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Roy Williams Live: Kennedy Meeks on the Boards

Roy Williams has long-stressed the importance of rebounding, and so far this season Kennedy Meeks is setting the tone. The senior center has had a hot start, pulling down 27 rebounds in UNC’s first two games. Even with those kinds of numbers, Williams hasn’t gone overboard in his praise after victories over Tulane and Chattanooga. (Inside Carolina)

No. 5 UNC Hopes to Continue Hot Start on Tuesday Against Long Beach State

Long Beach State comes into the Smith Center having lost its last game to Wichita State by a score of 92-55. With the Tar Heels coming off of a 40-point win over a Chattanooga team that is expected to contend for an NCAA Tournament berth, Tuesday should provide ample opportunity for UNC coach Roy Williams to keep spreading the playing time around. (

Know Your Opponent: Long Beach State

Dan Monson's first Long Beach State squad was one of the worst in college basketball. The 2007-08 49ers won just six games and finished 3-13 in the Big West. But Monson, who laid the foundation for Mark Few's dynasty at Gonzaga and took Minnesota to the NCAA tournament in 2005, is a proven winner, and it didn't take long for him to win at Long Beach. (

Why Vince Carter's night wasn't a case of temporary Vinsanity

Vince Carter, who ranks 24th on the all-time scoring list, is presenting a lot of problems for opponents these days. He became the oldest player in NBA history to score 20 points off the bench with his performance against the Jazz Monday (video). That broke a record Carter set six days earlier. You didn't think Carter's days as a productive NBA player were over, did you? (

Clicking early, No. 5 UNC takes on Long Beach State

No. 5 North Carolina will play seven games in less than a two-week span, so there will be ample opportunity for players to contribute. Next up is Tuesday's game against Long Beach State in Chapel, Hill. The Tar Heels had 26 assists on 34 field goals in Sunday's rout of Chattanooga. There's already the notion that sharing the basketball could bring good things again. (Yahoo! Sports)

Kenny Williams grasps bigger role for Tar Heels

The opportunity is there for Kenny Williams, and the UNC sophomore guard has taken advantage of it so far. After starting the season opener, Williams came off the bench Sunday for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals against Chattanooga. Coach Roy Williams read off that line and said, “that’s a Danny Green kind of stat sheet right there.” (Burlington Times News)

Why Tar Heels’ win over Chattanooga means more than you think

It’s easy to understand how North Carolina could have overlooked Chattanooga. With a trip to the Maui Invitational a week away and matchups against Indiana and Kentucky coming later in non-conference play, the Tar Heels will face no shortage of challenges before tipping off their ACC slate at the end of next month. Most mid-majors would seem like an afterthought. (FanRag Sports)

UNC vs. Long Beach State Preview

No. 5 North Carolina welcomes Long Beach State to the Smith Center before embarking on a five-game road trip. The contest tips at 8pm on ACC Network Extra (ESPN3). The 49ers arrive in Chapel Hill with a blowout win and a blowout loss on their resume. Dan Monson’s team opened its season with a 95-59 thrashing of Cal State Los Angeles on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

What we learned from college basketball games on opening weekend

There were some signs from UNC that the drop-off from the team that came within a whisker of winning the national championship last year might not be as far as some of us thought. There is no doubt there are good players on this roster. The only question is how much the returnees improved from last season. The answer is, apparently, quite a bit. (Campus Rush)

Joel Berry Named Co-ACC Player of the Week

North Carolina’s Joel Berry II and Pitt’s Michael Young have been named the first ACC Basketball Co-Players of the Week of the 2016-17 season. Berry averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the Tar Heels’ wins at Tulane and at home vs. Chattanooga. The junior guard scored a career-high 23 points with four assists and six rebounds in UNC’s win at Tulane. (

Patterning UNC after Duke? Roy: "That's not in my DNA"

Roy Williams on Nate Britt-Quinn Cook comparison: "Nobody has more respect for Duke and their program, but I'll be damned if I am going to pattern what we are doing after them, so let's get that straight right now. But they have been fantastic. I don't know of anyone who has done a better job of coaching than Mike, but we don't talk about things like that." (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams on the importance of character

Roy Williams on the importance of the character of his players. "I have two grandsons. One will be seven on January 6 and one that just turned five --- there is not a player on my team that I wouldn't let babysit and feel very good about them taking care of the grandsons. Now if it was Kennedy (Meeks), (they) may be babysitting Kennedy." (Carolina Blue)

Can Joel Berry give UNC a legitimate shot to return to the Final Four?

A few weeks back we discussed that the Tar Heels would have a new face of their program in 2016-17: Joel Berry. It’s incredibly early in the season, but Berry is making the transition as quick as it is smooth. The junior point guard dazzled in UNC's first two games — wins over Tulane and Chattanooga. He scored a career-high 23 points in the victory of the Green Wave. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC Basketball Moves Up To No. 5 In AP Poll

North Carolina has moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 in this week's Associated Press college basketball poll, released Monday. Other ranked teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference include No. 1 Duke, No. 8 Virginia, No. 12 Louisville, and No. 18 Syracuse.

Tony Bradley’s ability to run floor caught Williams’ attention on recruiting trail

Although Roy Williams’ pursuit of Brandon Ingram didn’t work out, there was at least one big benefit. When attending a Camp Adidas game in Chicago to watch Ingram two years ago, the ability of one of Ingram’s teammates (Tony Bradley) to run the court and play well caught his eye. “I didn’t know who that was, but I kept seeing this big guy running the floor,” Williams said. (Raleigh & Company)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

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ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia5-015-1
(5) Duke4-216-2
(20) Clemson4-215-3
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
Georgia Tech3-110-7
Boston College3-314-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
NC State2-312-6
Florida State2-413-5
Wake Forest1-48-9

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