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 …