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Joel Berry Named To Wooden Award Watch List

North Carolina senior point guard Joel Berry II is among 50 preseason candidates for the John Wooden Award, given annually to the national player of the year. Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious individual honor. (GoHeels.com)

Young Tar Heels Still Searching For Identity Entering Wednesday’s Game Against Bucknell

An impressive victory in Friday’s season opener against Northern Iowa showed that the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team has enough talent to be among the top teams in America. What the young, inexperienced Tar Heels–who have been without injured senior point guard Joel Berry for nearly a month–will need time to define, however, is an identity. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels Host Bucknell To Open PK80 Play

North Carolina plays host to Patriot League pre-season favorite Bucknell in the Tar Heels' second game of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Smith Center. The Carolina-Bucknell game is part of PK80, a Nike-sponsored event to honor Phil Knight. Carolina plays three other PK80 games in Portland, Ore., Nov. 23-26. Bucknell is 0-2 to start the season. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Live: Junior Class Setting The Tone

While No. 9 North Carolina’s top on-court talent may be found within the senior class of Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, coach Roy Williams says it's the junior class that has set the standard early for the Tar Heels. It starts with Kenny Williams, who was all over the court in Friday night’s 86-69 win over Northern Iowa, collecting 10 points, three steals and five assists. (Inside Carolina)

Lucky No. 7: UNC’s Seventh Woods opens 2017-18 with an efficient performance

For Seventh Woods, the season opener against Northern Iowa was positive. In 18 minutes off the bench, Woods showcased a refined skill set. Woods registered an offensive rating of 111 points per 100 possessions against NIU. This marks the first time in his career that Woods has played at least 15 minutes and scored an offensive rating north of 110. (ACC Sports Journal)

Lucas: Roy Williams Updates Joel Berry's Status

Roy Williams expressed optimism about the imminent return of senior point guard Joel Berry on Monday night during his radio show with Jones Angell. "Joel practiced today," Williams said. "He will do the same thing tomorrow and we will see how he feels. I'm cautiously feeling better about having Joel." Berry missed the season opener due to a broken hand. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Remains No. 9 in AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll

North Carolina is ranked ninth in the latest men’s college basketball Associated Press poll. The No. 9 ranking remains unchanged after knocking off Northern Iowa to open the season on Friday night. There will likely be significant movement next week with four of the top seven teams playing against each other as part of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. (Chapelboro.com)

Kennedy Meeks makes USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Roster

Former Tar Heel forward Kennedy Meeks was selected as a member of the USA Basketball World Cup qualifying roster for later this month. The roster will be made up of 12 players who do not have NBA G-League two-way contracts and are not on an NBA roster. The team will be coached by Jeff Van Gundy who coached team USA to a Gold Medal in the FIBA AmeriCup this summer. (Keeping It Heel)

Luke Maye Named ACC Co-Player of the Week

North Carolina junior Luke Maye and Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III were voted ACC Basketball Co-Players of the Week following the first weekend of the 2017-18 season. Maye led all players in Friday’s 86-69 win over Northern Iowa with a career-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. His previous career high was 17 points against Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA Elite Eight. (The ACC)

Chansky’s Notebook: Bison Smells An Upset?

The Tar Heels may be 1-0, but beware Bucknell. The Bison are defending champion of the Patriot League with all five starters back, led by 6-10 senior center Nana Foulland, who averaged 15 points and eight rebounds as a junior. Fellow senior Zach Thomas, a 6-7 forward and the Bison’s leading scorer, averaged 16 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook

Roy Williams has made references to the challenge of early-season practices with a team featuring eight new players. The veterans can tell a difference in the first approximately 25 practices this season as compared to past years. "There are a lot of plays we don't have in yet that we usually have in by the first game," Theo Pinson said. "We've taken things a little slower." (GoHeels.com)

Jawad Williams: Back to back?

Jawad Williams: I wanted to take this time to give my thoughts on my beloved UNC Tar Heels. Do they have what it takes to go back to back? I honestly believe so, but it most definitely will not be easy. The Heels have a good mix of upperclassmen and young guys. The next case of business for the Heels will be how to take that mix and make it one powerful unit. (Jawad Williams)

Former Warrior James Michael McAdoo returns to Oracle to get his ring

Prior to Saturday’s matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers, former Warrior James Michael McAdoo took a 47-foot walk to receive his 2017 championship ring from Warriors assistant Ron Adams. However, his journey to get to Oakland Saturday was a bit more strenuous. “I’m thrilled that he’s here,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. (San Jose Mercury News)

Kings' Justin Jackson thriving with more playing time

Justin Jackson has played at least 25 minutes in each of the last three games for the Sacramento Kings and is averaging 13.0 points while shooting 44 percent from the field. Jackson played a big part in ending the Kings' seven-game losing streak, playing 30 minutes in back-to-back victories and scoring a total of 35 points in those games. (CBS Sports)

Roy Williams attends C.B. McGrath's first game as UNCW head coach

C.B. McGrath imitated his Hall of Fame coaching mentor on Saturday, from inviting family to sit on the bench pregame to wearing a Carolina Blue tie. Then Roy Williams showed up. The three-time national championship coach, less than 24 hours removed from leading UNC to a win against Northern Iowa, made the unexpected trip to Wilmington for McGrath’s debut. (Wilmington Star News)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Bucknell: 81
Wed, Nov 15 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Stanford
Mon, Nov 20 11:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Portland
Thu, Nov 23 2:30 ET ESPN

UNC vs. Ark/Okla
Fri, Nov 24 TBD ESPN

Full Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Texas Tech75
at Boston College64
FINAL
Evans (Texas Tech) 29 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 15 pts;
Quinnipiac55
at Wake Forest72
FINAL
Bundu (Quinnipiac) 11 pts; Crawford (Wake Forest) 17 pts;
Texas Southern67
at Syracuse80
FINAL
Scott (Texas Southern) 11 pts; Dolezaj (Syracuse) 10 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(1) Duke0-04-0
Clemson0-04-0
NC State0-04-0
Boston College0-04-1
(11) Miami0-03-0
(13) Notre Dame0-03-0
Syracuse0-03-0
Virginia0-03-0
(9) North Carolina0-02-0
(18) Louisville0-02-0
Florida State0-02-0
Virginia Tech0-02-1
Pittsburgh0-01-2
Wake Forest0-01-3
Georgia Tech0-00-1


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