Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links


Welcome to another edition of the Morning Heel, a daily feature here at Keeping It Heel.  Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best UNC news.


North Carolina-UAB Postgame Quotes
“For us looking down and having six guys in double figures. Brice [Johnson] kept us in the offense in the first half. He was our offense in the first half, and then the three-point shooters started making shots in the second half. To shoot 72-percent basically, to shoot 11 three-point shots, that’s pretty impressive on the offense. But got to get a lot better.” (GoHeels.com)

UNC Basketball: UAB Game Reaction
The North Carolina Tar Heels returned home against UAB after a five game road trip that ended in two losses in the last three contests and an embarrassing loss to #1 ranked Indiana. Former UNC assistant coach Jerrod Haas returned to the Dean Smith Center as UAB head coach for the first time. (KIH)

Lethargic Tar Heels top UAB 102-84
The Tar Heels played without Marcus Paige, the freshman who had started every game at point guard. In his absence, Dexter Strickland played point guard and Leslie McDonald entered the starting lineup. He led UNC with 24 points, a career high, while Strickland had a career-high nine assists. Reggie Bullock added 17 points and P.J. Hairston had 16 for the Heels. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Rapid Reaction: UNC 102, UAB 84
The 14th-ranked Tar Heels, who will probably fall out of the polls Monday after last Tuesday’s blowout loss at top-ranked Indiana, beat the Blazers 102-84. But Roy Williams’ meltdown with 13:16 left, after his team failed to get back on defense, was indicative of a frustrating outing, at least early-on, for the Tar Heels. (ESPN.com)

Box Score: UNC 102, UAB 84
View the complete box score from North Carolina’s 102-84 home win over non-conference opponent UAB: (Tar Heel Times)

Even without a dramatic finish, Casey Barth leaves his mark on the UNC record book
Of the school-record 66 field goals Casey Barth made during his career at North Carolina, he’ll best be remembered for his Thursday night game-winner at Virginia Tech in 2009 and the overtime kick that beat Tennessee in the Music City Bowl a year later. The moment he’ll best remember best isn’t nearly as dramatic. “I think honestly, it would be the N.C. State game this year,” Barth said. (Wilmington Star News)

N.C. State hires Northern Illinois’ Dave Doeren
North Carolina State University wasted little time in filling their vacant head football coaching position as Dave Doeren was selected Saturday to lead the Wolfpack, less than a week after the position became available. Doeren, who had a formal interview with NC State Saturday, previously served as the head football coach at Northern Illinois. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams watches Theo Pinson
Class of 2014 recruit Theo Pinson was in Fayetteville on Thursday night. So was North Carolina coach Roy Williams. Williams made an appearance at the Village Christian gym to see Pinson, who had 14 points and four steals for Wesleyan Christian in a 102-71 victory. Pinson, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is ranked the No. 6 junior in the country by ESPN.com. UNC, Duke and N.C. State are among the schools that have offered him a scholarship. (Fayetteville Observer)

Andrew Wiggins Targeting Spring Visit to UNC
Andrew Wiggins was greeted by a slew of Kentucky fans when he and his Huntington Prep teammates played Friday night at the Marshall County Hoopfest. The 6-foot-8 Canadian small forward put up 29 points, 17 rebounds and five assists en route to MVP honors. “UNC is so much like Kentucky,” he said. “They are saying they want me, they are interested in me. That’s such a big-time school. Legends played there like [Michael] Jordan.” Wiggins plans to visit there later. “In the spring when it gets a little bit warmer,” he said. (Zags Blog)

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