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UNC Versus the Sub-100

Since Roy Williams has been at Chapel Hill, UNC has had predictably remarkable success against sub-100 teams, compiling a record of 95-4 (0.960), with all four losses occurring in "true road" games. However, given the aforementioned gap in talent between the Tar Heels and this type of opponent, perhaps "just winning" shouldn't be the entire gauge of success. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bobby Frasor hopes to follow in his high school coach’s footsteps

The first attempt to bring back a star alumnus was unsuccessful. For two seasons, Rick Harrigan led Brother Rice’s boys’ basketball team after longtime coach Pat Richardson retired. The Crusaders are taking another shot at a former standout with Bobby Frasor as the new coach. Frasor graduated from Brother Rice in 2005, leading the Crusaders to a supersectional title. (Medill News Service)

Tylet Zeller answers the Celtics' call

If there’s one thing Tyler Zeller has learned during his time under Brad Stevens, it’s that playing time is not promised to anyone. But with Amir Johnson (plantar fasciitis, left foot) and Jared Sullinger (back spasms) both out for Monday’s game against Minnesota, he knew he was going to play. And did he ever. (Comcast SportsNet New England)

Isaiah Hicks proving to be a consistent, reliable force

Seeing extended minutes with Kennedy Meeks out, junior forward Isaiah Hicks has proven to be valuable and effective. Against Tulane, Hicks played 19 minutes and scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Against UCLA, Hicks played 17 minutes and had 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting. And against Appalachian State on Monday night, Hicks played 20 minutes and scored 12 points on 5-for-8. (Carolina Blue)

Is Brice Johnson the Best Big Man of the Roy Williams Era?

Let's take at look at how Brice Johnson compares to Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough and Tyler Zeller. One rather large caveat is the sample size, Johnson has played 1/3 of the schedule(counting probable postseason games.) That means there could and probably will be some moderation to his numbers. In particular Johnson's offensive rating is astronomical. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Harrison Barnes Loves This Creative Gift From Make-A-Wish Friend

During an autograph session a few years ago in Iowa, Warriors star Harrison Barnes met a youngster named Cole Vitiritto. It was the start of a beautiful friendship. Cole, who had been battling bone cancer, gave Barnes a heads-up about a forthcoming request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (The Post Game)

UNC Elevating Scoring Efficiency

No. 7 UNC continued its season trend of elite efficient scoring in Monday’s 94-70 win over Appalachian State. Roy Williams’ teams are known for pinpoint execution, pairing a transition approach with an emphasis on interior dominance that has worked throughout his career. Through 12 games this season, UNC ranks second nationally with an adjusted offensive efficiency mark of 118.8. (Inside Carolina)

Poll Says North Carolina Is Still The Tar Heel State

North Carolina is still the Tar Heel state according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling. “Twenty seven percent of North Carolinians are UNC fans,” director Tom Jensen said. “Fourteen percent each for Duke and NC State, 9 percent for ECU, 5 percent for Appalachian State, and Wake Forest always finishes last on these polls and they’re at 4 percent.” (

Larry Brown, back at SMU after suspension, is trying not to mess up a good thing

When you have a coaching tree that's a forest, you're the only person to ever lead teams to NBA and NCAA titles, and at 75 you're been forced to miss the first nine games of a season, then time seems to march at four-corners pace. "The last 33 days went so slowly, I was just counting the days," SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown said Monday. (Dallas Morning News)

Marcus Paige must heal ankle, soothe Tar Heels' jangled nerves

For a veteran team with national title aspirations, seeing a player like Marcus Paige limp off the floor is a reminder of just how fragile that success can be. “There’s so much riding on this season, you want everyone to be healthy,” Paige said. “That’s one of the main things a championship run entails, keeping guys healthy. Some of that’s luck. You just hope to have that on your side.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels comfortable with offense in Joel Berry's hands

“The game is starting to slowing down.” It’s common sports jargon used to describe a talented young player who’s finally starting to put it together. And a lot of people are saying that phrase about North Carolina guard Joel Berry, who recorded his first career double-double in Monday night’s 94-70 win against Appalachian State. But Coach Roy Williams disagrees. (Daily Tar Heel)

Rasheed Wallace provides soundtrack to Tar Heels' blowout of Appalachian State

Rasheed Wallace is hard to miss. A former UNC star and NBA fixture, Wallace walked out of the Smith Center tunnel at the first timeout of the No. 7 Tar Heels’ 94-70 win against Appalachian State on Monday night. Wearing a red shirt and with graying hair topping his 6-foot-10 body, he took a seat behind the UNC bench, where he stayed until midway through the second half. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's Marcus Paige misses 2nd half with ankle pain, says he is fine

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige said he was fine after pain in his right ankle caused him to miss nearly the entire second half in Monday's 94-70 win over Appalachian State. It was a big enough scare that Paige, who missed the first six games of the season with a broken bone in his right hand, said he called to reassure his parents firsthand so they would stop texting the trainer. (

Lucas: The Wait Is Now

This otherwise forgettable game is exactly what I was salivating over in March, and it’s exactly what made the end of that 2015 season at least palatable. It was only because this—right down to the last Kanler Coker should’ve-been-and-one bucket off a sweet feed from Toby Egbuna—was around the corner that last March was bearable. It's about the journey, Roy Williams will tell you. (

Roy Williams Post-Appalachian State Quotes

Roy Williams on if this game offered the chance to experiment: “I did want to get Kenny Williams some more time. I did want to get Luke Maye some more time. Luke had 12 [points]. Kenny had nine. Kenny can shoot the ball. He’s not zero for 2015 because we’ve still got another game, but he is going to make one of those jump shots." (

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