Rasheed Wallace now ‘in a consultant’s role’ on Memphis coaching staff

Rasheed Wallace joined the Memphis staff of head coach Penny Hardaway in the offseason but now is in “a consultant’s role,” Hardaway said on Wednesday. Hardaway said that Wallace is “still a coach,” but that his absence is a mutual decision based on “health and safety” concerns, according to The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

UNC can’t recover from historically bad first half at Miami

Carolina hoped that the phrase “historically bad” would have been retired after the Tar Heels’ losing season of two years ago but they made it sadly relevant at Coral Gables, Fla., on Tuesday night. As UNC tried to forget the nightmare losses to Tennessee and Kentucky, the Tar Heels added another forgettable effort in an 85–57 loss against a red-hot Miami team.More

Pastner says UNC is a top-10 team, good enough to make Final Four

If Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was on the NCAA tournament selection committee, North Carolina would likely be a high seed. If he had a vote in either poll, the Tar Heels would probably be ranked. He says that you should keep an eye on the Tar Heels and, in fact, he claims to use three.More

Defending pick and rolls better will be crucial for UNC at Miami

Watching video of Miami repeatedly scoring on pick and rolls and getting numerous easy baskets on back-door plays in the Hurricanes’ road upset of Duke no doubt got the attention of UNC coach Hubert Davis. Heading into the Tar Heels’ 7 p.m. Tuesday visit to Coral Gables, Fla., the memory of their well-documented issues dealing with ball screens this season is hard to shake. Davis just hopes that his team’s progress after the nightmare games against Tennessee and Kentucky will be enough to neutralize the Hurricanes.More