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Georgia Tech could be walking into ambush at UNC

After unsuccessfully engaging the slowest team and one of the top defensive teams in the country in Virginia, the Jackets will face a UNC team that races up and down the floor with its blue-chip talent, hammers the offensive glass and rattles opponents with 3-pointers. Further, the Tar Heels last played Tuesday, giving them about 48 more hours of rest than the Jackets.

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Storylines: UNC vs. Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech has Josh Okogie, Ben Lammers and not much else. Those two are enough to give the Tar Heels at least a small concern, though. Lammers is possibly the best shot-blocker in college basketball, swatting just over three shots per game, the ninth-most nationally. His 1.83 blocks per foul percentage is second to only 7-foot Anas Mahmoud of Louisville.

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Know Your Opponent: Georgia Tech

Thursday’s loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Georgia Tech, which split a home-and-home with Notre Dame and also has a home win over Miami as its best results of the season. The Jackets also have arguably the worst loss of the year for an ACC team, a 64-63 home setback against Grambling State. Tech has whittled its lineup down to seven players.

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Long shots: Tar Heels show range

North Carolina took an inordinate number of 3-point shots in its last game. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, coach Roy Williams said Friday. “If they go in, I’m a lot more comfortable,” Williams said. Williams said he was bothered by some quick launches early in the victory against Clemson. At other times, those seemed to be the best options in the offense.

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UNC baseball: Single-game tickets and new premium seats on sale now

Single-game tickets are now available for the 2018 UNC Baseball season. The home schedule at Boshamer Stadium features ACC contests against Pitt, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels home opener will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20, against UNCW. New additions to Boshamer Stadium include three upgraded suite and private box options.

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No rest for Georgia Tech as No. 15 North Carolina awaits

Coach Josh Pastner’s team must travel to No. 15-ranked North Carolina Saturday, the second of a torturous four-game stretch against ranked oppositions. The defending national champion Tar Heels are always a handful at home, plus they have added incentive since they lost to Georgia Tech a year ago in Atlanta. North Carolina (15-4, 4-2) has won three straight games.

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Roy Williams Trusting Brandon Robinson Off the Bench

Two shots, two made threes. That was UNC sophomore Brandon Robinson’s stat line in Tuesday’s 87-79 win over Clemson on Tuesday. He only played nine minutes, but the reserve shooting guard’s contribution was significant. “He had some good minutes. He really did,” Roy Williams said during Friday’s press conference ahead of UNC’s Saturday game against Georgia Tech.

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Despite lineup changes, UNC remains among nation’s best rebounding teams

North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams is using a smaller lineup more this season than he did at any point during the Tar Heels’ run to a national championship last year. But that hasn’t stopped the current group of Tar Heels (15-4, 4-2 ACC) from attacking the glass as UNC remains among the top rebounding squads in the nation. About those numbers.

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Jalek Felton’s Play Affecting UNC’s PG Rotation

Jalek Felton’s freshman season struggles have not only reduced his playing time, but have also impacted Joel Berry’s minutes as No. 15 North Carolina enters the middle section of its ACC schedule. Roy Williams criticized his freshman’s defensive effort on various occasions, hinting at the need for significant improvement. That improvement has not occurred as of yet.

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UNC Places Seven Wrestlers Among Initial NCAA Coaches’ Panel Rankings

Seven wrestlers from the 25th-ranked Tar Heels were among the season’s first round of coaches’ panel rankings, which were released by the NCAA on Thursday. These rankings are used as a tool to help as part of the selection process for the 2018 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. UNC’s top-ranked wrestler is redshirt senior Troy Heilmann at 149 pounds.

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