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UNC at N.C. State, three to know preview

Senior guard Marcus Paige's dominance with his preferred Wilson ball at PNC Arena is well-documented. Paige, who was defended effectively by Cody Martin during a 1-for-9, three-point performance in Chapel Hill last month, has totaled 58 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, six steals and one turnovers during his last two games in Raleigh. (Fayetteville Observer)

North Carolina-NC State Preview

North Carolina followed last week's loss against its fiercest rival with a rout of its ACC co-leader at the time. To remain alone atop the conference, the Tar Heels must take care of business against another in-state foe - this time toward the bottom of the standings. Seventh-ranked UNC looks to avoid a letdown Wednesday when it visits N.C. State. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tar Heels are looking for closing speed

UNC is averaging 15 seconds per possession. That’s the 10th-fastest pace in the country and the fastest in the ACC. UNC averages almost three more possessions per game than it did in 2014-15. That’s a significant increase, and Kennedy Meeks, at 260 pounds, has struggled at times to stay involved in the offense. Isaiah Hicks, at 235, can better keep up. (Greensboro News & Record)

Marcus Paige, Tar Heels search for identity

North Carolina's Marcus Paige is a better player as a point guard than a shooting guard. Are the Tar Heels actually a better team with Paige at the point, though? The unclear answer to the question matters more than the assertion above it, but Paige's preference should carry weight in the pursuit of big picture success. (Fayetteville Observer)

Pack's Barber, Offensive Boards a Concern for UNC

Roy Williams is preparing his seventh-ranked Tar Heels for its rivalry matchup at N.C. State on Wednesday by putting an emphasis on stopping Cat Barber and limiting the Wolfpack’s offensive rebounding. “Cat is a huge part of their club,” Williams during his press conference on Tuesday. Barber is the ACC’s leading scorer at 23.1 points per game. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams would have 'hard time' leaving UNC amid NCAA investigation

Roy Williams plans on sticking with UNC through thick and thin. The Tar Heels coach, 65, told reporters Tuesday he would have a "hard time" walking away from the team even as an NCAA investigation into the university persists as a dark cloud over the athletic department. “When I leave I want it to be in good shape,” Williams said. (Sporting News)

Previewing N.C. State

No. 7 UNC travels to Raleigh on Wednesday with intent to sweep the regular season series against N.C. State for the 10th time in 13 years under Roy Williams. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised by ACCN. N.C. State enters Saturday’s contest with a 14-13 (4-10 ACC) record. The Wolfpack has lost five of its nine games since losing at UNC on Jan. 16. (Inside Carolina)

"I love the place...when I leave I want it to be in good shape"

During Tuesday's press conference, UNC head coach Roy Williams was asked about why he responded to CBS college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb's comments concerning his retirement. The comments came during CBS telecast before Williams' Tar Heels took on Miami. Williams was upset and responded clearly and directly. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Battling for Postseason Positioning

The Tar Heels find themselves in the position of needing quality wins over the final two weeks of the regular season to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Recent wins over No. 12 Miami and Pittsburgh have helped offset losses to No. 11 Louisville, No. 23 Notre Dame, and No. 15 Duke, although UNC currently possesses a 3-4 record against RPI Top-50 opponents. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams And The Importance Of Practice

Roy Williams is no Allen Iverson — he wants to talk about practice. UNC’s starting lineup has been a revolving door of different players in the past few weeks, but he said the decision about who starts isn’t really up to him. “I don’t have a plan. Many people think coaches make the decision who starts, and I think players make the decision by how well they play in practice.” (

Will Marcus Paige play more point guard?

With four games remaining in the regular season, Roy Williams spoke about Marcus Paige possibly playing point guard and discussed the likelihood of that happening more moving forward. "Yes and no," Williams said about whether he would prioritize playing Paige at the point more. "I don't think we are going to do anything to change what we have." (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Basketball Press Conference Recap - NC State

Roy Williams and sophomore Justin Jackson discuss North Carolina's tough schedule down the stretch, limiting NC State's Cat Barber, and playing in a hostile PNC Arena. View Video...

Picking college basketball's best team tough in wild year

North Carolina: The preseason No. 1 team scores, takes care of the basketball (third in assist-to-turnover ratio) and hits the glass (17th in rebounding margin) with possibly the nation's deepest roster. But are the seventh-ranked Tar Heels tough enough to defend and finish? Their five losses have come by 17 points. (Associated Press)

Roy Williams Live: No Decision on Starting Lineup

Roy Williams is still figuring out the makeup of his starting lineup for Wednesday’s game at N.C. State. Williams started forward Isaiah Hicks in place of usual starter Kennedy Meeks in Saturday’s 96-71 win over No. 11 Miami. “I decided I wanted to make a change, and we may go back on Wednesday night, and we may not,” Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Set For Wolfpack Wednesday

North Carolina (22-5, 11-3 ACC) will try to protect its ACC lead and sweep the season series with N.C. State (14-13, 4-10) when it visits the Wolfpack on Wednesday night in Raleigh. The Tar Heels and N.C. State will tip off just after 8 p.m. in the PNC Arena. Tim Brando and Dan Bonner will call the game for an ACC Network regional TV audience. (

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