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Reeling Tar Heels Usher In Duke Week Licking Wounds
One of the most storied and intense rivalries in all of sports will be renewed Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. We’re just two days away from the 239th installment of Carolina-Duke and this season, the Tar Heels and Blue Devils are trending in different directions. The Tar Heels are searching for answers. And that’s bad timing with a pretty big game looming large midweek.
SMU routs UConn, pays tribute to Larry Brown's mentor, Dean Smith
Still mourning his former coach and mentor, SMU coach Larry Brown received a lift from his team Saturday night: a 73-55 rout of defending national champion Connecticut. Saturday against UConn, the first home game since Smith's death, SMU's players wore black warmup shirts with "Family" printed in Carolina Blue letters. The gesture clearly moved their 74-year-old coach.
If any college coach was an educator, it was Dean Smith
Dean Smith was an educator if there ever was one. His duty was, first and foremost, to win basketball games, but his actions show he was just as concerned with what was happening in the world around him when, as ESPN's Richard Lapchick put it, most coaches were "conservative or not political at all."
Not A Pretty Sight
When Pittsburgh broke UNC's double team and found Michael Young for a wide open slam as the first-half clock expired, Carolina coach Roy Williams ripped off his glasses, angrily said something to himself and stormed off the court into the tunnel and toward the team's locker room. Williams was furious. He was irate. He was beside himself, and who could blame him?
Dean Smith had taste, touch on recruiting trail
When Dean Smith died Feb. 7, the seal was broken on an untold number of stories that had been bottled up by his humility. “I’m going to tell you a funny fact,” Ed Geth said. Here’s “how Dean Smith got me over probably a lot of other schools that were recruiting me.” In 1993, Ed Geth as a reserve forward helped Smith win his second national championship.
Tar Heels streaking in the wrong direction
Technically, their 8-4 record in the conference puts the Tar Heels (18-7) just one game in the loss column out of second place. But the way they're playing makes it seem far more distant. North Carolina has lost three of four games heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 4 Duke. North Carolina’s problems during this regression have largely come in two areas: turnovers and defense.
Is Vince Carter a Hall of Famer?
Thursday is the 15th anniversary of Vince Carter winning the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. While the performance was legendary, is his career worthy of Hall of Fame consideration? Stats & Info breaks down the numbers on both sides of the debate.
Video: Danny Green Reflects On Dean Smith, Beating LeBron James, And More
San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green is in NYC for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and sat with REVOLT TV to touch on a few topics. First off he reflected on the impact of his former UNC coach Dean Smith on the game of basketball. Green pointed to the fact Smith didn’t see the color of a player when it came to putting a team together.
Dean Smith’s historic victory in Winston-Salem
Dean Smith’s last victory in the state of North Carolina came in Winston-Salem. The occasion was the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament at Joel Coliseum, a matchup between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Colorado Buffaloes.
Honoring Dean: The Story Behind Chapel Hill’s Newest Mural
Here’s the thing that is so lovely about Chapel Hill. We are a thoughtful community but also one that takes action. Upset about the death of Dean Smith on February 7, muralist Scott Nurkin decided to do something to pay his respects. Call it grief personified. The UNC alumnus had been wanting to create a Dean Smith tribute mural for a very long time.
UNC player remembers night Dean Smith hanged in effigy
Former North Carolina player Billy Galantai, who ripped down a dummy of Coach Dean Smith hanged in effigy on the UNC campus, never doubted Smith would turn the Tar Heels around. In the winter of 1965, many Carolina fans -- and students -- questioned whether Smith could make the Tar Heels into winners.
Dean Smith’s wisdom on leading teams
There is an anecdote in The Carolina Way, the leadership book that seems obligatory for any successful coach, in which former University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith shares his team's routine when riding commercial airlines. The seniors were given the first-class seats. The tallest remaining players filled up any leftover seats upfront.
George Karl, DeMarcus Cousins will lead Kings revival
Before DeMarcus Cousins makes his All-Star debut, his Kings teammates catch their breaths, and George Karl moves into his office at Sleep Train Arena, the questions have gone global. How is this pairing of Cousins and Karl going to play out? Can it survive? Can it thrive?
Donnie Walsh on Dean Smith
He was a wonderful man and mentor and he was one of the largest influences in my life. The basketball world in general will mourn his passing and celebrate the many innovations he brought to the game but his legacy to all of us was as a decent and caring gentleman. Our coach and mentor.
Key moments in Dean Smith’s career
Dean Smith became North Carolina’s coach in 1961 following the departure of Frank McGuire. Although UNC had won the NCAA title in 1957, an NCAA investigation into excessive recruiting expenses in 1960 and a point-shaving scandal in 1961 led to McGuire’s departure.