UNC Basketball

Phil Ford Holds Clinic, Unveils New Brand and Book

Phil Ford, the former UNC All-American and 1978 National Player of the Year, will conduct a clinic for boys and girls at FanFest on Friday, March 7, at the Greensboro Coliseum before the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. FanFest is located outside the main entrance to the coliseum. There is no admission charge. (Phil Ford Basketball)

Marcus Paige finishes first in fan voting for Bob Cousy Award

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige has finished first in fan voting for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award, given to the top collegiate male basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Paige claimed 33% of the vote, well ahead of the second-place vote getter. (Bob Cousy Award)

Lucas: ACC Tournament Top Five

While you pass the time until Carolina's ACC Tournament opener on Friday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m., here's a look back at the five best Tar Heel ACC tourney games of the Roy Williams era. No. 1: March 11, 2011: Carolina 61, Miami 59; No. 2: March 10, 2012: Carolina 69, NC State 67. (

UNC-Duke Game Earns Strong Numbers For ESPN

Saturday’s North Carolina-Duke men’s college basketball game earned 3.5 million viewers on ESPN, up 26% from last year (2.8M), but down 18% from 2012 (4.2M). The game ranks as the fourth-most viewed college basketball game of the season on ESPN, trailing only the two Duke-Syracuse games and Michigan State-Kentucky in December. (Sports Media Watch)

March Success Dependent on Defense

North Carolina’s postseason hopes reside with its defense possibly more this season than any other during the Roy Williams era. Stats can be deceiving. UNC leads the ACC in field goal percentage (45.8) in league-game only and ranks third overall (46.5) by a mere seven one-hundredths of a percent. The Tar Heels, by contrast, rank sixth overall in field goal percentage defense (40.8). (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams endorses 'Second-Half Marcus'

Marcus Paige leads the Tar Heels in scoring with 17.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in the second half alone on 18 occasions, compared to only six times it has happened in the first half. “It’s not easy to explain, but it is easy for me to understand,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “Point guards start the game trying to run the game plan." (

Roy’s Remarks – “March Madness”

For Carolina, so far, it has been a year of recovery. The disastrous 1-4 ACC start left most observers resigning the Tar Heels to an NIT berth. Yet here we are. And despite the predictable loss at Cameron Indoor on Saturday, where everybody and their mother fails, there are talks of UNC being as high as a three or four seed in the NCAA Tournament. (

Five role players who could grab ACC Tournament spotlight

Leslie McDonald, UNC: The fifth-year senior basically has had an off season but he’s still capable of delivering in big games. Duke and State can attest to that part of it. If McDonald hits his perimeter shots and doesn’t hurt the team at the free throw line, the Tar Heels very easily could be the winner Sunday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lucas: Doubting The Double Bye

Much of the drama of the second half of the ACC season surrounded the chase for the four "double byes" in the ACC Tournament. No one really stopped to ask one question: are they really that desirable? The ACC has never had this format before, so very few coaches in the league have any experience. One who does is Jim Boeheim, who is not so sure it's a positive that his team will sit until Friday. (

Ken Pomeroy's ACC Tournament Projections

I’m using my ratings and Bill James’ log5 formula to estimate the chances of each participating team advancing to a particular round of its conference tournament. The ACC tournament will stretch to five days for the first time in the conference’s history. Virginia is the favorite here, but I’m not including any proximity bonus for the teams located in North Carolina and it might be worth taking that into account. (

Team-by-Team look at the ACC Tournament

UNC was in last place in the league after losing four of its first five games, but the Tar Heels shot up the standings thanks to a 12-game conference winning streak, their longest in 27 years, and are now one of the hottest teams in the country. UNC can play its way into a top four seed – and possibility start NCAA Tournament play in Raleigh – with a title this week. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Marcus Paige up in rafters over all-America honor

North Carolina sophomore Marcus Paige’s breakthrough season has ensured that he will receive one of the program’s highest honors. Paige was named second-team all-America by The Sporting News, which means his jersey will join 52 others that are hanging from the rafters at the Smith Center. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels keep faith at end of streak

The 12-game winning streak rescued North Carolina from all sorts of potential problems, and it should have made it apparent that the Tar Heels might be a team capable of accomplishing a few things in the postseason. “Tournament time comes, that’s when you can reach those dreams,” Roy Williams said Tuesday. “Be led by your dreams, not pushed by your problems." (Burlington Times News)

UNC's Surprising Turnaround

The Tar Heels have a history under Roy Williams of improving as the season goes on — UNC is 70-20 the second half of ACC play and 60-30 in the first half. Just last year, the Tar Heels were revitalized in February after P.J. Hairston was inserted into the starting lineup. But no turnaround has trumped what happened this season. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels In The NBA Update

The Denver Nuggets sorely missed Ty Lawson when the point guard missed about three weeks of action with a broken rib. But since he returned to the starting lineup, the former Tar Heel has dominated his opponents. In his first game back, he went for 31 points and 11 assists, which was encored by a 30 point, 17 assist performance two games later in a win against the Lakers. (

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Kansas State: 70
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at Pitt85
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