Heels escape early 13-point hole to slam UNLV

By R.L. Bynum Even in 2020 when nothing is certain, there are a couple of mortal locks when it comes to Carolina basketball — Coach Roy Williams isn’t going to call a timeout to stop a seemingly never-ending opponent run and the Tar Heels are going to dominate the boards. The No. 14 Tar Heels [...]

Veteran leadership helps UNC rally from an early 21-point deficit to beat High Point by 25

By R.L. Bynum Facing adversity for the first time in three games, North Carolina got a boost from an old favorite of Tar Heels fans who is back for her final college season. After struggling with her shot in her first game Saturday while having a good floor game, Stephanie Watts put it all together [...]

Suffocating defense ignites plenty of offense as UNC’s women roll past UNCG

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Coach Courtney Banghart preaches that the game is won with good defense and bemoaned a stretch of the opener when her North Carolina women’s basketball team “stopped defending.” There were no such issues Saturday afternoon in an impressive 96–35 victory over UNCG at Carmichael Arena. With the Tar Heels’ [...]

Tar Heels play another top team well but again fall short of historic win

By R.L. Bynum In North Carolina’s second chance at a historic signature win in two seasons, the Tar Heels showed that the program can play with anybody in the country. Just like against No. 1 Clemson a year ago when UNC was a 2-point conversion away from victory, the Tar Heels couldn’t get it done [...]

It was like a dream for Sharpe, Love in impressive UNC debuts

By R.L. Bynum For many Carolina fans trying to recover from the pain of last season, the hype surrounding a highly touted freshman class gave them hope that everything will be back to normal this season. Two of the most hyped were 6-10, 265-pound post player Day’Ron Sharpe and point guard Caleb Love, and neither [...]

Kelly, Holešínská and others impressive in UNC debuts as Tar Heels roll

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Petra Holešínská arrived at Carolina with a reputation as a lethal outside shooter and quickly showed why that was on target. The graduate transfer from Illinois swished her first attempt from 3-point range and made her second shot lofted from a couple of feet behind the arc in the [...]

Banghart has plenty of candidates to start and be leaders heading into UNC’s women’s opener

By R.L. Bynum Last season, Courtney Banghart led a team full of players she had never coached. Even though she is about to begin her second season as North Carolina's women's basketball coach, it feels like a similar experience this year with so many departures and arrivals. With only three players back who played last [...]

Who will start for UNC? Williams has no idea and that’s one of the good challenges he faces

By R.L. Bynum The challenges that Coach Roy Williams faces this season — aside from the pandemic-related issues — are dramatically easier to deal with than a year ago. Williams told anybody who would listen a year ago that his team would struggle to score, and the 14–19 season showed that everybody should have listened. [...]

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron scores TD pass as Steelers roll to 10-0; Boston leads Panthers to shutout

By R.L. Bynum Tight end Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers just keep rolling on. Ebron pulled down four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers moved to 10-0 headed into Thursday's night's home game against the Baltimore Ravens. After Pittsburgh rolled to a 27-3 win at Jacksonville, rookie Chase Claypool "interviewed" [...]

Idle UNC slips back into the AP Top 25 at No. 25

By R.L. Bynum Who said the polls are logical? North Carolina won two consecutive games impressively and got left out of the AP football poll a week ago. The Tar Heels haven't played since then but are back in the poll after a three-week absence at No. 25. In the coaches' poll, UNC moved up [...]