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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Williams eager for Heels to play two true post players and push the pace

By R.L. Bynum Basketball has evolved into a more positionless sport with post play a lost art in many games. That’s not about to happen for North Carolina when Coach Roy Williams has the players to use two post players and work the ball inside. During an ACC video conference on Thursday, Williams remembered talking […]

UNC No. 16 in AP preseason basketball poll, ending a streak of 14 unranked weeks

By R.L. Bynum Before North Carolina’s rough 14-19 finish last season, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 9 in the preseason AP college basketball poll and were up to No. 5 by Nov. 18. This season, with the influx of freshman talent to go with preseason ACC player of the year candidate Garrison Brooks, the […]

What we know about UNC’s basketball schedule and when we’ll likely get the full schedule

By R.L. Bynum It’s 2020, so it should be no surprise that college basketball’s preseason has been like no other. This comes, of course, after there was no NCAA tournament in March. There was no Late Night With Roy. There was no ACC Operation Basketball in Charlotte as there has been in recent years. Other […]

More-physical Bacot intent on a turnaround season for him, Tar Heels, says practices have been intense

By R.L. Bynum As Armando Bacot prepares for his sophomore season, everything feels different.  His freshman struggles and the nightmare of a 14–19 North Carolina season, as well as the influx of freshman talent, are driving that change. If Coach Roy Williams sees any hint that the Tar Heels haven’t learned from that season, he’s […]

Healthier Leaky Black has “never been this confident,” ready to be an offensive weapon

By R.L. Bynum Leaky Black showed during his first two seasons at North Carolina that he has versatile skills as a lock-down defender, a terrific passer, a good rebounder and a good shooter. Because of injury issues, including persistent problems with his left ankle, Tar Heels fans really have never seen what a completely healthy […]