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Sports Illustrated Picks: UNC-Duke headlines intriguing weekend slate

The Tar Heels are a different team than the one that lost in Cameron Indoor Stadium three weeks ago. That night, they were without forward Isaiah Hicks. Also, forward Theo Pinson played but he had missed the previous three games with an injury. Those guys are at full strength, Duke is hobbling, and the game is in the Dean Dome. Pretty easy call. UNC 81, Duke 71

Do soft rims exist? Answers found in basketball-style 'MythBusters'

Some players don’t believe in the existence of “soft” rims, but plenty do. Before this season began, Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes said UNC has the softest rims in the ACC. Miami's Davon Reed and Virginia Tech's Allen said they get friendly rolls in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. The numbers back up their claims, or at least give credence to their perceptions.

Audio: Eric Montross discusses UNC-Duke, Meeks, Jackson, Hicks

Former UNC big man and current Tar Heel Sports Network radio analyst Eric Montross recently joined The David Glenn Show to talk about the team’s upcoming matchup with Duke. During the conversation, Montross also discussed Kennedy Meeks’ improvement, the emergence of Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks’ struggles.

Tyler Hansbrough hoping to provide punch to Mad Ants

The Mad Ants are hoping Tyler Hansbrough is a fast learner, as the former Pacers forward arrived in Fort Wayne for his first practice with the Ants on Thursday. Hansbrough, the 13th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, is expected to play Friday when the Mad Ants host Westchester. Hansbrough was acquired by the Mad Ants Thursday via waivers.

Reduced student interest helped lead to UNC’s partial season-ticket package

Since the 2010–11 season, UNC basketball fans have had nearly a dream opportunity: The chance to be at the Smith Center for all but one home game. It’s nearly a dream because the “Tar Heel Ticket Package” doesn’t include the game against Duke. But the package is the best way for UNC fans who aren’t university faculty or staff or Rams Club members to see multiple home games.

What to expect when No. 5 UNC faces No. 17 Duke

With one game left in the regular season, here’s what to watch for on Saturday at 8:20 p.m. as the No. 5 North Carolina men’s basketball team (25-6, 13-4 ACC) takes on No. 17 Duke (23-7, 11-6 ACC) for the second time this season. The Tar Heels are looking to clinch their second straight ACC regular season title.

A change in perspective: Theo Pinson’s tumultuous ride back

Theo Pinson couldn’t resist. As he flew off the bench to celebrate winning the 2016 Maui Invitational with his North Carolina teammates, he glanced over at head coach Roy Williams, who was giving a postgame interview to an ESPN reporter. He needed to say something. Pinson broke away from the pack, snuck into frame and addressed the camera.

There aren’t many true catch-and-shoot players left in the NBA — Wayne Ellington is one of them

Wayne Ellington’s game may not stand out to the average basketball fan. He’s averaged 7.4 points on 41.1 percent shooting over his career. But to those who watch the game closely, the 29-year-old Ellington is a rare breed. There aren’t as many true catch-and-shoot players as there used to be when Ray Allen and Reggie Miller were two of the NBA’s best players.

Remembering Neil Fingleton

Mag the Mighty roars no more. "Game of Thrones" fans know the giant, who fought in the wildling army, died at the end of Season 4 of the show. And this week, Neil Fingleton, the actor who played Mag, died at his home in England. He was just 36. Whether Fingleton liked it or not, there was another number that defined him. At 7-foot-7, Fingleton was the tallest man in Britain.

The Oral History of Michael Jordan's Minor League Baseball Career

When the G.O.A.T. retired from basketball in 1993, his transition to baseball wasn't easy. It also didn't last very long. Terry Francona, former teammates, opposing pitchers, and minor league executives recall how Jordan almost made himself into a major leaguer. It shocked the world. On the 6th of October, 1993, the world’s most famous professional athlete announced his retirement.

Tar Heels Host Duke On Senior Night

North Carolina and Duke close out the ACC regular season when they play for the 244th time on Saturday at 8:20 p.m. in Chapel Hill at the Dean E. Smith Center. UNC has clinched at least a share of its 31st ACC regular-season championship, the most in history – Duke is second with 19. The Tar Heels have previously won 20 titles outright and shared 10.

Someone Finally Put Rasheed Wallace’s ‘Ball Don’t Lie’ Rule To The Test

Jason Concepcion of The Ringer has put to test one of basketball’s most widely recognized natural laws. Rasheed Wallace made a name for himself for shouting “Ball don’t lie!” when an opposing player missed a free throw solely because Spalding itself was exacting revenge on his behalf. He also won a championship, but whatever—this is more important.

Harlem Globetrotter Orlando Melendez visits sick children at Santa Barbara hospital

A member of the Harlem Globetrotters brought more than just basketball skills to pediatric patients at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. Orlando "El Gato" Melendez showed off his moves and brought smiles to their faces. "It got a child out of bed," said Child Life Specialist Jaynie Wood. Melendez said being a Globetrotter is not just about playing basketball.

Audio: Brad Daugherty - I don't speak to Jay Williams or Jay Bilas when it's time for Duke & UNC

Brad Daugherty, UNC Basketball great, 5-time NBA All-Star and ESPN NBA Analyst, joins the Sports Shop to share his memories of the Blue Blood Rivalry with Duke while at UNC. Daugherty also talks about what it's like for him to be a team owner in NASCAR with JTG Daugherty Racing.

How UNC’s Kennedy Meeks made everyone around him proud

Kennedy Meeks has had the sort of experience that gives college athletics a good name – staying four years, getting better each season, slowly growing into a man. Meeks will have his Senior Night on Saturday at the Smith Center against Duke. And no matter what happens in that game or during his final carousel ride on “March Madness,” Meeks knows he is very lucky.

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score
Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6 TBD
UNC @ Elon
Fri, Nov 9 TBD
UNC vs. Stanford
Mon, Nov 12 TBD

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Louisville9-922-14
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Syracuse8-1023-14
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20
Pittsburgh0-188-24


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