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Kendall Marshall's bounce passes are delicious
Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall is known for his exceptional passes, so much so that even his great dishes can become sort of ho-hum after a while. But then every once in a while he throws a bounce pass with side-spin between two Oklahoma City defenders and you spill your popcorn all over yourself and scream and wake up your roommate.
Duke-Carolina: A Snow Odyssey
It wasn’t your typical Duke-Carolina game day. They’re always big. But this one was bigger – for different reasons. And it will have people talking about a couple things concerning this 12th of February day for years to come.
To Play or Not to Play?
A monster rivalry, a national TV audience on two networks, and crazier than expected accumulation of snow on the Triangle's roadways shined a light on the ACC's inclement weather policy and forced a reasonable decision on the UNC/Duke game to be made hours after it should have been.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said it was “the right decision” to postpone Wednesday night’s UNC-Duke game at Chapel Hill, while North Carolina coach Roy Williams said “it was very disappointing...but I understand that safety issues come first.” With the teams now set to face off Thursday, Deb. 20 at 9 p.m. — again at UNC — both are looking at a difficult stretch of games next week.
Roy Williams on the UNC-Duke postponement
Roy Williams: "It was very disappointing to say the least because it was a huge game for us and our fans, a great rivalry game that so many look forward to playing in, coaching in and watching, but I understand that safety issues come first as they of course should. We move on and get ready for Pittsburgh, another outstanding club that is playing well."
Coach K says postponing Duke-Carolina game was "the right decision"
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski: "You worry about your own players traveling to get here, to get back. It's a good decision. We're going to play them next Thursday, the 20th, and so, what happens here is we play Saturday against Maryland at home, then we play Tuesday at Georgia Tech, play in Chapel Hill on Thursday and then come back and play Saturday night at Syracuse."
Lucas: The New Schedule
With the snow still falling in Chapel Hill last night, most of the attention was on a Carolina-Duke game that wasn't played. But today, focus turns to what has become a very difficult stretch of four games in eight days. UNC will practice this afternoon at the Smith Center, as Roy Williams will have to refocus his club on a challenging stretch that will shape their ACC finish.
Coming Home: Lennie Rosenbluth’s return to Chapel Hill
Lennie Rosenbluth is not the type to be holed up in his house, even at 80, and he enjoys talking hoops. He goes to every home Carolina football and basketball game. He’s a regular at several of the town’s notable restaurants. He even comes to the taping of the Roy Williams Live radio show most weeks to get out of the house. He’s a visible member of the Chapel Hill community.
Note to UNC: Change the seating
While Carolina is contemplating renovations as the Smith Center nears its 30th year of existence, it should look into making the students a permanent fixture in the lower tier, beyond just the risers behind the home basket. There are roughly 14 mobile rows of seats that pull out from the base of the stands. Most, if not all, of that complete tier should be reserved for students on all sides of the court.
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles Scott
Charles Scott doesn’t think of himself as a pioneer. More than 40 years after he enrolled in Chapel Hill, Carolina’s first black scholarship athlete simply thinks of himself as an alumnus. “I’d never put a label on myself when I went out there, to think I was playing as a pioneer or a trailblazer,” he said. “That was never my frame of mind as a player at North Carolina.”
Video: Trip from Cameron to Dean Dome took just 27 minutes in the snow
UNC's game against Duke on February 12th, 2014 was postponed because the Blue Devils claimed they were unable to make the trip due to winter weather conditions. It only took this guy 27 minutes. (Warning: Adult language)
Postponement makes for tough week ahead for UNC, Duke
The postponement of North Carolina’s home game against No. 8 Duke on Wednesday left no bad blood between the two rivals. UNC team spokesman Steve Kirschner said head coaches Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski spoke twice before the game was officially postponed — first to discuss the idea and then to officially make the decision.
Memes of Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils being scared of a raucous environment in Chapel Hill accumulated quicker than snow on the roads. Folks were flabbergasted by Duke's inability to travel the short distance between campuses and no apparent contingency plan to leave earlier Wednesday afternoon.
UNC, Michigan State, Florida, Texas in new 4-team event
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has done it again, creating a four-team barnstorming event with Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and Texas agreeing to play three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles over an eight-day period in December 2018 while traveling together on a single chartered airplane.
Students disappointed after UNC-Duke game postponed
As soon as the PA system clicked on around 5:40 p.m., booing echoed throughout Koury Natatorium. “I knew it was over,” said junior Andrew Wood. And so did more than 500 other students that had been moved inside after snow made waiting in line outside unbearable. The same students who were reassured multiple times throughout the day that the Duke game was still on.