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College basketball's toughest non-conference schedules

4. North Carolina: When taking into consideration this team's ACC opponents, it's not a stretch to say UNC has the toughest schedule in the country. UNC has neutral showdowns with Temple and UCLA and faces Texas and Northern Iowa on the road. The Tar Heels also host Maryland and Davidson. In the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, UNC starts with a game against Northwestern. (USA Today)

Video: Marcus Paige - UNC's Key To Title Run

UNC's Marcus Paige is the key to a North Carolina title run in 2016. The Preseason All-American is critical for the Tar Heels with his clutch scoring, leadership and heart. See why Paige is UNC’s player to watch this season in this video. View Video...

Lucas: Dean Smith Award Finds Fitting Recipient

Dean Smith and John Thompson were kindred spirits in many ways; both Carolina and Georgetown sported near-perfect graduation rates under their direction. How close a friend was Thompson to Smith? The famously private Smith, who never opened his program to anyone, allowed Thompson to have the pregame meal with the team before the 1977 NCAA championship game against Marquette. (

Marvin Williams Impressing Inside and Out

29-year-old Marvin Williams seems to be having a renaissance on the court for Charlotte. Williams has started every game for the Hornets so far and is averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds, while leading the team with three double-doubles. “I just feel better. I’m in a lot better shape, so physically I feel better, and mentally I feel better,” Williams said. (

Without Paige, "everybody has to step up"

Roy Williams stressed that the individual performance of team members has to be raised as Marcus Paige recovers from a broken hand. "Everybody has to play closer to their potential. We can't have any sloppiness. The team we are going to play on Friday night is a different level team. We talked the other day about everybody picking their play up and doing a better job themselves." (Carolina Blue)

College basketball preview: It's sometimes sunny on Tobacco Road

Here in the heart of ACC country, where hoops powers Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State exist in a perpetual Cold War, the mood is more upbeat than usual. All three programs are coming into this season with momentum. Duke just won a national title. North Carolina begins the season ranked No. 1. N.C. State is somewhat under the radar, but the Wolfpack doesn’t mind. (Fayetteville Observer)

Roy Williams Live: UNC Chemistry Starting Strong

Roy Williams is no stranger to great teams, or great groups of kids. He has won two national championships and made it to three Final Fours in his time on the UNC bench. That’s why his praise of the 2015-16 Tar Heels was telling during his first radio show of the season on Monday. “It’s the kind of group I thought it was going be,” Williams said at Top of the Hill. “I just love the kids.” (Inside Carolina)

P.J. Hairston glad to be starting even after Hornets declined his contract option

The Hornets refused to guarantee P.J. Hairston all of $1.25 million — of an $89 million salary cap — for next season. The Hornets have started Hairston in all four games this season. Hairston was the only 2014 first-round NBA Draft pick whose third-year option was not picked up by Monday's deadline. (Sporting News)

UNC Player Profile: Justin Jackson

With Marcus Paige out, Justin Jackson will have the opportunity to assert himself as the team's leading weapon on offense. For North Carolina to be most successful this season, Jackson needs to be an aggressive scorer with the mid-range game and driving to the basket, while taking advantage of open opportunities beyond the arc when they are presented. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Player Preview: Brice Johnson

ESPN ranked Brice Johnson 38th on their preseason list of 100 best players in college basketball. He was the third Tar Heel on the list behind Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. Johnson will be expected to provide consistent scoring and should emerge as UNC’s best frontcourt scorer. His ability to hit mid-range jumpers combined with his quick post moves should give defenses fits. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams Radio Show Debuts Monday

Roy Williams Live, the Tar Heel basketball coach's weekly radio program with host Jones Angell, will make its 2015-16 debut at 7 p.m. on Monday night November 9 live from Top of the Hill restaurant in downtown Chapel Hill. The show will be heard on Monday evenings in 2015-16, except when the Tar Heels have a game or travel conflict. The show can be heard weekly on the Tar Heel Sports Network. (

Ed Davis finds a home with the Portland Trail Blazers

Ed Davis has been somewhat of an enigma in his now five years of NBA service. It seems as if the 2010 13th overall pick has seen just about everything from an early stint in the D-League to inexplicably bouncing between a few different teams. Yet, Davis is one of those rare players that fans and observers claimed that he needed the right fit that really just needed to find the right situation. (Hardwood Paroxysm)

UNC Player Profile: Isaiah Hicks

Despite changing his uniform number from 22 to 4, the upcoming season looks to be more of the same for Isaiah Hicks, a McDonald's All-American and the 2013 North Carolina player of the year. Hicks will be the first sub at power forward, spelling All-ACC returner Brice Johnson, but can capably start if Johnson or Meeks get injured, or if Johnson sputters. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: The Unknown

After watching Roy Williams’ team demolish Guilford, 99-49, you know that the Tar Heels have hooded warmup vests this year, that the new introduction video with Stuart Scott is very cool, that you don’t ever want to see Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson in suits again until the basketball banquet…and that as for basketball, you don’t know much more than that. (

UNC vs Guilford: Ross' Rapid Reactions

North Carolina defeated Guilford 99 to 49 on Friday night in the Dean Dome. UNC outmatched the Quakers in size, speed, and skill. Here are my thoughts on the Tar Heels from Friday. Theo Pinson will make the extra pass. He opted out of open mid range jumper to pass to an open Nate Britt who nailed three. Kennedy Meeks is visibly in better shape and slimmer than last season. (Carolina Blue)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Virginia Tech65
2:47 IN 2ND
Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;
NC State37
at Georgia Tech30
0:09 IN 1ST
Abu (NC State) 4 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 7 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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