Black joins Love on watchlists for national awards

By R.L. Bynum

Leaky Black on Wednesday joined Caleb Love on 20-player watchlists for national awards, with Armando Bacot sure to join them later this week.

Black made the watchlist for the Julius Erving Award, which goes to the nation’s top small forward.

Other ACC players on that watchlist are Duke’s Dariq Whitehead and Florida State’s Matthew Cleveland.

Via @hoophallu

Black, a fifth-year player, has started 98 of his 122 games and is one of five Tar Heels to collect 600 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks. Others who have done it are George Lynch, David Noel, Danny Green and Hall of Famer James Worthy. Black is one of the best defenders in the country and routinely guards the opponent’s best player.

Earlier this week, Love was named to the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the country’s top point guard.



Other ACC players on that list are Duke’s Jeremy Roach and Virginia’s Kihei Clark.

Other Tar Heels to win that award since it began in 2004 are Kendall Marshall in 2012, Ty Lawson in 2009 and Raymond Felton in 2005, with UNC winning national titles the years Lawson and Felton won.

Via @hoophallu

Love, a junior, has scored 926 points and 127 3-pointers in his career and has 243 assists. His free-throw percentage of 84.4% is the fifth-highest in program history. He made huge shots last season, including a massive 3-pointer against Duke in a national semifinal.

Both watchlists will be trimmed in mid-February.

When the watchlist is released for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s top center, Bacot, a senior, will undoubtedly make that list.

UNC schedule

(current ranking)
28FridayW, 101–40Johnson C. Smith HomeExhibition
7MondayW, 69–56UNCWHome1–0
11FridayW, 102–86College of CharlestonHome2–0
15TuesdayW, 72–66Gardner-WebbHome3–0
20SundayW, 80–64James MadisonHome4–0
Phil Knight Invitational
24ThursdayW, 89–81First round: PortlandPortland5–0
25FridayL, 70–65Semifinals:
Iowa State
27SundayL, 103–101,
4 OTs
No. 18 Alabama
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
30Wednesday9:15 No. 11 IndianaBloomington, Ind.ESPN
4Sunday3 p.m.Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.ACCN
10Saturday3:15Georgia TechHomeESPN
13Tuesday7 p.m.The CitadelHomeESPN2
CBS Sports Classic
17Saturday3 p.m.Ohio StateNew YorkCBS
Jumpman Invitational
21Wednesday7 MichiganCharlotteESPN
30 Friday TBAPittsburghPittsburghACCN
4Wednesday9 p.m.Wake ForestHomeACCN
7Saturday11:30 a.m.Notre DameHomeESPN2
10Tuesday9 p.m.No. 5 VirginiaCharlottesvilleESPN or ESPN2
14Saturday2 p.m.LouisvilleLouisville, Ky.ESPN
17Tuesday7 p.m.Boston CollegeHomeRSN
21Saturday5 p.m.N.C. StateHomeACCN
24Tuesday9 p.m.SyracuseSyracuse, N.Y.ESPN
1Wednesday7 p.m.PittsburghHomeACCN
4Saturday6:30No. 8 DukeDurhamESPN
7Tuesday7 p.m.Wake ForestWinston-SalemESPN or ESPN2
11Saturday2 p.m.ClemsonHomeESPN or ESPN2
13Monday7 p.m.MiamiHomeESPN
19Sunday1 p.m.N.C. StateRaleighESPN
22Wednesday9 p.m.Notre DameSouth Bend, Ind.ESPN or ESPN2
25Saturday6 or 8No. 5 VirginiaHomeESPN
27Monday7 p.m.Florida StateTallahassee, Fla.ESPN
4Saturday6 or 6:30No. 8 DukeHomeESPN
ACC Tournament
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