On Groundhog Day, UNC only sees a shadow of the team had been flying high

By R.L. Bynum Just when you thought that North Carolina had left the sloppy, poor-shooting basketball full of defensive lapses behind them, it all came back like another bad day for Bill Murray on “Groundhog Day.” The Tar Heels rallied from a season-low 21 first-half points to pull within four but could come no closer …

UNC unranked for a sixth consecutive AP Top 25 poll

By R.L. Bynum Three consecutive victories and six wins in the last seven games weren’t enough to return North Carolina to the AP Top 25, leaving the Tar Heels out of the poll for a sixth consecutive week. Voters evidently want to see much more from UNC, including victories over better teams. The Tar Heels …

UNC solidifies its NCAA tournament resume with Quad 1 victory at Pittsburgh

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s NCAA tournament prospects that were shaky just a couple of weeks ago now look solid after six wins in seven games, three consecutive victories and, more importantly, finally a Quad 1 victory. The Tar Heels streak of making nine consecutive NCAA tournaments looks safe. After Carolina went 14–19 last season, …

Surging Tar Heels pound the ball inside consistently, hold off Pitt

By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams has a lot of reasons to be happy. Not only has North Carolina won three consecutive games and six of its last seven, the Tar Heels are doing it the way he loves — with the offense focused on getting the ball to their two big men. With better facilitating …

Confident Love helps boost inside game; Bacot, Sharpe shine in win over Pack

By R.L. Bynum When Caleb Love and Armando Bacot are confident and consistent, North Carolina is going to be hard to beat. N.C. State discovered that Saturday when it was obvious that both were in a groove as the Tar Heels avenged a December loss with an 86–76 victory at the Smith Center. Carolina (10–5, …

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 …