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For Pitt's seniors, UNC game is their day

While walking past Petersen Events Center last week, senior forward Sheldon Jeter caught himself staring at a poster on the wall. A list of every Pitt home game looked back at him, unforgivingly. The last game on that list takes place at noon Saturday against No. 8 North Carolina. Pitt (15-13, 4-11 ACC) has exhausted almost all hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

UNC’s Roy Williams compares ACC coaches to mushrooms in the dark

Of all the scheduling quirks that have come with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s growth to a 15-team basketball conference, the one that has arrived for North Carolina is coach Roy Williams’ least favorite: the oft-criticized Saturday-Monday special, with two games in three days. He has often criticized the ACC’s haphazard scheduling approach. (Charlotte Observer)

Three to know: No. 8 North Carolina at Pittsburgh

After Wednesday’s 74-63 win against Louisville, North Carolina opened up a two-game lead in the ACC on Duke, Florida State, Notre Dame and the Cardinals. With the Tar Heels holding the head-to-head tie-breaker with each of those teams except for Duke, a win here, combined with a Duke loss at Miami, would give UNC the top seed in the ACC tournament. (Fayetteville Observer)

Ty Lawson runs 23 seconds off the game clock in a really weird way

Late in the Sacramento Kings’ 116-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, the Kings did something really weird. You know the “walk the dog” move that teams use to preserve as much time on the shot clock as possible? Well, Ty Lawson used it in order to milk the game clock. And it worked. Twenty-three seconds came off the clock because of that. (CBS Sports)

Michael Jordan's greatest moments as a North Carolina Tar Heel

The Flu Game. The Shot. The Dream Team. When it comes to Michael Jordan's illustrious professional basketball career, those phrases need no further explanation. But the aura around "His Airness" began earlier, in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan spent three seasons at UNC. In honor of his 54th birthday Friday, here's a look at Jordan's top moments as a Tar Heel. (NCAA.com)

Tar Heels Visit Pitt Saturday

The Tar Heels are 24-5 and first in the ACC with a 12-3 record in league play. Pitt is 15-13 overall, 4-11 in the ACC, with wins in three of its last five games, including wins over Syracuse and Florida State. UNC has a two-game lead in the ACC. Duke, Florida State, Louisville and Notre Dame are all 10-5. The Tar Heels have won three straight. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina seeking ACC title, No. 1 seed as first steps to help erase bad memory

Four seconds still loom large in the North Carolina locker room -- 4.7 seconds to be exact. That's how much time remained with the score tied against Villanova in the national championship game last season. The Tar Heels relive losing on Kris Jenkins' 3-pointer without being prompted, and they don't want to forget it either. (ESPN.com)

Video: Joel Berry one one on with Taylor Vippolis

North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II talks with Tar Heel Basketball analyst Taylor Vippolis about his emergence as a team leader, lessons he learned from Marcus Paige, and intensity of ACC play. Read More...

Roy Williams: Defending The 3 Key Against Improving Pitt

Pittsburgh is a better team right now than it was when the Panthers came within two points of North Carolina in the Smith Center on Jan. 31, UNC coach Roy Williams says. Since then, Pitt has gone 3-3, but its loss at Carolina was its seventh straight loss. The streak moved to eight when the Panthers dropped a close game at Duke several days later. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Ranking March Madness contenders: Size, incentive puts North Carolina on top

1. North Carolina KenPom ranks: Offense No. 5, defense No. 20 Area of strength: The Tar Heels have multiple high-level scoring options, including Kennedy Meeks in the low post and wing Justin Jackson from deep, mid-range and at the rim. Area of concern: The Tar Heels have only two reliable 3-point shooters, now that young Kenny Williams is out injured. (Sporting News)

UNC finding a way to win

With 24 wins, only 11 Division I teams have more wins than North Carolina right now. The Heels stand two victories clear of the other teams in the ruthless ACC. This team returns 10 players from a squad that compiled 33 wins last season. This team just knows how to win. They're used to it. (Carolina Blue)

Berry on last year's national title game: "We talk about it all the time"

Joel Berry says he thinks about those 4.7 seconds on the night of April 4th, 2016 in Houston almost everyday. That was win Villanova nailed a last-second shot to end the Tar Heels' comeback and deny UNC the National Championship. "We talk about it all the time," Berry told CarolinaBlue on Wednesday night after his No. 8 Tar Heels defeated Louisville 74-63 to gain a two-game lead in the ACC standings. (Carolina Blue)

Turner's Take: The Fight

This column is about a single play from North Carolina's win over Louisville on Wednesday. But it's not a deep Justin Jackson three-pointer, or a Theo Pinson dipsy-doo lay-up (though that did make me gasp on press row) or a Kennedy Meeks block. This column is about a defensive rebound, one that made me burst into a grin. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Pre-Pittsburgh Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Friday prior to the Tar Heels' noon game at Pittsburgh on Saturday. View Video...

UNC's Leadership by Committee

After looking up to Marcus Paige for so long, the Tar Heels were forced to look to one another entering the 2016-17 season. UNC’s upperclassmen are a veteran bunch having played in 16 postseason games, two ACC Tournament finals and a national championship game in the last two years. That solidarity has allowed for a collective approach to leadership this season. (Inside Carolina)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 43
Virginia: 53
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Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Duke
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#5 UNC43
at #23 UVA53
FINAL
Berry II (UNC) 12 pts; Guy (UVA) 17 pts;
#25 Miami61
at Virginia Tech66
FINAL
Reed (Miami) 11 pts; Outlaw (Virginia Tech) 24 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(5) North Carolina13-425-6
(8) Louisville11-523-6
(15) Florida State11-523-6
(19) Notre Dame11-522-7
(17) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech10-721-8
(23) Virginia10-720-9
(25) Miami10-720-9
Syracuse9-817-13
Wake Forest7-916-12
Georgia Tech7-916-13
Pittsburgh4-1215-14
Clemson4-1214-14
NC State4-1315-15
Boston College2-149-20


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