UNC Basketball

Meeks, McDonald Limited in Practice Due to Injury

Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks missed practice on Monday and could miss it again on Tuesday as a result of a sprained ankle he suffered against Wake Forest. Meeks scored and was fouled with 9:28 left in the first half of the Tar Heels 105-72 win over the Demon Deacons. During the play, a Wake Forest defender rolled up on his ankle and Meeks went down. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels coming together at right time

UNC players spoke of the difference in the team that had earned its day off, and the one that was critiqued nationally as being dramatically inconsistent, unpredictable, volatile and over-rated following its first game against Wake Forest. The way the team that broke back into the AP Poll's Top 25 interacted Saturday was a night-and-day difference from the way it had been when it dropped out of the rankings. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Is This Roy Williams' Best Coaching Job at UNC?

With UNC riding a nine game winning streak and with giant wins over pre-season top-five teams Louisville, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Duke, Tar Heel enthusiasts must ask: Is this season Roy's best coaching job at UNC? UNC has recovered from early losses to Belmont and UAB and starting ACC play 1-4. What might be more remarkable is what Williams has done with the talent on this team. (Carolina Blue)

Carolina feeling like '82

North Carolina’s throwback uniforms could make a comeback soon if the players have their way about it. The Tar Heels wore the uniform design of their 1982 national championship team in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest. “It’s cool to kind of pay homage to teams that came through...Jordan wore those,” sophomore guard Marcus Paige said. (

Truth and Literacy at UNC

Over the past month or so, I have watched with dismay as the local and national media have created a spectacular melodrama out of what should have been a brief and rational debate over verifiable claims. This melodrama has been particularly poignant for me because I am the current reading and writing specialist for student-athletes at UNC. (Coaching the Mind)

Lucas: Tar Heel Basketball Notebook

One of the most unexpected developments of Carolina's late season surge has been the emergence of big man Desmond Hubert as a valuable role player. The junior has played 25 minutes in the last three games; prior to that, he had played 32 minutes in all of Carolina's league games combined. "Desmond is our best pivot defender," Roy Williams said Monday night on his radio show with Jones Angell (

ECU's Jeff Lebo Earns Contract Extension

East Carolina University has announced a two-year extension of head men's basketball coach Jeff Lebo's contract that will now secure his position through the 2020-21 season. The new agreement, approved by the University's Board of Trustees and announced by ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher Monday, extends Lebo's existing contract to April 15, 2021. (WITN)

Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

How happy were you to be able to rest some of your starters Saturday after holding a large lead over the Demon Deacons? Roy Williams: “I was really happy with Marcus trying to get him below 30 minutes. There’s no question I’ve been a little concerned about him all year long. James Michael (McAdoo) was messing it up a little bit in the first half so that’s why I took him out." (Inside Carolina)

Second Half Marcus Paige By The Numbers

We've all seen it now on multiple occasions. Marcus Paige will play the first half as mostly a non-factor offensive even going scoreless but in the second half becomes a key cog in propelling the Tar Heels to a win. As impressive as it has looked playing out on the court, it looks even more so when you look at the numbers in ACC play. (Tar Heel Blog)

Report: Jazz turned down first-round pick for Marvin Williams

The Utah Jazz stood pat at the trade deadline, but ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that the team had a chance to pick up a first-round draft pick in exchange for Marvin Williams. The Jazz had "several interesting offers" for Williams, including a chance at a late first-rounder, but declined to move him in hopes of re-signing him this summer. Williams is in the final season of his deal and is making $7.5 million. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Raymond Felton arrested on gun charges

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, according to a New York Police Department spokesman. Felton was charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, which are felonies, and fourth-degree possession of a firearm, which is a misdemeanor, the spokesman said. (

Video: UNC plays "stall ball" vs Duke in 1979

Carolina holds the ball in the first half and fails to score as Duke leads, 7-0, at intermission. The Tar Heels wait 12:25 into the game before attempting a shot. Both teams score 40 in the second half and Duke wins, 47-40, in one of the most famous delay games ever played on February 24, 1979. (View Video...)

Rolling Tar Heels Happy, Hungry For More

The Carolina basketball team is riding a nine-game winning streak, but the No.19 team in the country isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon. One of the most surprising and welcome developments over the past couple games for the Tar Heels has been the reemergence of senior Leslie McDonald. (

SMU coach Larry Brown happy to delay retirement

Larry Brown attempted retirement once; it was the two worst years of his life. "After about a week, I was bored to death," he said. Friends and colleagues threw out lifelines with offers to visit their programs or teams after Brown was sent to the sidelines by the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010, the result of an 8-18 start to the NBA season. (Connecticut Post)

Rush to victory: A UNC-Duke time-lapse

Miss out on North Carolina’s 74-66 victory over top-10 Duke on Feb. 20? Here’s one way to relive it – in about two minutes. Using seven cameras and 19 camera angles, five UNC communications staffers captured everything from the concession stand to the basketball museum to Franklin Street to the court in order to give you a speedy view of the rivalry win. (

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