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Want to ban court-stormings? Fine; but until then, relax
So, yeah, I spotted last Thursday's court-storming as it was developing. Then I grabbed my computer, held the table and watched hundreds of North Carolina students rush the floor when the Tar Heels completed their 74-66 win over Duke. The whole thing was harmless. Why are people obsessed with who should and should not storm a court? Why should anybody ever care?
Desmond Hubert blossoming into defensive role
UNC coach Roy Williams, explaining how fast junior forward Desmond Hubert can get from basket to basket in transition, caught everyone in the interview room off guard with his analogy. “I mean, he’s got Jadeveon Clowney kind of speed for a big dude,” Williams said. Think Hubert can knock the helmet off a running back, too? Probably not, but Hubert is developing his own signature play.
But Roy Williams and the Tar Heel players can't look too far ahead because they have another big rivalry game to take care of in the middle of the week when they play N.C. State in Raleigh on Wednesday. The Heels previously defeated the Wolfpack and will walk into a hostile crowd looking for a measure of revenge.
Preview: #19 UNC at NC State
There is actually a lot going in as far as storylines go in this game. UNC heads to Raleigh riding a nine game winning streak and ranked for the first time since January 5th. UNC is two wins away from clinching a Thursday bye in the ACC Tournament or can clinch that tonight with a win over NC State and a Pitt loss to Boston College. Prediction: UNC 78 NC State 70
No. 19 Tar Heels To Face Upset-Minded Wolfpack
The 20-7 Tar Heels are riding a nine-game winning streak, the longest streak since 2009, into PNC Arena to take on the upset-minded 17-10 Wolfpack. UNC Head Coach Roy Williams says N.C. State star T.J. Warren presents all sorts of problems for both the Carolina defense and the rest of the ACC. “He’s really hard to guard. He shoots a great percentage. To me, that’s the biggest key,” Roy Williams says.
UNC to face Wolfpack in Raleigh tonight
Earlier in the season, the game plan for shutting down No.19 North Carolina’s offense may have appeared simple. Stay on James Michael McAdoo. Shut down Marcus Paige. But after the development of younger players and the regained confidence of its veterans, the solution to defeating UNC is more complex. During their nine-game winning streak, the Tar Heels have developed into a Hydra-like team.
Tar Heels Look To Sweep Wolfpack
North Carolina (20-7, 10-4 ACC) will try to win its 10th game in a row when it visits N.C. State (17-10, 7-7) tonight in Raleigh. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack will tip off at 8:06 p.m. in the PNC Arena. The syndicated ACC Network of stations will televise the game with Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) on the call. Here's a list of affiliates televising the game.
Gun charges may allow Raymond Felton to avoid jail, maintain career
In what was an otherwise terrible day for Raymond Felton, Manhattan prosecutors reportedly charged the New York Knicks point guard on Tuesday with "only" Class D and Class E felonies for unlawful possession of a firearm. Felton could have faced charges for a Class C felony, which would have carried a minimum prison sentence of three-and-a-half years under New York law.
Previewing N.C. State
Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Tar Heels head to Raleigh on Wednesday. Tip-off at PNC Arena is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. N.C. State enters Wednesday’s contest with a 17-10 (7-7 ACC) record. Since losing in Chapel Hill on Feb. 1, the Wolfpack has won three of its five games.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-NC State
In this rematch, UNC faces an NC State team that is shooting below 30% from three, is not efficient grabbing defensive rebounds or getting to the foul line. Still, this is a team with the ACC-leading scorer, playing at home and needing a signature win to see if they can crawl into the NCAA Tournament. In short, the stats might be less consequential than the intangibles for this game.
UNC's McDonald, Meeks hobbling on N.C. State eve
Leslie McDonald and Kennedy Meeks both suffered foot injuries over the weekend and may not be at full strength Wednesday when No. 19 UNC visits N.C. State. The Tar Heels’ current nine-game winning streak coincides with McDonald and Meeks both starting at the same time. McDonald had a game-high 20 points and Meeks had 10 rebounds in UNC’s 84-70 win over the Wolfpack on Feb. 1.
Championship Season - Advice from John Wooden & Dean Smith
Dean Smith's mission statement for all of his University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball teams was to "Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together."
Raymond Felton arraigned on two counts of weapon possession
Knicks guard Raymond Felton waved an unregistered pistol at his estranged wife during a Valentine's Day spat in their tony West Side apartment, police sources said Tuesday. The lovers’ quarrel came 11 days before Felton's Tuesday arrest on felony weapons charges for keeping the imported gun with its armor-piercing ammo at his bedside, sources told the Daily News.
UNC game the most important of the season for ‘hungry’ State
For N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried, these last few remaining games represent a final opportunity to enhance their respective postseason resumes before turning them over to the tournament selection committee three weeks from now. That would make Wednesday’s home date at PNC Arena an important one for the Wolfpack even if it wasn’t against rival North Carolina.
North Carolina-NC State Preview
North Carolina found itself in trouble last month after yet another costly ACC loss. Nine consecutive wins later, the Tar Heels need two more in the last four games to clinch a double-bye in the ACC tournament. Having re-entered the Top 25 this week at No. 19, UNC seeks its first 10-game run since its 2008-09 national championship season Wednesday night at N.C. State.