Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson’s Suns top White’s Bulls; Barnes hits 21, big shots to end Kings’ skid

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson won the battle of former UNC teammates over Coby White on a night when Harrison Barnes had yet another good game. This time, though, Barnes punctuated it with big plays in the end to put an end to the Sacramento Kings’ nine-game losing streak. Barnes scored six of his 21 …

Williams says figuring out this team might be like learning what makes a ‘fifth wife tick’

By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams has been happily married for decades, but guesses that starting a fifth marriage would be about as challenging as predicting whether his young North Carolina players will either be pumped up for a game or perform well. “Maybe if you’ve seen a guy who’s been married five times, ask him …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has another big game in another Kings loss

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes is doing everything he can to turn things around for the Sacramento Kings but even 22 points weren’t enough Thursday night against the New York Knicks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-JRDAOTQA&ab_channel=NFHBall Barnes also had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals but Sacramento dropped a 140–121 decision for its ninth consecutive defeat. The Kings …

Kelly, seniors lead UNC romp that solidifies NCAA hopes

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women drove home a senior night message to the NCAA tournament committee: the Tar Heels belong in the field. Carolina rebounded from a loss at No. 2 N.C. State with a dominating 84–59 victory Thursday at Carmichael Arena over Georgia Tech, one of the ACC’s best teams, …

Instead of celebrating milestone win, Williams lets off frustrations

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It’s as hard for a coach to win 900 games as it is for a young team to be consistent.  A spunky Marquette team made sure that it wouldn’t be Roy Williams’s 900th victim on Wednesday. North Carolina never recovered from a rough start as a fired-up Golden Eagles …

Tar Heels in NBA: White scores 6 of his 20 points in overtime as surging Bulls win

By R.L. Bynum Coby White scored six of his 20 points in overtime and hit two free throws with 15.1 seconds left to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 133–126 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKqtFGyKW2o&ab_channel=NFClassic That made up for a mistake at the end of regulation. He fouled Ricky Rubio behind the 3-point line …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes returns impressively but can’t stop Kings’ skid

By R.L. Bynum After missing three games with a left foot strain, Harrison Barnes came back impressively, scoring nine of his 18 points in the second quarter and making his first five shots. Unfortunately for the Sacramento Kings, his return wasn’t enough to stop their losing streak that became a season-high eight games with a …

Tar Heels in NBA: White scores 24 as he shifts to playing more off the ball; Little, Johnson have big games

By R.L. Bynum In a battle of North Carolina native point guards in Houston on Tuesday night, Coby White got the best of John Wall even though he took some lumps in the process. White, a Goldsboro native, scored 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter and collected four 3-pointers and 10 rebounds …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green, Bullock have decent games; playing time disappears for Jackson, Davis

By R.L. Bynum On a day that UNC alums didn’t put up big numbers, it was confounding to see the lack of playing time for Justin Jackson and Ed Davis. Jackson’s minutes had dropped off the previous two games to 10 minutes on Wednesday against Memphis and six minutes Friday at Milwaukee. During Oklahoma City’s …

Poor shooting dooms UNC’s women as State avenges loss

By R.L. Bynum RALEIGH — A lot of the elements that came together for North Carolina to upset No. 4 N.C. State 15 days earlier were missing Sunday.  And missing is what the Tar Heels mostly did from 3-point range in the first three quarters after collecting 11 3-pointers in the first meeting. Without that …