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Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.

Theo Pinson the latest in long line of key 'glue guys' at UNC

Theo Pinson is not a particularly good shooter. He's the only UNC starter who doesn't score in double figures, and he has the highest turnover rate on the team. But those numbers are deceiving, because Pinson is a glue guy. He's a player that will do whatever the team requires, putting the team before his own statistics, to earn wins, and he has joined a prestigious lineage. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Rasheed Wallace’s Crib Has Become a Ghost Mansion. This Is What It Looks Like Now.

Thirteen years ago, the famously talented and infamously abrasive Rasheed Wallace left Portland for the Detroit Pistons. Since then, Wallace's sprawling Dunthorpe home has stood vacant. In 2002, two years after Wallace bought it, the 1924 mansion showed up on MTV's Cribs. The home has a five-car garage, five fireplaces, five full baths and a swimming pool. (Willamette Week)

Podcast: Banter helps give Perth Wildcats star J.P. Tokoto the edge

Perth's MVP candidate J.P. Tokoto says pre-game preparation of which opposition players to target with verbal banter has helped him develop an edge during his impressive debut NBL campaign. Tokoto has become a fan favorite and a highlight machine in Australia, averaging 17 points, six rebounds and two steals amid a range of dunks and high-flying plays. (Perth Now)

Video: Isaiah Hicks G-League, Knicks Profile

Isaiah Hicks will always be remembered by UNC fans for his key basket late in the game against Gonzaga to help the Tar Heels clinch the 2017 National Championship. Now, Hicks is making a name for himself in the G-League and the New York Knicks organization. Hicks went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft but has signed a two-way deal with the Knicks and their G-League team. (Inside Carolina)

Finding an Identity

It was UNC's third straight win after Roy Williams benched forward Garrison Brooks in favor of Cameron Johnson, the sweet-shooting transfer from Pittsburgh. That left the Tar Heels with their fans' dream and their coach's nightmare: a small-ball lineup. Now, three games into Williams' grand experiment, UNC has found an identity — at least in rotation, if not in style. (Argyle Report)

The time James Michael McAdoo delivered his own child

Former Tar Heel forward James Michael McAdoo had an interesting New Year's Eve. He and his wife, Lauren, a former UNC volleyball player welcomed their first child, a daughter. Here's the twist: Little Sawyer Ray McAdoo decided she was in a rush. So much so that the couple's midwife never had time to get there, so James Michael and Lauren handled the delivery themselves. (ABC 11)

UNC Locker Room Report: Keeping the Streak Alive

All five of UNC's starters scored in double figures as the Tar Heels responded from a lackluster win at Notre Dame to come out of the gates strong against the Tigers and hold on. Roy Williams was not happy with UNC's turnovers, but North Carolina's sharp shooting and clutch baskets were able to mask the Heels other inefficiencies. UNC plays Georgia Tech Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Fatherly Advice Helps Cam Johnson Regain Stroke

Nobody knows Cam Johnson’s game better than his father. Gil Johnson played basketball at Pittsburgh, though he wasn’t a perimeter shooter like his son is. In fact, the elder Johnson, who was a 6-8 forward in his playing days with the Panthers, never attempted a 3-pointer in college. But he knows the game and he knows his son. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

17. North Carolina: The good for UNC: in a year that seemed ripe for upstart Clemson to get its first-ever win in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels denied it behind their best performance yet from transfer Cameron Johnson, who made 6 of 9 threes. The bad: a game before that, North Carolina was an inch away from losing to a Notre Dame squad missing its two best players. (Sports Illustrated)

Luke Maye Bounces Back from Injury

When Kenny Williams jumped for a rebound under Clemson’s basket in the final minutes of the first half Tuesday, he felt the impact of his collision with roommate Luke Maye. His left elbow had been cut open, which didn’t bode well for Maye. After saving the ball to Joel Berry, Williams watched as Maye collapsed to the court holding his face. (Inside Carolina)

Inside The Playbook: How Luke Maye and UNC have a flair for more than the dramatics

The Tar Heels have attempted 408 field goals this season. That’s the highest three-point attempt rate a UNC team has posted since 2002-03 — the first season for Roy Williams as head coach at UNC. The Heels can do this in part because of Luke Maye, who offers range shooting. If your power forward can shoot threes at an efficient clip, everything opens up on offense. (ACC Sports Journal)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Snowy Stratagem

Dean Smith used to say a poorly played one-point win is the best scenario for motivating his team, and that’s what happened this time. The Tar Heels shot the ball well and had 23 assists, but rebounding after a season-low of 29 and 14 points in the paint will be the subjects of ol’ Roy’s next rant. Better hope classes are back on Thursday, or the Heels might practice all day. (

Cam Johnson finds his balance as Tar Heels embrace a 3-point shooting imbalance

North Carolina forward Cameron Johnson called his father, Gilbert, over the weekend to figure out it was balance that was plaguing his jumpshot. He spent a few hours in the Smith Center in the wee hours of Sunday morning working through it after one of the worst performances of his career, and on Tuesday, he saw the fruits of his labor with a rejuvenated jumper. (Greensboro News & Record)

Cameron Johnson Makes The Grade

When Roy Williams announced player grades for the Notre Dame game, Cameron Johnson received an "F." "I did not play up to my personal standard or up to Coach's standard," said Johnson. "I'll take full responsibility for that. It just made me really look forward to this game, like, 'I need to get back on track. That's not how I play.'" And he proved that against Clemson. (

Cameron Johnson, UNC keep Clemson’s defense on skates amid wintry weather

Cameron Johnson scored 21 points in North Carolina’s 87-79 win over Clemson — three off tying a career high. He will get the headlines, and deservedly so; however, a lot of good offense went into the victory. UNC assisted on 23 of the team’s 26 field goals, which translates to an assist rate of 88.5 percent. That’s the highest assist rate for the Tar Heels this season. (ACC Sports Journal)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Georgia Tech: 66
Sat, Jan 20 Box Score

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

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

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #5 Duke81
Carr (Pitt) 12 pts; Carter Jr (Duke) 21 pts;
Georgia Tech66
at #15 UNC80
Okogie (Georgia Tech) 18 pts; Maye (UNC) 17 pts;
Notre Dame58
at #20 Clemson67
Gibbs (Notre Dame) 18 pts; Mitchell (Clemson) 12 pts;
Florida State91
at Virginia Tech82
Walker (Florida State) 24 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 26 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(2) Virginia6-016-1
(5) Duke5-217-2
(15) North Carolina5-216-4
(20) Clemson5-216-3
Boston College3-314-6
NC State3-313-6
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Notre Dame3-413-7
(25) Miami2-313-4
Virginia Tech2-412-6
Wake Forest1-58-10

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