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Tar Heels host No. 25 Pitt for first time as ACC opponents
No. 25 Pitt (20-5, 8-4 ACC) will travel to Chapel Hill for the first time as a member of the ACC to face North Carolina in a nationally-televised game at the Smith Center today. Pitt enters the game in fourth place in the league standings. UNC, which has won five straight ACC games after starting 1-4 in league play, is in fifth place.
Pittsburgh at North Carolina Preview
Pittsburgh was just seconds away from its biggest win of the season before a 35-foot heave at the buzzer ended the upset bid. Now the No. 25 Panthers will look to bounce back from that major disappointment when they travel to Chapel Hill for an ACC matchup against North Carolina. North Carolina enters this contest riding a five-game win streak.
Former Tar Heel Michael Brooker stepping down as high school coach
FPD boys basketball coach Michael Brooker informed players in a team meeting on Friday, February 14 that he is stepping down as head coach in order to be more available to his growing family. A graduate of Brentwood High School, Brooker went on the play collegiate basketball at the University of North Carolina from 1996-2001 and was a member of three NCAA Final Four teams and three ACC Championship squads.
Are Tar Heels Finally Overcoming Growing Pains in 2013-14?
Losing P.J. Hairston and having Leslie McDonald as a spectator for nine games forced the rest of the returning Heels to grow up fast. But that would not come without some serious growing pains. However, with five straight ACC victories in the bag—all by double digits—it would appear UNC is finally getting over that hump and becoming a well-oiled machine.
Social Media Game Saturday
The UNC Athletic Department has declared Saturday's men's basketball game against Pittsburgh to be its first-ever social media game and is taking special steps to provide fans with exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the Tar Heels before, during and after the matchup against the Panthers. The team's Twitter account, @UNC_Basketball, will be home base for all the day's activities.
Inside Kendall Marshall’s Assist Numbers
Coming into the league, Kendall Marshall was known as a pass-first point guard. That sentiment has been largely evident during his stint in L.A. thus far. Should Marshall *qualify among the league leaders, he would rank second in the NBA in assists (9.5), behind only Chris Paul (11.1).
Roy Williams not slowing down despite tough times in Chapel Hill
It's just not in Roy Williams' nature to slow down. Not when it comes to the basketball court, where North Carolina has ranked among the top 25 teams nationally in tempo since he arrived in Chapel Hill. And not when it comes to coaching, as Williams continues to coach at a high level despite entering his mid 60s.
Duke fan seeking $827 refund after UNC-Duke cancellation
One Duke fan, Jack Markham, is asking Duke for returns of $162 for two tickets to Wednesday's postponed UNC-Duke basketball game, $58 for lodging at the Red Roof Inn, $37.95 for the unused parking pass in the Smith-Bowles Lot, $170 in fuel costs for him and his friend who made the trip from Knoxville, Tennessee, and $400 in “mental anguish.” “I know it is difficult to calculate anguish,” Markham said.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Pitt
The numbers that stand out the most are how close both these teams are on the defensive end. UNC is 12th in the country and 2nd in the ACC in defensive efficiency. Pitt is 15th and 4th respectively. UNC and Pitt are one of only four teams in ACC play to average under 100 in defensive efficiency. In ACC play UNC is first in 3P FG% defense, Pitt is fourth.
After unexpected delay, Tar Heels ready for Pitt
If nothing else, the North Carolina-Duke postponement gave UNC coaches a chance to watch their next opponent on live television. The rivalry game was supposed to begin Wednesday night at roughly the same time Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis was hitting a game-winning 3-pointer against Pittsburgh, which plays the Tar Heels on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Chapel Hill.
Ranking all 23 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champions
1. Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls (1987, 1988): “Air” Jordan was an aerial artist who transcended the act of putting a ball through a rim. 4. Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors (2000): “Half Man, Half Amazing” could jump over French dudes and through 10-foot hoops.
Tar Heels make dreams come true for Morganton youth
For many fans of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, this tumultuous basketball season has been a roller coaster of emotions. But for one student at Liberty Middle School, it’s been overwhelmingly great. Anthony Hernandez is 12 years old and he is, in many ways, just like his friends.
Pittsburgh is a formidable team that could put a screeching halt to the red-hot Tar Heels' five-game winning streak. UNC is riding high after a rough start to their conference schedule but with just eight regular-season games remaining, they'll face their toughest completion over these next few weeks.
With the Duke game postponed a week, the Tar Heels shift their focus to Saturday’s matchup with Pittsburgh, and an opportunity to win their sixth straight and move into 3rd place in the ACC. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 1 p.m. and will be televised by CBS. Pitt enters Saturday’s contest with a 20-5 (8-4 ACC) record.
ACC Basketball Weekend Previews, Feb. 15-16
Pittsburgh at North Carolina: Rebounding is going to be the key to this game. Because these two teams are going to miss shots. And whichever team can get more of said missed shots and turn them into points is probably going to have a big advantage. Prediction: UNC, 70-66. I think that Pitt can be suckered into playing an up-and-down game at times.