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One on One: Taking a Knee and Remembering Dean Smith and Charlie Scott

Roy Williams’ comments reminded old-timers of an earlier time when another UNC basketball coach took unpopular stands on racial matters and supported his black players, who were dealing with challenges because of their race. Journalist Art Chansky tells this story in his new book, “Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town.” (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Tar Heels Visit Fort Bragg

North Carolina’s first road trip of the 2016-17 season wasn’t listed on the official schedule as the Tar Heels men's basketball team traveled to Fort Bragg for a tour and pre-season practice session. View Video...

Expected timetable for Theo Pinson's return from injury

According to Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer, Theo Pinson's injury and subsequent surgery could put the Carolina wing out for 8-12 weeks. No formal timetable for his return has been released by UNC. Pinson fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice last week. He is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels ready for Final Four push after title-game loss

UNC won't have a difficult time finding motivation this season. The memories of losing in the NCAA championship game on a last-second 3-pointer to Villanova still sting more than six months later. There are enough veteran returnees for UNC to have the potential to return to the Final Four again, driven by the memory of coming so close to cutting down the nets in April. (Associated Press)

P.J. Hairston Waived by Houston Rockets

P.J. Hairston was waived Saturday by the Rockets, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports. The former first-round pick was forced to settle for a partially-guaranteed deal from the Rockets in training camp after shooting a woeful 34.3 percent from the floor through his first two seasons, but did little to rebuild his stock in the preseason. (CBS Sports)

J.P. Tokoto Released by New York Knicks

J.P. Tokoto was released by the Knicks on Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN reports. Tokoto was one of the last picks in the 2015 NBA Draft after leaving North Carolina a year early and will now be looking for work after yet another cut. Tokoto could end up on the Knicks' D-League affiliate, but the worst case scenario for the high-flying guard is a spot with a team overseas. (CBS Sports)

Theo Pinson is out. What now for UNC?

The 2016-2017 UNC roster took a big hit when it was announced on Friday that expected starting wing Theo Pinson is out indefinitely after breaking his foot in practice. The 6-6 Greensboro native was a key reserve on last year's Final Four team and all signs pointed to him sliding into the starting two guard spot this season. (Carolina Blue)

Kennedy Meeks Named To Watch List For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday the 20 watch list members for the 2017 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. UNC senior Kennedy Meeks is on the list. Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the honor recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. (GoHeels.com)

Theo Pinson Out Indefinitely with a Fractured Foot

University of North Carolina junior swingman Theo Pinson will be out indefinitely after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Pinson suffered the injury in practice earlier this week. A treatment plan for the injury is currently being reviewed and there is no schedule for his return. “I’m so disappointed for Theo,” says Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams (GoHeels.com)

UNC will need more from Theo Pinson, Isaiah Hicks

UNC will roll out three returning starters this season: Point guard Joel Berry, small forward Justin Jackson, and center Kennedy Meeks. Although all three of them will have to step up in different ways, we do have a good idea of what each player will bring to this team. The unknowns are the two new expected starters, Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hicks. (Carolina Blue)

NBA scouts dish on Mavs: Harrison Barnes is solid but could underwhelm

NBA scouts expect the Mavericks' $94 million man Harrison Barnes to serve as an improvement for the departed Chandler Parsons if only because of the injuries Parsons dealt with. But the scouts had a word of caution about Barnesl. "I'm sure he'll put up better numbers than he did in Golden State from a pure points-per-game perspective," one scout said. (Dallas Morning News)

After shooting slump last season, Danny Green could return to form this season

There is reason to believe that Danny Green will bounce back this season. Green received LASIK eye surgery over the summer, meaning there was a good chance that his eyes were bothering him. If that’s the case, receiving this surgery should give a boost to Green’s shooting. If that wasn’t enough, Green’s shooting was much better in the postseason. (Project Spurs)

Lucas: UNC Men's Basketball Tours Ft. Bragg

North Carolina’s first road trip of the 2016-17 season wasn’t listed on the official schedule. With only three weeks until the season opener at Tulane, the Tar Heels loaded the team bus on Thursday afternoon and traveled to Fayetteville, where Roy Williams had organized a tour of Ft. Bragg for his team. (GoHeels.com)

Isaiah Hicks Named To Malone Award Watch List

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday the 20 watch list members for the 2017 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, and UNC senior Isaiah Hicks is on the list. Hicks was the 2016 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and should play a larger role this season after the graduation of 2016 first-team All-America forward Brice Johnson. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Basketball Ranked 6th in Pre-Season Coaches Poll

USA Today released their 2016-17 preseason college basketball poll on Thursday, and North Carolina begins the season ranked 6th in the country. The USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of head coaches at Division I schools. (USA Today)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 87
Clemson: 79
Tue, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Jan 20 2:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(2) Virginia5-015-1
Louisville4-114-4
(5) Duke4-216-2
(20) Clemson4-215-3
(15) North Carolina4-215-4
Georgia Tech3-110-7
Boston College3-314-6
Notre Dame3-313-6
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-312-5
NC State2-312-6
Florida State2-413-5
Syracuse2-413-6
Wake Forest1-48-9
Pittsburgh0-68-11


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