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The Emergence of Seventh Woods
One clear bright spot in Thursday night’s loss to Duke was the play of Seventh Woods. In an extended (6:33) first-half stint, he made a profound impact on the game. After a wild start to the season (which included pops of brilliance splattered on a canvas of recklessness), Woods has demonstrated much better decision-making since ACC play has begun.
Duke vs. UNC: Tobacco Road showdown still has edge on all sports rivalries
Is Duke vs. UNC still the best rivalry in all of sports? No. 8 North Carolina (21-5, 9-3 ACC) and No. 18 Duke (19-5, 7-4 ACC) renewed their classic rivalry Thursday with the Blue Devils taking another thrilling win, 86-78, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The superlatives are still there. It's Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski vs. North Carolina's Roy Williams.
Video: Kendall Marshall dishes out 19 assists for Reno Bighorns
Former Tar Heel point guard great Kendall Marshall continues to demonstrate his outstanding court vision at the professional level as he hands out 19 assists for the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns in a 113-105 loss to the Greensboro Swarm on Saturday.
Harrison Barnes continues to grow into role as Mavs’ go-to scorer down stretch
What does it take to be a go-to scorer? Harrison Barnes is learning the answer to that question on the fly. Leading the Dallas Mavericks to a comeback 112-105 overtime win over the Utah Jazz after trailing by as many as 21, the 24-year-old Barnes seemingly put his team on his back down the stretch Thursday night while scoring eight of his 31 points during the extra period.
Clippers' Raymond Felton keeps battling through aches and pain
His body is beat up from top to bottom, but Raymond Felton has refused to sit out a game for the Clippers. Felton has a sore right shoulder that he wears a small pad on for protection. He has a sore thigh that has forced him to wear extra padding beneath his game shorts for body protection.
In-season look: UNC a No. 2 seed in South Regional
The NCAA Tournament selection committee released their top four seeds and top 16 teams on Saturday afternoon. This is the first time in NCAA Tournament history that the selection committee has done an in-season sneak peak into the selection process and top seeds. North Carolina comes in as the No. 5 overall seed and a No. 2 seed in the South Regional.
ESPN's College GameDay headed to Chapel Hill for UNC-Virginia game
North Carolina will make its record 16th appearance at an ESPN College GameDay site when the network's flagship college basketball pregame show celebrates its 100th episode at Saturday's Carolina-Virginia game on Saturday February 18 in the Smith Center. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers will tip off at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN. College GameDay airs at 11 a.m.
Positives takeaways from UNC's loss to Duke
No matter the outcome, there were certainly some positives to take away from UNC's 86-78 loss to Duke in Cameron Indoor. North Carolina was within three points in the final minutes ---- the game was a lot closer than the final score. What did UNC do well on Thursday night? What were the positives to takeaway from the game?
Defending Duke’s Threes
Here’s a quick breakdown of how Duke created its 13 made 3-pointers on Thursday night. I only focused on the made 3s, but (generally) the missed 3s were created in the same manner—a combination of high-screen/iso drive-and-kicks and dribble hand-offs. Most of the misses were charted as “lightly contested”.
ACC threatens to make NCAA Tournament history with unprecedented depth
The simplest way to measure whether the Atlantic Coast Conference of today measures up with the league that produced more NCAA Tournament bids than any conference ever, is to ask one of the men who coached in both leagues. Mike Brey, Notre Dame? “I think this one’s tougher."
Jerry Stackhouse, Coby Karl eager for D-League All-Star game
Jerry Stackhouse played in two NBA All-Star games . Coby Karl has been to a few All-Star weekends as well, a perk of having his father coaching the game. Next weekend, they'll get a different perspective. But soon, they'll see it from the D-League perspective. Stackhouse and Coby Karl are the coaches for next Saturday's NBA Development League All-Star Game.
Wish granted! Cancer patient attends Duke vs. Carolina game
A young woman diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer got one of her biggest wishes granted Thursday night. Former BYU basketball player Melanie Day had always wanted to see a Duke vs. Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Italian League team Grissin Bon RE agree to terms with Jawad Williams
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Italian League) agreed to terms with 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams. He started the season at AEK Athens in Greek A1 league. In 16 games he averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.0 rpg this season. The former University of North Carolina NCAA champion is in his twelfth season in pro basketball spanning eight different countries.
Johnson, Redick, Rivers Make Trip To North Carolina-Duke
The number of Clippers’ ties to the UNC-Duke game runs deep. There’s J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers and Brice Johnson. There’s assistant coach Patrick Sullivan, who played in three NCAA Final Fours at UNC and coached at the school as an assistant. There’s also Raymond Felton, who missed reunion to see his nephew, UNC commit Jalek Felton’s senior night as a surprise.
UNC can’t blame Roy Williams for its problems
UNC finished No. 1 in the ACC seven times in Williams’ first 13 seasons, making four runs to the Final Four over that stretch. But Roy Williams can’t coach? It’s difficult to criticize the job Williams has done this season. Despite losing their two best players from the 2015-16 roster in Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels have mostly looked like a national title contender.