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North Carolina-NC State Preview
Marcus Paige isn't having the type of season most expected when he was selected as a preseason All-American, but big men Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks have provided steady efforts. Paige hasn't had much trouble putting up big numbers against N.C. State, though. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels seek their 18th victory in 19 meetings with the Wolfpack as the rivals meet Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.
Roy Williams Monday Press Conference Quotes
Do you feel like the team has turned a corner over the past two games? Roy Williams: “I think we really did some good things at Duke. We didn’t have enough at the end, didn’t make a play here and there, but I thought we played better. I was pleased on Saturday because with so many things going on and so many people expecting a letdown after the Duke game that I was pleased with what they did."
UNC's Post Efficiency on the Rise
UNC’s post trio – Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks - has elevated its production and scoring efficiency during the month of February. In terms of efficiency, the trio has combined to make six more field goals per game over the last five outings while only taking 5.8 more attempts. The improved post efficiency has resulted in UNC shooting 51.3 percent from the floor over its past five games.
How to Fix the Dean Dome
Roy Williams’ postgame press conference tirade regarding the Dean Dome’s lackluster atmosphere this Saturday was nothing new. The "wine and cheese" debate has lingered in Chapel Hill ever since the Tar Heels moved from Carmichael Auditorium to the Dean E Smith Center. So rather than rehashing stale criticisms and pointing fingers, let’s jump straight to fixing the problem.
Video: Roy Williams, J.P. Tokoto Pre-NC State Press Conference Recap
North Carolina coach Roy Williams and forward J.P. Tokoto answer questions from the media on February 23, 2015 as the Tar Heels prepare to host NC State on Tuesday.
UNC Basketball Remains 15th In AP Poll
North Carolina remained ranked No. 15 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 poll for the second week in a row. The Tar Heels also are No. 18 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, falling two spots from last week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 20th week in a row, including all 16 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season.
Remembering Dean: Stories & Laughs
The North Carolina basketball family celebrated Dean Smith's life with anecdotes during his memorial service on Sunday.
Farewell to Dean Smith was celebration, not memorial
Dean Smith didn't suffer many losses in his legendary career as North Carolina's basketball coach. The building in which his public memorial was held Sunday is a testament to one of them. An intensely humble man who always believed in the concept of "we" over "me," Smith fought hard to keep the folks in Chapel Hill from naming their new basketball arena in his honor when it first opened in 1986.
Former UNC team manager remembers Coach Dean Smith
When I think of all the lessons from Coach Smith, the word that continues to echo in my mind is respect. Coach Smith believed everyone deserved to be treated with respect. He was intentional in his efforts to encourage all of us to always do what was right, even if it was not popular.
Johnson, Meeks Coming Up Big
The North Carolina basketball team has shown itself to be a prolific inside scoring threat this season, ranking among the top teams in the nation in points per game in the paint.
There are plenty of players on the team that contribute to that in any given game, but the biggest factor is the dynamic forward duo of sophomore Kennedy Meeks and junior Brice Johnson.
They came to remember, honor Dean Smith
Some people wore their Sunday suits, but most people dressed for a game day. It felt like a game day. The line was hundreds deep two hours early outside the Dean Smith Center. They wore countless variations on Carolina blue. "We're finished with grieving because we've grieved a lot," said UNC coach Roy Williams once everybody got inside.
Tar Heel Basketball Family Finds Closure
The celebration of Dean Smith's life was a fond remembrance of the legendary Tar Heel coach and finally gave the Carolina community closure. "It's been hard." Roy Williams during Sunday's celebration of Dean Smith's life. The fortnight since Dean Smith passed has been difficult for those closest to him and highly emotional for the Tar Heel basketball community at large.
Video: Roy Williams Remembers Dean Smith at Memorial Service
During the public memorial service for legendary coach Dean Smith, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams honored Smith's longtime assistant Bill Guthridge and shared a few humorous personal stories about Coach Smith. In closing, Williams encourages the audience to point to the sky to thank Dean Smith for his many assists.
Dean Smith's Tar Heel family bids farewell from their seats in the sky
Nearly an hour before Sunday's memorial for Dean Smith, only three of the seats in Section 228 were taken. Stuart Burroughs, Ellyn Courts and Mary Beth Montgomery had claimed three seats in Row K. "This was a very special gentleman," said Burroughs, a Carolina blue sweater slung over her shoulders. Courts and Burroughs, both of Chapel Hill, are longtime Tar Heels fans.
A chance to smile, cry and say goodbye
Saturday afternoon, North Carolina coach Roy Williams honored Dean Smith in the best way he knew how — by holding up four fingers and calling Smith’s signature Four Corners to open the team’s 89-60 win against Georgia Tech. Sunday afternoon, he honored his mentor yet again in the Smith Center at the memorial service to honor Smith’s life.