Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Tar Heels' Tokoto, Meeks return to form
After Wednesday night’s overtime loss at Duke, J.P. Tokoto was intent on moving forward. The North Carolina junior wing was firm in his voice, asserting desire to reach the Tar Heels’ next game. Based on how Tokoto played against the fourth-ranked Blue Devils, it makes sense that he wants to be back on the court as soon as possible.
Dean Smith: The man who knew so much
Jim Valvano used to tell this story at coaching clinics. He claimed he was sitting near some North Carolina fans in the Superdome in April 1982, when the Tar Heels were playing Georgetown in a jangling NCAA final. Being the coach at rival N.C. State, Valvano sought to tweak his neighbors by asking if they were getting nervous. “No,” one Heel said. “Dean will think of something.”
Preview & Prediction: #15 UNC vs Georgia Tech
What this game should be is UNC taking out the Duke loss on Georgia Tech in dominating fashion. The reality is no one knows for sure what you will ever get from this UNC team and the Jackets aren't a team that's been dominated in ACC play. Still, if there is carry over in the quality of play, the Tar Heels will make short work of the Yellow Jackets. Prediction: UNC 84 Georgia Tech 64
Know Your Opponent: Georgia Tech
In a quirk of the ACC schedule, Georgia Tech visits Carolina for the first of two meetings on Feb. 21, meaning the Yellow Jackets see the Tar Heels twice in their final four regular season games. Also unique is the fact that Tech has a "bye" on the final weekend, placing Senior Night against the Tar Heels on a Tuesday. Brian Gregory's club got off to a nightmarish 0-7 start thanks to a run of close losses.
Art’s Angle: Painful Loss = Crossroads
If any of the Tar Heels slept a wink Wednesday night, they awoke Thursday at the crossroads of their basketball season. They played well enough to win at Duke – in fact, should have won – but a heartbreaker like that can sometimes have a more negative effect than if they played hard, did some good things and lost by, say, 12 points.
Whether they knew him or just felt his impact, people recall Coach Smith
For Lynn Brammer, a waitress at Sutton's, Smith was “the man” when she was in school. She woke up to the news of his death Sunday morning and reacted in the only way she knew how. "I sat in my bed and cried like a baby," she said. "It's all a downfall from here, you know what I'm saying?"
'Courage' and the Political Legacy of Dean Smith
From his integration of the North Carolina basketball team and local restaurants as a young coach, to his post-coaching push to banish the death penalty, Smith showed “courage” in standing up for his beliefs in a way that would be hard to replicate these days, Rep. David Price, D-N.C., said on the ESPN/ABC podcast “Capital Games.”
Report: Michael Jordan considering building his own golf course
Michael Jordan is a busy man, and he doesn't have time for slow golf. The problem is that the pace at Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., where Jordan is a member and off which he owns a home, is too slow for the 52-year-old legend. What's his rumored solution? Building his own ultra-private golf club with a membership he can hand-pick.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Georgia Tech
Whatever the Tar Heels do on the offensive glass will be tested by Georgia Tech thanks in part to Maryland transfer Charles Mitchell. The junior big man has a personal DRB% of 18.5 which is top 300 nationally and 18.1 in ACC play good enough for 13th. Mitchell recorded 13 rebounds against the Tar Heels a year ago while playing for Maryland.
UNC has ingredients for late surge
In the downcast North Carolina locker room following Wednesday night's loss at Duke, Marcus Paige was asked if there were any positives to be gained from the 15th-ranked Tar Heels' near upset of No. 4 Duke. It may be hard, but for a UNC team that's struggled to find an identity all season, it's essential. There's a lot of basketball left for UNC, which faces Georgia Tech at noon Saturday.
North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, three to know preview
It’s the Tar Heels’ first home game since the passing of Dean Smith, whose life will be celebrated Sunday during a public memorial service in the same building. A moment of silence will be held before Saturday’s game at 11:59 a.m. Since improving to 7-1 in the ACC with a home win against Syracuse, UNC has dropped four of five games. The schedule has played some role in the streakiness.
UNC needs to take care of business against Georgia Tech
Roy Williams’ team will be more talented than Georgia Tech’s on Saturday. His No. 15 Tar Heels are approaching the 20-win threshold that the NCAA Tournament selection committee likes to see. Georgia Tech would need to go to Greensboro and run the table during the ACC Tournament to keep playing after that. Which is not to say that the Tar Heels can just mail it in Saturday.
The day Michael Jordan scored 55 points at Madison Square Garden
In 1995, Jordan scored 55 in his first game at Madison Square Garden after his first retirement. It was only Jordan's fifth game back from his 17-month sabbatical, and he unleashed on offensive fury on the defensive-minded Knicks. Jordan dazzled with his typical jump-shooting brilliance and assisted on the game-winning basket after commanding a double team in the final seconds.
More than a coach, Dean Smith lived life as a force for good
When games were at stake and the crowd noise was at its highest, Dean Smith would call a timeout and gather his University of North Carolina players around him. Instead of shouting to be heard over the din, he would lower his voice and speak quietly, forcing his players to lean closer to hear him.
The great coach was a great teacher
Few college coaches teach classes anymore, but they know that teaching the game is as important as recruiting. Dean Edward Smith was a great teacher. It’s no accident that the few books he wrote concentrated on explaining strategies and tactics, not on self-help or motivation. Still, the son of public school teachers in Emporia, Kan., Smith taught a generation of student-athletes about much more than basketball.