Interesting story from Marcus Paige on how J.P. Tokoto helped Paige get recruited to UNC...Some good observations on incoming signee Joel Berry...Carolina's running game needs to get into gear...Luke Winn's always-informative college hoops power rankings (danger: heavy Creighton content!)...Thought this was a good critical look at Kobe Bryant's assertion that players shouldn't have to go to college.
Tar Heels in the NBA
Tyler Hansbrough has missed 11 games with an ankle injury, but he's close to a return...The Nuggets have essentially turned over their offense to Ty Lawson, who had 13 points and 11 assists last night in a loss to Portland...Kendall Marshall had six points and 11 assists in a narrow Laker loss at Miami...Good stat on Marshall's production recently:
Kendall Marshall: 118 ast over last 10. He's 3rd in Lakers history to do that. Magic Johnson & Norm Nixon are others (via @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 23, 2014
You can't argue with a Walter Iooss photo of Michael Jordan:
Athlon with an ACC schedule analysis, including Carolina as part of their 2014 Coastal Game of the Year...The Tar Heel secondary will be young in 2014, but still might have enough experience to change the way they play...
Marion Jones will represent UNC as an ACC basketball legend (and you're going to be happy about who the men's Legend is, too)...Women's hoops got a good road win over Wake Forest...Good feature on Diamond DeShields...The Tar Heels are in second after the first day of the Dick Taylor Challenge...Another look at some new Diamond Heels gear:
Track and field hosts the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge at 3 p.m., while wrestling hosts Maryland at 7 p.m. (which can also be seen on ESPN3).
Today in Tar Heel history
Jan. 24, 1998: In the prime example of exactly how good this particular Tar Heel team could be, Carolina obliterated 20th-ranked Florida State at the Smith Center, 103-55. Bill Guthridge's team was up 58-28 at halftime. Ed Cota had 14 assists and Antawn Jamison had 24 points in what really was a breathtaking offensive and defensive display.
It's Friday, so you're not supposed to be starting your day with anything heavy. In that case, how about a lengthy story on how Madison Square Garden decides which celebrities get the best tickets at Knicks games? It's interesting in a what-is-this-world-we're-living-in kind of way.