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Willie Cooper's story as UNC's first black basketball player began in Elm City

The story of Willie Cooper Jr. neither begins nor ends with him becoming the first black basketball player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a member of the Tar Heels freshman team in 1964-65. During tryouts for the varsity team at UNC in 1965, Cooper decided he would give up basketball and the chance to play for Carolina’s young head coach Dean Smith.

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Miami

Heading to Miami, the Tar Heels are in need of a return to the norm on the offensive end. Miami's defensive numbers suggest that's possible, though NC State's numbers were very similar and it didn't matter. The Hurricanes also play slower tempo which was part and parcel to the game plan NC State used to give the Tar Heels trouble.

Spenser Dalton added to North Carolina's varsity basketball roster

Short-handed UNC has added Spenser Dalton, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior guard, to the varsity roster. Previously a second-year member of UNC's junior varsity program, Dalton had been helping Roy Williams' injury-plagued team in practice but still playing for JV coach Hubert Davis' team. Dalton attended the Christ School in Asheville, where Williams was raised, and will wear No. 43 for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina Tar Heels at Miami Hurricanes game preview

North Carolina walked off its home floor following a fifth defeat in seven games its last time out feeling outworked and outhustled. The 15th-ranked Tar Heels hope that scenario doesn't repeat itself Saturday. North Carolina looks to avoid dropping a fifth straight meeting with Miami, which seeks its fourth victory over a ranked opponent in its pursuit of an NCAA tournament berth.

Tar Heels’ basketball fading as ACC, national power?

This is Blue Heaven, where Dean Smith built a program of unparalleled success that went 37 consecutive years without finishing outside the ACC’s top three, a stretch that included a combined 28 league titles. Is 68-30 (34-17 in the ACC) the past three years good enough? It would be in most places. But in Chapel Hill, it is a step back from what is expected and has been established.

The Real Problems with North Carolina Basketball

To be sure there are significant issues with this year’s Tar Heel basketball team. In most years under Roy Williams the Heels kick into another gear, when one player emerges as the team’s star, and when Tar Heel fans start fantasizing about a March run to NCAA Title #6. Instead the 2014-2015 Heels are dropping the games they usually drop in January. So why has Carolina backslid over the past month?

Previewing Miami

No. 15 North Carolina looks to rebound from a tough home loss against N.C. State when it heads to South Florida to take on Miami on Saturday. Tip-off at the BankUnited Center is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by CBS. Miami enters Saturday’s contest with a 18-10 (8-7 ACC) record. Despite seven losses in league play, the Hurricanes have done well against the best teams in the conference.

Audio: Scouting Report With Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga

WCHL’s Matt Oakes chats with Miami basketball coach Jim Larrañaga as his Hurricnaes get set to welcome the Tar Heels to the BankUnited Center on Saturday. The two discuss the do-or-die scenario facing bubble teams like his own, the competitiveness of coaching in the ACC, the special challenges Carolina presents and the atmosphere that will await UNC on Senior Day at Miami.

A conversation with Brad Daugherty

Born in Black Mountain, NC, Brad Daugherty rose to basketball stardom at UNC and in the NBA. Since 1994, he has covered both basketball and NASCAR for ESPN. Brad has seen his share of setbacks as well as successes, during a life built on the strong work ethic and goal-setting that he learned from his parents and mentors like Coach Dean Smith. Brad shared his story.

Pack's win was just its seventh at UNC in the last 40 years

That was NC State's seventh win in 40 years in Chapel Hill — 1976, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2015

Slumping Tar Heels Head To Miami In Hopes Of Recovery Effort

The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-9 overall and 9-6 in ACC action, hits the road to sunny south Florida to take on the 18-10 Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels will desperately be looking to get back on track after dropping five of their last seven games. If there’s such a thing as a must-win game, Saturday’s tilt at the BankUnited Center is one of those.

Huge Outrage Over "SFN" Following Blog's Dean Smith Joke

Following last night’s win, the N.C. State fan blog “State Fans Nation” published a piece that was met to massive criticism and uproar from around the Twittersphere. I don’t know how long this tweet will be up, but here was the tweet that started it all last night…Many State and Carolina fans alike agreed that this article crossed the proverbial line, especially since Smith’s passing was so recent. Many State and Carolina fans alike agreed that this article crossed the proverbial line, especially since Smith’s passing was so recent. However, enough State fans thought it was funny that it got around 300 likes on Facebook as of this morning.

Art’s Angle: Bad And Getting Worse

You saw two teams going in opposite directions Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team trending downward is Carolina, which suffered its fifth defeat in the last seven games and its fourth loss in the Smith Center this season, scoring its fewest points ever in Dean’s Dome. The Tar Heels have now lost at home seven times in the last two seasons, with only Senior Night remaining against Duke on March 7.

Loud And Clear At The Dean E. Smith Center

Almost an hour before tip off at the Dean E. Smith Center, an elderly man, probably in his late 70's, walked into the arena and made a b-line toward the UNC student section. Dressed in a satin Carolina blue baseball jacket, white cowboy hat and matching Carolina blue boots, the m faced the students and screamed at the top of his lungs, "are you going to be loud tonight?"

Tar Heels Off To Miami

UNC will play its final two road games of the season in a four-day stretch starting on Saturday at Miami. Carolina and the Hurricanes will tipoff just after 2 p.m. at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. With several inches of snow on the ground in Chapel Hill, the warmth of Miami should be a welcome change. CBS will televise the game nationally, and Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb will call the action.

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4 TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11 TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13 TBD

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25


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