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Motivated by brother’s optimism, UNC's Kanler Coker calls switch to basketball a 'no-brainer'

When Kanler Coker signed to play football for the University of North Carolina, he was fulfilling his dream of playing Division-I athletics. This fall, he’s pursuing a different dream. Each time he suits up for the Tar Heels’ basketball team this fall, the senior will be honoring the vision of his beloved younger brother, Keaton, who lost his battle with brain cancer in July of 2014. (Gainesville Times)

Shammond Williams to Marcus Paige: 'The Record is in Good Hands'

Marcus Paige surpassed Shammond Williams's school record for career three-pointers last weekend against Texas. It was fitting that the following game was against Tulane, where Shammond Williams is an assistant coach. (Inside Carolina)

2015 CBS Sports Classic: Get to know UNC, UCLA, Kentucky and Ohio State

If you liked UNC as a Final Four favorite, then you have to accept that maybe the disappointing trends have stuck around along with the talented upperclassmen. No matter what, this is still a team that will contend in the ACC, but a dominant win against UCLA and a hot start to conference play would go a long way in rebuilding the image of a Final Four contender. (CBS Sports)

Tulane-UNC Positives

Among the areas North Carolina must improve to become a contender for the national championship that is their stated mission is having more assists attached to field goals. The Tar Heels haven't been bad at this this season, entering Wednesday's 96-72 victory over Tulane at the Smith Center with 58.4 percent of their field goals assisted on. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Roy WIlliams has nothing but praise for King Rice

UNC coach Roy Williams has known Monmouth head coach King Rice since he was a teenager at Binghamton High School. As a Tar Heels assistant, Williams recruited Rice, a 1987 McDonald's All-American, in the mid-1980's for late, legendary head coach Dean Smith, but never saw Rice's best days as a collegian once he took the head-coaching position at Kansas in 1988. (Asbury Park Press)

UCLA's Steve Alford discusses UNC

During the CBS Sports Classic teleconference Thursday, UCLA head coach Steve Alford discussed the challenges UNC poses for his team. "A lot (of challenges). They are a very deep team and a very explosive team," Alford said. "They have lot of experience. I have a lot respect for Coach Williams and their staff. Obviously they are a great coached team, a very disciplined team." (Carolina Blue)

Grizzlies’ Brandan Wright expected to miss 6-8 weeks with knee surgery

One of the best under-the-radar signings of the summer was the Grizzlies picking up athletic big man Brandan Wright. But Wright hasn’t played much this season, appearing in just seven games and not staying healthy. Now, he’ll be out for a couple of months after undergoing knee surgery. Wright has missed the majority of the Grizzlies’ games already, so this isn’t something that really changes things. (NBC Sports)

UNC needs Marcus Paige at his best now to remain in No. 1 seed hunt

North Carolina will need Marcus Paige to be at his best, running a group that ranks third in offensive efficiency and clipping 118 points per 100 possessions on KenPom. Paige has to remain aggressive. He's UNC's best shooter, its clear leader, best defender in the backcourt and its best overall player. If he's not at his best, the team can't be. Roy Williams knows that. (CBS Sports)

SI College Basketball Power Rankings: Where are the truly elite teams this season?

9. North Carolina: Why have a two-loss UNC team ahead of undefeated Purdue and Xavier? The first part of the answer is that the Tar Heels should be evaluated as a one-loss team, given that they’ve only lost once with Marcus Paige in the lineup. The second part is that they have quality wins. The third part is that I still think they’d beat everyone ranked below them on a neutral court. (Sports Illustrated)

From pregame ceremony to postgame pick-up, Shammond Williams relishes return to UNC

Tulane came out on the wrong end of a 96-72 thrashing against No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday, but Green Wave assistant coach Shammond Williams didn’t leave Chapel Hill without at least making one warm memory. This was his first time back in the Smith Center on the opposing bench. Nearly an hour after the game ended, he was out on the Smith Center floor, playing one-on-one with UNC guard Nate Britt. (Fayetteville Observer)

Danny Green on passing Larry Bird in career 3-pointers: 'Mind-boggling'

Instead of discussing a career milestone after the San Antonio Spurs' 114-95 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Danny Green talked about the opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and his search for what he called a Jedi Knight hoodie. Then a reporter made Green aware he'd passed Hall of Famer Larry Bird in career 3-pointers, inquiring whether the accomplishment blew the guard's mind. (

UNC wins ‘big,’ even without Kennedy Meeks in the lineup

Tar Heels 3.0 debuted Wednesday. With the duo of Joel James and Isaiah taking up most of the slack left by Meeks’ absence and Brice Johnson making amends for a disappointing performance in Saturday’s loss at Texas, UNC’s latest version cruised to a 96-72 win against Tulane at the Smith Center. (Wilmington Star News)

Johnson's career night sets tone for Tar Heels in romp past Tulane

Brice Johnson said he knew there needed to be sources of extra production somewhere from No. 11 North Carolina’s frontcourt. He took it upon himself to provide it Wednesday night Johnson, a senior forward, scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the first half as the Tar Heels brushed off visiting Tulane 96-72 at the Smith Center. (Burlington Times News)

Tar Heels Bounce Back

There is little doubt at this point UNC can score with any team in the country. UNC got a look at life without Kennedy Meeks and for the most part played extremely well. The caliber of opponent had something to do with that but the exercise in adjustments is an important one. Now UNC will try to get past UCLA on Saturday then hope Meeks can return before ACC play gets too far along. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels use errors in Texas loss as motivation in 96-72 win against Tulane

North Carolina’s 96-72 win against Tulane displayed a No. 11 Tar Heel team focused on bettering its weaknesses, especially those on display in the 84-82 loss to Texas, rather than a team concerned with filling the void of injured Kennedy Meeks. UNC held Tulane to 37.9 percent shooting in the first half, then allowed the visitor to shoot 55.9 percent in the second half. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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