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Top 10 College Basketball Coaches Proving Haters Wrong

8. Roy Williams, North Carolina: Those tough road losses to Northern Iowa and Texas seemed to indicate that UNC would miss expectations again. But Brice Johnson looks like a first-team All-American right now and his Tar Heels are undefeated in ACC play. It took some time, but the Tar Heels appear to be the world-beaters most anticipated entering the season. (ESPN.com)

Expect 0-fer-ACC Pack to play hard in Chapel Hill

The noon game Saturday in Chapel Hill finds the Wolfpack struggling – 0-4 and last in the ACC, 10-7 overall and hamstrung by a 7-player rotation that’s painfully short on backcourt personnel. Carolina (4-0, 15-2) began the season ranked No. 1 nationally and has eight straight wins, all except one of which (Georgia Tech) ended in a double-digit victory margin. (WRAL Sports Fan)

John Henson helps give Bucks solid post presence

Greg Monroe and John Henson are giving the Milwaukee Bucks a solid post presence. It certainly was designed to be that way, after the Bucks signed the 6-foot-11 Monroe to a max three-year, $50 million contract in the summer and gave Henson a four-year, $44 million extension during training camp. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Interactive: Test your Tar Heels basketball knowledge

College basketball season is in full swing. How well do you know UNC hoops? Test your knowledge with our weekly interactive quiz and compare your results to other respondents. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Highlighting Former Tar Heels in the NBA

There are currently 16 players on NBA rosters who played college basketball at UNC, including eight who won a national championship as a Tar Heel. Many former UNC players have also gone on to claim an NBA title, including forwards Harrison Barnes and James Michael McAdoo — who both won championship rings with the Golden State Warriors. (Daily Tar Heel)

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige On Wooden Award Midseason List

University of North Carolina seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige are among 25 college basketball players on the John R. Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 25, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today. Carolina is one of four schools (with Gonzaga, Kansas and Kentucky) to have two players on the Top 25 list. (GoHeels.com)

Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige Named to Midseason Wooden List

North Carolina seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were included on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday. Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, leads UNC in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (10.2). The Orangeburg, S.C. native leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.644) and has been named the league's player of the week twice this season. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Backloaded Schedule Emphasizes Winning Now

No. 5 North Carolina will play one currently ranked opponent in its next seven games before closing the regular season with five ranked opponents in its final seven ACC contests. None of the Tar Heels’ first four ACC opponents this season have been ranked. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Syracuse have combined to lose 10 of its 14 ACC games to date. (Inside Carolina)

Former UNC national champion Kevin Salvadori enjoying being an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey

When Belmont Abbey hosts Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday, they’ll have a former NCAA champion and NBA player on their side. But that’s not the only reason you’ll notice Kevin Salvadori on the Crusaders’ sideline. The 7-footer who helped UNC to the 1993 NCAA title clearly stands out among his fellow coaches – and even players. (Gaston Gazette)

A Road Less Traveled: UNC's Justin Jackson Blossoming as a Throwback Player

Five-star wing Justin Jackson arrived on the college basketball scene last year with a scouting report that is rarely attached to players in this era: His strength was the mid-range jumper. The mid-range jumper is a lost art, and in some statistical circles, it's considered the worst shot in basketball. But Jackson developed his niche almost by accident. (Bleacher Report)

ACC gone wild - and we're just getting started

Without question, UNC’s Brice Johnson earned his stripes as a "point center" Saturday night at Syracuse. One game after throwing down 39 points (with 23 rebounds) at Florida State, Johnson realized against the Orange, the best way to help his team was to find the soft spot in the Syracuse zone and make himself a target. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Inside Brice Johnson's improvement for UNC

Brice Johnson has turned in three straight double-doubles and one historically good performance for the Tar Heels — three games into ACC play. He’s a candidate for ACC and national player of the year after the first third of the college basketball season. But Johnson’s past is marked by wild and inconsistent swings from centerpiece to liability. (Greensboro News & Record)

Hicks hysteria

Four days after UNC’s 84-73 win over Syracuse, the tweets and articles about forward Isaiah Hicks keep coming — as they should. The junior put the squeeze on the Orange Saturday, tying his career high with 21 points and setting a new rebounding high with eight. Amidst the Hicks hysteria, some fans have called for the forward to be moved into the starting lineup. (Daily Tar Heel)

Harrison Barnes close to rejoining Warriors starting lineup

Harrison Barnes returned Jan. 4 after missing 16 games with a high ankle sprain sustained on Nov. 27. But he’s coming off the bench now, while the teammate that replaced him in the starting lineup, Brandon Rush, continues to start. Barnes has played in each of the past five games, though, with his minutes incrementally rising from 20 on Jan. 4 to 27 Monday night against Miami. (CSN Bay Area)

Marcus Paige Gets Aggressive

Before the season started, Roy Williams asked his star point guard Marcus Paige to be more aggressive and not rely as much on the three point shot. “When we meet with all of our players in the spring and decide two or three things we want them to work on, I wanted Marcus to work on taking the ball to the basket and see if he could get to the free throw line more often,” Williams said. (Chapelboro.com)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT
Thu, Mar 9 TBD Tickets

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
FINAL
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke43
at Miami43
4:42 IN 2ND
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 21 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
FINAL
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
FINAL
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech76
at Boston College64
5:19 IN 2ND
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 11 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 22 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(10) Duke10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Miami9-619-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Syracuse9-717-12
Virginia Tech8-719-8
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
Pittsburgh4-1215-14
Clemson4-1214-14
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-139-19


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