Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball.
Kendall Marshall, Pau Gasol go way back
The Los Angeles Lakers experienced a reunion on a whole different level this season when they acquired Kendall Marshall from the D-League. Marshall, 22, met Pau Gasol more than a decade ago at the 2003 NBA All-Star weekend in Atlanta and he has the picture to prove it, sharing the photo of him and a clean-shaven Gasol on his Instagram account this week.
Quietly and steadily, Tyler Zeller doing all that Cavaliers ask him to do
Tyler Zeller is the kind of quiet, get-the-job-done player that Cleveland coach Mike Brown loves. He sets screens, fights for rebounds and follows all the rules the head coach demands. Perhaps the only thing limiting Zeller to 11.8 minutes per game is that he plays behind Anderson Varejao – the one player on the Cavaliers who epitomizes all that Brown asks.
Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough has ankle bone bruise
Tyler Hansbrough is dealing with a bone bruise in his ankle, not the ankle sprain the media were first told when Hansbrough last played 12 games ago. Three weeks to heal an ankle sprain sounds like a lot, but a bone bruise is a different animal. “It’s very sensitive,” head coach Dwane Casey said. “He is working his behind off trying to get it right and he’s such a perfectionist."
Leslie McDonald seeks strong finish to adversity-filled college career
He wasn’t unlike a lot of basketball-playing kids who daydreamed about wearing a Tar Heels’ jersey and running up and down the Smith Center floor. Leslie McDonald, though, eventually became one of the top high school players in Tennessee, and when UNC began recruiting him, it was like his childhood fantasy came true. “I’ve always wanted to play at North Carolina” McDonald said.
2014 home Heels don't want to be first to fall to Clemson
Heading into today’s game at the Smith Center (6 p.m., ESPNU), the Tigers are a combined 0-56 at UNC. Tar Heel sophomore forward Brice Johnson said he doesn’t want the first loss to happen on his watch. “Just knowing that past guys and past teams before me have been keeping the streak going, they’ve been beating Clemson every year ever since they came to Chapel Hill,” Johnson said.
Clemson tasked with ending 0-56 streak at North Carolina
Clemson visited Chapel Hill on Jan. 15, 1926, and North Carolina doubled up its guests 48-24, the highest point total scored that season against Clemson. That was the first of 56 games the two teams have played with UNC serving as host, and the next time the Tigers return home victorious will be the first. Clemson has conquered the hardwood in Chapel Hill...never.
Audio: Talkin’ Tar Heels with Eric Montross
WCHL’s Matt Oakes had the chance to chat with former UNC player and current Tar Heel Sports Network analyst Eric Montross and discuss the state of the Carolina basketball team, Kennedy Meeks’ progression, and Sunday night’s matchup with the Clemson Tigers.
Larry Brown is talking titles at SMU
Larry Brown was still red in the face after his routine midday walk when he looked me in the eye and said he believed he could win a title at SMU. Not an American Athletic Conference men's basketball championship. He was talking about an NCAA title. And he was serious.
Clemson has never won in Chapel Hill - the streak stands at 56 games - but the bigger story for UNC on Sunday against the defensive-minded Tigers is how badly the Tar Heels need the win to dig out of their 1-4 hole start to ACC play. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Clemson
The problem for UNC is that speeding a game up is harder than slowing it down. If Clemson doesn't want to push the pace the Tar Heels will need to rely on turnovers. That likely means more use of the Scramble defense to keep Clemson from holding the ball. Clemson is averaging 19 seconds per possession on both ends of the floor.
Video: P.J. Hairston scores 40 in second D-League game
In just his second game with the Texas Legends, P.J. Hairston shows off the repertoire once again, scoring 40 points on 14-of-24 shooting.
Well this should be interesting. The Clemson Tigers haven't gotten a win in Chapel Hill in 57 tries and have as good a chance as ever to break that streak Sunday night. This Tar Heel team has gone from inconsistent to consistently bad over the course of a month and all indications are they haven't begun to solve their problems yet.
UNC Student Body Pres: “Disgusted” By Athlete/Academic Accusations
At Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, UNC student body president Christy Lambden spoke out harshly against recent allegations that a majority of Carolina student-athletes struggle to read at a high-school level. “I for one am disgusted by the reputation of Carolina students being unnecessarily disparaged by the media,” he said.
A Closer Look: Clemson
If they can once again get past the Tigers, improving to 57-0 all-time against Clemson at UNC, the Tar Heels could start a small run that could turn the tables on the bad start in ACC play and bring respectability once again to the program. Let's take a closer look at this matchup, as Clemson travels to Chapel Hill to face UNC. Tip off is set for 6:00 PM ET on ESPNU.
Will The Streak End in 2014?
The Streak. Ask any Clemson fan about The Streak, and you get an icy stare followed by a haunted look. They know what it means, just as surely as Denver Bronco fans can recount The Drive or San Francisco 49er fans can tell you about The Catch.