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‘The right thing to do’
A lifelong Tar Heels basketball fan, Julie Dalton Loos knew she wanted to be connected to the UNC basketball program when she arrived in Chapel Hill as a freshman in 1979. After an attempt to join the cheerleading squad failed to get Loos courtside, she took more drastic measures: she wrote coach Dean Smith a letter to ask if he could use front office help – or if she could possibly join the team as a manager.
Marcus Paige Ready for Rematch
Despite a lackluster individual performance in No. 19 North Carolina’s loss to No. 3 Duke 17 days ago, Marcus Paige is more concerned with a team victory in the rematch on Saturday than any level of personal redemption. Paige’s frustration following the most recent loss at Duke provided some insight into his mental approach to the team portion of the game. Rarely does he take a loss well.
Despite uproar, Dick Vitale won't be calling the Duke-UNC game, again
This week, SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote a plea to ESPN executives to put Vitale back in the booth for this year’s second Duke-UNC game, a series from which the 75-year-old announcer was unceremoniously dumped prior to the season.
Dez Bryant to check out UNC-Duke
Having one of the most storied rivalries in college basketball played on your campus is a good thing for college football recruiting. Case-in-point: North Carolina has a load of top football prospects heading to Chapel Hill on Saturday to take in the Tar Heels vs. Duke basketball game at the Smith Center. It's also helpful if you can get big-time pro athletes to attend. It just sets the bar even higher for a great atmosphere, which impresses recruits and their families.
Carolina To Host Duke Saturday Night
North Carolina will play its final regular season game of 2014-15 and host Duke for senior night on Saturday in the Smith Center. ESPN will televise the game nationally. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake will call the action. Tipoff is set for just after 9 p.m. ESPN’s College Gameday program will originate from the Smith Center for its 10 a.m.-noon pregame show.
Kennedy Meeks knows much will be required of him versus Duke
One verse, and one verse only. Luke 12:48. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required. It’s Kennedy Meeks’ absolute favorite. It always has been. Depending on which version of the Bible is nearby, the words of the passage shift ever so slightly.
Roy Williams not worried about letdown against Duke
Next up for UNC after blowing out Georgia Tech are the guys from down the road whose blue has a royal hue. “We’re playing Duke,” Roy Williams said. “It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of letdown.” It'll be the last game of the regular season for both Duke, ranked No. 3, and No. 19 UNC. Tip time in the Dean Dome is 9 p.m. ESPN will show it.
Tokoto remembers Rockford roots while preparing for Duke
North Carolina ends the regular season Saturday night against Duke, and Rockford (IL) native J.P. Tokoto will have some special visitors in Chapel Hill for the game. His grandparents are making the trip from Rockford for the big showdown. J.P. Tokoto spent the early years of his life in Rockford prior to moving to Wisconsin before middle school. He still has fond memories of his time in the Forest City.
Scott Cherry recalls mentor Dean Smith
Tournament time is the most popular part of college basketball season. When the lights are the brightest it can seem like every shot is life or death. Scott Cherry learned a long time ago that’s not the case. Cherry, a Ballston Spa native who graduated from Saratoga Catholic in 1989, recently reflected on his time playing basketball at UNC and the lessons he learned from his former coach Dean Smith.
Man busted for selling fake Duke/UNC tickets at Salisbury Waffle House
A Charlotte man is under arrest in Salisbury, accused of trying to sell counterfeit tickets to the Duke/UNC basketball game. Salisbury Police say they got a contact from police in Carrboro that Chancy Withro Sherrill, III, 52, of Booker Avenue in Charlotte, was advertising the tickets on the Craigslist web site.
This Day in Carolina History: Tar Heels Destroy Duke in 2011 (video)
With Marshall at the helm, this was a new Carolina team, but it still had something to prove. The team fell just short to Duke in February when Duke made a spectacular second-half comeback to thwart the Heels. Carolina would get its second chance on March 5, in the first ever primetime regular season game in CBS history. The world would be watching, and the Tar Heels put on a memorable show.
Marcus Paige Wins Skip Prosser Award
UNC’s Marcus Paige, a two-time second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America selection and the recipient of the 2015 Skip Prosser Award, headlines the annual All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.
Video: UNC-Duke Round Two Preview
Part two of the best rivalry in college basketball is here. North Carolina hosts Duke in the rematch of an instant classic from earlier this year. Get hyped for the game as we take a look at the epic players and games in this Tobacco Road tilt.
Wheelchair basketball changes perspectives for UNC basketball players
The disability subcommittee of Best Buddies — a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — organized a four-hour pickup wheelchair basketball game to raise awareness about disabilities on campus. The substitutes for the game included UNC basketball players Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson and Sasha Seymore.
UNC's ACC Seeding Scenario Has Been Simplified
UNC is tied for fourth with Louisville with each team holding an 11-6 record in league play. For seeding purposes, UNC's game versus Duke is inconsequential. What does matter is whether Louisville beats Virginia or not in the game set tip at 6:30 PM just prior to UNC-Duke's 9 PM start. If Louisville wins and UNC beats Duke, Louisville wins the tiebreaker based on having gone 1-0 versus Virginia.