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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.
Roy Williams Tuesday Press Conference Quotes
Do you start playing to enhance tournament stature at this time of the year? Roy Williams: “It’s not politically correct, it’s the frickin’ truth. I don’t think about junk like that. I’m thinking about North Carolina State. The only thing I’ve said is that we were in a big hole and they dug themselves out and put us in a position and now some good things can happen. That’s the only thing I say.”
Balance Elevating Tar Heels
While Marcus Paige still serves as UNC’s primary weapon, its success can be found in the elevated play of his teammates. James Michael McAdoo spurred the current streak – UNC’s longest since winning 10 in a row during the 2008-09 national championship season – with an obvious intensity boost, Leslie McDonald rediscovered his shot and Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks have found consistency underneath.
Video: Roy Williams Pre-NC State Press Conference
Roy Williams on the Tar Heels' improving defense, the potential to play zone against an N.C. State team that's improving its outside shot, and injury updates to Kennedy Meeks and Leslie McDonald.
Lucas: Offensive Output
Roy Williams has deployed multiple defenses, mixing the standard man-to-man with occasional traps, plus two different zones, to take advantage of his team's athletic and flexible personnel. But just as you began to get comfortable with the idea that this year's team wasn't likely to outscore anyone, they suddenly turned into the high-powered 2009 Tar Heels.
Tar Heels In The NBA Update
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has missed the last five games with a broken rib and the team has subsequently struggled during that stretch. Since Lawson was sidelined, the Nuggets have gone just 1-4. The team hasn't announced a timetable for Lawson's return. Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller has seen a boost in playing time throughout February.
BPI Talk: Could UNC win it all?
Is it possible that the North Carolina Tar Heels could win the national championship? The Tar Heels have the best BPI since Feb. 1. In each of the previous two seasons, the team with the best BPI between Feb. 1 and Selection Sunday went on to win the national championship –- Kentucky in 2012 and Louisville last year. UNC is one of four teams with five wins against the BPI top 25 this season.
Meeks, McDonald Limited in Practice Due to Injury
Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks missed practice on Monday and could miss it again on Tuesday as a result of a sprained ankle he suffered against Wake Forest. Meeks scored and was fouled with 9:28 left in the first half of the Tar Heels 105-72 win over the Demon Deacons. During the play, a Wake Forest defender rolled up on his ankle and Meeks went down.
Tar Heels coming together at right time
UNC players spoke of the difference in the team that had earned its day off, and the one that was critiqued nationally as being dramatically inconsistent, unpredictable, volatile and over-rated following its first game against Wake Forest. The way the team that broke back into the AP Poll's Top 25 interacted Saturday was a night-and-day difference from the way it had been when it dropped out of the rankings.
Is This Roy Williams' Best Coaching Job at UNC?
With UNC riding a nine game winning streak and with giant wins over pre-season top-five teams Louisville, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Duke, Tar Heel enthusiasts must ask: Is this season Roy's best coaching job at UNC? UNC has recovered from early losses to Belmont and UAB and starting ACC play 1-4. What might be more remarkable is what Williams has done with the talent on this team.
Carolina feeling like '82
North Carolina’s throwback uniforms could make a comeback soon if the players have their way about it. The Tar Heels wore the uniform design of their 1982 national championship team in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest. “It’s cool to kind of pay homage to teams that came through...Jordan wore those,” sophomore guard Marcus Paige said.
Truth and Literacy at UNC
Over the past month or so, I have watched with dismay as the local and national media have created a spectacular melodrama out of what should have been a brief and rational debate over verifiable claims. This melodrama has been particularly poignant for me because I am the current reading and writing specialist for student-athletes at UNC.
Lucas: Tar Heel Basketball Notebook
One of the most unexpected developments of Carolina's late season surge has been the emergence of big man Desmond Hubert as a valuable role player. The junior has played 25 minutes in the last three games; prior to that, he had played 32 minutes in all of Carolina's league games combined. "Desmond is our best pivot defender," Roy Williams said Monday night on his radio show with Jones Angell
ECU's Jeff Lebo Earns Contract Extension
East Carolina University has announced a two-year extension of head men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo's contract that will now secure his position through the 2020-21 season. The new agreement, approved by the University's Board of Trustees and announced by ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher Monday, extends Lebo's existing contract to April 15, 2021.