UNC finalizes non-conference men’s basketball schedule

By R.L. Bynum The non-conference schedule for North Carolina’s first season under head coach Hubert Davis was finalized Tuesday, including one road game, three neutral-site games and four opponents expected to be highly ranked. After an exhibition game against Elizabeth City State on Friday, Nov. 5, the season opens the following Tuesday, Nov. 9, at …

Sunday, it’s all UNC on ACC Network: Here’s what you’ll see

By R.L. Bynum Set your DVRs! ACC Network began 15 days of programming highlighting the best moments from the last year for each ACC school on July 2 with “ACC Network School Takeovers.” It’s Carolina’s turn Sunday, and you’ll be able to relive five victories over top-10 teams. In addition to eight Tar Heels victories, …

UNC gets huge addition in 6–11 Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia

By R.L. Bynum The reshaping of Carolina’s frontcourt continued in a big way Thursday with the commitment of 6–11, 225-pound Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia, a huge addition for first-year head coach Hubert Davis. Garcia helps fill the void left by the departures of Walker Kessler, Garrison Brooks and Day’Ron Sharpe and gives the Tar Heels …

A Tar Heel will win an NBA title for the third consecutive season, push total player titles to 36

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green’s injury during the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series contributed to him being denied a third consecutive NBA title. But it’s guaranteed that a Tar Heel will win a title for a third consecutive season — either Cameron Johnson with the Phoenix Suns or Justin Jackson with the Milwaukee Bucks. …

Cam Johnson’s defense big part of Suns’ run to NBA Finals; ‘he’s a starter in this league,’ Coach Monty Williams says

By R.L. Bynum Good defense is hard to prove statistically other than with steals and blocks. You have to watch a player defend talented opponents. But, make no mistake about it, Cameron Johnson’s defense is one of the reasons that the Phoenix Suns are in their first NBA Finals since 1993. Johnson may get more …

UNC’s dominant athletic year earns fourth-place Director’s Cup finish, the best since 2009, to easily lead the ACC

By R.L. Bynum Carolina proved again to have the most dominant overall athletics program in the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of the best in the country. Sparked by a third consecutive field hockey national title and seven top-10 NCAA finishes, UNC finished fourth overall in the NCAA Directors’ Cup standings at 1,126.25 points, just …

Johnson talks about Suns loss after his career-best playoff scoring night isn’t enough

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson had a career-best playoff scoring night with a playoff-high three 3-pointers but they weren’t enough to help his Phoenix Suns close out the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles avoided elimination with a 116–106 road victory Monday to trim Phoenix’s series lead to 3–2 and send the series to L.A. for …

UNC hosts Michigan in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina will face Michigan at home next season in the 23rd ACC-Big Ten Challenge as the Tar Heels try to end a three-game losing streak in the event. The game will be on the third of three nights of the Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 1. You can probably bet on a …

Johnson’s good shooting isn’t enough for Suns; was he getting enough shots?

By R.L. Bynum Could it be time for the Phoenix Suns to give Cameron Johnson more shots? For only the fifth time this season and the first time in the playoffs, Johnson has scored in double figures for a third consecutive game. But it wasn’t enough Thursday as the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix …

Four-star point guard Trimble, Tokoto’s brother, commits to UNC

By R.L. Bynum Hubert Davis has been a big advocate of keeping it in the Carolina family, and he did that big time with a four-star point guard on Wednesday.Seth Trimble, the brother of former Carolina player J.P. Tokoto, committed Wednesday to UNC, giving Davis some backcourt depth and possibly flexibility should Caleb Love or …