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Is North Carolina the best team in America?

It’s not uncommon for a Roy Williams team to start playing its best basketball at this point in the season. It’s why North Carolina has played in five of the last six ACC Tournament championship games. That’s also why the Tar Heels have never been bounced from the first round of the NCAA Tournament under Williams. (FanRag Sports)

UNC Gets Air Jordan 13 Low PE In Time For March Madness

The North Carolina men’s basketball squad is still battling to maintain their place in the Top 10 of the college basketball rankings and atop the ACC standings, and Jordan Brand is here to give the Tar Heels the boost they need with another fresh PE in this argyle-lined Jordan 13 Low perfect for the coming March Madness season. (Sneaker News)

Chansky’s Notebook: Fake Sucking

Isn’t interacting with the opposing team and coach and the refs part of the price of buying a front row seat, from Spike Lee at Madison Square Garden to the fan doing the bump with Stephen Curry the other night? Is UNC going to pronounce, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please treat Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils with the utmost of respect.” Fat chance. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC vs. Pittsburgh Preview

No. 8 North Carolina can clinch a double-bye in the ACC Tournament with a win at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Tip off is set for noon. The Panthers’ latest loss served as a microcosm of their season, one full of blown leads and missed opportunities. Pittsburgh led by 19 points over Wake Forest before the Demon Deacons rallied for their largest comeback in 18 years. (Inside Carolina)

UNC casting pretty big ACC shadow over Duke

UNC’s 74-63 win over Louisville Wednesday doubled as the Tar Heels’ ninth top-50 RPI victory and provided them with a two-game cushion atop the ACC standings. In other words, Roy Williams is about to win his eighth ACC regular-season title in a 13-year span, which will be six more than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will have won in that same time frame. (CBS Sports)

Could Justin Jackson up his scoring even more?

Justin Jackson scores 18.7 points per game, which ranks seventh in the ACC. However, what if I told you that he could score even more points, without having to increase his usage or take additional shots? As a wise philosopher once said, “There’s always money in the banana stand.” Well, that logic may apply to Jackson, too. Just go with me for a second. (ACC Sports Journal)

Better Defense or Luckier Defense for UNC?

It’s been well documented that UNC’s defense has been much better recently. After dropping to the mid-40s in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency rankings, the Tar Heels have climbed all the way back to No. 20 with dominant performances against Virginia and Louisville. But how much is due to actually playing better defense versus having luckier defense? (The Secondary Break)

These Role Players Could Decide March Madness

Theo Pinson brings defensive skill, energy, and playmaking ability to a team that needs varying degrees of all three, and his presence in the UNC lineup makes such a difference that it’s becoming difficult to tell who’s the most valuable member of the roster. Pinson has the energy of an X factor, the attitude of a glue guy, and, the jump shot of someone wearing a blind fold. (The Ringer)

What to expect when No. 8 UNC men's basketball takes on Pittsburgh

UNC has looked like a defensive stalwart of late, but the Tar Heels have struggled to maintain that defensive dominance against inferior opponents. Pittsburgh is hovering around the NCAA Tournament bubble and desperately needs a quality win against an opponent like North Carolina to earn an at-large bid. (Daily Tar Heel)

Kenny Williams’ absence affects UNC in a variety of ways

North Carolina likely will be without guard Kenny Williams for the remainder of the season; the sophomore injured his knee in a practice following the Duke game. Williams had surgery earlier this week. What does this mean for UNC — a team with national championship aspirations? Williams was a two-way player, and UNC’s defense will feel his absence. (ACC Sports Journal)

Brice Johnson Makes NBA Debut For Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers rookie Brice Johnson, sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his back, was active against the Warriors on Thursday night. Johnson grabbed 2 rebounds in 3 minutes. Fifty-seven games into his rookie year, the former North Carolina star got to put on his uniform. It’s No. 10, by the way, for anyone who can’t remember back to October. (Orange County Register)

Tar Heel Talk Podcast: Bobby Frasor Special

On this week’s show, former Tar Heel basketball player, Bobby Frasor, joins me to talk about heading back to his high school alma mater in Chicago to coach basketball. We will also look back at his time in Chapel Hill, as well as, talk about the current UNC basketball team. Thanks for listening, and we will see you all next week. (Tar Heel Blog)

Justin Jackson is so hot right now

Without Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige on the roster for the 2016-2017 season, certain Carolina players HAD to step up. UNC junior small forward Justin Jackson has done just that. Despite staring almost every game as a freshman and sophomore, Jackson always played second or third fiddle to Carolina's older, more established players. (Carolina Blue)

The Air Jordan 31 Low Set to Debut for March Madness

The owner of the photos used in this article has requested its removal. In the mean time, here's a look at the exclusive UNC Jumpman 13 Retro Low tweeted out by Carolina Basketball on Friday. Read More...

Harrison Barnes has unseated Dirk Nowitzki as Mavericks’ go-to player

As Dirk Nowitzki’s minutes stacked up and age became his public enemy No. 1, the Dallas Mavericks have been searching for someone to make their franchise player the second-best player on their team. That search is finally over. Harrison Barnes, who was basically a role player the last four seasons with Golden State, has quietly unseated Nowitzki as the Mavs’ best player. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Pittsburgh: 67
Sat, Feb 25 Box Score

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

UNC vs. Duke
Sat, Mar 4 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. ACCT 8/9 Winner
Thu, Mar 9 12:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Syracuse68
at #7 Louisville88
FINAL
Lydon (Syracuse) 17 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 25 pts;
Georgia Tech0
at #21 Notre Dame0
Sunday 6:30 PM
Okogie 15.6 ppg, 1.6 apg; Colson 16.7 ppg, 1.7 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(7) Louisville11-523-6
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Miami10-620-8
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Syracuse9-817-13
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
Pittsburgh4-1215-14
Clemson4-1214-14
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20


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