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Know Your Opponent: Tennessee

The Vols have the 18th-best defense in terms of KenPom efficiency thanks to ranking in the top 10 nationally in both block percentage and 2-point FG defense. Barnes' squad is also forcing a bunch of turnovers - UT forced 18 of them and held Purdue to 0.94 PPP in a 78-75 win in the Bahamas - while doing a nice job of protecting the ball on its end of the floor. (

Harrison Barnes at ease with speaking up

Thursday was the third time that Harrison Barnes has been back at Oracle Arena since he became a member of the Dallas Mavericks, so we’re getting used to it. But it’s still worth remembering what he left behind. As well as what he took - a professionalism and leadership style that he learned while wearing a Warriors uniform. (San Francisco Chronicle)

How Tyler Zeller has gone from sleeper to keeper

Tyler Zeller, who was signed on September 11, has become the team’s starting center over Timofey Mozgov, a player who the Nets are paying $16 million per year. Zeller, 27, has also become one of the Nets’ key performers of late. Since November 24, a 10-game stretch, Zeller has put up 9.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and is shooting 65%, playing 20.7 minutes per game. (Nets Daily)

UNC vs. Tennessee Preview

The Volunteers are one of the sharpest shooting teams from the perimeter in the country. Tennessee is converting 41.2 percent of its three-point attempts this season, good for 21st in the nation and first in the SEC. Sophomore guard Jordan Bowden has been unconscious from the outside, leading the SEC with a three-point field goal percentage of 59.3 percent. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina's Final Four Teams 10 Games In

15 of UNC’s 20 Final Four teams lost a game by this point in the season. The only ones that didn’t were in 1957, 1982, 1998, 2008 and 2009. Three of those clubs won national titles. But only two of the Tar Heels’ clubs to make the Final Four lost more than one game – 2000 and 2016. So, the current Heels at 9-1 are in line with 13 of the program’s Final Four teams. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

No. 20 Tennessee welcomes its return to national spotlight against UNC

Tennessee isn't a very hospitable host to defending national champions. A rare sellout crowd will try to make sure that pattern continues Sunday when No. 7 North Carolina faces the 20th-ranked Volunteers in Knoxville for the first time since 1949. Tennessee has won the last five times it has hosted a defending national champion. Sunday's game will attract a capacity crowd of 21,678. (Associated Press)

Storylines: Tar Heels at Tennessee

Tennessee returns five of its top seven scorers from a 16-16 season. Forward Grant Williams, a Charlotte native, leads Tennessee in scoring at 16.1 points per game. The Vols have played two ranked teams this year in Villanova (a nine-point loss) and Purdue (a three-point win). Their best wins have been over the Boilermakers and NC State. Tennessee is 4-0 at home this year. (Argyle Report)

Nate Britt Signs With British Basketball League’s Glasgow Rocks

Former UNC guard Nate Britt–a member of last season’s national championship team–has agreed to a deal with the Glasgow Rocks of the British Basketball League. Britt will head to Scotland on a contract which will keep him in Glasgow for the remainder of the season. The Rocks are currently fourth place in the 12-team BBL standings through 12 games. (

UNC needs to matchup with Tennessee's Grant Williams

The Tar Heels better be ready Sunday. Tennessee forward Grant Williams, a product of Charlotte, is a matchup nightmare. Williams averages 16.1 points, and has scored at least 20 points in three games this season, including the team’s lone defeat: Villanova. The 6-foot-7 Williams splits time at the 4 and 5 for the Vols; he does most of his damage at the basket. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tar Heels To Visit Vols Sunday

This is the 12th time a Roy Williams-UNC team has played an AP top 20, non-ACC opponent on the road. The Tar Heels are 4-7 in those games with wins at No. 19 Connecticut on 2/13/2005, No. 10 Kentucky on 12/3/2005, No. 17 Arizona on 1/27/2007 and No. 1 Michigan State on 12/4/2013. Carolina is sixth and Tennessee is seventh in the NCAA's RPI as of 12/14. (

Picks: UNC-Tennessee, Kentucky-Virginia Tech Lead the Weekend

No. 7 North Carolina at No. 20 Tennessee: This is the only game of the weekend between two ranked teams, as well as the biggest game thus far of the Rick Barnes era at Tennessee. The Tar Heels are going to do what they can to turn this game into a track meet. The Volunteers have enough athleticism to keep up for stretches. Prediction: Tennessee 77, UNC 75 (Sports Illustrated)

Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook

The Tar Heels will be on the road this weekend against Tennessee, but they'll be in familiar territory. Sunday marks the 12th time in the Roy Williams era that UNC has played a top-20 nonconference foe in a true road game. Just four of those games were mandated by the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, meaning the Tar Heels intentionally sought out eight of the top-20 road tests. (

Podcast: Tate Frazier on UNC Basketball, the Best National Teams, & the ACC

On this podcast, Jon Seiglie is joined by the Ringer's Tate Frazier to talk about North Carolina's 9-1 start to the 2017 season. Tate and Jon then discuss who the best teams in the country are right now, and end the pod discussing how good the ACC is going to be this season. (Audioboom)

Researching Chattanooga History At UNC – And Watching A Little Basketball

For the third December in a row, I decided last week to visit the University of North Carolina campus and go to a Tar Heel basketball game. I can’t exactly explain why, but I have felt a constant urge to take a little 36-hour vacation to Chapel Hill yearly and relax and escape briefly from the daily demands. Maybe I think of it as the equivalent of a brief “spiritual” retreat. (The Chattanoogan)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Theo Pinson, Tennessee Preview

Tar Heel senior Theo Pinson stops by the Carolina Insider podcast in Friday's episode, visiting with hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas about exam week, the season so far and Sunday's upcoming road game at No. 20 Tennessee. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 104
Western Carolina: 61
Wed, Dec 6 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Tennessee
Sun, Dec 17 3:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Wofford
Wed, Dec 20 9:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Ohio State
Sat, Dec 23 1:30 ET CBS Tickets

Full Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#6 Miami59
at G Washington50
Huell (Miami) 15 pts; Bolden (G Washington) 13 pts;
Virginia Tech86
at #8 Kentucky93
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 19 pts; Knox (Kentucky) 21 pts;
at #16 UVA80
Aldridge (Davidson) 20 pts; Hall (UVA) 20 pts;
at #18 Notre Dame77
Morgan (Indiana) 34 pts; Colson (Notre Dame) 29 pts;
Oklahoma State71
at #19 Florida State70
Carroll (Oklahoma State) 23 pts; Mann (Florida State) 20 pts;
at #22 Florida40

at Memphis72
Snider (Louisville) 19 pts; Martin (Memphis) 26 pts;
at NC State76
Smith (UNCG) 16 pts; Beverly (NC State) 16 pts;
at Georgetown79
Brissett (Syracuse) 25 pts; Govan (Georgetown) 21 pts;
at Pitt72
Wilson (McNeese) 11 pts; Carr (Pitt) 17 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
Boston College1-09-3
(6) Miami0-09-0
(7) North Carolina0-09-1
(19) Florida State0-09-1
(16) Virginia0-08-1
Virginia Tech0-08-2
(18) Notre Dame0-08-3
NC State0-08-3
Wake Forest0-06-4
Georgia Tech0-04-4
(4) Duke0-111-1

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