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What's the real North Carolina?
They lost to Belmont and UAB. Sandwiched between those games was a win over defending champion Louisville. Then, on Wednesday night, the North Carolina Tar Heels took to the Breslin Center to face No. 1 Michigan State -- and, you guessed it, won. By 14. Which is the real UNC? How far will Roy Williams' team go come postseason time?
Is Marcus Smart a future star?
Tuesday night was supposed to be all about the big names: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Julius Randle were playing on the same night for the second of five times this season. Marcus Smart, however, had other ideas in a 101-80 victory over Memphis. The Oklahoma State sophomore scored 39 points in the game, shot 11-of-21 from the floor, and hit five three-pointers. Smart's talents impressed Kevin Durant, who attended the game on a night off from putting up similar numbers for the Thunder. Durant thinks Smart could play in the NBA right now, which is high praise from one of the NBA's finest scorers.
Despite the school's struggles during the brief Lane Kiffin era, USC is still a desirable destination for coaches who want to try to establish a dynasty. Increasingly, it's been looking like USC might not have to look far in its search. Interim coach Ed Orgeron has the team on a 5-1 run since he took over in late September. Orgeron expressed his interest in the position in an interview, but he may have to contend with at least one other big name -- Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio, an alum who interviewed with the Trojans during Denver's bye week.
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