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Race to be ACC's top team, player come down to UNC, Duke
There are five teams in the mix for the ACC regular season title. UNC is two games clear of four teams, one of which is Duke. The Blue Devils have a chance to steal the top seed in the ACC tournament with a win next weekend in Chapel Hill. That showdown will likely also serve as Luke Kennard and Justin Jackson’s closing arguments in the ACC Player of the Year race.
Tar Heels accept variety of styles
UNC has picked up some style points and now the Tar Heels face two road games in three days, beginning this afternoon at Pittsburgh. A pair of lower-than-normal offensive outputs didn’t derail the Tar Heels in the past week. “As long as we win, that’s all that matters,” Kennedy Meeks said. UNC clinches at least a share of the ACC regular-season title with a victory today.
For Pitt's seniors, UNC game is their day
While walking past Petersen Events Center last week, senior forward Sheldon Jeter caught himself staring at a poster on the wall. A list of every Pitt home game looked back at him, unforgivingly. The last game on that list takes place at noon Saturday against No. 8 North Carolina. Pitt (15-13, 4-11 ACC) has exhausted almost all hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament
UNC’s Roy Williams compares ACC coaches to mushrooms in the dark
Of all the scheduling quirks that have come with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s growth to a 15-team basketball conference, the one that has arrived for North Carolina is coach Roy Williams’ least favorite: the oft-criticized Saturday-Monday special, with two games in three days. He has often criticized the ACC’s haphazard scheduling approach.
Three to know: No. 8 North Carolina at Pittsburgh
After Wednesday’s 74-63 win against Louisville, North Carolina opened up a two-game lead in the ACC on Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame and the Cardinals. With the Tar Heels holding the head-to-head tie-breaker with each of those teams except for Duke, a win here, combined with a Duke loss at Miami, would give UNC the top seed in the ACC tournament.
Ty Lawson runs 23 seconds off the game clock in a really weird way
Late in the Sacramento Kings’ 116-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, the Kings did something really weird. You know the “walk the dog” move that teams use to preserve as much time on the shot clock as possible? Well, Ty Lawson used it in order to milk the game clock. And it worked. Twenty-three seconds came off the clock because of that.
Michael Jordan's greatest moments as a North Carolina Tar Heel
The Flu Game. The Shot. The Dream Team. When it comes to Michael Jordan's illustrious professional basketball career, those phrases need no further explanation. But the aura around "His Airness" began earlier, in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan spent three seasons at UNC. In honor of his 54th birthday Friday, here's a look at Jordan's top moments as a Tar Heel.
Tar Heels Visit Pitt Saturday
The Tar Heels are 24-5 and first in the ACC with a 12-3 record in league play. Pitt is 15-13 overall, 4-11 in the ACC, with wins in three of its last five games, including wins over Syracuse and Florida State. UNC has a two-game lead in the ACC. Duke, Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame are all 10-5. The Tar Heels have won three straight.
North Carolina seeking ACC title, No. 1 seed as first steps to help erase bad memory
Four seconds still loom large in the North Carolina locker room -- 4.7 seconds to be exact. That's how much time remained with the score tied against Villanova in the national championship game last season. The Tar Heels relive losing on Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer without being prompted, and they don't want to forget it either.
Video: Joel Berry one one on with Taylor Vippolis
North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II talks with Tar Heel Basketball analyst Taylor Vippolis about his emergence as a team leader, lessons he learned from Marcus Paige, and intensity of ACC play.
Roy Williams: Defending The 3 Key Against Improving Pitt
Pittsburgh is a better team right now than it was when the Panthers came within two points of North Carolina in the Smith Center on Jan. 31, UNC coach Roy Williams says. Since then, Pitt has gone 3-3, but its loss at Carolina was its seventh straight loss. The streak moved to eight when the Panthers dropped a close game at Duke several days later.
Ranking March Madness contenders: Size, incentive puts North Carolina on top
1. North Carolina KenPom ranks: Offense No. 5, defense No. 20 Area of strength: The Tar Heels have multiple high-level scoring options, including Kennedy Meeks in the low post and wing Justin Jackson from deep, mid-range and at the rim. Area of concern: The Tar Heels have only two reliable 3-point shooters, now that young Kenny Williams is out injured.
UNC finding a way to win
With 24 wins, only 11 Division I teams have more wins than North Carolina right now. The Heels stand two victories clear of the other teams in the ruthless ACC. This team returns 10 players from a squad that compiled 33 wins last season. This team just knows how to win. They're used to it.
Berry on last year's national title game: "We talk about it all the time"
Joel Berry says he thinks about those 4.7 seconds on the night of April 4th, 2016 in Houston almost everyday. That was win Villanova nailed a last-second shot to end the Tar Heels' comeback and deny UNC the National Championship. "We talk about it all the time," Berry told CarolinaBlue on Wednesday night after his No. 8 Tar Heels defeated Louisville 74-63 to gain a two-game lead in the ACC standings.
Turner's Take: The Fight
This column is about a single play from North Carolina's win over Louisville on Wednesday. But it's not a deep Justin Jackson three-pointer, or a Theo Pinson dipsy-doo lay-up (though that did make me gasp on press row) or a Kennedy Meeks block. This column is about a defensive rebound, one that made me burst into a grin.