Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball.
Video: Harrison Barnes' Best NBA Dunks
Golden State Warriors second-year forward Harrison Barnes will participate in the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest. Here's a montage of some of his best in-game dunks since coming into the league.
Tar Heels Head To Notre Dame
Saturday's contest will be the first ACC regular season game between UNC and Notre Dame, which joined the conference this season. The Tar Heels and Fighting Irish have played 20 times in the last 57 seasons, but Saturday's meeting will be the first in five seasons and just the second in two decades.
UNC-Notre Dame Preview
Notre Dame only lost by 6 to the No. 1 ranked Syracuse Orange on Monday and it should be interesting to see if this is a deflated team or a more motivated one that UNC will encounter. Either way, if UNC keeps playing the way they have been then the Heels should be the favorites to continue their winning ways and extend their winning streak to five.
Roy Williams Friday Press Conference Quotes
Roy Williams on if he’s shortening the rotation: “I guess I’m hesitating because I don’t see it like that, but I wouldn’t necessarily disagree. The type of game dictates it a little bit. With Maryland the other night, think about their lineup: they went really small for a long time. North Carolina State went really small for a long time. I think that probably has more to do with it than anything."
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Notre Dame Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media on Friday about the Tar Heels' continued improvement, why he likes the current starting lineup, defining a sense of urgency, and the growth of the ACC.
Previewing Notre Dame
The Tar Heels bring a four-game winning streak to South Bend to play a reeling Notre Dame team that that has lost seven of its last nine. Tip-off Saturday at Purcell Pavilion is at noon and will be televised by the ACC Network. Notre Dame enters Saturday’s contest with a 12-11 (3-7 ACC) record. Notre Dame’s primary deficiency in ACC play has been its defense.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Notre Dame
At first blush, Notre Dame's offensive numbers would seem to indicate this might be a bad match-up for UNC. The Irish have a decent offense with a points per possession of 1.12. Notre Dame also prefers a slower pace and does a good job covering the defensive glass.
Video: Jerry Stackhouse recalls how he picked North Carolina
Former Tar Heel star Jerry Stackhouse tells the story of how when it came down to it, he went with North Carolina to play his college ball.
Fighting Irish Host Tar Heels On Saturday
Notre Dame (12-11, 3-7) welcomes North Carolina (15-7, 5-4) to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on Saturday for the first time as an ACC foe. Tip-off is scheduled for noon (ET). Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst) will call the action. This will be the 21st meeting between the two schools with North Carolina leading the series 16-4.
Eric Montross: Tar Heels are Not a Top Tier Team, Yet
Eric Montross on James Michael McAdoo: "He’s really started to play more aggressively. The difference with him has been instead of just the move to the basket and accepting the foul as the end of the play, he’s taking the foul and trying to finish. Although that sounds like a simple formula, it’s one that he’s been slow to see and process and now it’s starting to work."
Lucas: Tar Heel Basketball Notebook
The two games between Carolina and Notre Dame over the next month represent more meetings than the two programs have had against each other in nearly 20 years. The most recent battle was a top-10 showdown in Maui in November of 2008, when Tyler Hansbrough took personally some suggestions that Luke Harangody might be his equal and helped lead the Tar Heels to a 102-87 throttling of the Irish.
The to-do list for Heels, Duke, Pack
Against a remaining schedule that includes four more road games after Notre Dame and visits from Duke (Feb. 12) and Pitt (Feb. 15), the Tar Heels will have to find a way to dramatically improve at the free-throw line to continue their surge. The numbers at the line are dreadful. Only Marcus Paige (90.3 percent) and sub Nate Britt (71.7) are dependable.
Starting lineup has Tar Heels off and running
North Carolina coach Roy Williams has tinkered with five different starting lineups during the course of the season, mostly out of necessity, before finding what looks to be the five. Actually it should be noted that really only two positions have been unsettled this year -- center and the guard spot opposite Marcus Paige that indicated whether he would be at point guard or shooting guard.
Michael Jordan's father's killer challenging SBI testimony
More than two decades after Michael Jordan's father was gunned down in his car in Robeson County, appeals in the case grind on. Daniel Green, one of two men convicted in James Jordan's murder, was back in court in Lumberton Friday, arguing that he should be granted a new trial because a state blood analyst provided misleading testimony during his 1996 trial.
Lucas: Trends During Wins
After Carolina dropped a 76-61 decision to Virginia on Jan. 20, Marcus Paige sat in the locker room in Charlottesville and uttered some words that would prove to be prophetic. The Tar Heels stood 1-4 in the ACC and had lost two of the last three games by double figures. So how did Paige and his teammates change their course in the middle of league play? Here are a few important factors: