Kelly, Holešínská and others impressive in UNC debuts as Tar Heels roll

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Petra Holešínská arrived at Carolina with a reputation as a lethal outside shooter and quickly showed why that was on target. The graduate transfer from Illinois swished her first attempt from 3-point range and made her second shot lofted from a couple of feet behind the arc in the …

Banghart has plenty of candidates to start and be leaders heading into UNC’s women’s opener

By R.L. Bynum Last season, Courtney Banghart led a team full of players she had never coached. Even though she is about to begin her second season as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, it feels like a similar experience this year with so many departures and arrivals. With only three players back who played last …

Who will start for UNC? Williams has no idea and that’s one of the good challenges he faces

By R.L. Bynum The challenges that Coach Roy Williams faces this season — aside from the pandemic-related issues — are dramatically easier to deal with than a year ago. Williams told anybody who would listen a year ago that his team would struggle to score, and the 14–19 season showed that everybody should have listened. …

Williams eager for Heels to play two true post players and push the pace

By R.L. Bynum Basketball has evolved into a more positionless sport with post play a lost art in many games. That’s not about to happen for North Carolina when Coach Roy Williams has the players to use two post players and work the ball inside. During an ACC video conference on Thursday, Williams remembered talking …

A much deeper, more talented UNC women’s team will look nothing like last season’s team

By R.L. Bynum Forget anything you saw from Coach Courtney Banghart’s first women’s basketball team at North Carolina last season. She didn’t come to Chapel Hill for 16–14 seasons that end with eight consecutive losses. Yes, there were successful stretches, including a 9-game win streak, and a signature 66–60 victory over then-No. 9 N.C. State.  But …

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 …