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Report: North Carolina and Indiana schedule 2018 contest

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It’s happening off-campus, but two of college basketball’s most storied programs will soon meet.

Indiana and North Carolina will play in New York as part of the Jimmy V Classic, the Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday.

The two programs met just a few months ago when the Tar Heels knocked off the Hoosiers in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but their last regular-season meeting came in 2012, with Indiana toppling UNC.

The Jimmy V Classic puts Indiana in NYC for at least the next two years as they’ll be joined by Providence, Virginia Tech and Washington in the 2017 2K Sports Classic.

Indiana leads the all-time series against North Carolina, 8-5, with the first-ever meeting coming during the 1961-62 season. Between the two programs, they’ve combined for 10 NCAA national championships, with both schools accounting for five apiece.

Sure, it’d be great to see this as a home-and-home with the games being played in Bloomington and Chapel Hill, but to get these two programs to face each other in any setting (and, presumably, Madison Square Garden is no slouch) is a good sight to see.

North Carolina challenges NCAA jurisdiction

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26:  The North Carolina Tar Heels mascot is seen before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers in the West Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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North Carolina is challenging the NCAA’s jurisdiction in regards to the school’s six-year-long probe into its academic scandal.

“The Amended Notice of Allegations refer to core academic issues of course structure, content, and administrative oversight that are beyond the scope of authority granted to the NCAA by its members,” UNC’s response said. “Such matters concern fundamental issues of institutional and academic integrity, not athletics compliance, and the University has addressed them with its accreditor. They are not the proper subject of an NCAA enforcement action.”

Essentially, UNC is claiming that its academic misconduct issues fall outside the purview of NCAA  enforcement because the problems extended beyond just student-athletes.

North Carolina also asserts that the NCAA knew many of the facts of the case when it sanctioned the school’s football program in 2012. It also raises issue regarding a four-year statute of limitations.

“The NCAA considered and resolved most of that alleged conduct in 2012,” the school said, “and the remainder should have been raised in that proceeding.”

The case centers on courses in the African and Afro-American Studies department which largely proved to be paper classes.

The NCAA has 60 days to respond to North Carolina.

No. 11 North Carolina runs past No. 22 UCLA

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After a slow start that saw them down by 11 in the first half, No. 11 North Carolina rallied to run past No. 22 UCLA, 89-76, on Saturday at the Barclays Center.

Using another huge effort from senior big man Brice Johnson, the Tar Heels soundly outplayed UCLA on the interior, even without starting junior Kennedy Meeks. Johnson finished with 27 points and nine rebounds and Isaiah Hicks added 12 points off the bench as North Carolina had UCLA big man Thomas Welsh in foul trouble for much of the game.

Perimeter and transition defense was also problematic for UCLA as the Tar Heels were able to run at will in the second half. Joel Berry finished with 17 points on the afternoon while Marcus Paige added 10 points. North Carolina shot 52 percent from the field on the afternoon as they slowly wore down the UCLA defense.

The Bruins had 23 points from Isaac Hamilton, but the UCLA offense wasn’t strong enough to match the Tar Heels. Bryce Alford contributed 15 points, but he was only 4-for-14 from the field while Tony Parker had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Johnson continued his strong week for North Carolina. After scoring an initial career high of 25 against Tulane earlier this week, Johnson had 27 points and made 11 straight field goals against a front line that featured two McDonald’s All-Americans. With Johnson playing like that, it takes North Carolina to another level, even if they struggle to 4-for-19 3-point shooting like they did on Saturday.

North Carolina to wear black jerseys December 19 vs. UCLA

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While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.

Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.

Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.

Johnson leads No. 11 North Carolina past Tulane 96-72

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Brice Johnson had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 11 North Carolina beat Tulane 96-72 on Wednesday night.

Marcus Paige added 16 points and Justin Jackson had 13. The Tar Heels (8-2) won their first game without injured big man Kennedy Meeks and bounced back from a last-second loss at Texas that knocked them out of the top 10.

Joel Berry II had 12 points and Isaiah Hicks finished with 11 for North Carolina, which never trailed, shot 50 percent and built a 43-33 rebounding advantage.

Louis Dabney scored 18 points for Tulane (6-5), which pulled to 70-55 on Malik Morgan’s jumper with just over 8 minutes left.

The Tar Heels countered with 15 straight points – a burst that started with Johnson’s jumper, included two 3-pointers from Paige and made it a 30-point game.

Rebounding was a point of emphasis in this one for the Tar Heels, who managed just four offensive boards – their fewest in 13 seasons under coach Roy Williams – in the loss to the Longhorns.

North Carolina also didn’t have Meeks, who trails only Johnson among Tar Heels in rebounding but is out at least two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. Meeks averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while starting the first nine games.

North Carolina gave 6-foot-11 senior Joel James his first start of the season, then turned Johnson loose on the Green Wave. He had 17 points in the first half – one more than his previous best this season – and surpassed his prior career best of 24 set in 2013 against Richmond.

Theo Pinson finished with 10 points for the Tar Heels.


Tulane: The Green Wave fell to 11-50 against Top 25 opponents since 1989 and haven’t beaten the Tar Heels since 1927 – by a 20-19 score – while losing 12 straight in the series.

North Carolina: Tulane assistant Shammond Williams returned to Chapel Hill for the first time as a coach. Williams played for the Tar Heels from 1994-98 and set the school’s career record with 233 3-pointers – a mark that was broken in the Texas game by Paige. Both were honored before the game.


Tulane is at Mississippi State on Saturday.

North Carolina plays UCLA on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.

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Rebounding the difference as Texas clips No. 3 North Carolina

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Entering Saturday’s game at Texas No. 3 North Carolina was ranked sixth in the country in defensive rebounding percentage, as opponents were managing to grab just 21.4 percent of their available offensive rebounds. That wasn’t the case in Austin, and it was fitting that Javan Felix’s jumper as time expired to give the Longhorns the 84-82 victory came on a second-chance opportunity.

Texas grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, which worked out to an offensive rebounding percentage of 41 percent and 21 second-chance points. In a game that played as if the team with the ball last would win, the rebounding was the biggest separator between the two teams.

Texas senior center Cameron Ridley, who grabbed six offensive rebounds and finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds, proved to be the toughest matchup for North Carolina on the boards. Ridley outplayed Kennedy Meeks, who finished with four points and six rebounds and struggled defensively when involved in ball screens. That led to Meeks at times being replaced by the slender Isaiah Hicks, who chipped in with 14 points and three rebounds off the bench.

Hicks’ contributions were key, especially when also considering Brice Johnson’s early foul trouble, but the Tar Heels’ lack of rebounding ultimately caught up to them.

Ridley wasn’t the only Longhorn who gave North Carolina issues either. Felix scored 25 points, combining with fellow guard Isaiah Taylor to score 43 points on the day. Add in 16 points and four rebounds off the bench from Eric Davis Jr., and Texas’ three most effective guards outscored the North Carolina triumvirate of Marcus Paige, Joel Berry II and Nate Britt 59-33.

While Paige scored 20 points to lead North Carolina, Berry (eight points, no assists) and Nate Britt (five points, two assists) were largely ineffective against the Texas perimeter. That represents a step back for those two, who had played well for the Tar Heels to this point in the season.

Of course, whether or not a foul should have been called when Connor Lammert ran into Marcus Paige before Felix’s shot will be debated ad nauseum. But when looking at why Texas had a chance to win the game, look no further than the rebounding numbers. North Carolina didn’t take care of business on the defensive glass as they had in their first eight games, and in the end they paid for it.