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Video: Matt Merletti, Mary Willingham Interviewed about UNC academic issues
University of North Carolina's Mary Willingham put out a controversial study on the literacy levels of UNC athletes. The results coincided with information that some athletes were enrolled in classes that didn't actually exist. HuffPost Live talks with Willingham, former UNC safety Matt Merletti, and UNC Student Body President Christy Lambden for their insight.
Marcus Paige Named Academic All-District
UNC sophomore Marcus Paige, a guard from Marion, Iowa, has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 team, announced Thursday. The honor takes into account both academic and athletic performance. Paige is one of five student-athletes honored from District 3, which includes all Division I schools in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Getting to know Coach Rob
Wanda Williams thought her husband was moving a tad fast back in 1988 when he told her he was hiring some assistant coach from Cornell named Steve Robinson to fill out his first staff at Kansas. "'But you just met him,''' Roy Williams remembers her telling him. "'Are you sure?'" More than a quarter-decade later, the UNC coach calls the choice "the best decision I've ever made in a 24-hour period."
Video: Brice Johnson reverse dunk vs. Georgia Tech
North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks finds Brice Johnson for the reverse slam in the Tar Heels win at Georgia Tech.
Video: Marcus Paige, Leslie McDonald Post-Georgia Tech Interviews
North Carolina guards Marcus Paige and Leslie McDonald discuss the Tar Heels' 78-65 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Wednesday.
A Bonding Experience In Atlanta for Tar Heels
You could see it as much on the sheepish smiles of the UNC players in the locker room following the game as in anything they said. The trip to Georgia Tech was an adventure and, perhaps for this young team, a bonding experience. After the slide down the runway, the basic sequence that took UNC from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to its team hotel is rather well understood.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Press Conference
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams discusses the Tar Heels' 78-65 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Wednesday.
P.J. Hairston scores 45 points in fifth D-League game
Former North Carolina standout P.J. Hairston scored 45 points for the Texas Legends in a 124-115 loss to the Reno Bighorns in NBA Development League action Wednesday night. Hairston shot 12-for-22 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range, and 16-for-16 from the line. He had three rebounds, three steals and no assists in 38-plus minutes.
There’s snow stopping UNC basketball
The North Carolina men’s basketball team faced an uncommon foe Wednesday. One it wasn’t prepared for, one it was helpless against. Snow. The Tar Heels (13-7, 3-4 ACC), who traveled to Atlanta and defeated Georgia Tech 78-65 almost didn’t make the game. In fact, the game itself almost didn’t happen. Icy roads resulting from a few inches of snow in Atlanta triggered a gridlock in the city.
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
Leslie McDonald tied his season high with 15 points. It is the first time in his career he's scored in double figures in four straight games James Michael McAdoo scored 17 points in 18 minutes due to foul trouble. He was averaging 30 minutes a game before the game against the Yellow Jackets. He has made 33 of his last 55 field goal attempts.
Lucas: Second To None
After shooting just 1-for-7 in the first half as Carolina limped to a 26-25 halftime lead, Marcus Paige shot 6-of-6 in the final 20 minutes on his way to scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half. "I had a couple good looks in the first half, but I also forced a couple," Paige said. "Most of my shots in the second half were in rhythm, and my teammates did a great job screening for me."
Quality Trumps Quantity in UNC Win
North Carolina relied on its quantity of field goal attempts to take a one-point lead into halftime. The second half provided more quality opportunities as the Tar Heels shot 67 percent from the field and pulled away from Georgia Tech for a 78-65 victory Wednesday night. The frigid cold that’s shrouded Atlanta since Tuesday provided an appropriate backdrop for UNC’s 30.8 percent shooting in the first half.
Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Quotes
Roy Williams: "The second half, except for foul trouble, I thought were pretty good. When you shoot 67 percent that helps you in any game you play in. I didn't like the fact that at half time they had shot 10 free throws and we had three. We've got to be more aggressive with that. We made the last 11 free throws. That was good."
UNC beats Georgia Tech 78-65
North Carolina hit 11 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal a 78-65 win against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels, who have struggled from the charity stripe all year long, only missed five free throws all game long and refused to let the Yellow Jackets get within eight points in the final two minutes.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 78 Georgia Tech 65
That wasn't pretty but given the Tar Heels were playing the Bermuda Triangle of UNC athletics and the way the game unfolded, this was a somewhat impressive win. Not in the sense Georgia Tech is a great team because clearly the Yellow Jackets don't fit that bill. However UNC overcame some adversity during the course of the game to gut out a 78-65 win to move to 3-4 in the ACC.