UNC crushes Irish with 37–2 run

By R.L. Bynum On the way back to the team hotel in Greensboro on Wednesday night, North Carolina probably pulled down a couple of more offensive rebounds.  It was that kind of night for the No. 6-seed Tar Heels, who flourished inside even without Garrison Brooks, rolling to 101–59 second-round ACC Tournament victory over No. …

Irish’s buzzer-beater earns rematch with Heels

By R.L. Bynum It looked like Notre Dame’s season would end for much of Tuesday’s first-round game in the ACC Tournament. But the No. 11-seed Irish stormed back with a 17–2 run and Charlotte native Trey Wertz hit a 30-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer to knock off No. 14 Wake Forest 80–77 at the Greensboro Coliseum to …

Williams shoots down theories about why he kissed floor, made contribution

By R.L. Bynum It might be good that Roy Williams knows little about social media and what users say about him. Then again, the lack of exposure probably makes him unaware of the crazy conspiracy theories that float around the internet. His wife Wanda monitors what is said about North Carolina’s coach, though, and what …

Emotional Brooks shoots down Duke in senior-night blowout

By R.L. Bynum When Garrison Brooks turned an ankle in the first two minutes, it looked like it might be a painful senior-night game. It was, but Brooks was one of several inflicting the pain on Duke with the shooting touch of a guard to go out in style. With four career 3-pointers before Saturday, …

UNC’s rally to clean up sloppy effort falls short at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum The good news for North Carolina is that Armando Bacot rebounded from a rough stretch to again play like the Tar Heels’ leading scorer. Other than a huge rebounding edge, it was hard to find many more positives as Carolina was sloppy on offense and didn’t seem focused until it was too …

Williams says figuring out this team might be like learning what makes a ‘fifth wife tick’

By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams has been happily married for decades, but guesses that starting a fifth marriage would be about as challenging as predicting whether his young North Carolina players will either be pumped up for a game or perform well. “Maybe if you’ve seen a guy who’s been married five times, ask him …

Instead of celebrating milestone win, Williams lets off frustrations

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It’s as hard for a coach to win 900 games as it is for a young team to be consistent.  A spunky Marquette team made sure that it wouldn’t be Roy Williams’s 900th victim on Wednesday. North Carolina never recovered from a rough start as a fired-up Golden Eagles …

Freshmen flourish as Carolina rolls to best win of season

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — When North Carolina’s freshmen were repeatedly making mistakes earlier in the season, you had to be reminded that they were freshmen. Reminders were also needed Saturday night, but for a good reason. They played like seasoned players who knew where to be, what to do and how to do …

Heels eventually find their rhythm, rout Northeastern

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was all about getting in a game against a decent opponent for North Carolina and finding a rhythm during this uneven pandemic season.  That was nowhere to be found in Saturday’s loss at Virginia. It took the better part of one half to find it and, for a …

Love’s best game of the season, scoring balance lead UNC to big win at Duke

By R.L. BynumNorth Carolina saved its best combination of inside scoring punch and perimeter-shooting clout all season for rival Duke. And freshman point guard Caleb Love saved his best game of the season for college basketball’s best rivalry. The Blue Devils were pesky to put away but they couldn’t handle all of that in the …