Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
No time for Justin Jackson to look to rafters
Justin Jackson admitted that having two recent teammates honored in that way was weird, because, “they come into locker room, and they’re the same goofballs I played with.” “Obviously, they had great careers. But sometimes, playing with guys like that, you don’t realize the caliber of player that they are. What they did here, not many people can do.”
UNC Basketball No. 8 In Both Polls
North Carolina moved up in each of the two major basketball polls on Monday after a pair of wins last week at NC State and at home over then-No. 14 Virginia. The Tar Heels are No. 8 in this week's Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls after being No. 10/9 last week. Carolina will host Louisville on Wednesday in a meeting of top-10, conference opponents.
Four Corners: Louisville Visits In Another Big Game
North Carolina Basketball is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of four consecutive home games played against ranked opponents. The Tar Heels beat Virginia in the second of those games last Saturday night and will welcome Louisville on Wednesday before the season finale against Duke on March 4. On to this week's Four Corners.
Bracket Watch: North Carolina snags No. 1 seed from Baylor
Villanova, Kansas and Gonzaga have yet to lock in a top seed, but all are headed in that direction. Baylor’s losses last week opened the door for North Carolina to move to the top line, as well. Plenty can change, but the Wildcats, Jayhawks and Bulldogs, along with the top team in the ACC, are on their way to leading the four regions in this year’s NCAA tournament.
UNC men's basketball sees shades of Maui in win over Virginia
Since the team plane touched down on the mainland, the No. 10 North Carolina men’s basketball team has been trying to find its way back to Maui. Not for the sunny skies and pristine beaches — though that certainly doesn’t hurt — but for the elite level of play UNC reached during the Maui Invitational.
Ranking the ACC's Football-Basketball Coaching Duos for 2017
3. North Carolina: The Roy Williams critics point out that he’s been a head coach at Kansas and North Carolina — two schools where it’s hard NOT to win — but the fact remains that he’s averaged a staggering 28 wins in 28 seasons. Larry Fedora’s career has been highlighted by two very good seasons. He’s averaged an ordinary 7.2 wins in his other seven seasons.
UNC, Louisville playing for a 1 seed?
This is the biggest week of the regular season for Louisville basketball. The Cards have a golden opportunity Wednesday in Chapel Hill where they'll tip off at 9 p.m. against North Carolina with a lot on the line. A win over UNC would pull Louisville into a tie for first place in the ACC and give the Cards a key tiebreaker in the chase for an ACC regular-season title.
Justin Jackson’s Historic 3-Point Improvement
After making 29% of his 120 3-pointer as a sophomore, Justin Jackson has improved to 39% on 178 attempts as a junior. That increase of 10 percentage points is a healthy one. But where does it rank in ACC history? Prior to this season, only 11 ACC players have had a 10-percentage-point increase in their season-over-season 3-point percentage.
UNC's Tempo Adjustment
Not only are the Tar Heels pushing the tempo more effectively of late – UNC played eight games with 65 or fewer possessions in 2014-15 and has played that same number combined over the past two seasons – but they are winning more when forced to play at a slower pace. Roy Williams’s squad has won six of its last seven in games with 65 or fewer possessions.
ACC, Big 12, Big Ten coaches scout league opponents with brutal honesty
On North Carolina: “When you’re so systematic offensively, sometimes when you’re forced to improvise, it becomes more difficult. If you zone them and slow them down a little bit, they don’t have as good a flow. As big and strong as they are near the rim, they’re not a great pick-and-roll defensive team. They don't have a four or five man who can stretch and shoot threes."
Jerry Stackhouse: Passion Project
Jerry Stackhouse became a mentor, drawing from his playing experience and what he learned from a long line of legendary coaches—Dean Smith, Doug Collins, Rick Carlisle. When he played in Dallas for Avery Johnson, that’s when he began to consider coaching. “You get a real gratification out of seeing guys get better,” Stack says. “I feel like this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Justin Jackson's special season leading Tar Heels
The celebration began Saturday in Chapel Hill with former Tar Heels Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson having their jerseys raised among the rows of the honored. Justin Jackson might one day join Paige and Johnson with the season he's having for North Carolina. Jackson picked apart No. 14 Virginia's vaunted defense to the tune of 18 points in the first half Saturday.
How Michael Jordan is quietly taking over the NBA once again
Almost seven years after he became owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan is flexing his muscle — and putting his stamp on the NBA once again. The latest example is courtesy of the New York Knicks, oddly enough. When James Dolan and Charles Oakley publicly butted heads last week, commissioner Adam Silver looped in Jordan to help smooth things over.
Jerry Stackhouse leads D-League stars to win
The only thing Jerry Stackhouse wanted in his D-League all-star coaching debut was a modicum of seriousness because the kids in his charge are not quite where they need to be yet. He watched the half-hearted effort in Friday’s game between first- and second-year NBA players and used it to deliver a message to his Eastern Conference team, which eked out a 105-100 win.
Don’t frickin’ tell Roy Williams that was good defense
If there ever was a case of numbers lying, Roy Williams is sure that he found one Saturday. In a 65–41 romp over No. 14 Virginia, No. 10 North Carolina held the Cavaliers to the second-fewest points by an opponent in Smith Center history. “It’s hard to say because I kept saying, ‘Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open. Gosh, he was open,’” said Williams.