Confident Love helps boost inside game; Bacot, Sharpe shine in win over Pack

By R.L. Bynum When Caleb Love and Armando Bacot are confident and consistent, North Carolina is going to be hard to beat. N.C. State discovered that Saturday when it was obvious that both were in a groove as the Tar Heels avenged a December loss with an 86–76 victory at the Smith Center. Carolina (10–5, …

Tar Heels in NBA: White’s point guard development shows in win; Barnes hits 21

By R.L. Bynum Back in his home state Friday night, Coby White played well with 18 points in the Chicago Bulls’ 123–110 win after splitting a pair of one-point games in Charlotte last season. With one of his best overall games of the season, he’s showing signs of developing the point guard skills first-year Coach …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock’s four 3-pointers help the Knicks blow out Warriors on road

By R.L. Bynum With the Golden State Warriors playing host to the New York Knicks, you might guess that the best perimeter shooting effort in the game would come from Stephen Curry. You’d be wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N004NA6kVRQ&ab_channel=NBA Reggie Bullock made 4 of 5 3-point attempts, including three in the first five minutes when the Knicks went …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony ends Magic’s six-game skid with buzzer-beating 3-pointer; Green, Ellington play well

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony didn’t want anything to do with his Orlando Magic losing a seventh consecutive game since he took over as the starting point guard. He shot down that possibility at the buzzer. The Magic trailed host Minnesota by two points with 3.7 seconds left when he retrieved a Timberwolves miss and …

Halftime words lead to better second half actions as Love leads Heels past Wake

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was an ugly, listless first half for North Carolina, followed by a lengthy halftime stay in the dressing room that probably wasn’t pleasant for the Tar Heels players. UNC (9–5, 4–3 ACC) didn’t return to the court until 1:45 remained on the halftime clock. Whatever the message was, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson scores more than a point per minute in Thunder’s loss

By R.L. Bynum Since joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason, Justin Jackson hasn’t been given many opportunities to show what he can bring to the team. He got a chance in the Thunder’s 119–101 loss Tuesday at Denver and made the most of his seven minutes with nine points, making all three of …

Watts shakes shooting slump and other positives come out of UNC’s loss at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum Tar Heels fans knew the dynamic talent that North Carolina got when Stephanie Watts transferred back into the program before this season. But as the struggles with her shot seemed to affect her overall game, they weren’t seeing that Watts.  She was back Tuesday afternoon at Syracuse. Watts came off the bench …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington has best game of the season; Bullock helps Knicks win back-to-back games; Johnson gets first start of season

By R.L. Bynum It’s been a strange season for Wayne Ellington in his return to the Detroit Pistons. After he played in only one of Detroit’s first six games, and only for four minutes in that game, Ellington has started three consecutive games and five of the last seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_4NZKW-6YM&ab_channel=FOXSportsDetroit In his latest start, Ellington …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock helps Knicks end skid; White goes scoreless but with no turnovers in big Bulls win

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock's sore right hip is better and his return helped the New York Knicks roll over the Boston Celtics on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak. In the Knicks’ 105–75 romp, Bullock collected 11 points and seven rebounds and had a career-high plus/minus of +36. His previous high was +34 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony has best game of season but Magic falls in Harden’s Nets debut

By R.L. Bynum All the attention in Brooklyn was on James Harden’s triple-double in his Nets debut. But in their 122–115 victory over the Orlando Magic, Cole Anthony had his best game of the season with season highs in assists, 3-pointers, steals and game score. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3-eDd6DMIs&ab_channel=NbaHighlights Anthony scored 16 points but the key numbers in …