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Players Not Coaching Decided Carolina-Duke
Ultimately the players need to make the plays to win the game. The best drawn up play in the world doesn't matter if the players don't execute or the other team counters defensively. Simply put, players, more than coaches decide games. On Wednesday night, Duke players making plays and UNC players not decided that game. Here is how the final two minutes unfolded:
Karen Stevenson might not have set out to blaze a trail, but she did. Charles Waddell, too, was ahead of his time. For the second straight year, Carolina Athletics on Saturday will honor pioneering former student-athletes with the Trailblazer Award, and this year’s honorees are memorable in a myriad of ways.
Kevin Salvadori, Dante Calabria remember Dean Smith
Kevin Salvadori was a college basketball fan without a favorite when Dean Smith started recruiting him to North Carolina. “I knew Carolina had a great history and knew Coach Smith was a great coach but knew very little of the people and the school,” said Salvadori, who led Seton-La Salle to the 1989 WPIAL Class AAA championship and 1988 PIAA Class AAA title.
You should know more about Dean Smith
Dean Smith was never like the other coaches. He attended the University of Kansas on an academic scholarship and majored in mathematics. He was a guard for the basketball team, while also playing varsity baseball, freshman football, active in a fraternity and enrolled in the Air Force ROTC. When he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the talk was less about basketball and more about racial justice—his participation in lunch counter sit-ins during the 1960s and his successful effort to integrate the ACC.
Thousands expected at Dean Smith memorial Sunday
The public is invited to a memorial service for Dean Smith Sunday at 2 p.m. at the basketball arena named in his honor. Smith, who led the Tar Heels to two national titles and 879 wins in a 36-year career as head basketball coach at UNC, died Feb. 7, 2015. He was 83 years old. Former UNC players, close friends and coaching colleagues are expected to share memories of Smith.
In Wake of Duke Defeat, Carolina Hosts Georgia Tech
The No. 15 Tar Heels haven’t played all that poorly the past two contests at Pittsburgh and at Duke, but they lost both. A return home to the Smith Center to take on struggling Georgia Tech could provide the perfect remedy for a UNC squad in desperate need of victory. Sitting at 18-8 on the season with an 8-5 mark in ACC play, the Tar Heels still remain in the hunt for a No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament.
It’s Cold Out, But Louisville Writer’s HOT Takes Will Keep You Warm
Last night, North Carolina and Duke played yet another classic game, a 2-point thriller that saw multiple lead changes and a frantic finish at the buzzer. I feel like we’ve heard that before. It was just another installment in the greatest rivalry in sports. A lot of people in the state of Kentucky seem to have a beef with the fact that North Carolina/Duke is the best rivalry in sports. One of those people is Louisville writer Rick Bozich.
Dean Smith an irreplaceable treasure
The year was 1994. Having barely lost to 3rd District U.S. Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd two years earlier, Zach Wamp decided to again run for the Democrat's vacant seat. And because he'd been a lifelong friend of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith's son Scott, Wamp pursued an endorsement from the UNC coach, even though Wamp was a Republican and Smith a well-known Democrat.
UNC-Duke is Season’s Most-Viewed College Basketball Game
ESPN’s telecast of No. 4 Duke’s 92-90 overtime victory against No. 15 North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 18, averaged 4,136,000 viewers and a 2.6 US rating, making it the most-viewed and highest-rated college basketball game of the season across all cable and broadcast networks. It also ranks as ESPN’s 11th most-viewed men’s college basketball game all-time.
Duke's win over North Carolina shows plenty about Blue Devils, Tar Heels
Duke vs. North Carolina did not disappoint. But there was so much to Wednesday's 92-90 Duke victory in overtime that simply saying Tyus Jones was clutch and UNC gave away a sure fire big win does not do this game justice (or Justise). So here are some take-aways that should stick with you after another classic in Durham.
Bob Seymour, Sylvia Hatchell and others remember Dean Smith (audio)
Thoughts, stories, and memories are still coming in honoring of the late legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith.
Dean Smith gave Apex coach David Neal a chance, taught many lessons
After playing on the junior varsity team at North Carolina during his freshman and sophomore years, David Neal tried out for Smith's varsity team as a junior.
A graduate of Sanderson High School in Raleigh, Neal had grown up a Tar Heel fan.
Roy Williams still has upper-hand on Coach K
Since returning to Carolina, Roy Williams has been the better basketball coach than Mike Krzyzewski. And not even the craziest at Cameron could say otherwise. Roy has two titles at Carolina, in 2005 and 2009. Coach K has one during that stretch — that tight win over Butler in 2012. UNC has been to the Elite Eight or beyond six times since Williams arrived in Chapel Hill. Duke has been there just three times.
Tar Heels Return Home To Host Yellow Jackets
North Carolina will host Georgia Tech (12-14, 3-11) on Saturday at noon, looking to snap a two-game losing streak. It will be the first meeting between the schools this season, but the teams will have a rematch in Atlanta in 10 days (on March 3 in McCamish Pavillion). The ACC Network will televise the game regionally. Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) will call the action.
Lessons of Dean Smith Compiled in David Chadwick's Book
Pastor David Chadwick, Senior Pastor of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, calls Dean Smith a great coach and a better person. He wrote a book outlining the philosophical gems handed down by the Tar Heel legend, lessons gleaned on court and off, “He taught players not only how to play the game of basketball but how to live the game of life.”