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Will Texas’ threes fall against No. 3 Carolina?

Shaka Smart was more than happy to see some jump shots find the bottom of the net. He said as much after the game. But behind the praise was a subtle yet unspoken question: Will those shots go down against an opponent that’s several levels above UT-San Antonio? (Austin American-Statesman)

The Other Side Of Round: The Rejuvenation Of Raymond Felton

Where fans disdained Raymond Felton for gaining weight, they've embraced the round, slightly pudgy dude currently hustling on a basketball court as endearing. When Felton checks into a game for the Mavericks, the Dallas crowd cheers enthusiastically. Felton's teammates and coaches in Dallas all love him, too, and it has nothing to do with his weight. (VICE Sports)

Should P.J. Hairston continue to start for the Charlotte Hornets?

While many Hornets are playing some of the best basketball of their careers, second-year swingman P.J. Hairston is decidedly not. Defensively, Hairston's been great. He plays hard, rotates well, and more often than not makes sound defensive plays. He's yet to earn the respect of referees around the league, however, and is frequently whistled for blocking and shooting fouls. (At The Hive)

Tar Heels To Visit Texas Saturday

Third-ranked North Carolina (7-1) will try to win its first road game of the season when it visits Texas (5-3) on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s tipoff is set for just after 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time (4:15 locally) in the Erwin Center in Austin. Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas will call the game for an ESPN national television audience. Every Tar Heel game in December will be televised nationally. (

Guards Make Tar Heels Go

Marcus Paige’s presence does more than provide an additional scoring option for the Tar Heels. He impacts the game beyond the numbers on the stat line. The veteran leader acts as the final and most vital piece of the puzzle among the three Tar Heel point guards offensively, and makes just as significant of an impact on the defensive end of the court. (

SI Basketball Power Rankings: Is Theo Pinson UNC's MVP?

2. North Carolina Tar Heels: While UNC’s star senior guard, Marcus Paige, was injured, Theo Pinson averaged 28.5 minutes per game; now that Paige is back, Pinson is averaging 17.5. The Heels have seemed fine in that arrangement, beating Maryland and routing Davidson, but this is something to monitor, whether UNC needs Pinson’s playmaking to reach its peak level of offense. (Sports Illustrated)

Photos Wayne Ellington's Random Acts of Kindness

As part of the Brooklyn Nets 12 Days of Giving, Wayne Ellington surprised customers with gift cards and groceries at Key Food in Brooklyn. (Brooklyn Nets)

Marvelous Marvin Williams

With Williams on the floor, Charlotte is scoring 105.1 points per 100 possessions, according to, and giving up only 99.3 points per 100. That offensive rating would rank as the No. 3 offense in the league. And when Williams dips and hits the bench, Charlotte scores 101.1 points per 100 — a difference of four points. This isn’t insignificant, man. (SportsChannel 8)

Reggie Bullock looking to carve his niche on Pistons roster

Reggie Bullock has been looking to find his opportunity on the Detroit Pistons roster. After averaging 10.7 points in six preseason games, being praised by coach Stan Van Gundy for his defensive prowess and having his fourth-year option picked up by the team in October, Bullock hasn’t been able to showcase his abilities consistently due to a lack of playing time. (Kinston Free Press)

UNC's Point Guard Revival

Marcus Paige has long been viewed as North Carolina’s best option at point guard. So far this season, however, the senior has played primarily at the off-guard spot due to the improved play of point guards Joel Berry and Nate Britt running the offense. “They got a lot of confidence when I was out,” Paige said after Sunday’s win over Davidson. “I’m more off the ball this year." (Inside Carolina)

John Henson erased the Blazers’ game-winning attempt to clinch a Bucks win

t was a crazy final 14 seconds on Monday for the Bucks as they beat the Trail Blazers with two great plays down the stretch. First, the Bucks won a jump ball, which led to a Greg Monroe basket to to go up by one. Then, John Henson sealed the win with a fantastic block on Meyers Leonard. (SB Nation)

76ers' Kendall Marshall set to debut Friday

Kendall Marshall will make his season debut Friday against the Detroit Pistons. Marshall had been rehabbing with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League, but he was recalled over the weekend, which foreshadowed his return to an NBA court. The former North Carolina standout tore his ACL nearly 11 months ago while playing for the Bucks. (CBS Sports)

The Many Faces of Joel James

North Carolina senior center Joel James is never going to be the go-to guy for Carolina. But, his value to the UNC basketball team can be seen off and on the court. He is a great teammate and a leader. He hustles, defends, rebounds, and cares. He also has some of the best in-game facial expressions in UNC basketball history. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Basketball's Six Toughest Remaining Games

UNC has already passed one of their toughest challenges against Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. But the Tar Heels did stumble on the road in Northern Iowa against the Panthers. Carolina has a few challenges left in the non-conference slate before the always rough ACC gauntlet. Let's take a look the hardest games remaining on UNC's schedule. (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige elevates UNC back into elite conversation

North Carolina is a completely different team with senior guard Marcus Paige, who made his return against Maryland on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels showed how much Paige matters to just about everything they do in a loss at Northern Iowa on Nov. 21. Paige is their de facto leader, their best long-range shooter, their best clutch scorer and also a guy who makes those around him better in a variety of ways. (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22 9:05 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech71
Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;
NC State71
at Georgia Tech69
Henderson (NC State) 21 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 11 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
Virginia Tech8-719-8
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State4-1215-14
Boston College2-139-19

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