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Dean Smith remembers players in will
Dean Smith got a chance to thank his players one last time. The former North Carolina coach, who died last month at 83, directed his trust in his will to give $200 to every letter winner who played for him during his 36 seasons as head coach at the school. "We never expected anything like this," said Jeb Barlow, who lettered at UNC from 1980-1982. "But it doesn't surprise me that this was done."
A Gift from Coach Smith
Shortly after Dean Smith’s passing on Feb. 7, all of his former lettermen received a simple request. “They asked us to update our addresses,” said former UNC guard Terrance Newby, who played at UNC from 1997-00 . “I thought it was so they could keep us informed about the arrangements and anything else going on as far as memorials.” Turns out it was one last gift from Smith to his players.
Dean Smith requested $200 be sent to each of his former players in will
The late Dean Smith, who died last month, willed his trust to send $200 to each of his former North Carolina basketball players, Tim Breedlove, who wrote the letter, confirmed to SI. In the letter Smith's former players received from Miller McNeish & Breedlove, PA, it was revealed that Smith requested each of his former players be sent a $200 check with the message, "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."
A Brief History of North Carolina Playing in “Special” Apparel
North Carolina and Jordan Brand attempted to break the Internet with the Tar Heels’ new kicks for the Sweet 16. But, as recent history shows, maybe gimmicked uniforms are a bad idea for Carolina. Here’s a recent timeline of “different” uniforms, and how the Tar Heels played in them.
Preview: UNC vs Wisconsin, Sweet Sixteen
The contrasting styles of these two teams has been the major focus of discussion heading into Thursday's matchup. Wisconsin likes to slow the game down, use the majority of the shot clock, and get the right shot. The Badgers take care of the ball and shoot a high percentage. It is a formidable matchup for the Tar Heels who like to push the ball and get the maximum amount of possession.
The Story Behind The Time Michael Jordan Hit His Head Against The Backboard During A Game
The play was called a goaltend, and Johnny Dawkins got two points. But that’s not important. What is important is that Michael Jordan hit his dang head on the backboard trying to block a running hook shot. “Every once in awhile somebody would do something in a game where you’d go, ‘Shoot, I’ve never seen that before.” Former Duke player and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas told UPROXX Sports.
A young Michael Jordan wanted Adidas for his shoe deal. Adidas passed.
To this day, the Trail Blazers are haunted by their decision not to draft Michael Jordan with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1984 draft. The team instead went with the prevailing wisdom of the time, that the most important thing a team could have was a star center, and after the Rockets led off with Hakeem (then known as Akeem) Olajuwon, Portland opted for 7-foot-1 Kentucky product Sam Bowie.
Flashback: UNC-Wisconsin in 2005 (video)
North Carolina and Wisconsin will meet in the Sweet Sixteen in Los Angeles this Thursday night. The game will be the second ever meeting of the two schools in the NCAA Tournament — the first of which was in the Elite Eight in 2005. Thanks to the NCAA’s Video Vault, the game (sans commercials) can be watched in its entirety below.
Video: Roy Williams, C.B. McGrath Preview Wisconsin
North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams and Assistant Coach C.B. McGrath discuss the Tar Heels' NCAA Sweet Sixteen match up with the Wisconsin Badgers.
What Was His Name? Wisconsin Edition
Wisconsin won the national title in 1941, a team I can only assume was also coached by Bo Ryan. The Badgers reached the NCAA Tournament again in 1947, advancing to the regional finals. After that season, Wisconsin would not reach the Big Dance again until 1994. In that span of 47 years, UNC won three national titles, 10 men were elected President, my mother and father were born, and other less important things happened as well.
Art’s Angle: Tar Heels Not The Stars
The Tar Heels are looking happy and healthy and apparently alright with not being the center of attention at the West Regional Sweet Sixteen. While Roy Williams did not need any prompting to praise his third-ranked opponent Thursday night, he heaped hosannas not only on Wisconsin but on the other 14 coaches left in all four regional semifinals. Roy said nothing comes easy at this juncture because the competition is so dad-gum good.
Marcus Paige channeling powers of UConn?
UNC guard Nate Britt, ever the jokester in the ear of Marcus Paige, picked up on the similarities before anyone else. "He was just calling me Kemba Walker, Shabazz [Napier] as a joke," Paige said, laughing at the references to key Connecticut Huskies who stepped up at tournament time. Maybe Britt was inspired by coach Roy Williams, who referenced the 2011 Huskies in a postgame celebration during the Heels’ ACC tournament run.
Preview & Prediction: #4 UNC vs #1 Wisconsin
Ultimately for UNC to win it will require a full 40 minutes of offensive consistency and the Tar Heels managing some stops on the defensive end against a team that is difficult to stop. It would also help if the Badgers decided to struggle a bit shooting the ball as they did against Oregon on Sunday. In the end, Wisconsin will simply be just better than UNC. Prediction: Wisconsin 71, UNC 65
Top 10 ACC Games in NCAA Tourney History
3.) 1982 Championship Game (North Carolina 63, Georgetown 62) The 1982 National Championship game between UNC and Georgetown provided a snippet of what basketball fans would see for years to come: Michael Jordan being clutch. With 16 seconds left, the North Carolina freshman guard swished a 16-foot jumper from the left side to take a 63-62 lead over the Hoyas.
Sweet 16 run means something more for UNC walk-ons
Come game time, they’ll rarely — if ever — find their names on a box score. They won’t show up in the postgame notes, either. Such is the life of the UNC walk-ons. It’s been this way for years, them serving on the scout team. The system isn’t new. But perhaps what is different this season is how much this Sweet 16 run means to the two active walk-ons, juniors Spenser Dalton and Justin Coleman.