Halftime words lead to better second half actions as Love leads Heels past Wake

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was an ugly, listless first half for North Carolina, followed by a lengthy halftime stay in the dressing room that probably wasn’t pleasant for the Tar Heels players. UNC (9–5, 4–3 ACC) didn’t return to the court until 1:45 remained on the halftime clock. Whatever the message was, …

There was a lot to like in Tar Heels’ loss from Harris’ debut to Love’s shooting

By R.L. Bynum There were plenty of positives coming out of North Carolina’s 82–75 loss at Florida State on a day when turnovers again hurt the Tar Heels during key stretches. The biggest positives were the confidence Caleb Love is building with his 3-point attempts finally falling and the energy Anthony Harris brought to the …

UNC shows some of its best offense of the season in its third consecutive victory

By R.L. BynumCHAPEL HILL — North Carolina has rarely been in the zone offensively this season, but leave it to the classic Syracuse zone defense to bring that out a little for the Tar Heels. With uncommon patience in the half-court offense, crisp perimeter passing and the ability to push the ball up court in …

UNC masters winning ugly, hitting big late shots for a second straight game

Black scores career-high 16, hits big late 3; Platek beats Miami on baseline drive with 3 seconds left By R.L. Bynum If you’re a Carolina fan and you don’t like winning ugly or frequently yelling at your television, it might be a good time to opt out of the season. For the second consecutive game, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes, Green play well; Magic formula for Anthony is to take it slowly

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes continues to be the most consistent Tar Heel early in the NBA season. It didn’t go well for his Sacramento Kings in a 137–106 loss at Golden State, but Barnes put together an 18-point, 9-rebound effort and his third game score of 16 or more. Barnes has become a veteran …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little talks about COVID-19 battle; Johnson’s Suns win; tough game for White

By R.L. Bynum On a mostly forgettable night for former Tar Heels in the NBA, the bigger news came with the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nassir Little revealing his battle with COVID-19. Little hasn’t played this season and the reason given by the team each time was “health and safety protocols.” That was clarified when he …

UNC gets better in some areas but turnovers, defensive woes continue in loss

By R.L. Bynum All of North Carolina’s early-season issues aren’t going to be resolved at once, but at least the Tar Heels made some progress Wednesday night in Atlanta. But it wasn’t enough with repeated defensive lapses to avoid an 0–2 ACC start.  For the first time since the Tar Heels’ season opener, they never …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington scores 11 in season debut

By R.L. Bynum Wayne Ellington made his season debut with 11 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 128–120 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Ellington didn’t play in the first two games for the 0–3 Pistons before entering Monday’s game in the first period. His first shot of the season, a 3-point attempt …

UNC falls out of AP men’s basketball poll

By R.L. BynumWith North Carolina one of eight teams in last week’s Top 25 men’s basketball poll to lose, there figured to be a lot of shuffling. The changes dropped the Tar Heels, who were No. 17 a week ago, out of this week’s poll with the 28th-most poll points. It’s the first time this …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson ties career high with 21; White hits 20; Anthony plays well in win

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson came off the bench to score a career-high-tying 21 points in the Phoenix Suns’ 116–110 road win over the Sacramento Kings to split the team’s games on consecutive days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNQGD-WrlA&ab_channel=TheTimeline%3AAPhoenixSunsChannel Johnson, who scored 11 of those points in the first half, made 3 of 4 3-point attempts after going 3 …