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Virginia confronts challenges of ESPN GameDay distractions, UNC's speedy effectiveness

On a day when Bennett would prefer his team to focus on getting back on track against No. 7 UNC (23-5, 12-3) after the Cavaliers suffered a tough 64-61 loss Monday at No. 12 Miami, there instead will be significant distractions to handle. A U.Va. loss to ACC leader UNC will eliminate the Cavaliers from contention for a third consecutive ACC regular-season crown. (Daily Press)

No. 7 Tar Heels, No. 3 Cavaliers meet in marquee ACC matchup

Tony Bennett's third-ranked Cavaliers will host No. 7 North Carolina hoping to stay in the running for their third straight ACC regular season championship. It's the only scheduled meeting between the longtime rivals this season. The Cavaliers have won 18 in a row at John Paul Jones Arena, and 33 of their last 34 conference games at home. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC will go as far as Marcus Paige takes it

North Carolina is going to go as far as Marcus Paige takes them. Brice Johnson is going to be there. Justin Jackson is coming on of late and looks like he's figured things out. The big wings and big men have provided nice sparks when they need them. But Paige is the difference maker for them in the NCAA Tournament. (CBS Sports)

Tar Heels Preparing for Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon

UNC head coach Roy Williams had high praise for Virginia guard Malcolm Brogdon during his press conference on Friday. Williams highlighted the senior guard’s patience, among other things, while discussing Saturday's pivotal matchup between his seventh-ranked Tar Heels and the third-ranked Cavaliers. “He takes the shots that he likes and he makes,” Williams said. (Inside Carolina)

Brice Johnson: The Tar Heels’ Unexpected Star

Brice Johnson has emerged as UNC’s number one scoring option with 17 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, a far cry from four years ago, when coach Roy Williams said there were questions about whether Johnson could take being a Tar Heel. “Joe Holladay (former UNC assistant coach) thought he would go home after the first day of fall conditioning.” (

UNC-Virginia: Contrasting Styles Collide

The NCAA’s effort to speed up college basketball by reducing the shot clock to 30 seconds this season has worked, although it might not be apparent at the top of the ACC standings, where No. 7 UNC and No. 3 Virginia are thriving by manipulating tempo. UNC is 6-1 in ACC games with 71 or more possessions, and 6-2 in league contests with 70 or fewer possessions. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Pre-Virginia Press Conference Recap

Roy Williams and Marcus Paige speak to the media ahead of the Tar Heels' big match-up against Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville. View Video...

Monmouth signs King Rice to 5-year extension through 2021

Given the season the Monmouth University basketball team has had, school officials are making a big play to see to it that King Rice is part of its future. Friday afternoon, hours before the Hawks looked to secure the MAAC regular-season title against Rider, Monmouth announced a 5-year contract extension for Rice through the 2020-21 season. (Asbury Park Press)

Tar Heels Visit Cavs In Top-10 Clash

UNC will try to maintain its slim ACC lead on Saturday when it visits Virginia in the only meeting between the two schools this regular season. ESPN’s College Gameday will be on hand as the Tar Heels and Cavaliers will tip off just after 6:30 p.m. in Charlottesville. Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake will call the game for an ESPN national TV audience. (

Lucas: Decades In The Making

Going into tomorrow, the Tar Heels and Cavs have met seven times in history when both occupied spots in the AP top ten. Five of those seven happened in a 23-month stretch from March of 1981 through February of 1983, a span that correlates closely to what many consider the glory days of the league. The UNC roster for those meetings was stacked. (

USA Today Wants You To Know It's Easier to Fire Roy Now

The article outlines the changes in Roy Williams' contract which he signed last year. The gist of the changes is UNC adjusting to the NCAA's new penalty model which has a high degree of accountability for coaches when violations occur. The contract also stipulates that if anything violation worthy occurs, Williams is responsible for reporting it or else could be terminated with cause. (Tar Heel Blog)

College basketball: Which states are the strongest?

North Carolina is annually one of the top college basketball states in the nation, housing elite programs such as UNC and Duke. The Tar Heels and Blue Devils have experienced their ups and downs this season, but they’re still both ranked inside of the top 15 and recently played one of the most entertaining games we’ve seen in a while. (

UNC's mindset down the stretch

Theo Pinson: "It is time to start playing better. It's that time when March Madness is on the way. We have to get on a roll. Marcus and Brice have been talking to us about the fact that they have never been in this situation where we can win the regular season. And we are right here. I think it's the most focused we have been in the last two seasons." (Carolina Blue)

Obligatory Grayson Allen Tripped Someone Post

This is the rare post focused entirely on a rival school. Since this is getting plenty of attention, I figure what the heck, let's discuss it. At the tail end of Duke's 80-65 win over Florida State last night an incident occurred between Grayson Allen and Seminole player Xavier Rathan-Mayes: At best it simply doesn't look good. At worst Allen intentionally tripped yet another player. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC, UVA match contrasting styles

Few programs are stylistically devoted to a method of play. The Virginia Cavaliers are one of those few. It is that clash of styles that makes No. 7 North Carolina's 6:30 p.m. ET trip to face No. 3 Virginia on Saturday the weekend's most interesting game. Not that there aren't other reasons. A matchup of top-10 teams with realistic national title aspirations is always worth watching. (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 71
Gonzaga: 65
Mon, Apr 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Northern Iowa
Fri, Nov 10 TBD

UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20 TBD

Thu, Nov 23 TBD ESPN

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ACC Basketball Standings
(6) North Carolina14-433-7
(16) Florida State12-626-9
(14) Notre Dame12-626-10
(10) Louisville12-625-9
(7) Duke11-728-9
(24) Virginia11-723-11
Virginia Tech10-822-11
Wake Forest9-919-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-16
NC State4-1415-17
Boston College2-169-23

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