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Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Georgia Tech
Very cool touch by the Tar Heels running the Four Corners on the opening possession. And, in true Tar Heel fashion, Marcus Paige hit Brice Johnson for a layup for the game's first points. That was one of numerous examples of Dean Smith's influence that permeated Saturday, from team huddles to the multiple defenses flashed by the Tar Heels to pointing at the passer.
Video: UNC's Four Corner's Offense vs. Georgia Tech
On the first possession of the game, Carolina called the classic 'four corners' offense that was pioneered by Dean Smith. The play resulted in a layup by Brice Johnson to give the Tar Heels an early lead on February 21st, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 89, Georgia Tech 60
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 89-60 win over Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill on Saturday:
Nolan Richardson: Dean Smith great coach, better man
En route to the 1990 NCAA Final Four in Denver, Nolan Richardson's Razorbacks routed Dean Smith's North Carolina Tar Heels 96-73 in the Midwest Regional Sweet 16 at Dallas. En route to winning the 1993 national championship, Smith's Tar Heels defeated Richardson's Razorbacks 80-74 in the Sweet 16 at the East Regional in East Rutherford, N.J.
Bobby Cremins Remembers Dean Smith (audio)
He’s being remembered by former players, including Michael Jordan, as a father figure. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with one of Smith’s former rivals, retired Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins, who says Smith “made the game of basketball better.”
No. 15 North Carolina has dropped two conference games in a row and four of its last five, but now is no time for the Tar Heels to feel sorry for themselves. UNC (18-8, 8-5) welcome Georgia Tech (12-14, 3-11) to the Dean Smith Center on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 63-52 win over Clemson, while the Heels are fresh off an epic battle with Duke, falling 92-90 in overtime.
Tar Heels' Tokoto, Meeks return to form
After Wednesday night’s overtime loss at Duke, J.P. Tokoto was intent on moving forward. The North Carolina junior wing was firm in his voice, asserting desire to reach the Tar Heels’ next game. Based on how Tokoto played against the fourth-ranked Blue Devils, it makes sense that he wants to be back on the court as soon as possible.
Dean Smith: The man who knew so much
Jim Valvano used to tell this story at coaching clinics. He claimed he was sitting near some North Carolina fans in the Superdome in April 1982, when the Tar Heels were playing Georgetown in a jangling NCAA final. Being the coach at rival N.C. State, Valvano sought to tweak his neighbors by asking if they were getting nervous. “No,” one Heel said. “Dean will think of something.”
Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC vs Georgia Tech
What this game should be is UNC taking out the Duke loss on Georgia Tech in dominating fashion. The reality is no one knows for sure what you will ever get from this UNC team and the Jackets aren't a team that's been dominated in ACC play. Still, if there is carry over in the quality of play, the Tar Heels will make short work of the Yellow Jackets. Prediction: UNC 84 Georgia Tech 64
Know Your Opponent: Georgia Tech
In a quirk of the ACC schedule, Georgia Tech visits Carolina for the first of two meetings on Feb. 21, meaning the Yellow Jackets see the Tar Heels twice in their final four regular season games. Also unique is the fact that Tech has a "bye" on the final weekend, placing Senior Night against the Tar Heels on a Tuesday. Brian Gregory's club got off to a nightmarish 0-7 start thanks to a run of close losses.
Art’s Angle: Painful Loss = Crossroads
If any of the Tar Heels slept a wink Wednesday night, they awoke Thursday at the crossroads of their basketball season. They played well enough to win at Duke – in fact, should have won – but a heartbreaker like that can sometimes have a more negative effect than if they played hard, did some good things and lost by, say, 12 points.
Whether they knew him or just felt his impact, people recall Coach Smith
For Lynn Brammer, a waitress at Sutton's, Smith was “the man” when she was in school. She woke up to the news of his death Sunday morning and reacted in the only way she knew how. "I sat in my bed and cried like a baby," she said. "It's all a downfall from here, you know what I'm saying?"
'Courage' and the Political Legacy of Dean Smith
From his integration of the North Carolina basketball team and local restaurants as a young coach, to his post-coaching push to banish the death penalty, Smith showed “courage” in standing up for his beliefs in a way that would be hard to replicate these days, Rep. David Price, D-N.C., said on the ESPN/ABC podcast “Capital Games.”
Report: Michael Jordan considering building his own golf course
Michael Jordan is a busy man, and he doesn't have time for slow golf. The problem is that the pace at Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., where Jordan is a member and off which he owns a home, is too slow for the 52-year-old legend. What's his rumored solution? Building his own ultra-private golf club with a membership he can hand-pick.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Georgia Tech
Whatever the Tar Heels do on the offensive glass will be tested by Georgia Tech thanks in part to Maryland transfer Charles Mitchell. The junior big man has a personal DRB% of 18.5 which is top 300 nationally and 18.1 in ACC play good enough for 13th. Mitchell recorded 13 rebounds against the Tar Heels a year ago while playing for Maryland.