Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links

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Dean Smith and the Pluralist Commonwealth vision
I feel like a grew up in a strong community that had a coherent narrative. We were a progressive community that favored greater racial equality, greater education, greater tolerance and social progress, and we had a particular mission within the state of North Carolina to forward those ends. In the basketball team, with its living model of graceful team play and biracial cooperation, we had our symbolic representation of that narrative. (Independent Weekly)

Heels look for answers after lopsided loss at Miami
North Carolina suffered its biggest loss of the season Saturday at No. 8 Miami thanks in part to an historic shooting day from the Hurricanes. Miami made a program-record 15 3-pointers, more than UNC had given up in a game in almost three seasons. Afterward, the team had different opinions on why the Hurricanes were so effective from outside on their 26 attempts. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heel Women Survive At Georgia Tech, 60-58
No. 16 North Carolina outscored Georgia Tech 11-4 over the game’s final four minutes and the Tar Heels held on for a 60-58 victory Sunday at McCamish Pavilion. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and scored six of Carolina’s final nine points to help seal UNC’s 22nd win of the season and give Sylvia Hatchell sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list. (

Miami embarrasses North Carolina before, during, after backboard lob dunk
On the play-by-play sheet, it was simply a made dunk by Kenny Kadji. In the box score, it was just another basket in a 87-61 blowout victory by the No. 8 Miami Hurricanes. In reality, it was a loud statement about how high the ‘Canes have risen — and how hard the North Carolina Tar Heels have fallen. (Sporting News)

The Ron West Effect
North Carolina’s 2013 staff has been completed with the hiring of Ron West, who replaces David Duggan as the team’s outside linebackers/’Bandits’ coach. West will be returning to the Atlantic Coast Conference from Arizona State, where he spent the 2012 season. West is reunited with several current Tar Heel coaches that he’s previously worked with. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Basketball Recruiting: Tar Heel Signees Trying To Lure Andrew Wiggins To Chapel Hill
Kennedy Meeks and Nate Britt members of the North Carolina 2013 class are both putting their recruiting hats on and going after the nations #1 prospect Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is considering UNC along with Kentucky, Florida State and Kansas, if Meeks and Britt have their way, Wiggins will call Chapel Hill home next season. (Keeping It Heel)

North Carolina Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Duke in ACC Showdown
The road hasn’t been friendly to North Carolina basketball this season. UNC was shellacked in Miami on Saturday, and the trip runs right through Durham, N.C. There is no delicate tape at the end of this finish line, just a sea of blue Duke fanatics, encased by the impenetrable stone walls of Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Bleacher Report)

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