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Pitt looks to bolster NCAA Tournament resume vs. No. 12 North Carolina
Pitt's final regular-season home game against a ranked opponent gives the Panthers their last best opportunity to make a push for an NCAA Tournament berth. If the noon matchup Saturday against No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center follows a recent trend, the Panthers will be a dangerous adversary. The Panthers are 4-2 in ACC home games compared to 1-4 in conference road contests.
Pitt's weakness 'pretty obvious' to all
In the 10 games in which the other team made at least half of its shots, Pitt has allowed 67 or more points. That reduces the margin of error for a team that scores an average of 68. “It just doesn't get noticed (in victories). Now that we lost a game, it has to get changed.” Saturday would be a good starting point, with No. 12 North Carolina at Petersen Events Center.
Dean Smith's coaching genius, character showed in early struggles
The booming baritone voice on the other end of the line left no doubt about a willingness to tackle the subject of Dean Smith’s early days. I think he called me “Holliday.” Lee Shaffer often does when he wants to make a passionate point about Carolina basketball: “People have no idea,” he said, “what Dean Smith inherited.”
UNC basketball legends turn out for Dean Smith's funeral
The service was open to family, close friends and Tar Heels basketball letter-winners. One of those letter-winners was Pearce Landry of Greensboro, a minister, coach and part-time financial adviser who played for Smith from 1992 to '95. Landry said the pastor told the packed church that Smith planned his own funeral, hand-picking scripture passages and hymns.
Theo Pinson, despite injury, still takes the lead for Carolina
North Carolina basketball guard Theo Pinson on Monday will finally get out of the protective boot he has worn for the past three weeks. Next Friday, he’ll sit down with team doctors and figure out whether he’ll get to play again this season. Healthy or not, the Greensboro resident who played at High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy is still an oft-heard presence in UNC’s locker room.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt
UNC returns to action following a week off with the second of three straight games on the road. The Tar Heels travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since 1995. On paper these teams are similar offensively while on the other end of the court Pitt has struggled to defend. Pitt's offensive efficiency is a respectable 110.4 with a solid ORB% and a low turnover rate.
Vince Carter: The greatest dunker ever (video)
Vince Carter cast a spell on every basketball fan at the 2000 slam-dunk contest. Amin Elhassan shares his memories of it 15 years later.
Three to know – No. 12 North Carolina at Pittsburgh
North Carolina coach Roy Williams shocked many in last weekend’s 79-68 at Boston College by tweaking his starting lineup for the first time in 18 games. Guard Nate Britt started in place of swingman J.P. Tokoto. Forward Isaiah Hicks got the start instead of center Kennedy Meeks. In practice this week, Hicks and Britt remained on the first team.
15 Inspiring Stories About Dean Smith That Prove He Was Much More Than Just 'Michael Jordan's Coach'
This week the entire basketball world is mourning the recent passing of legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a man who taught the game to many of its most famous players. Thousands of words have been shed about Smith’s on-court contributions. But to many, Smith was much more than a coach; he was an inspiration.
Former Tar Heel players, other basketball coaches fill private Dean Smith funeral
Inside the Chapel Hill church where Dean Smith had a regular seat on the back row, family, friends and former players gathered privately Thursday to celebrate the coach whose fight, accomplishments and values transcended the bounds of a basketball court. While a public memorial services for the longtime UNC coach is set for 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in the campus arena that bears his name, those closest to the native Kansan spent Thursday at Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church to say goodbye.
A Few Short Stories About The Coach
Eight years ago, I was privileged to spend nearly two hours alone with Coach Smith, interviewing him in his post-coaching cubby-hole of an office somewhere in the Smith Center. On this day, 75 then and 10 years away from the job, he was reflecting. He admitted to learning some lessons late, and repeated some opinions long held. Among those he shared:
Dean Smith represented the best of the ACC and UNC
Dean Smith did not put ACC basketball or the University of North Carolina on the map. Instead Smith, who died on Saturday night, three weeks short of his 84th birthday, defined the best of both the league and the university he proudly represented.
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Pittsburgh
Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' first game after the loss of Coach Dean Smith and Desmond Hubert's career-ending injury. Nate Britt talks about Pittsburgh's tough defense.
Roy Williams Press Conference Quotes
Roy Williams: "Coach Smith’s wife Linnea had the great statement that there is a basketball season still going on. But there have been some other things going. We played at B.C on Saturday, we had the Special Olympics clinic on Sunday, Monday we had practice, Tuesday we gave them the day off, Wednesday we did run and shoot, Thursday we had practice, and we did practice today."
Jeff Wolf recalls playing for Dean Smith
"It's unfortunate news, it's something we knew was coming, but until you actually confront that he's gone — it's hard to take," said Jeff Wolf, a former Kohler High School basketball standout who played collegiately at North Carolina under Smith from 1976-1980.