Love’s best game of the season, scoring balance lead UNC to big win at Duke

By R.L. BynumNorth Carolina saved its best combination of inside scoring punch and perimeter-shooting clout all season for rival Duke. And freshman point guard Caleb Love saved his best game of the season for college basketball’s best rivalry. The Blue Devils were pesky to put away but they couldn’t handle all of that in the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony wins first of two weekend ‘friendly rivalry’ games with White, says games easier on body than UNC practices

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony won his first NBA matchup with Coby White in a clash of Carolina’s previous two starting point guards Friday but White gets a chance to avenge that result Saturday night. Anthony’s two free throws with 16.4 seconds left helped put away the Orlando Magic’s 123–119 home win over the Chicago …

Big early deficit too much for UNC again in loss to FSU

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s pattern of getting off to rough starts and trying to scramble back is one that has given the Tar Heels a small margin of error as they try to wage comebacks. The mostly young Tar Heels are in a stretch of learning one tough lesson after another. …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has Kings surging, other teams targeting him for a trade; Green hits 16, moves up all-time 3-pointers list

By R.L. Bynum There are a lot of reasons why the Sacramento Kings have fought back from a 5–10 start to nearly reach .500. One of them has been the consistent play of Harrison Barnes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dbxn6M4l_bc&ab_channel=ABC10 Barnes contributed 24 points, five rebounds and six assists to lead the 10–11 Kings to a 116–111 home victory …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony scores 16, throws down one-handed, highlight-reel dunk follow; Ellington hits cold shooting streak; Little out with knee strain

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony scored 16 points for the second consecutive game but, unfortunately for the Orlando Magic, it was in another loss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQyJWVQFB8&ab_channel=NBABasketballPLEASELIKEANDSUBSCRIBE His play that will get the most attention during the 123–108 setback against Toronto came in the third quarter when he rebounded a miss with one hand and slammed in …

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 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little says career-high 30-point game is ‘just the beginning’; another big game for Barnes

By R.L. Bynum It wasn’t a good night for the Portland Trail Blazers but it was a career night for Nassir Little in their 134–106 loss at Milwaukee. After scoring only 15 points total in his first eight games, Little poured in 30 points in nearly 30 minutes for an impressive 26.9 game score. In …

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 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony collects 16 points, five rebounds and six assists but Magic lose third in a row

By R.L. Bynum Another solid game for Cole Anthony again wasn’t enough as his Orlando Magic lost for a third consecutive game. Anthony scored 16 points with five rebounds and had six assists against only two turnovers in Orlando’s 115–102 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. He has six assists in four of the …

Holešínská’s 21 points aren’t enough as Heels’ rally at Virginia Tech falls short

By R.L. Bynum Anytime you face Virginia Tech, your two main concerns are the Hokies’ prolific 3-point shooting and the inside threat from 6-5 center Elizabeth Kitley. Tech hurt UNC on both counts with 12 3-pointers and Kitley scoring 27 points in Tech’s 73–69 victory Sunday in snowy Blacksburg, Va., for a second win over …