Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball.
Kendall Marshall's journey: From no time to Showtime
Kendall Marshall is putting up nutty numbers in Los Angeles. His 9.6 assists per game are second in the NBA to only Chris Paul. Outdated scouting reports say he's not a shooter, but he's making 45.5 percent of his three-pointers. Marshall is averaging 39 minutes per game as a Lakers starter, but that doesn't even begin to describe how much they've depended on him to run the show.
ACC Basketball Previews, Feb. 4
Maryland at North Carolina: Neither of these teams can get to the line or keep opponents off of it. Both rely pretty heavily on getting offensive rebounds. Neither team shoots well (or, at least, reliably) and both can get a tad derpy on offense. UNC thrives on the two-point bucket, and if Maryland can’t defend the rim, it will be a long night for the Terps. Prediction: North Carolina, 71-63
Preview: UNC vs Maryland
For the last time, at least in the regular season and certainly the last time in Chapel Hill, UNC will face Maryland in an ACC game. There is a good bet this is the last time these two teams ever play unless something flaky happens with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge match-ups. Roy Williams will face one of his former assistants, one that he owns a 6-0 record against since Mark Turgeon arrived in College Park. Prediction: UNC 81 Maryland 71
Lucas: Words Of Wisdom Hit Home
On January 21, with Carolina sitting 1-4 in the ACC, Jawad Williams wrote a story for the CAROLINA digital magazine that he hoped would illuminate some of the issues he saw with the current Tar Heels. That story found a receptive audience and was one of the most-clicked articles on the site last week. Some of those clicks, however, were coming from a somewhat unexpected source: the current Tar Heels.
UNC vs. Maryland Preview
North Carolina hosts Maryland on Tuesday (8:00 p.m., ACC Network) looking to climb to its first winning ACC record of the season. The Terrapins travel to Chapel Hill for the final conference game between the two storied programs, as Maryland is bolting to the Big Ten following this season. Maryland enters the game at 13-9 (5-4 ACC).
Conflicted Williams faces another member of his coaching family
No one in college basketball is as loyal as Roy Williams when it comes to his relationships with former players and assistant coaches. That’s what makes it so difficult when he’s forced to send his team into a game against one of them. Williams has already had to do it three times this season – scoring victories against Buzz Peterson and UNC Wilmington, and Wes Miller’s UNC Greensboro team while losing to UAB and Jerod Haase.
Three to know: Maryland at North Carolina
North Carolina won its 1,000th game against Maryland and suffered its first loss in the Smith Center when Terrapins star Len Bias scored 35 points in an overtime epic in 1986. Maryland beat the struggling 2001-02 UNC team 112-79 as UNC allowed the most points in school history for a regulation game. But Maryland has lost to UNC more than it’s lost to any other team, falling to the Tar Heels 121 times.
Denver Nuggets glad to see point guard Ty Lawson back from injury
Denver Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson participated in a largely non-contact practice Sunday and said he will be back in uniform Monday when the Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers. Lawson's expected return to the lineup is music to the ears of coach Brian Shaw, who not only had no point guards to turn to Friday against the Raptors, he had a total of only two healthy guards on the roster.
Heels-Terps: The End Of A Rivalry
They played their first game as conference rivals in December 1954. Nearly 60 years later, Maryland and North Carolina will meet for the final time in a regular season ACC game tonight in Chapel Hill. Much has changed during those six decades. The teams’ all-white rosters were integrated. Cole Field House and Carmichael Auditorium are still standing on their respective campuses, but the teams now play in Comcast Center and Smith Center.
Preview: Maryland travels to UNC for final time in ACC
UNC's James Michael McAdoo is 6-9 and can play above the rim, Brice Johnson is 6-9 and has length for days, and 6-9, 290-pound freshman Kennedy Meeks is a space-eater inside. All three of those players average more than six rebounds per game and present a problem for Maryland's Shaquille Cleare, Evan Smotrycz, Jonathan Graham, Charles Mitchell, and Damonte Dodd on the interior.
Roy Williams’ love of coaching spreads to his pupils
Wes Miller is just one of a handful of Roy Williams’ pupils that is now at the helm of his own Division I program. Miller returned to Chapel Hill earlier in December where Williams won, 81-50. And tonight at 8 p.m, the Tar Heels will take the floor against another one of Williams’ prodigies for the final time this season. Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins are coming to town.
Out of the basement, Tar Heels set sights on raising ceiling
Beating Maryland tonight would produce North Carolina’s longest winning streak of the season at four in a row and move the Tar Heels above .500 in the league for the first time this season. After Saturday’s 84-70 defeat of rival NC State, coach Roy Williams said North Carolina’s recovery and rise to 4-4 in the conference has revealed the character of his players.
School rivalries shouldn’t turn fans into criminals
The Free Expression Tunnel at N.C. State exists to combat graffiti on campus. Just because UNC doesn’t have an equivalent space on its campus doesn’t give N.C. State fans the right to paint UNC buildings or signs. Similarly, UNC fans shouldn’t have vandalized the wolves when there is a tunnel designated for free expression within 100 feet of them. The paint war is childish, and we should realize that we are both in the wrong.
Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes
Roy Williams on the matchup with Maryland on Tuesday night: “They’re the kind of team that you don’t like to play. They have five guys averaging in double figures. Four of the five guys were really important to their team last year. They have the experience. They’re 5-4 so they’re ahead of us in the league. We’ve got to match their enthusiasm and our want to has got to be deeper than their want to."
Seth Allen leads Terps as they prepare for final regular-season game against UNC in ACC
The Tar Heels — who lead the series 121-57 — haven't lost to Maryland at home since 2008. Tuesday night's game poses a special test for Seth Allen because of UNC's strategy of employing fast breaks at every opportunity. Allen considers North Carolina's Smith Center — not Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium — the toughest environment in which to play in the ACC.