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A Dean's Influence

The influence Dean Smith had on Derrick Phelps as a player, a person and the coach he aspired to be was tremendous. "He was definitely a father-figure in my life," said Phelps. "He was more interested in what I wanted to do with my life and what kind of person I was rather than how I was going to help North Carolina win basketball games. He helped me mature as a player and a person." (San Francisco Dons)

Virginia Opens Defining Closing Stretch for UNC

No. 10 North Carolina sits alone atop the ACC standings. However, No. 14 Virginia’s arrival on Saturday begins a five-game closing stretch stacked with four ranked opponents. The Tar Heels have been here before. Last season, UNC jumped out to an 8-0 ACC record before hanging on for the regular season title with a 6-4 record in its final 10 games. (Inside Carolina)

Kenny Williams’ injury gives Theo Pinson bigger chance to shine

Before Theo Pinson’s preseason injury, many expected him to be North Carolina's starter at the two spot. But even when he returned, Pinson came off the bench...until Kenny Williams got hurt. “When you come off the bench, you’ve got to feed off the energy and bring the energy,” said Pinson, who got his ninth career start. (Raleigh & Company)

Turner's Take: Sky Walker

With two minutes and thirty seconds left in the first half of UNC's game at NC State Wednesday, Luke Maye catches the ball on the wing, gives a pump fake at the three-point line to get Omer Yurtseven in the air, takes a dribble and two steps, rises from the block and flushes a two-handed dunk. That'll do. Luke Maye, of course, was a story before the dunk. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Pack Is Pathetic

If Mark Gottfried isn’t fired this week, how long can it be? UNC has beaten N.C. State twice this season by a combined 75 points. That means an almost certain end for Wolfpack Coach Mark Gottfried, whose program lacks talent and togetherness and must be an embarrassment to the school’s fans, who have seen Roy Williams beat their team 27 out of 30. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels to move forward without injured Kenny Williams

Tenth-ranked North Carolina will likely go the rest of the season without starting shooting guard Kenny Williams. The sophomore injured his right knee earlier this week and, after watching Wednesday night’s 97-73 blowout of N.C. State from the bench, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said his team won’t get him back this season. “He’ll have surgery early next week.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Maye Day in Raleigh: Luke Maye scores career-high 13 points

Luke Maye is hardly known as a scorer, let alone a rim-rocker. Coming into Wednesday’s game, the sophomore averaged 5 points in 13 minutes per game as UNC’s fourth option inside. But with the N.C. State defense conceding the lane, Maye put the ball on the floor with confidence. Two steps, two hands and two of his career-high 13 points. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: NC State fans boo coach Mark Gottfried in pregame introductions vs. UNC

The joyous roar of the crowd upon the introduction of NC State senior guard Terry Henderson was followed up with resounding boos to the next name announced over the loud speakers: Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack coach has had a rough go of it this week. After reports surfaced that Gottfried’s days appear to be numbered as coach at NC State, the Wolfpack fans let loose on the coach after playing back-to-back road games (CBS Sports)

Wolfpack stumbles through another blowout, faces uncertain future

After sending N.C. State's Omer Yurtseven flying with a pump fake, UNC forward Luke Maye got in one dribble and threw down a dunk that no team that was invested in playing defense would have allowed. This should have been a jarring sight. But for a Wolfpack team that's already seen its season crater thanks in part to hapless defense, it somehow wasn't. (Fayetteville Observer)

No mercy among rivals: Tar Heels blast reeling Wolfpack

Theo Pinson looked around this emptying building during the final minutes Wednesday night, relishing the sight of the North Carolina State crowd thinning, the aisles filling with people heading for the exits. “That’s a great feeling,” the North Carolina swingman said, smiling. “You always want that on the road. That means you played pretty well, and we did.” (Burlington Times News)

North Carolina-N.C. State Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "We feel very good right now to say the least. It was one of those things where we thought we would have an advantage inside, and we wanted to make than an important part of the game like we’ve tried to do all season. Points in the paint, 60-22, was huge and 41 rebounds to 25, 27 second chance points to their 13, but we got off to a good start." (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina-N.C. State Postgame Notes

This is the first time North Carolina has beaten NC State twice in one season by 20 or more points since 1993. The 24-point margin of victory ties Carolina’s largest over NC State in PNC Arena. Joel Berry II became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points (most in NCAA history). The game was Roy Williams’ 500th game as UNC’s head coach. (GoHeels.com)

NC State, with Mark Gottfried's job reportedly in peril, routed by North Carolina

Amid reports coach Mark Gottfried will likely be fired after the season, NC State got smoked 97-73 by North Carolina in Raleigh on Wednesday, a sixth straight loss which turns up the heat more on an embattled coach. It wasn’t as bad as the 51-point loss to the Tar Heels on Jan. 12 -- the second most lopsided result in series history -- but this one might sting more. (CBS Sports)

Lucas: Tough Times

After Wednesday’s Tar Heel win, the Wolfpack now sits at 14-13. I don’t pretend to know anything about the coaching ability of Mark Gottfried, or his fit at NC State, or any of the decisions that will be made in Raleigh. But I do know he’s surrounded by some very good people who have tried to do a very good job in a very tough situation. It’s a miserable, frustrating feeling. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Overwhelm Pack in Post

No. 10 North Carolina had one goal in mind when they entered PNC Arena on Wednesday night: attack the paint early, and attack it often. That plan prevailed as the Tar Heels outscored N.C. State, 60-22, in the paint on the way to a 97-73 win to complete the season sweep. UNC had a distinct advantage in the post from the tip as NCSU opted for a smaller lineup. (Inside Carolina)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

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

Full Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Miami0
at #18 UVA0
Monday 7:00 PM
Reed 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg; Perrantes 12.6 ppg, 3.8 apg;
Boston College0
at #19 FSU0
Monday 7:00 PM
Robinson 19.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; Bacon 16.8 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 Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(19) Florida State9-521-6
(18) Virginia8-618-8
Miami8-618-8
Syracuse8-716-12
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
Pittsburgh4-1015-12
Clemson4-1014-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-129-18


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