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Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.

Theo Pinson’s NBA shot depends on shooting

Theo Pinson is fighting to earn a job in the NBA. The Greensboro native and former North Carolina swingman was a good collegiate defender, but isn’t an elite scorer or shooter – critical traits in the NBA. Pinson knows his weakness, and is trying to improve it. “I didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in college,” he said Saturday at the Charlotte Hornets workout. (Charlotte Post)

Pat Sullivan Hired as New York Knicks Assistant Coach

David Fizdale has named his coaching staff, and it includes a Tar Heel. The Knicks announced Tuesday that Keith Smart, Royal Ivey, Jud Buechler and Pat Sullivan, who played for Dean Smith on UNC's 1993 national championship team, will be assistant coaches. Sullivan was an assistant coach on Doc Rivers' staff with the Los Angeles Clippers the last two seasons. (

Re-live classic Tar Heel moments with this internet playlist

What on earth are you supposed to do this summer as you wait for the fall to arrive? Binge on classic UNC basketball games. Duh. We are not the first to comment on the treasure trove that has been humorously named “John Swofford’s Mind Control Device” by “Walter Stevenson”. Want to watch the classic triple-overtime 1957 NCAA Championship game? It’s available. (Tar Heel Blog)

Post NBA Decisions — ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 2: A Cut Above

No. 1 North Carolina: This looks like a classic Roy Williams team: Loaded with a mix of veteran stars and gifted incoming rookies. Expectations are high in Chapel Hill — as they should be; this is a title-contending team. With Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams back — plus Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks — UNC has an embarrassment of riches. (ACC Sports Journal)

Video: Theo Pinson Relives Monster Dunk vs. Duke

Former UNC forward Theo Pinson had some memorable moments during his four years in Chapel Hill, but none were perhaps as iconic has his massive two-hand slam against Duke in the Tar Heels' win at home this season. Hear Pinson describe what he saw during the play and why he says it was likely the best dunk of his career. Read More...

UNC’s Luke Maye named a Way-Too-Early All-American

College basketball season might have just reached the offseason, but it isn’t too early for UNC junior forward Luke Maye to start racking up preseason nominations. 247Sports named Maye to its Way-Too-Early college basketball All-American team, with the junior earning first team honors. With Joel Berry and Theo Pinson moving on, Maye will be a focal point. (

Four Corners: Summer Heating Up In The Smith Center

The Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp begins its first session on Sunday, and with camp comes the annual pickup games between current and former Tar Heel players. Whether it's June or January, North Carolina's basketball team makes news year-round. Here are some of the latest news & notes about Carolina Basketball some may have missed in the last week. (

Sterling Manley Embracing Opportunity

Sterling Manley's task at hand is building upon a productive freshman season in which he averaged 5.4 points on 56.6 percent shooting to go along with 3.6 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. His summer workload includes getting in better shape, utilizing his length more effectively to control the glass and becoming a defensive stopper, as well as being more assertive. (Inside Carolina)

J.B. Tanner promoted to Elon assistant men's basketball coach

J.B. Tanner, who has spent four years as Elon’s director of basketball operations, has been elevated to assistant coaching duties alongside Jack Wooten and Chris Long. Tanner, a former walk-on player at UNC, is becoming a full-fledged assistant coach for the first time. He was UNC Greensboro’s director of basketball operations for three seasons until 2014. (Burlington Times News)

Doug Moe gets his due

Doug Moe was a victim of a 1961 basketball betting scandal. During his senior year at North Carolina and after completing his four seasons of eligibility for the Tar Heels, the scandal broke and Chancellor William Aycock suspended him from school. Donnie Walsh, later an NBA executive with several teams, was Moe’s teammate at UNC. “We knew it was all totally B.S.” (Mile High Sports)

Video: Flashback - Marcus Paige's Signature Performance at NC State

North Carolina's Marcus Paige put together a signature performance at NC State in 2014, scoring a career-high 35 points including the game-winning layup in the closing seconds of overtime. Roy Williams recalls the career night for Paige as one of the greatest performances he's ever seen. Read More...

Doug Moe receives 2018 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award

It's tricky giving Doug Moe the credit he’s due as one of the godfathers of today’s fast-paced, big-scoring, offensive-minded style of pro basketball. There’s no book to prove it. The man who turned nothing into a real cool hand and usually had the last laugh on Sunday was named the 2018 recipient of the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award. (

College basketball's winners and losers after players' final NBA Draft decisions

6. North Carolina - This was the expected endgame for this offseason, but UNC deserves a mention. Cam Johnson and Luke Maye could combine to average more than 35 points if all clicks. Kenny Williams is back, too. UNC is shaping up as a top-10 team. Can't ding the Heels for losing Theo Pinson and Joel Berry. They were seniors, so their exits were accounted for. (CBS Sports)

2018-19 college basketball rankings: Changes in Top 25 (and 1) after NCAA draft withdrawal deadline

8. North Carolina - With the NCAA cloud no longer hovering, UNC is back to recruiting like UNC — evidence being that the Tar Heels secured commitments from five-star recruits Nassir Little and Coby White. Those two will pair with veterans like Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams to put Roy Williams in a position to perhaps win a fourth national title. (CBS Sports)

Video: Julius Peppers UNC Football & Basketball Highlights

Julius Peppers is perhaps the greatest defensive player to ever don Tar Heel blue. The two-time first-team All-American had a stellar career in Chapel Hill that saw him win the Lombardi and Bednarik awards in 2001 and finish with 30.5 sacks and 53.0 tackles-for-loss. "J-Pep" would also lend his services to the UNC basketball team. Read More...

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Texas A&M: 86
Sun, Mar 18 Box Score
Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Bahamas All Stars
Fri, Aug 17 7:30 ET
UNC @ NPBA All Stars
Sun, Aug 19 3:00 ET
UNC @ Wofford
Tue, Nov 6 TBD

ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia17-131-3
(9) Duke13-529-8
(22) Miami11-722-10
(20) Clemson11-725-10
NC State11-721-12
(10) North Carolina11-726-11
Virginia Tech10-821-12
Florida State9-923-12
Notre Dame8-1021-15
Boston College7-1119-16
Georgia Tech6-1213-19
Wake Forest4-1411-20

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