Tar Heels in NBA: 6 assists from Anthony in debut; Barnes, Johnson have big games

By R.L. Bynum It was another successful debut for point guard Cole Anthony while Harrison Barnes and Cameron Johnson had big games to lead victories in Wednesday night NBA openers. Nearly 14 months after Anthony scored 34 points for Carolina against Notre Dame in his first college game, he didn’t put up big numbers. But …

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 …

UNC women show resiliency, poise in OT win over Wake Forest

Tar Heels get many contributions from several players, win behind Bailey’s leadership By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women have proven to be quite resilient and not fazed by early deficits. They did that again Sunday but also showed the poise to win a close game for the first time in three tries. …

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’s young women’s team starting to put it all together

Now that they have figured it out on defense, the offense really came around in big win over Syracuse By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  Seeing the big picture and watching her North Carolina women’s basketball team grow, Coach Courtney Banghart wasn’t worried when the Tar Heels narrowly lost their first two ACC games because …

UNC rebounds impressively to decisively beat No. 18 Syracuse

Tar Heels shake off two losses to start ACC season as Kelly has best floor game of the season, Bailey flourishes inside  By R.L. BynumCHAPEL HILL — Anybody who doubted North Carolina’s women after two narrow road losses to start the ACC season was repeatedly shot down Thursday night. Against their first ranked opponent of …

UNC rally at Miami falls short after a crazy 60 hours

Shooting woes, turnovers follow a scheduling shuffle that leads to quick changes in travel plans By R.L. Bynum Winning on the road is tough enough already without that road you take changing on the fly. But that’s the 2020 curveball that the pandemic threw at North Carolina’s women’s basketball team in the last couple 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 …