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Tar Heels pledge to play better

North Carolina players vowed to play better after their last game so the first test of that comes Sunday against Tennessee. “We definitely have to go back to the drawing board,” forward Kennedy Meeks said, referring to an 83-74 victory against Davidson. (Burlington Times-News)

Tennessee at North Carolina preview

Tennessee’s players know the name and distinctive “Carolina” blue colors on the uniforms represent basketball royalty. But the Vols’ game against the Tar Heels also represents an opportunity for coach Rick Barnes and his program. “We’ll go in there and stick to the scouting report,” Tennessee sophomore point guard Shembari Phillips said. (SEC Country)

Roy Williams writes condolence letter to owner of departed dog named Roy

Whitney Shankland is a North Carolina fan who had a dog and named it Roy. That's all I know. She named her dog after UNC coach Roy Williams. Recently, Roy the Dog died. Somehow, Roy the Coach found out about it. So, naturally, he wrote Shankland a letter that she posted on Twitter. Good on you, Roy Williams. That's a kind gesture. (CBS Sports)

Early vs. Halfcourt Offensive Efficiency

As a team, the UNC is shooting more effectively in the halfcourt. However, there is one Tar Heel who is clearly more effective in transition. Isaiah Hicks, though very efficient in both segments, is significantly better in early-offense opportunities. Of the remaining nine UNC rotation players, only Justin Jackson has a higher early True Shooting percentage than halfcourt. (The Secondary Break)

Young Vols take confidence and fearlessness on road to UNC

Tennessee will need confidence in its toughest game of the season at seventh-ranked North Carolina today. The Vols were 1-11 in true road games last season, and though this team is younger with three freshmen in the starting lineup and another potential freshman starter out with an injury, perhaps their fearlessness will lead to better play. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Rick Barnes 'studied as hard as you could study' Dean Smith

Rick Barnes, in his days as a young, fiery basketball coach, was never afraid to go after Dean Smith. He went after Smith during the first round of the 1995 ACC Tournament, after Smith pointed a finger at one of Barnes' Clemson players after a hard foul, telling him what he thought of the foul. (GoVols247)

Know Your Opponent: Tennessee

After a 1-2 showing at the Maui Invitational, Tennessee had 10 days off to regroup. The time off seems to have paid off for Rick Barnes and his young team, as the Vols routed Georgia Tech and Presbyterian to improve to 4-3 ahead of Sunday's visit to Chapel Hill. UT features three freshman starters and Barnes has one of the youngest rosters in college basketball. (

Throwback Breakdowns: Vince Carter

Vince Carter inspired an entire nation to dribble a basketball at a time when slapping a hockey puck reigned supreme. Now a resident of Toronto, I can attest that it still does, but that margin has slimmed to the point where “Maple Leaf Square” is now more popularly referred to as “Jurassic Park.” (BBall Breakdown)

North Carolina doesn't want to win ugly again

Moments of frustration seemed to be a sticking point with North Carolina since its last game, albeit a nine-point victory. So the No. 7 Tar Heels have vowed to produce an upgrade against Tennessee on Sunday at the Smith Center. "We definitely have to go back to the drawing board," forward Kennedy Meeks said. "We have to learn from it." (CBS Sports)

UNC vs. Tennessee Preview

Rick Barnes returns to the Smith Center in a different shade of orange on Sunday as his Tennessee Volunteers arrive for a matchup with No. 7 North Carolina. The game tips at 5:00 p.m. In his second season in Knoxville, head coach Rick Barnes has one of the youngest teams he’s ever coached, and it’s showing in the Vols’ play. (Inside Carolina)

Vol Basketball Preview: North Carolina

Per the early season ratings over at, there’s a class of about six elite teams and then there’s everyone else. North Carolina is one of those six. Point being: North Carolina is part of the 2016–17 elite class in basketball, as per usual. (Orange & White Report)

Tennessee knows the damage UNC can do on the glass

Rick Barnes started practice Friday afternoon with two sets of five on the floor at Pratt Pavilion. Five players in orange practice jerseys, large pads in hand. Five players in grey with no pads to work with. Barnes threw one shot after the other off the rim, and with it, the grey-clad players bodied up an orange pad, boxing out and going after rebounds as physically as possible. (GoVols247)

Stilman White headed for a memorable finish with UNC basketball

Every day, the phone vibrates. Sometimes in the morning, sometimes late at night. It can go off during class, lunch or while strolling across campus. Redemption is calling. Texting, actually. That’s the name of the ongoing group chat among the UNC basketball players this season. If there’s one thing Stilman White knows, it’s finishing what he started. (Wilmington Star News)

The Impact of Joel Berry

With Joel Berry considered doubtful for Sunday’s game against Tennessee, let’s do a quick rundown of UNC’s on-court/off-court numbers with and without him on the floor. The usual “take this kind of data with a grain of salt” caveats apply, especially for a 10-game sample size The Heels have now played about 60% of their minutes with Berry in the lineup. (The Secondary Break)

Tar Heels Welcome Vols Sunday

North Carolina hosts Tennessee on Sunday, December 11 at 5 p.m. The Tar Heels are 8-1 against the Volunteers, although the schools from neighboring states have only played three times in the last 69 years. Roy Williams is 2-0 against Tennessee. Both games were as UNC’s head coach. UNC never played Tennessee during Dean Smith’s 36-year tenure. (

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#2 UVA64
at Georgia Tech48
Jerome (UVA) 12 pts; Alvarado (Georgia Tech) 4 pts;
Wake Forest63
at NC State72
Crawford (Wake Forest) 18 pts; Beverly (NC State) 10 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia6-016-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
(20) Clemson4-215-3
Georgia Tech3-210-8
Boston College3-314-6
NC State3-313-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-58-10

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