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North Carolina trying to take next step at ACC Tournament

Expectations are high for seventh-ranked UNC as the No. 1 seed at the ACC Tournament. That's nothing new for them. The preseason pick to win the ACC, Roy Williams' team beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday to capture the regular-season title. Now it's on to the postseason. Williams said it is just the "next step" for his oft-criticized group. (Associated Press)

Smith, Krzyzewski, Valvano: Three great coaches, lots of rivalry, then deep mutual appreciation

This may be very difficult for college basketball fans of Duke, UNC and NC State to understand at first. But John Feinstein’s new book, “The Legends Club,” is a love story. It features three legendary coaches of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country who faced off as rivals and later came to admire and respect one another. (Washington Post)

The Potential of Ty Lawson Exceeds the Risk for Pacers

Signing Ty Lawson comes as a surprise, given the timing of it, but it shouldn't. He fills a need, the potential upside overwhelms the risk, and Larry Bird has shown the courage it takes to make this kind of decision before. Bird nearly added Lawson to the Pacers' roster in 2009, during the draft. He once told me Lawson was his second choice behind Tyler Hansbrough with the 13th pick. (NBA.com)

Photo: Ex-UNC Star John Henson Visited Tar Heels’ Practice Today

Fresh off a victory over arch-rival Duke which sealed the ACC regular season title, North Carolina is back at work preparing for the conference tournament. The Tar Heels haven’t won the league tourney since 2008. Former UNC star John Henson, who celebrated the win over Duke on social media, returned to Chapel Hill and stopped by practice today. (College Spun)

Tar Heels looks to provide answer to questions about toughness

Justin Jackson’s heard the questions about UNC's supposed lack of toughness. He watches SportsCenter and listens to analysts critique the Tar Heels for the same thing. And as he sat at the Smith Center podium on Monday, hearing another question about toughness and his team’s label as “a bunch of nice kids,” the subtle sophomore laughed. (Daily Tar Heel)

John Henson Had A Fantastic Tweet After The Heels Beat Duke

It’s not just North Carolina players and fans who enjoyed the Heels’ win over Duke tonight. Former UNC players like John Henson were also excited to see their alma mater snap a four-game losing streak against its rival and clinch the ACC regular season championship in the process. (College Spun)

Why North Carolina Owns Duke

Highway I-40, known as Tobacco Road, connects UNC, Duke and NC State. These schools sit within a 25 mile radius of each other in a region where college basketball is religion. The passion translates into an abundance of riches for these universities–but there is a big gap between the schools illustrated by our historical valuations of college basketball programs. (Forbes)

NCAA Tournament Site Not a Concern for Roy Williams

Roy Williams truly does not care where his Tar Heels play when the NCAA Tournament tips off next week. UNC, along with No. 4 Virginia, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 11 Miami, is in the running for opening round games to be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. That close proximity to Chapel Hill is a factor that doesn’t register much with the Hall of Fame coach. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Basketball Pre-ACC Tournament Press Conference Recap

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, Joel Berry, and Justin Jackson speak to the media prior to this week's ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C. View Video...

John Feinstein Sheds Light on Legendary ACC Coaches Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, and Jim Valvano

John Feinstein fielded questions to kick off his “The Legends Club” book tour on college basketball coaches Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano. One was to name his favorite sport. He listed, in order, college basketball, golf and baseball. One has to wonder, though, if college basketball would be No. 1 if the New Yorker hadn’t enrolled at Duke 40 years ago. (Today's U)

Art’s Angle: More Gritty Than Pretty

"How do you like them apples?” Carolina got them apples at Duke Saturday night, and it was all about the digits, staggering numbers that overcame the persistent Blue Devils and won the ACC championship for the Tar Heels for the first time in four years, UNC’s seventh in the Roy Williams era and 30th in history (if you’re counting, Duke has 3 and 19). (Chapelboro.com)

Brice Johnson Named ACC Basketball Player of the Week

UNC senior Brice Johnson has been recognized as ACC Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Johnson had his ACC-leading 18th and 19th double-doubles in wins over Syracuse and Duke that clinched the ACC regular-season championship for UNC. He had had 18 points and 21 rebounds in the 76-72 win at Duke. (The ACC)

ACC Tournament: The backstories & whiteboards for UNC, N.C. State and Duke's top plays

Roy Williams believes in making at least three passes per possession, unless a layup is available, and he wants the ball to change sides of the floor. That much movement gives the defense a chance to make a mistake. “In 43 years of coaching, I’ve never designed a play to get a jump shot,” Williams said. “Every one is designed to get a layup." (Fayetteville Observer)

Brice Johnson On All-ACC Coaches First Team

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson was selected to the Coaches All-ACC first team, receiving votes from all 15 of the league’s head coaches. Johnson also was a unanimous selection on the media’s All-ACC first team that was announced on Sunday. Johnson and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon were the coaches’ only unanimous selections. (GoHeels.com)

Critics started something with Kennedy Meeks, but did he finish it?

Kennedy Meeks heard many fans and some analysts say that he shouldn’t start, and channeled his frustrations onto Twitter last week. But his biggest statement came Saturday in UNC’s 76–72 victory over Duke with one of his best games of the season. “Once I did that,” Meeks said of his tweets, “I just refocused on what the team needed." (Raleigh & Company)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20 TBD

UNC vs. TBD
Thu, Nov 23 TBD ESPN

UNC vs. TBD
Fri, Nov 24 TBD ESPN

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Syracuse10-819-15
Miami10-821-12
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
Clemson6-1217-16
NC State4-1415-17
Pittsburgh4-1416-17
Boston College2-169-23


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