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 …

Shooting woes sink UNC’s women in ACC opener

Wake Forest defeats Heels for the third consecutive time as they go 2 of 18 on 3s By R.L. Bynum Perimeter shooting was one of North Carolina’s key offensive weapons that helped the Tar Heels win their first five games. After sinking 39 3-pointers coming into their ACC opener at Wake Forest, the Tar Heels …

Iowa’s perimeter shooting too much for Tar Heels

UNC rallies from a 12-point halftime deficit for a second straight game but again can’t finish the job By R.L. Bynum With so many young players, you knew that North Carolina was going to endure some rough nights early in the season, and the Tar Heels have learned a few tough lessons in the last …

UNC falls to No. 16 in AP poll

Tar Heels face toughest test of season Tuesday night at No. 3 Iowa with Brooks’ status uncertain By R.L. Bynum North Carolina fell two spots to No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll and faces its toughest challenge of the season Tuesday night at Iowa, which remains No. 3 in …

UNC rolls by 70 points in a nearly historic victory

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It took only six seconds for Kennedy Todd-Williams to score the first of many North Carolina layups on a dominating evening against overmatched South Carolina State. She nearly made it a historic night. The only question for the bigger, faster and more talented Tar Heels was whether they could …

Turnovers, missed free throws doom UNC to another loss to Texas

By R.L. Bynum The eyes of Texas were once again laser-focused upon North Carolina and that meant another frustrating day for the Tar Heels. Down the stretch, No. 14 Carolina pushed No. 17 Texas but Matt Coleman III hit a step-back jumper with 0.1-of-a-second left as the Longhorns once again beat UNC, this time 69–67 …

Black finds his offense at the perfect time as Carolina overcomes one of its sloppiest games in years

By R.L. Bynum While doing everything else to contribute in the first two games, offense didn’t come easily for Leaky Black. It came at just the right time for No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday in Asheville. That helped the No. 14 Tar Heels (3-0) pull out a 67-63 victory over Stanford that earned very …

Heels escape early 13-point hole to slam UNLV

By R.L. Bynum Even in 2020 when nothing is certain, there are a couple of mortal locks when it comes to Carolina basketball — Coach Roy Williams isn’t going to call a timeout to stop a seemingly never-ending opponent run and the Tar Heels are going to dominate the boards. The No. 14 Tar Heels …

Veteran leadership helps UNC rally from an early 21-point deficit to beat High Point by 25

By R.L. Bynum Facing adversity for the first time in three games, North Carolina got a boost from an old favorite of Tar Heels fans who is back for her final college season. After struggling with her shot in her first game Saturday while having a good floor game, Stephanie Watts put it all together …