Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball.
Jacobs: Clemson’s 0-56 record at UNC is one of sports’ great oddities
A.A. Gilliam, a football assistant coach, doubled in 1926 as head basketball coach, directing the Tigers to a 4-17 record and a tie for 19th place among 22 Southern Conference teams. It was on his watch that Clemson endured the first of 56 defeats in 56 visits to Chapel Hill, a unique brand of dominance Brad Brownell’s Tigers hope to end against a struggling UNC squad Sunday.
ACC teams slowing things down to find success
Clemson is No. 351 (last in the country); Miami is No. 349; Syracuse ranks No. 346; Virginia falls in at No. 342; Pittsburgh sits at No. 330. In fact, 11 of the ACC’s 15 schools rank in the lower-half of the NCAA’s Division-I teams in possessions per game, the statistic for measuring pace of play. Only Maryland, UNC, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest rank among the nation’s top 175 “up-tempo” teams.
Nuggets let star point guard Ty Lawson run the show on offense
If you think you've seen more sitting and a more hands-off approach from Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, you have. It's by design. The Nuggets' coach is letting his point guard, Ty Lawson, run the show. "I've given him the green light to call what he feels on the floor," Shaw said. It's a big development for the first-year coach who's shown huge trust in Lawson, a fifth-year pro having his best season.
Infographic: The ups and downs of point guard Kendall Marshall
In the last two years, Kendall Marshall has won college basketball’s highest award for a point guard, been a high NBA draft pick, been traded, waived, been teamless, twice played in the NBA’s Development League and ended up a starter for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Art’s Angle: 56 And Counting
The way I see it, Clemson is lucky to be only 0-56 in men’s basketball games played in Chapel Hill. After all, they began playing back in 1926, which is 88 freakin’ years ago. So shouldn’t the Heels be something like 88 and zip against the Tigers? There are reasons for the missing 32 years.
Antawn Jamison's Tar Heel Reflections
Now 16 years removed from his college career, Antawn Jamison’s Tar Heel roots remain strong. Recently, Jamison talked at length about his professional longevity, and reflected on his days at UNC, where he was the national player of the year in 1998, and one of only seven Tar Heels to have their number retired by Carolina Basketball.
Roy Williams' Iowa Pipeline
To the best of his recollection, Roy Williams has recruited in 47 out of 50 states during his Hall-of-Fame coaching career, traveling everywhere to watch high school's best sans Alaska, Vermont and Montana. One of his most successful outposts: Iowa. Sophomore point guard Marcus Paige is the fifth player from the Hawkeye State to be lured by Williams.
UNC Board of Trustees review status of Mary Willingham's research
UNC officials and a review board are trying to get to the bottom of research that claims some student athletes have poor reading skills. The school's Board of Trustees met for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Mary Willingham, the UNC academic advisor who ignited this latest UNC firestorm, did not attend the meeting.
UNC's fast break stuck in neutral
Pushing the pace is the one thing North Carolina coach Roy Williams can usually depend on, and it’s been one of the many things his team has been inconsistent in executing this season. Since ACC play started, the Tar Heels have only reached double figures in fast break points once. In Monday’s loss to Virginia, they only got one basket off the break.
Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant: A Photo History
Throughout his 18-year career, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has drawn comparisons to Michael Jordan. But who’s the better player? Phil Jackson, who coached both to NBA Championships, shed some light on this debate yesterday. When asked who’d win a head-to-head matchup between the two, Jackson chose Jordan.
Kennedy Meeks Makes The Most Of His Minutes
Looking for a bright spot when it comes to the Tar Heels poor play of late? Well, there is one (and a big one literally and figuratively, at that) in 6’9? freshman forward Kennedy Meeks. Meeks scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Monday’s disappointing 76-61 loss to Virginia, which dropped the struggling Tar Heels to 11-7 overall and 1-4 in the ACC.
Is This Roy Williams’ Worst North Carolina Team?
A solitary win over an uninspiring Boston College team may have allowed temporary relief, but with North Carolina now sporting an 11-7 overall record and looking like an unreliable but average team, the question should be raised: Is this the worst team of the Roy Williams era in Chapel Hill?
Tar Heels become predictable - though not in way Roy Williams wanted
The loss at Virginia had the Tar Heels wondering which direction they’re headed and how to rescue a season that at one point appeared so promising. Their 1-4 start in the ACC is UNC’s worst since 2002, when it finished 8-20, and no other team in school history lost four of its first five ACC games. “This is going to be the week where you really find out how tough this team is mentally,” Marcus Paige said.
Jay Bilas Says UNC Has To Change Some Things Or They’ll Be In The NIT
Jay Bilas checks in with The Drive fresh off of calling the UNC vs Virginia game from Monday night. We first ask Jay just what is wrong with the Tar Heels. “Well they’re not a great shooting team or a free throw shooting team. This team is capable of winning but they have to bring a collective fight and I just don’t see them doing that.”
Institutional Review Board: Mary Willingham never had research approval
We did not suspend approval for Mary Willingham’s research. She has never had Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, so there was no approval to suspend. In 2008, Ms. Willingham requested a “Determination Whether Research or Similar Activities Require IRB Approval” (which is both the label and purpose of the form she submitted), and that is what she received.