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An Update on Tar Heels in the NBA

Wayne Ellington is having the best season of his NBA career for a woeful Miami Heat team. He’s averaging a career-high 13.4 points, in addition to a career-high 33 minutes per game. Tyler Zeller continues to be a decent piece for the Celtics, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Brice Johnson still has yet to play for the Clippers as he recovers from injury. (Tar Heel Blog)

Cost of admission: North Carolina at Duke tickets go for thousands on StubHub

How much is a chance to see the Tar Heels play the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium worth to you? $1,100? How about $17,000? That’s how much the tickets to the Feb. 9 Carolina-Duke face off in Cameron were going for on the online ticket sales website StubHub on Thursday, about two months ahead of game day. (Charlotte Observer)

Harrison Barnes says he must be more aggressive in big moments

This season has been one big education for Harrison Barnes. The fifth-year pro has quickly become the Mavericks’ top offensive option in his first season with the club. He leads the team in scoring at 20.4 points per game and is receiving an unprecedented workload, compared to earlier in his career. But with all of the responsibility comes expectations. (Dallas Mavericks)

Kentucky to Test UNC's On-Ball Defense

No. 7 UNC’s disruptive perimeter defense has been a strength through 11 games, although No. 6 Kentucky’s dribble-drive motion offense will provide the most significant test of the season in Las Vegas on Saturday. There are plenty of similarities between these blue bloods, most notably their work on the offensive glass and their desire to run opponents out of the gym. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Ryan Switzer, UNC vs. Kentucky

The latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast highlights big upcoming games for both the men's basketball and football teams. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas preview Saturday's basketball game versus Kentucky in Las Vegas, sit with football wide receiver Ryan Switzer to preview the Sun Bowl and more. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production. (

Four Factor Friday: UK Edition

This edition of Four Factor Friday is centered around UNC's showdown against Kentucky tomorrow. The Wildcats have won games by not turning the ball over and running the opposition off the floor. UK only turns it over on 14.6 percent of their possessions. This mark is among the top-5 in the country. Kentucky takes care of the ball and plays fast. How fast? (The Secondary Break)

Justin Jackson on Joel Berry's impact, status

North Carolina starting junior small forward Justin Jackson spoke with media on Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics was whether he expects his running mate Joel Berry will play on Saturday and the impact that Berry has on this team. (Carolina Blue)

Killeya-Jones comes ‘full circle’ against UNC, which is his mother’s employer

Because his mother works at UNC, Kentucky freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones has one more reason to look forward to Saturday’s game. “Growing up watching them, and now playing against them is going to be cool.” His mother, Ley Killeya-Jones, works in quantitative research at UNC. This made it almost inevitable that her son would be a Tar Heels fan. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Tar Heels unsure if injured Joel Berry will be ready for Kentucky showdown

Roy Williams said he was still unsure whether injured guard Joel Berry would be available for Saturday’s showdown with Kentucky. Williams, who said recruiting trips have taken him to eight different states in the last seven days, said the Tar Heels had Monday off and only did 45 minutes of running and shooting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Berry took part in the workouts. (Fayetteville Observer)

Kentucky may find planning to beat North Carolina easy, beating the Tar Heels more difficult Read

To borrow from Kentucky Coach John Calipari, any “Basketball Bennie” can identify the challenges presented by UNC. The difficulty comes with bringing UNC to heel, so to speak. “North Carolina may be the easiest team in college basketball to prepare for,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said. “Everybody knows what they’re going to do. You just can’t stop it.” (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

8. North Carolina: Yesterday, I introduced something called Club Roy—the group of eight teams that have, since the inception of advanced stats in 2001–02, finished in the top 20 in tempo and the top five in offensive efficiency. It’s Club Roy because five of the eight were coached by Roy Williams. For this season and last season, however, UNC has slowed down. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Kentucky Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams spoke to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Kentucky in the 2016 CBS Sports Classic. View Video...

Video: Justin Jackson Pre-Kentucky Press Conference

North Carolina forward Justin Jackson spoke to the media prior to the Tar Heels' game against Kentucky in the 2016 CBS Sports Classic. View Video...

UNC’s Joel Berry’s Status vs. Kentucky TBD

UNC fans will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if point guard Joel Berry will be available to play against No. 6 Kentucky in Las Vegas on Saturday. UNC has not practiced this week due to exams, Roy Williams said on Thursday. Thursday’s practice will be the coaching staff’s first look at Berry’s progress after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina’s Three Greatest Strengths

1. They can really get out and fly. Both teams are at their best when they are playing in transition. There are few in the country who do it better than Kentucky and North Carolina. “(Roy) will be yelling, ‘Get back!’ I’ll be yelling, ‘Get back!'” Calipari said. “We’ll probably yell that 100 times a half.” (Kentucky Sports Radio)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 69
Virginia Tech: 80
Mon, Jan 22 Box Score

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

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 3 8:00 ET ACC Network Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#18 Clemson0
at #2 UVA0
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Reed 16.0 ppg, 2.9 apg; Guy 15.3 ppg, 1.7 apg;
#4 Duke0
at Wake Forest0
Tuesday 9:00 PM
Bagley III 21.9 ppg, 1.6 apg; Crawford 15.9 ppg, 4.7 apg;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia7-017-1
(4) Duke5-217-2
(18) Clemson5-216-3
(10) North Carolina5-316-5
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Boston College3-414-7
Virginia Tech3-413-6
NC State3-413-7
Notre Dame3-413-7
Wake Forest1-68-11

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