Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings: #8 UNC
The Tar Heels’ offense is operating at its lowest level of the season, and their defense is trending in the wrong direction. Their adjusted efficiency margins in late December and early January looked like that of a national-title contender, but lately, not so much. (Sports Illustrated
Marcus Paige still the key ACC player as stretch runs start
Even if Marcus Paige is off his offensive A-game, Paige is still the Heels’ best bet to provide the leadership and come up with the big-game big plays needed for the team to lock up the conference regular-season race, earn a NCAA regional top seed and a NCAA assignment in Raleigh (March 17&19). (WRAL Sports Fan
Ridiculous Poll Results Are In!
13% of those who responded think Steve Robinson should replace Roy Williams to finish out the season. Let that sink in for a moment. Assuming the number is legitimate, there is a group of people out there who are okay supplanting a hall of fame coach with two national titles with his longtime assistant in the middle of the season because of 14:35 of coaching at the end of one game. (Tar Heel Blog
Michael Jordan is fine with the 'Crying Jordan' meme... for now
Michael Jordan isn’t someone most people would feel comfortable making fun of. Any opponent who took even a perceived shot at Jordan would almost always suffer his wrath on the court. However, over the last year or so, Jordan has become the source of an internet meme that is running wild. A picture of the Bulls legend crying is placed over the face of a losing or struggling athlete. (Chicago Sun-Times
Four questions with OKC Blue dunk machine J.P. Tokoto
Oklahoma City Blue guard J.P. Tokoto has established a reputation for beiing a high flyer. The 22-year-old rookie out of North Carolina has a 43-inch vertical and a growing highlight reel of jaw-dropping dunks. This weekend, Tokoto will compete in the D-League All-Star Game Dunk Contest in Toronto. (NewsOK.com
Chansky’s Notebook: Dumb Basketball in Boston
Even Ol’ Roy could hardly bear to watch. Carolina’s basketball season has been getting wacky lately, but Tuesday night at Boston College takes the cake. It got so frustrating that Roy Williams gave himself the tired signal and watched the rest of the game from the locker room. (Chapelboro.com
Brice Johnson makes late-season Wooden Award list
UNC’s Brice Johnson and Duke’s Grayson Allen head a list of four ACC players earning spots on the late season top 20 list of candidates for the Wooden Award. Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Louisville’s Damion Lee also made the list, but N.C. State point guard Cat Barber is still missing for consideration as national college basketball Player of the Year. (Wilmington Star News
Video: Vince Carter's Ultimate Toronto Raptors Mixtape
The NBA has put together quite an impressive highlight reel of former Tar Heel Vince Carter, arguably the greatest dunker of all time, during his days with the Toronto Raptors.
UNC spokesman: Roy Williams expected back at next practice
Roy Williams is expected to be at UNC's next practice and game following a bout with vertigo that sidelined him for part of Tuesday's win at Boston College. Athletics spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that the Tar Heels had a scheduled day off and would return to practice Thursday. "We expect him to be back at practice (Thursday) and coach on Sunday." (Associated Press
Ridiculous Poll: Roy Williams or Steve Robinson?
Last night Roy Williams left UNC's game at Boston College early in the second half with a bout of vertigo. Assistant coach Steve Robinson stepped into the fray and led UNC to a comeback win against a historically bad Boston College team. So with this being an election year and everything being polled I thought, "Why not? (Tar Heel Blog
Video: Roy Williams' First Comments After Vertigo-Induced Collapse
Roy Williams explains how vertigo was the reason he collapsed during last night's UNC-Boston College game. The Tar Heels coach says it's something he's dealt with for a long time. He insists he's doing okay, and says it's the first time he's had to leave a game because of his vertigo.
Four Tar Heels Earn ACC Weaver-James Corrigan Recognition
Four UNC student-athletes were among 52 from around the ACC announced Wednesday as recipients of Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships and awards. Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Emma Nunn, Marcus Paige and Houston Summers were recognized for outstanding academic and athletic performance during their careers in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com
OKC Thunder: Meet OKC's other All-Star Weekend participant, J.P. Tokoto
On a sleepy Saturday morning, most of the Oklahoma City Blue's players have cleared off the court. J.P. Tokoto remains. The 22-year-old is dripping sweat off his slender 6-foot-6½-inch frame (says Tokoto: “my hair is 6-7”). He practices offensive moves around the paint with an assistant, flipping in a few shots from close range. It's standard post-practice work … until Tokoto takes one step and launches into that 43-inch vertical. (NewsOK.com
UNC men's basketball defies adversity in chaotic win over Boston College
This wasn’t supposed to happen – not like this. The No. 9 North Carolina men’s basketball team was supposed to toy with the lowly Boston College Eagles, not trail them. Coach Roy Williams’ lineup shuffle was supposed to send his team a message, not send it into mayhem. And Williams’ health scare in the second half was supposed to inhibit the Tar Heels, not inspire them. (Daily Tar Heel
Health Scare Sparks UNC
Not a mass starting lineup change, nor a visit to ACC cellar dweller Boston College, could shake No. 9 North Carolina out of its midseason doldrums on Tuesday. It took a health scare by Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams to rally the Tar Heels past the Eagles, 68-65. (Inside Carolina