Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball.
Art’s Angle: The Pros And The Cons
Those who have wanted to know “What’s wrong with Carolina” this season should be measured in their excitement over the team’s five-game winning streak, all against unranked opponents. Basketball is a simple game; usually the team with better players wins. Duke had better players last season and won both games; Duke has better players again this season.
Lucas: Defending The Arc
Over the past five seasons, Carolina has averaged eighth in the conference in three-point percentage allowed during conference games. This season, the Tar Heels lead the ACC in that category, as opponents are hitting just 30.5 percent from the arc. The primary reason for the recent success has been a recommitment to guarding the dribbler.
Kendall Marshall's new long-range plan
Kendall Marshall has turned the one supposed weakness in his game into a strength that is on par with any other player in the league. Marshall leads the NBA in 3-point percentage, hitting at a 49.4 percent clip, edging into first place Sunday by making all three of his attempts from downtown against the Chicago Bulls. "It's unbelievable, isn't it?" Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said after practice.
Kendall Marshall Leading NBA in Threes, Kind of
Since receiving a call-up from the NBA Development League, Kendall Marshall has brought an intelligent ability to adapt to the LA Lakers. Marshall grabbed the reins and played with an air of maturity that matched his bald spot, not his birth certificate. Almost immediately, the 22-year-old’s unique shooting form was called into question, but the coaches refused to alter anything during the season.
Rivalry picks: North Carolina hosts Duke
Wednesday's contest at the Dean Smith Center is the first this season for in-state rivals North Carolina and Duke. As in any rivalry, it is not about the record; it is about pride and bragging rights. The WRAL sports staff weighs in on Wednesday's rivalry game offering their keys to the game and tell you who they think will win.
UNC perimeter defense key to stopping Duke's deep threats
When No. 8 Duke faces North Carolina at the Smith Center on Wednesday, the five most accurate 3-point shooters will all be playing for the Blue Devils. Duke (19-5, 8-3) has the ACC’s top two 3-point shooters among qualifying in Andre Dawkins (47.4 percent) and Rodney Hood (45.0), who combine to attempt 9.5 long-range shots a game.
UNC's Confidence Heading Into Duke Game Grounded in Defensive Effort
The North Carolina men’s basketball team takes center stage Wednesday in prime time for a 9 p.m. tipoff in the Smith Center against arch rival Duke. One of the keys to the game will be how the Tar Heels fare from the free throw line. Head Coach Roy Williams says he was pleased with junior James Michael McAdoo’s improvement from the foul line in the Notre Dame victory last weekend.
Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes
Do you have a set rotation with your big men or do you just go with the flow of the game? Roy Williams: "Mostly you go with the flow of the game. Coach Smith used to say a game plan was good for the first six minutes and then you have to go by the seat of your pants. When Kennedy starts, I don’t play him eight or nine minutes without getting him a rest. I try to get Brice in there..."
Ty Lawson out for Nuggets with broken rib
At least now Ty Lawson was sitting up. The Nuggets' starting point guard is in no condition to do much else. His fractured rib will keep him out of the next two games at least — Monday night vs. the Pacers and Wednesday at Minnesota vs. the Timberwolves. When he'll return after that is anyone's guess, but he'll have the all-star break to get it figured out.
Will Winter Weather Play Havoc With UNC-Duke on Wednesday?
As it stands right now, central North Carolina is due a fair amount of winter weather over the next 72 hours. The main thrust of the weather in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area could come on Wednesday into the night until Thursday morning. That would put game time in the middle of the expected worst part of the storm and complicate fans coming to the game.
Roy Williams thrives on taking talent out of Iowa
Williams has continued to raid Iowa since he relocated to North Carolina. Harrison Barnes (Ames) and current UNC player Marcus Paige (Marion) hail from the Hawkeye State. Williams caused some angst by removing local talent from its home base.
Tar Heels Supporting Tar Heels
Though their games are the toughest tickets on campus, UNC's men’s basketball players don’t just confine themselves to the Smith Center. “I’ve been to all the football games, been to women’s basketball...” sophomore forward Brice Johnson said. “I need to go to tennis now. I want to go to a tennis match. I try to see whatever I can. I’m a sports fanatic.”
Thought of the week: Put up or shut up
The Tar Heels have put it all together during their five-game winning streak. Just how good have they looked? Guard Marcus Paige is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range and his assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 3-to-1. He has been the team’s leading scorer during that span with an average of 18 points per game.
Great Expectations for UNC Freshmen vs. Duke
Nate Britt was a high school junior, sitting on the baseline at the Smith Center next to fellow commits Isaiah Hicks and Marcus Paige, when he watched freshman Austin Rivers stunningly bury a game-winning 3-pointer to seal Duke's comeback over North Carolina in 2012. It's a memory that fuels the point guard, especially now that he's a freshman for the Tar Heels.
P.J. Hairston torching D-League but didn't dominate Duke
At 6-4 in the ACC and 16-7 overall, the Tar Heels probably won’t get back in the national top 20 - even if they beat the Blue Devils Wednesday in Chapel Hill. But over four career games against Duke, P.J. Hairston had only one big night and that came in UNC’s 73-68 loss last year on Feb. 13 (Mike Krzyzewski’s birthday) in Durham.