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Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.

How Michael Jordan is quietly taking over the NBA once again

Almost seven years after he became owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan is flexing his muscle — and putting his stamp on the NBA once again. The latest example is courtesy of the New York Knicks, oddly enough. When James Dolan and Charles Oakley publicly butted heads last week, commissioner Adam Silver looped in Jordan to help smooth things over. (FOX Sports)

Jerry Stackhouse leads D-League stars to win

The only thing Jerry Stackhouse wanted in his D-League all-star coaching debut was a modicum of seriousness because the kids in his charge are not quite where they need to be yet. He watched the half-hearted effort in Friday’s game between first- and second-year NBA players and used it to deliver a message to his Eastern Conference team, which eked out a 105-100 win. (Toronto Star)

Don’t frickin’ tell Roy Williams that was good defense

If there ever was a case of numbers lying, Roy Williams is sure that he found one Saturday. In a 65–41 romp over No. 14 Virginia, No. 10 North Carolina held the Cavaliers to the second-fewest points by an opponent in Smith Center history. “It’s hard to say because I kept saying, ‘Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open,’” said Williams. (Raleigh & Company)

Former Tar Heel stars Paige, Johnson impressed with current team

Former UNC stars Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige know a thing or two about winning. And after the two were honored at halftime of the Tar Heels’ game against Virginia, they each told ESPN they saw some great winning traits out of this year’s North Carolina squad. “They’re good,” said Johnson, who’s seen them in person a couple times this year. “I watch every game that I can." (Carolina Blue)

How the greatest NBA All-Star Weekend ever made Michael Jordan a superstar

As the NBA's superstars prepare for their annual late-winter break, we're taking a look back at the greatest All-Star Weekend in NBA history. Whether you believe it's the greatest display of high-flying slams in history or merely the most competitive, there's no questioning the show Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins put on in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. (FOX Sports)

UNC’s Early Offense vs. Virginia

A big storyline going into yesterday’s game against Virginia was: who would win the battle of tempo? Since it’s much easier to slow down a game than speed it up, a better way to phrase the question might be: which team would win the early-offense battle, and which would win the half-court battle? Yesterday, that team was North Carolina. (The Secondary Break)

Slowdown beatdown: Tar Heels step out of fast lane, still pound Virginia

Keeping track of the Smith Center scoreboards became a strange proposition for UNC guard Joel Berry on Saturday. As the 10th-ranked Tar Heels pounded away during a 65-41 pulverizing of No. 14 Virginia, an ACC basketball beatdown mostly performed at the Cavaliers’ preferred deliberate tempo, Berry’s peeks overhead revealed unfamiliarity attached to the numbers. (Burlington Times News)

Contrasting Scoring Halves for UNC

Justin Jackson was the Tar Heels’ offense for the first 20 minutes, outscoring his teammates by two points. With one minute remaining in the half, his 18 points matched UVA’s total. And while Jackson was finding success beyond the arc, the Hoos drew a blank, misfiring on all eight of their 3-point attempts. "That’s what Justin does," Joel Berry said. “He’s a scorer." (Inside Carolina)

As Johnson and Paige head into UNC rafters, Jackson continues making his case to join them

Among the ways a player can get his jersey honored by UNC are by being named ACC Player of the Year or by being a first or second team All-American. For Justin Jackson, both of these avenues are still very much in play. With three out of UNC's final four games against fellow league heavyweights, he’ll have enough chances to wow voters for national honors as well. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: They Grow Up

If you’d walked into the Smith Center in the spring of 2013 and pointed to the rafters and told someone, “That’s where Brice Johnson’s jersey will be one day,” they would’ve thought you were delusional. Marcus Paige wasn’t completely sure he could even contribute at this level; now he’s one of the 51 greatest players in program history. (

Video: Kid Fan Shows Off Dance Moves During UNC Win Over UVA

During UNC's 65-41 win over UVA, a young fan gets excited and shows off some serious dance moves. Watch the youngster react to some great Tar Heel plays with multiple displays of celebration. View Video...

Video: Virginia Coach Tony Bennett Post-UNC Press Conference

Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett speaks with the media following the Cavaliers' 65-41 loss to North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Fair to wonder if Virginia has lost confidence after demolition at UNC

Saturday had to be the bottom for Virginia. Right? Losing at North Carolina certainly is no stain, or even surprise. But the 65-41 piercing must be disheartening, if not embarrassing. No ACC team has scored so few points this season. Saturday was UNC's 460th game at the Smith Center, and only one opponent, Clemson's with 39 points in 1995, was more unproductive. (Daily Press)

North Carolina Players Post-Virginia Interviews

Several members of the North Carolina basketball team spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 65-41 win over Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Here are their video interviews: Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry

UNC-Virginia Postgame Notes

Virginia scored 41 points, the second-fewest by an opponent in the Smith Center (460th game). Clemson scored 39 on 2/16/1995. The 41 points are the fewest UNC has given up to Virginia since 1/21/1947 when UNC beat the Cavaliers 63-38. That game was played in Woollen Gym. Roy Williams tied Eddie Sutton for the eighth-most wins among Division I head coaches with 806. (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech0
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Blossomgame 17.3 ppg, 1.6 apg; LeDay 15.3 ppg, 1.3 apg;
NC State0
at Georgia Tech0
Tuesday 8:00 PM
Smith Jr. 18.9 ppg, 6.6 apg; Okogie 15.3 ppg, 1.7 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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