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7:07 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lady Tar Heels Head To Sweet 16

Credit University of North Carolina Athletics

This photo from Carolina Athletics says it all:

The photo was first shared on Facebook with a caption that reads: "How sweet it is! Carolina got the win over Michigan State and is headed to the Sweet 16!"

More about the game and the NCAA championship here. Or follow the team's journey in the tourney on Facebook.

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Sports
5:14 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

'It's Everything. It's Personal' - NCCU's LeVelle Moton On Coaching In NCAA Tourney

LeVelle Moton
Credit LeVelle Moton via Twitter

Updated Saturday March 22, 2014:

LeVelle Moton's Twitter profile says it all:

"Basketball is what I do, not who I am. Child of God, Hattie Mac's Baby boy. Head Coach At North Carolina Central University."

Moton seemed destined to be the head coach at NCCU. He grew up in Raleigh, and lived with his mother in a housing project. He was a McDonald's All American Nominee at Enloe High School, was Wake County Player of the Year, and was selected for All State.

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Sports
8:13 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The NCAA Tournament Takes On A Distinct Triangle Flavor This Year

NCCU head coach LaVelle Moton will take his Eagles to their first even NCAA Tournament.
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Four North Carolina universities -- all located in the Triangle -- have earned bids to this year's National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.  The highest seed is Duke.  The Blue Devils are third in the Midwest region.  But the Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up will open tournament play against Mercer University at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Friday. North Carolina Central University is making its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.  The Mid Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champions are seeded 14th in the East region.  They will put a 20-game win streak on the line against third-seed Iowa State Friday in San Antonio.  

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Sports
12:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

ESPN, Washington Post Honor Dean Smith On His 83rd Birthday

1997: Coach Dean Smith during a playoff game.
Credit Bo Gordy-Stith (PBoBS) / Flickr/Creative Commons

Former UNC-Chapel Hill men's basketball coach Dean Smith's 83rd birthday was last week, and several major news organizations have marked his life and legacy with extraordinary articles. Smith has dementia now, and that makes both of the articles we'll highlight here so moving.

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Sports
4:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Unexpected NBA MVP Of 1994

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Daniel Vermeer grew up in Iowa with a passion for basketball. When his academic studies took him to Nepal, he discovered an interesting influence of American cable television: local love for the Atlanta Hawks.

"So you can imagine," says Vermeer, "[I'm] in this little hut in Kathmandu, watching TV and an Atlanta Hawks game came on.  With these enormous guys, jumping through the roof, slamming the ball..." 

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Sports
4:19 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Duke's Jabari Parker Bakes Sweet Treats For Super Fans

Jabari Parker says he only knows how to bake one thing. He made his 'Jabari Bars' for some of the Duke basketball fans.
Duke Blue Planet

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Sports
8:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day

Rivals Duke and UNC Basketball will face off Thursday after winter weather canceled their last match-up.
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Last week's winter storm canceled the men's basketball game between fierce rivals North Carolina and Duke. 

Meetings between coaches, athletic directors and the Atlantic Coast Conference resulted in the contest being rescheduled for this Thursday night in Chapel Hill.  That means both teams will be playing four games in eight days. 

The Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh over the weekend while the Blue Devils got past Maryland.  Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Sirius-XM it's a challenging week.

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Sports
5:21 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video]

UNC Basketball Alumni Game. (From right) Michael Jordan, Roy Williams, Dean Smith.
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At a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Obama awarded former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on a class of recipients including civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.  Smith was lauded not just for his many athletic achievements, but also for his impact on the community he calls home.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Hoop-Shooting Grandmothers Pound The Paint

The Fabulous 70s Senior Women's Basketball Team
Credit Granny's Got Game

  

You might think basketball is a young person’s game, but one group of aging athletes aims to change that perception.

The “Fabulous 70s” are a group of women in their 70s who play basketball competitively. They’re the focus of a new documentary called “Granny’s Got Game.” Host Frank Stasio talks with filmmaker Angela Alford and the “Fabulous 70s” team captain Judy Barton.

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Sports
9:49 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Bringing The Buzz Back: Charlotte Seeks To Be The NBA's Hornets Again

Michael Jordan announces the effort to rename his NBA franchise
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Charlotte's NBA franchise has begun the journey toward re-embracing the past.  Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday that his team is on its way to being known as the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan said he has informed the league of his decision and feels the NBA's Board of Governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.  He says this is only the first step.

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