UNC Basketball

Paige Ingrained in the History Books

Chances are that if you’re a Tar Heel fan, you already love Marcus Paige. Perhaps a little too much. We’ll admit it – after all, the first step to recovery is often recognizing that you have a problem. As a lifelong Carolina Basketball fan, this is something that tends to happen every now and again. Every few years, there are those players that tend to have “it”. (

UNC's Keys to the Postseason

What does North Carolina need to do to be successful and advance far in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments? Of course they need to dominate the boards, play hard defense, get big-time scoring from Marcus Paige and James Michael McAdoo, and knock down a high percentage of free throws. But let's take a deeper look at what this UNC team needs to do this postseason. (Carolina Blue)

ACC's Friday the 14th could be boom or bust for Triangle

No. 4 seed North Carolina, No. 7 N.C. State and No. 3 Duke all are still in the chase for Sunday’s championship. But just as fast as 1-2-3, all could be eliminated by the time the Blue Devils and No. 6 Clemson turn out of the lights near midnight. Top seed Virginia and No. 9 Florida State begin the quarterfinals at noon. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: The Legend Of Montross

The fundamental thing you need to understand about Eric Montross is that he is going to hate this story. Unfortunately for the big man, he will be honored on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum as an ACC Legend. But my guess is that his preference is that the honor would come with a nice certificate in the mail rather than a center court ceremony at the ACC Tournament semifinals. (

Tar Heels To Face Pitt On Friday

North Carolina (23-8, 13-5 ACC) is the No. 4 seed in this week's ACC Tournament in Greensboro and will play No. 5 seed Pittsburgh (24-8, 11-7) in Friday's quarterfinal round at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Tar Heels' quarterfinal will be the second of Friday's four games and will tip off after the conclusion of the noon contest between top-seeded Virginia and No. 9 Florida State. (

ACC Tournament: UNC-Pittsburgh Preview

James Michael McAdoo is often the guy that sets the hustle-tone for UNC but recently he's had trouble staying on the court. In recent games against Florida State and Duke, McAdoo was unable to give a meaningful effort due to early foul trouble and his missing production was sorely missed in both contests. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

ACC Quarterfinals Preview: #4 UNC vs #5 Pittsburgh

This game is two evenly-matched opponents with similar strengths trying to negate each other. Pittsburgh generally plays a much slower tempo, however in UNC's February 15th win the game actually reached 71 possessions, well above the Panther's season average for tempo. Prediction: UNC 73 Pitt 71 (Tar Heel Blog)

Titus’s Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings

11. North Carolina: I wrote last week that a loss at Duke would actually be a good thing for North Carolina, and now that it’s happened, I still feel that way. In fact, I’ll take it a step further and say that a loss to Pitt in the first game of the ACC tournament should give UNC fans more hope heading into the NCAA tournament than the Heels being crowned ACC champs. (

ACC tournament is headed to Brooklyn's Barclays Center

The Atlantic Coast Conference is finalizing details for a multi-year agreement to play its postseason tournament at the Barclays Center. The details are expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to multiple sources. (Sports Illustrated)

Defensive-minded Tar Heels head to ACC tournament

Utilizing the fast break, scoring quickly, pushing the tempo — those are the signature elements of a Roy Williams basketball team. But not this year. No. 4-seed North Carolina (23-8, 13-5 ACC) heads into the ACC tournament without the offensive weaponry it had a year ago. No Reggie Bullock. No P.J. Hairston. The Tar Heels are vastly different. (Daily Tar Heel)

After long wait, Wayne Ellington finally has chance to play key role for Mavs

A month ago, if somebody had said Wayne Ellington would be a major cog in the Mavericks’ playoff push, finding any believers would have been tough. Buried on the bench, the fifth-year guard appeared to be on his way to a lost season. That’s why the NBA’s 82-game grind is so great. Ellington admits now that he wasn’t sure his chance to earn his keep with the Mavericks would ever come. (Dallas Morning News)

Pitt dominates Wake Forest, gets set for North Carolina

Pitt (24-8), which has won four of its past five games, advanced to the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Friday against fourth-seeded North Carolina (23-8). The Tar Heels defeated the Panthers, 75-71, Feb. 15 in Chapel Hill. “It's a big motivation, especially after they beat you,” Pitt star Lamar Patterson said. “You want to get that ‘W' back.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Stuck between NCAA and NBA, P.J. Hairston thriving in D-League

P.J. Hairston entered his name into the NBA D-League's pool of eligible players in January, and was quickly snapped up by the Texas Legends. With the Legends, Hairston has been a prolific scorer. Among the benefits of playing stateside is the ability to remain on NBA scouts' radar. And those that have watched Hairston have been impressed by what they have seen. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC coach Roy Williams weathered the storm

Before January, the last time UNC started 0-3 in the ACC was 1997. Dean Smith led the Tar Heels to the Final Four that season and then retired seven months later. Those Tar Heels were 3-5 in the ACC and then won their next 16 games. That turnaround is considered the greatest in school history, and the one Roy Williams has led this season is the best since. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC can't rest with the defense

Seeking quality play in the ACC and NCAA tournaments, UNC will again turn to defense. Defense, effort and hustle got UNC out of its mid-season slump and propelled the Tar Heels to a 12-game winning streak. UNC head coach Roy Williams called it a sense of urgency. But he knows effort for the sake of effort won’t cut it in the postseason. (Greensboro News & Record)

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