and before playing in his first game he was busted again. Now that the season is underway, how are things going for Ty Lawson and the Rockets? Carefully, and one day at a time. (

Tyler Zeller has set standard for Boston's overcrowded frontcourt

The way Tyler Zeller has handled this situation has made it a positive for the Celtics. While some players might have moped or tuned out, the easy-going Zeller never allowed the situation to impact his work ethic. And that's now set a standard for a Boston team that believes it runs 15 deep and will see similar rotation issues crop up over the course of the 2015-16 campaign. (

Britt brings outside touch to bolster Tar Heels

Nate Britt is more than willing to take up the slack in top-ranked North Carolina’s backcourt. “I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Britt said. “I get a lot of confidence from my teammates and the coaching staff.” Britt scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half as UNC pulled away from Fairfield, winning 92-65 its home opener Sunday at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)

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ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Notre Dame5-016-2
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State4-116-2
(12) Louisville3-215-3
(16) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
(18) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State1-412-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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