Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement
After making 29% of his 120 3-pointer as a sophomore, Justin Jackson has improved to 39% on 178 attempts as a junior. That increase of 10 percentage points is a healthy one. But where does it rank in ACC history? Prior to this season, only 11 ACC players have had a 10-percentage-point increase in their season-over-season 3-point percentage.
UNC's Tempo Adjustment
Not only are the Tar Heels pushing the tempo more effectively of late – UNC played eight games with 65 or fewer possessions in 2014-15 and has played that same number combined over the past two seasons – but they are winning more when forced to play at a slower pace. Roy Williams’s squad has won six of its last seven in games with 65 or fewer possessions.
ACC, Big 12, Big Ten coaches scout league opponents with brutal honesty
On North Carolina: “When you’re so systematic offensively, sometimes when you’re forced to improvise, it becomes more difficult. If you zone them and slow them down a little bit, they don’t have as good a flow. As big and strong as they are near the rim, they’re not a great pick-and-roll defensive team. They don't have a four or five man who can stretch and shoot threes."
Jerry Stackhouse: Passion Project
Jerry Stackhouse became a mentor, drawing from his playing experience and what he learned from a long line of legendary coaches—Dean Smith, Doug Collins, Rick Carlisle. When he played in Dallas for Avery Johnson, that’s when he began to consider coaching. “You get a real gratification out of seeing guys get better,” Stack says. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Justin Jackson's special season leading Tar Heels
The celebration began Saturday in Chapel Hill with former Tar Heels Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson having their jerseys raised among the rows of the honored. Justin Jackson might one day join Paige and Johnson with the season he's having for North Carolina. Jackson picked apart No. 14 Virginia's vaunted defense to the tune of 18 points in the first half Saturday.
How Michael Jordan is quietly taking over the NBA once again
Almost seven years after he became owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan is flexing his muscle — and putting his stamp on the NBA once again. The latest example is courtesy of the New York Knicks, oddly enough. When James Dolan and Charles Oakley publicly butted heads last week, commissioner Adam Silver looped in Jordan to help smooth things over.
Jerry Stackhouse leads D-League stars to win
The only thing Jerry Stackhouse wanted in his D-League all-star coaching debut was a modicum of seriousness because the kids in his charge are not quite where they need to be yet. He watched the half-hearted effort in Friday’s game between first- and second-year NBA players and used it to deliver a message to his Eastern Conference team, which eked out a 105-100 win.
Don’t frickin’ tell Roy Williams that was good defense
If there ever was a case of numbers lying, Roy Williams is sure that he found one Saturday. In a 65–41 romp over No. 14 Virginia, No. 10 North Carolina held the Cavaliers to the second-fewest points by an opponent in Smith Center history. “It’s hard to say because I kept saying, ‘Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open,’” said Williams.
Former Tar Heel stars Paige, Johnson impressed with current team
Former UNC stars Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige know a thing or two about winning. And after the two were honored at halftime of the Tar Heels’ game against Virginia, they each told ESPN they saw some great winning traits out of this year’s North Carolina squad. “They’re good,” said Johnson, who’s seen them in person a couple times this year. “I watch every game that I can."
How the greatest NBA All-Star Weekend ever made Michael Jordan a superstar
As the NBA's superstars prepare for their annual late-winter break, we're taking a look back at the greatest All-Star Weekend in NBA history. Whether you believe it's the greatest display of high-flying slams in history or merely the most competitive, there's no questioning the show Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins put on in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest.
UNC’s Early Offense vs. Virginia
A big storyline going into yesterday’s game against Virginia was: who would win the battle of tempo? Since it’s much easier to slow down a game than speed it up, a better way to phrase the question might be: which team would win the early-offense battle, and which would win the half-court battle? Yesterday, that team was North Carolina.
Slowdown beatdown: Tar Heels step out of fast lane, still pound Virginia
Keeping track of the Smith Center scoreboards became a strange proposition for UNC guard Joel Berry on Saturday. As the 10th-ranked Tar Heels pounded away during a 65-41 pulverizing of No. 14 Virginia, an ACC basketball beatdown mostly performed at the Cavaliers’ preferred deliberate tempo, Berry’s peeks overhead revealed unfamiliarity attached to the numbers.
Contrasting Scoring Halves for UNC
Justin Jackson was the Tar Heels’ offense for the first 20 minutes, outscoring his teammates by two points. With one minute remaining in the half, his 18 points matched UVA’s total. And while Jackson was finding success beyond the arc, the Hoos drew a blank, misfiring on all eight of their 3-point attempts. "That’s what Justin does," Joel Berry said. “He’s a scorer."
As Johnson and Paige head into UNC rafters, Jackson continues making his case to join them
Among the ways a player can get his jersey honored by UNC are by being named ACC Player of the Year or by being a first or second team All-American. For Justin Jackson, both of these avenues are still very much in play. With three out of UNC's final four games against fellow league heavyweights, he’ll have enough chances to wow voters for national honors as well.
Lucas: They Grow Up
If you’d walked into the Smith Center in the spring of 2013 and pointed to the rafters and told someone, “That’s where Brice Johnson’s jersey will be one day,” they would’ve thought you were delusional. Marcus Paige wasn’t completely sure he could even contribute at this level; now he’s one of the 51 greatest players in program history.