Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Marcus Paige, JP Tokoto gear up for NC State
In five games against the Wolfpack, Marcus Paige has averaged 18.8 points per game while shooting 44 percent. Against everyone else, he drops 12.7 points. Even this year, drawing more focus than ever before, Paige tallied 23 points in the two teams’ first matchup, which UNC won 81-79. “This year, he’s even got more of the defensive attention and the shot hasn’t fallen in quite as much,” Roy Williams said.
Roy Williams defends right to assess UNC crowd energy
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams made news Saturday when he criticized the intensity of the Smith Center crowd after an 89-60 blowout of Georgia Tech. Upset that there wasn’t more noise, he urged fans to do better. “If you want to act like I’m chastising the fans, tell them to come in and invest,” Williams said Saturday. On Monday, Williams addressed those comments again.
Memory Lane: NC State in Chapel Hill (video)
Most of the recent memorable moments in the North Carolina – NC State rivalry have come either in front of a distraught crowd at PNC Arena or a LOLing crowd at the ACC Tournament. Therefore, I found it necessary and apt to remind folks of three notable games from Wolfpack visits to Chapel Hill over the past 20 seasons (aka one’s with YouTube clips).
George Karl, miracle worker
While National Basketball Association comings and goings generally draw little interest in these parts, the news that the Sacramento Kings had lured George Karl, 63 and one of the marquee names in coaching, away from ESPN to be their coach proved an exception.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs NC State
Since the first meeting both teams have become more efficient on the offensive end and less so on the defensive side. In UNC's case, the Tar Heels' defensive efficiency has dropped from 90.5 a month ago to 96.2. NCSU has slipped to 99.4 from 97.4. Defensive efficiency ratings tend to take a beating in league play and that is certainly the case here for both teams.
Meeks heeds message, returns to starter status with Tar Heels
Kennedy Meeks hasn’t hidden the incentive behind his increased productivity. Coach Roy Williams’ decision to remove him from North Carolina’s first unit and sit him on the bench at the start of two recent games didn’t sit well with the sophomore forward. “Being put on the bench was motivation in itself,” he said.
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse basketball send North Carolina flowers after Dean Smith's death
Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse basketball team sent North Carolina flowers on Monday in honor of coaching legend Dean Smith who passed away two weeks ago. After Smith passed away, Boeheim remembered the longtime UNC coach fondly.
Know Your Opponent: N.C. State
Carolina leads the all-time series against the Wolfpack 151-76. N.C. State has made toying with NCAA tournament projections an annual tradition. Three times under Mark Gottfried the Wolfpack has had a stretch in ACC play that seemed to be a death knell for the program's postseason hopes. And all three times, State has found a way to hear its name called on Selection Sunday.
Dean Smith wouldn't want memorial, but we needed one
Ten men and two women walked onto a large stage Sunday afternoon. The lights dimmed, a video played on the giant screens and the sound that filled the arena was loud enough to echo throughout the concourse. Then chancellor Carol Folt of UNC Chapel Hill assertively stepped up to one of two microphones. “Good afternoon and welcome to the Dean E. Smith Center,” Folt said to a silent crowd, with a slow emphasis on the building’s name. The coach would’ve hated it.
UNC vs NCSU, Part II
Ever since Dean Smith died, there has been a national celebration of the basketball excellence he developed in the ACC. A letdown — and that’s different from a hard-fought loss — by the current edition of the Tar Heels against NC State (8 p.m., ACC Network) would be unsettling during what has been an emotional time for the program, particularly for Roy Williams.
ACC Tournament Seedings in Play
Add ACC Tournament positioning to the long list of items at stake, such as bragging rights and winning streaks, in Tuesday’s matchup between No. 15 North Carolina and N.C. State. The Tar Heels have won 16 of the 17 meetings with the Wolfpack, including 11 in a row at the Smith Center. Extending that streak would lock in UNC having a higher ACC Tournament seed than N.C. State.
Harrison Barnes Blossoming
There are significant differences between Harrison Barnes at North Carolina and Barnes with the Warriors. While the Iowa native came in as the nation’s No. 1 recruit and was the team’s go-to scorer from the start in Chapel Hill, shooting isn’t what the Warriors needed when they selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in 2012.
Previewing N.C. State
No. 15 North Carolina looks to win for the 12th time in a row at home against rival N.C. State on Tuesday night. The game tips at the Smith Center at 8:00 p.m. and will be televised by the ACC Network. N.C. State enters Tuesday's contest with a 16-11 (7-7 ACC) record. The Wolfpack are currently part of a five-team group in the middle of the conference.
Ranking the NBA's top 10 players under six feet tall
Ty Lawson isn’t enough of a force to be the first scoring option on a playoff team, but he’s done his work to push Denver into the playoffs this year. The speedy North Carolina product is nearly averaging a double-double for the first time while playing 36.7 minutes a night for the Nuggets, who absolutely collapse on offense without Lawson.
Roy Williams Wants More Help From Fans In N.C. State Rivalry Rematch
Tuesday night at 8 p.m., the No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-8 overall with a 9-5 mark in the ACC, will square off with its rival from Raleigh, the N.C. State Wolfpack, who come into the contest with a 16-11 record and 7-7 mark in the league. UNC head coach Roy Williams will be hoping for more ‘investment’ from the Carolina fans.