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Roy’s Remarks – “Flip the Script”
Carolina isn’t all the way to where it wants to be. Roy said they’re “really close.” How close is that? Can this upward trend continue? Will the aggressive brand of basketball be here to stay? Will James Michael McAdoo continue to be a dominant force on the hardwood? Is Leslie McDonald’s return to form substantial or a mirage? There are so many questions to answer.
Tar Heels Host Terps One Last Time
North Carolina (14-7, 4-4 ACC) hosts Maryland (13-9, 5-4) on Tuesday night, looking to post its longest winning streak of the season if it can win its fourth game in a row. The Tar Heels and Terrapins will tip off at 8:05 p.m.The syndicated ACC Network of stations will televise the game regionally with Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst) on the call.
Curtain falling on UNC-Maryland series
Long before it became called the Dean Dome or Smith Center, it was referred to around the North Carolina campus as the acronym for Student Activities Center when the building first opened in 1986. I was there when the Terrapins played their first game in the SAC. And I’ll be there for their last game as a member of the ACC.
Bob Haynie: Maryland Says Goodbye To Chapel Hill
Of course, there have been other heated battles in the years since. Maybe Mark Turgeon’s Terps can add another chapter to the legacy on Tuesday night. We’ll see. Goodbye North Carolina. I’ve always hated you but, I’m sure going to miss you.
UNC is riding a three-game winning streak, the third longest active streak in the ACC behind Syracuse and Virginia, and will take their momentum and push it into the center of the table when they host the Maryland Terrapins. This will be the last time the Terps make the trip down I-95 to Chapel Hill as a member of the ACC. Maryland is looking to extend their own winning streak to three games.
Kendall Marshall's journey: From no time to Showtime
Kendall Marshall is putting up nutty numbers in Los Angeles. His 9.6 assists per game are second in the NBA to only Chris Paul. Outdated scouting reports say he's not a shooter, but he's making 45.5 percent of his three-pointers. Marshall is averaging 39 minutes per game as a Lakers starter, but that doesn't even begin to describe how much they've depended on him to run the show.
ACC Basketball Previews, Feb. 4
Maryland at North Carolina: Neither of these teams can get to the line or keep opponents off of it. Both rely pretty heavily on getting offensive rebounds. Neither team shoots well (or, at least, reliably) and both can get a tad derpy on offense. UNC thrives on the two-point bucket, and if Maryland can’t defend the rim, it will be a long night for the Terps. Prediction: North Carolina, 71-63
Preview: UNC vs Maryland
For the last time, at least in the regular season and certainly the last time in Chapel Hill, UNC will face Maryland in an ACC game. There is a good bet this is the last time these two teams ever play unless something flaky happens with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge match-ups. Roy Williams will face one of his former assistants, one that he owns a 6-0 record against since Mark Turgeon arrived in College Park. Prediction: UNC 81 Maryland 71
Lucas: Words Of Wisdom Hit Home
On January 21, with Carolina sitting 1-4 in the ACC, Jawad Williams wrote a story for the CAROLINA digital magazine that he hoped would illuminate some of the issues he saw with the current Tar Heels. That story found a receptive audience and was one of the most-clicked articles on the site last week. Some of those clicks, however, were coming from a somewhat unexpected source: the current Tar Heels.
UNC vs. Maryland Preview
North Carolina hosts Maryland on Tuesday (8:00 p.m., ACC Network) looking to climb to its first winning ACC record of the season. The Terrapins travel to Chapel Hill for the final conference game between the two storied programs, as Maryland is bolting to the Big Ten following this season. Maryland enters the game at 13-9 (5-4 ACC).
Conflicted Williams faces another member of his coaching family
No one in college basketball is as loyal as Roy Williams when it comes to his relationships with former players and assistant coaches. That’s what makes it so difficult when he’s forced to send his team into a game against one of them. Williams has already had to do it three times this season – scoring victories against Buzz Peterson and UNC Wilmington, and Wes Miller’s UNC Greensboro team while losing to UAB and Jerod Haase.
Three to know: Maryland at North Carolina
North Carolina won its 1,000th game against Maryland and suffered its first loss in the Smith Center when Terrapins star Len Bias scored 35 points in an overtime epic in 1986. Maryland beat the struggling 2001-02 UNC team 112-79 as UNC allowed the most points in school history for a regulation game. But Maryland has lost to UNC more than it’s lost to any other team, falling to the Tar Heels 121 times.
Denver Nuggets glad to see point guard Ty Lawson back from injury
Denver Nuggets starting point guard Ty Lawson participated in a largely non-contact practice Sunday and said he will be back in uniform Monday when the Nuggets host the Los Angeles Clippers. Lawson's expected return to the lineup is music to the ears of coach Brian Shaw, who not only had no point guards to turn to Friday against the Raptors, he had a total of only two healthy guards on the roster.
Heels-Terps: The End Of A Rivalry
They played their first game as conference rivals in December 1954. Nearly 60 years later, Maryland and North Carolina will meet for the final time in a regular season ACC game tonight in Chapel Hill. Much has changed during those six decades. The teams’ all-white rosters were integrated. Cole Field House and Carmichael Auditorium are still standing on their respective campuses, but the teams now play in Comcast Center and Smith Center.
Preview: Maryland travels to UNC for final time in ACC
UNC's James Michael McAdoo is 6-9 and can play above the rim, Brice Johnson is 6-9 and has length for days, and 6-9, 290-pound freshman Kennedy Meeks is a space-eater inside. All three of those players average more than six rebounds per game and present a problem for Maryland's Shaquille Cleare, Evan Smotrycz, Jonathan Graham, Charles Mitchell, and Damonte Dodd on the interior.