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Faculty executives consider effects of recent news on athletes
For many, recent news addressing UNC athletics and academics have been reduced to words printed on a page. But for UNC student-athletes, the emotional effects have been potent — something that was noted at Tuesday’s Faculty Athletics Committee meeting. “We have many, many students who are feeling really hurt,” said Chancellor Carol Folt.
Kendall Marshall Doesn’t Know How to Play as Kendall Marshall in NBA 2K14
It’s refreshing to see an NBA player poke fun at himself on social media, but Marshall is shooting 48 percent from long distance this year, so he’s actually a pretty good shooter… just not in this particular video game.
P.J. Hairston Owning Up to UNC Mistakes, Flourishing in the D-League
One month into what should be his only stint in the NBA’s D-League, P.J. Hairston is focused on the future instead of pouting about the past. And he’s owning up to his mistakes. After his playing career at North Carolina ended prematurely in December, Hairston told Bleacher Report he was upset with only one person. Himself. “I deserve all the blame,” Hairston said.
Stripe Out The Smith Center vs. Pitt
Carolina Athletics and Carolina Basketball will "stripe out" the Smith Center for the game against Pittsburgh on Saturday February 15 in the Smith Center. Carolina Blue and white shirts will be placed in every seat for fans attending the game. Shirts will alternate by seating section (blue in one section, white in the next and so on) so the result are stripes of blue and white throughout the arena.
Lucas: Happy Anniversary
There really should be some consideration given to making Feb. 5 a national holiday. It's the anniversary of not one, but two, of the biggest moments in the history of the Dean Smith Center. A look back: Feb. 5, 1992: Bloody Montross; Feb. 5, 1998: Vince Carter off the backboard;
Get to know Eric Hoots
One of Eric Hoots' favorite duties as UNC's director of player relations is taking recruits and their families on golf cart tours and showing them everything on campus from the Undergraduate Library to historic dorms to The Pit. It's fitting that Hoots, a former varsity manager who also now serves as assistant to the athletic director for men's basketball, builds those relationships so early.
Tar Heels In The NBA Update
Vince Carter isn't the prolific scorer he was in the early 2000's, but the veteran is still a productive player for the Dallas Mavericks. Carter is averaging 11.4 points per game this year, but every now and then he shows a flashback to his younger days and has a game like he did against Houston last week as he poured in 22 points and added three assists and three rebounds.
Marvin Williams is a true professional
This year, Marvin Williams is the stretch-four in the Utah Jazz starting lineup. His work ethic led to coach Tyrone Corbin calling him the consummate professional. “True professional. Been great for us all year long giving us whatever he has. He's a little banged up but he continues to come out there and help us win ball games. He's one of the key guys in the locker room.”
Brice Johnson has career game against Maryland
“My dad’s always been telling me, ‘Just work on your shot, you have a nice touch — I taught you well,’’’ Brice Johnson said. And if there was ever a time when that touch was in its nicest form and those father-son lessons were translated into their fullest capacity, it was Tuesday — when Johnson shot a perfect 100 percent from the field , knocking down all eight of his field goals en route to a 19-point performance.
Marcus Paige comes through for UNC in crunch time
On Tuesday night, after North Carolina's 75-63 win against Maryland, Paige entered the lounge, saw the crush of media standing in his familiar corner and looked concerned. "Oh no," said Paige, assuming by the crowd of reporters that someone else had set up shop in his spot. But quickly he realized that it was for him. Much like his team during a tight second half, the media needed him to do some work.
Brice Johnson breaks out in UNC's win over Maryland
During North Carolina’s practice on Monday, sophomore Brice Johnson was everywhere. He was active on defense, communicating and sliding his feet and blocking shots. He boxed out and chased every rebound as if a Final Four was on the line. “He had the best practice of his entire life yesterday,” coach Roy Williams said following the Tar Heels’ 75-63 win against Maryland on Tuesday.
Video: Brice Johnson Post-Maryland Interview
North Carolina forward Brice Johnson talks with Jones Angell about the Tar Heels' win against Maryland in which Johnson scored 19 points.
Confidence restored in Carolina
North Carolina got the sorely-needed confidence boost after the sluggish start to conference play, capped off with Tuesday’s 75-63 win over Maryland. The Tar Heels now own a four-game winning streak -- their longest of the season -- and are above .500 in league play for the first time. “We’ve definitely hit our stride,” said sophomore guard Marcus Paige.
A Half of Runs in UNC's Win Over Maryland
The first half of North Carolina’s 75-63 win over Maryland can be broken down into three distinct phases in which one team outplayed the other. The Tar Heels won the best-of-three format to take a 39-27 lead into halftime. UNC turned in its best start of the ACC season by jumping out to a 19-3 lead with 15:00 left on the clock.
Tar Heels say sayonara to Terps at Dean Dome with win
Maryland was making its final appearance in the Smith Center as a member of the ACC, and North Carolina provided plenty of parting shots. Marcus Paige scored 16 of his 25 points in the final ten minutes — including the team’s first four-point play in seven years — and and Brice Johnson (19 points) made all eight of his shots as the Tar Heels defeated the Terrapins 75-63 Tuesday night.