Davis talks about Bacot’s return, better spacing and preference for versatile big men

By R.L. Bynum The headline from Jon Rothstein’s podcast interview with Carolina coach Hubert Davis released Monday came from when the first-year coach casually mentioned that center Armando Bacot would come back next season. Bacot, who has played two seasons at UNC, was generally expected to return even though he is going through the NBA …

Stretch-four forward Manek transferring to UNC

By R.L. Bynum Hubert Davis dipped in the transfer portal again on Friday, luring Oklahoma forward Brady Manek, a former four-star recruit, to Carolina. Manek, who entered the transfer portal on April 2, announced his decision on Twitter Friday afternoon. https://twitter.com/BradyManek/status/1383141372887113730 The 6–foot–8 stretch-four forward will be a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility …

Kessler transferring to Auburn

By R.L. Bynum The message Walker Kessler got from Hubert Davis must not have been that different than the one he got from Roy Williams. Monday, Kessler announced on Instagram that he’s transferring to Auburn days after Davis publicly stated that he wanted the big man to stay in Chapel Hill. Kessler visited the Auburn …

McKoy comes home, transferring from Virginia to UNC

By R.L. Bynum UNC coach Hubert Davis went inside the conference to grab a player from the transfer portal, luring Justin McKoy from Virginia. Justin McKoy The 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward is coming home in a sense considering McKoy played his high school ball at Cary’s Panther Creek High School, where he was rated as …

Mutual respect between Davis and Williams obvious, as well as similar passion

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — As much as Roy Williams and Hubert Davis expressed their love and respect for each other Tuesday, they had a bit of a conflict. Davis may have officially taken over as UNC’s men’s basketball coach but he wasn’t about to take Williams’ spacious Smith Center office.  It wasn’t an …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, Barnes each hit 21 in road losses; Johnson nets 12 in win

By R.L. Bynum On a huge day for Carolina basketball with the hiring of Hubert Davis as head coach, two who played while Davis on the coaching staff had huge games. Reggie Bullock and Harrison Barnes both scored 21 points, unfortunately for them in road losses as Bullock’s Knicks lost to Brooklyn 114–112 and Barnes’ …

UNC makes historic hire in picking Hubert Davis

By R.L. Bynum Hubert Davis not only takes a place in Carolina sports history alongside Charlie Scott but accepts the unenviable task of replacing Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams. His hiring became official Monday afternoon and a press conference will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. and will be streamed on goheels.com. Scott became …

Wes Miller should be the next Carolina coach

By R.L. Bynum Either of the most likely candidates to replace legendary Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams at North Carolina — Wes Miller or Hubert Davis — would be terrific choices because neither would ever leave their alma mater for another job. Anybody who thinks that UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham will hire somebody …

Williams emotional after suffering his first career first-round loss

By R.L. Bynum Since winning the 2017 national title, North Carolina can’t seem to shake a pattern of demoralizing, one-sided season-ending losses. It happened for the fourth consecutive season, this time in the first round of the NCAA tournament’s South Regional on Friday night in West Lafayette, Ind. After a rough first half, Armando Bacot …

Davis, UNC big men surge by Hokies

By R.L. Bynum GREENSBORO — When North Carolina only trailed by three points at halftime after not playing that well and missing the inside scoring punch from the night before, you figured that the Tar Heels would be in good shape if they could just find an offensive groove. Thanks to the assertive play of …