Lakers’ Ed Davis seeking long-term security with purple and gold
It appears Ed Davis comes out of nowhere as he grabs nearly every loose ball and rebound imaginable. It appears Davis can compete through any circumstance, including a recently broken nose and a fluctuating starting and reserve role, without complaints.
Sense of urgency lacking for Tar Heels
While "sense of urgency" is still in the lexicon of No. 12 North Carolina (17-6 overall, 7-3 ACC) as it preps for Saturday's trip to Boston College (9-12, 1-8), other oft-repeated terms have popped up. "Toughness" was what the Tar Heels famously lacked during some early season losses. "Buying in" has seen its usage rise.
Three to know – No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Health concerns have forced North Carolina to strike a tricky balance at practice. The challenge has been how to get enough work in while also protecting the condition of the few Tar Heels dealing with injuries. Throw in a two-game losing streak and the stakes become higher. Since Monday night’s loss to Virginia, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams has tried his best to give his team everything it needs.
Video: Louisville coach goes berserk on bench during game against UNC
Ray Ganong is in his 30th season as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Louisville. The 60-year-old Ganong has a pretty strong resume, as he was on the staff at the University of Miami when they won a baseball title in 1982 and a football title in 1983. However, up until today you probably never even heard of Ganong. Well, pull up a chair and get ready to be amazed.
UNC's Berry questionable to return from groin injury at BC
North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he has "no idea" whether freshman Joel Berry II will be ready to return from a groin injury Saturday at Boston College. The reserve point guard has missed seven straight games since reaggravating a groin injury suffered around Christmas. Williams said Friday that Berry has increased his practice work with the team, and Williams hasn't ruled Berry out.
UNC searching for more than a win at Boston College
Roy Williams has been coaching up the Tar Heels toward having a sense of urgency. They won't be on a sports stage as big as the Super Bowl when they drop in on Boston College Saturday (3 p.m., ACC Network). But Williams and his players have said the time is always now in the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference. On paper, UNC (17-6, 7-3 ACC) is supposed to beat Boston College (9-12, 1-8 ACC).
Video: UNC Basketball - Pride of the State
Our nation's first public university, North Carolina has as much pride in its colors as it does its rich basketball tradition. From coaching legend Dean Smith to current head coach Roy Williams and from players like Michael Jordan to Antawn Jamison the feeling has always been that being a Tar Heel is truly being a member of a "family."
Previewing Boston College
No. 12 North Carolina travels north in hopes of snapping its current two-game skid at Boston College on Saturday. Tip-off at Conte Forum is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. Boston College enters Saturday’s contest with a 9-12 (1-8 ACC) record. The conference grind has been rough, however, as their lone victory came at Georgia Tech, 64-62, on Jan. 25.
Paging J.P. Tokoto
When a reporter asked Roy Williams on Friday what stood out about junior wing J.P. Tokoto’s performance in Monday’s loss to Virginia, the 12th-year UNC head coach paused for a lengthy seven seconds before answering. “Just wasn’t involved,” Williams said. “Just wasn’t as involved as much as he wanted to be, I wanted him to be, the whole bit.”
North Carolina-Boston College Preview
Two games against the top 10 halted a North Carolina team seemingly on the verge of climbing into the ranks of the elite. Shouldering back-to-back losses for the first time this season, the 12th-ranked Tar Heels now face a three-game road stretch of ascending difficulty with Saturday's trip to Boston College prefacing trips to Pittsburgh and Duke. BC plays its next three at home, where it's gone 0-3 thus far in the league.
Roy Williams discusses injuries, UNC big men
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams met with the media Friday afternoon before the Tar Heels fly to Massachusetts to take on Boston College. "Yesterday was the first day that Joel Berry's done anything live. He probably went 40-50% of the live stuff. Marcus was a little sore, but got a little better as the practice went on. It has been a balancing act in trying to give them some more time."
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Boston College
Roy Williams and Marcus Paige discuss team health, pace of play and stopping Boston College as the Tar Heels prepare to take on the Eagles on February 7, 2015.
Know Your Opponent: Boston College
The Eagles have three solid wins out of conference - New Mexico, Providence and Harvard. They have just two losses outside of the KenPom top 100, the worst of which was a 4-point home loss to USC. And of their eight ACC losses, five have been by single digits. The BC lineup has been pretty consistent all year, and the Eagles are among the nation's most experienced teams.
Rasheed Wallace back in Portland for Trail Blazers game, fans give him warm welcome
Rasheed Wallace's playing days with the Portland Trail Blazers might've been a little rocky at times, but for many fans, there are only fond memories. So when 'Sheed's face was shown on the big screen during the game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, the crowd gave the now retired player a lot of love.
Tar Heels Head To Boston College
North Carolina (17-6, 7-3 ACC) will try to rebound from its first losing streak of the season when it visits Boston College (9-12, 1-8) on Saturday afternoon at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Tipoff is set for 3:06 p.m., and the ACC Network will televise the game regionally with Tim Brando (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) on the call.