Heels’ habit of giving up big early leads catches up to them

UNC comes back from 17-point first-half deficit but can’t finish the rally at N.C. State, misses two chances to tie in final seconds By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s strange habit of needing to rally from big deficits to win was bound to catch up to the Tar Heels again.  It happened Tuesday night in their …

UNC moves up in AP men’s basketball poll

By R.L. Bynum Normally, a decisive victory against a 1–5 team wouldn’t improve your standing in the AP Top 25. But when it’s Kentucky, that might be the exception. North Carolina’s 75–63 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic in Cleveland bumped up the 5–2 Tar Heels from No. 22 in …

Walton shoots UNC ahead; Heels pull away from Kentucky

His 3-pointers during key run help UNC take control as the Tar Heels win the inside battles in the second half By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams knew the perimeter punch he had with freshman Kerwin Walton, it just took until the seventh game for it to be displayed on a big stage. The Hall of …

UNC shakes off yet another slow start to beat NCCU

Bacot eases first-half struggles, puts up double-double; Platek’s shooting helps UNC pull away By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  So much for a feel-good bounce-back game for North Carolina. It did feel better for the Tar Heels late in the game but getting there was a painful process. N.C. Central showed early that it wasn’t …

Similar young talent, early struggles for UNC’s men’s and women’s teams

Five-star combo guards Love, Kelly dealing with steep point guard learning curves By R.L. Bynum Anybody who has followed North Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams closely has noticed some striking similarities in young talent and struggles early in the season. Both programs are trying to move past frustrating seasons, and are doing so with …