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ACC basketball preview: North Carolina

North Carolina should be an NCAA tournament team — a solid one. And in some ways, the suspensions of P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald could help this team. If James Michael McAdoo is forced to play some small forward during their absence, that will open up opportunities for Joel James, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks. UNC has plenty of talent returning. (Greensboro News & Record)

Tar Heels welcome opportunity to turn focus back to basketball

Roy Williams, more than anyone, likely appreciated the new NCAA rule moving the first date of practice up by around two weeks. After the offseason the coach and his program endured, a chance to get back to the familiar structure of the preseason - and change the subject - was no doubt welcomed. "It's a lot more fun," Williams said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: One Year Later

Exactly one year ago, Roy Williams sat in his Smith Center office and said, "There are always those things that you say, 'I'd love to be able to do that.' Well, I'm not just going to say I want to do those things. I'm going to do them." A visitor to his office raised an eyebrow. Was this really Roy Williams planning to slow down just a little? Was he even capable of doing that? (

Video: James Michael McAdoo Preseason Update

North Carolina junior James Michael McAdoo talks about learning a new position on the wing and Carolina's ability to use a big lineup this year. (View Video...)

Man linked to UNC basketball player P.J. Hairston to take plea

The convicted felon who has been linked to UNC basketball star P.J. Hairston is expected to accept a plea deal today on drug and weapons charges. The attorney for Haydn "Fats" Thomas tells ABC11 that Thomas will appear in court this afternoon and will take a plea deal on three felony drug charges and one charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. (WTVD)

Hubert Davis finding his comfort zone

North Carolina assistant coach Hubert Davis is still happy with his decision to coach, even though he’s no longer viewed as the happy coach. Davis has brought a more assertive presence to his second year on the sideline since leaving his analyst position at ESPN to join Roy Williams’ staff. Sophomore forward Brice Johnson said he literally hears the difference every day. (

Strangest Plot Premise Ever?

It appears Amazon wants to jump into the mix of streaming original content. Their first show? A drama called "Alpha House." John Goodman’s character, Gil John Biggs, is a revered former basketball coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and is now a Republican senator from that state who is confronting a Tea Party challenge from Digger Mancusi, the current Duke coach. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heel Take: UNC Pembroke

Join Matt Oakes, Rachel Nash, and Alex Curley as they take you behind the scenes of the first and only exhibition game against UNC-Pembroke to see what the beginning of the basketball season really means in Chapel Hill. (

Player Profile: James Michael McAdoo

James Michael McAdoo could have cut his losses and gone pro, at a slightly lower projected draft pick than after his freshman season. But he elected to come back, and play a full season at his true position. So naturally, he spent the first exhibition game playing small forward due to multiple players in street clothes. Presuming that he does find his way back to playing power forward, what can we expect? (Tar Heel Blog)

Rare Photos of Rasheed Wallace

The former UNC and NBA veteran grew up in Philadelphia, where he starred at Simon Gratz High and was named a two-time Parade All-America. (Sports Illustrated)

Boston Celtics Interested In Kendall Marshall

The Boston Celtics are interested in Kendall Marshall, who was waived after he was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Washington Wizards. Marshall is a pass-first point guard that struggled in the Suns' system as a rookie. The Celtics, however, do not want to be pushed above the luxury tax to become a repeat offender. (Real GM)

Tar Heels appear to have all the tools

With P.J. Hairston back, along with post player James Michael McAdoo and point guard Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels have three quality starters. Throw in senior guard Leslie McDonald and Joel James, Desmond Hubert and Brice Johnson, and Roy Williams has plenty of talent available for his 11th season. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Preview: Top non-league basketball games before Jan. 1

No 2. Michigan State vs. No. 12 North Carolina on Dec. 4 at the Breslin Center: The eligibility issues that are clouding UNC's preseason will presumably be over by early December, clearing the way for both programs to be at full strength in what should be the top game of the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. (CBS Sports)

Marcus Paige getting used to being No. 2

Sophomore guard Marcus Paige made it clear he’s not losing his desire to be a point guard, but he is planning on getting comfortable being North Carolina’s primary shooting guard for the near future. Until the playing status of both P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald is cleared up by the NCAA, Paige is the Tar Heels’ best option at the 2. (

Player Profile: P.J. Hairston

Perhaps the biggest, and assuredly the most asked question pertaining to the 2014 Tar Heels is to what effect will the "Summer of P.J." have on both the team, and the player. With respect to the former, it is clear that P.J. Hairston will miss a (yet to be determined) number of games; and in these games, Carolina will certainly be a different, and likely lesser, team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels getting hoops help in the post

While Joel James was working on slimming himself down, Brice Johnson and Desmond Hubert were busy bulking themselves up so that they won't be pushed around as much as they were a year ago. Both are noticeably bigger in their upper bodies. Whether that translates into more playing time depends on how well they handled their other summer homework assignments. (Wilmington Star News)

Brad Daugherty's interest in racing more than passing

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway as the season begins to wind down. Brad Daugherty, an ESPN analyst, will be at the speedway covering the race today. The former NBA star and part owner of JTG Daugherty Racing took a few minutes out of his day to talk about racing. (Amarillo Globe-News)

Jeff Lebo: CIT championship only the beginning for ECU basketball growth

Jeff Lebo knows what it’s like to succeed at the highest level of college basketball, having led North Carolina to an ACC tournament championship, four straight NCAA appearances and a pair of trips to the Elite Eight as a player. (Wilmington Star News)

Brothers Tyler Zeller and Cody Zeller meet for the first time

An hour before tipoff between the Cavaliers and Bobcats in Time Warner Cable Arena, Tyler and Cody Zeller tried to downplay the meeting. "We’re both role players,'' Tyler said. "We have to go in and do our parts. If we were the stars on our team, it might be a little different going against each other. But we just need to go out and do our jobs.'' (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Video: One-on-one with Danny Green

So what has life been like for Danny Green since his star turn on the NBA’s biggest and brightest stage? How does his role change this season for the Spurs? Find out in the debut episode of Hang Time One-On-One, our new feature where we dive a little deeper with the stars, role players, movers and shakers in the NBA: (

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North Carolina: 80
Northwestern: 69
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Tue, Nov 24 10:00 ET ESPN2

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ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Miami0-05-0
(5) Duke0-04-1
(9) North Carolina0-04-1
(12) Virginia0-04-1
Florida State0-04-1
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Wake Forest0-03-1
Georgia Tech0-03-1
Virginia Tech0-02-1
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