Tar Heels in NBA: White, adjusting to reserve role, scores 15 for streaking Bulls

By R.L. Bynum Coby White seems to have adjusted to the rhythm of coming off the bench and put up another solid game as the Chicago Bulls beat Toronto 122–113 in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for their third consecutive victory after losing the previous six. In 26 minutes, White collected 15 points, three 3-pointers and …

UNC’s women earn NCAA berth but by a smaller margin than expected

By R.L. Bynum When North Carolina’s women got big victories over Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in the last week of the regular season, everybody assumed that the Tar Heels had the program’s ACC-record 28th NCAA berth locked up.  Everybody was right, but it came by the slimmest of margins.  According to the NCAA, the …

Heels rally against FSU but fall short

By R.L. Bynum GREENSBORO — It was probably too much to ask an inconsistent, young team to win four consecutive games for the first time this season, much less when it was North Carolina’s third game in as many nights against well-rested Florida State. The Tar Heels nearly recovered from a rough first half to …

UNC’s rally to clean up sloppy effort falls short at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum The good news for North Carolina is that Armando Bacot rebounded from a rough stretch to again play like the Tar Heels’ leading scorer. Other than a huge rebounding edge, it was hard to find many more positives as Carolina was sloppy on offense and didn’t seem focused until it was too …

Kessler powers UNC rally for Williams’ 900th win

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Just when it appeared that North Carolina had no answers for a Florida State defense that was making the Tar Heels’ inside scoring punch disappear, Walker Kessler repeatedly slammed that potential storyline. The 7–1 freshman helped turn around a game that seemed destined for a Seminoles blowout with 22 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has another big game in another Kings loss

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes is doing everything he can to turn things around for the Sacramento Kings but even 22 points weren’t enough Thursday night against the New York Knicks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-JRDAOTQA&ab_channel=NFHBall Barnes also had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals but Sacramento dropped a 140–121 decision for its ninth consecutive defeat. The Kings …

Tar Heels in NBA: White scores 6 of his 20 points in overtime as surging Bulls win

By R.L. Bynum Coby White scored six of his 20 points in overtime and hit two free throws with 15.1 seconds left to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 133–126 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKqtFGyKW2o&ab_channel=NFClassic That made up for a mistake at the end of regulation. He fouled Ricky Rubio behind the 3-point line …

Tar Heels in NBA: White joins Walton with five 3-pointers in Bulls victory

By R.L. Bynum Kerwin Walton wasn’t the only Tar Heel with five 3-pointers Saturday night. Coby White made 5 of 8 attempts from 3-point range, including an important one with 2:11 left as well as two free throws with 10.1 seconds left, as the Chicago Bulls earned a 122–114 home win over the Sacramento Kings. …

Tar Heels in NBA: Jackson hits 22, clutch late 3-pointer in Thunder win over Bucks

By R.L. Bynum First came the dagger from Justin Jackson and then came his big smile. Jackson’s clutch 3-pointer from 27 feet out with 14.9 seconds left helped the Oklahoma City Thunder overcome a triple-double from Giannis Antetokounmpo for a 114–109 victory Sunday night over the Milwaukee Bucks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85e2agXnqNQ&ab_channel=BAKETS Coming off a 20-point game against …

Tar Heels in NBA: With 30 points, eight 3-pointers, White part of making NBA history

By R.L. Bynum Chalk up the latest clash between Coby White and Zion Williamson to the point guard from Carolina and Goldsboro, who was part of making NBA history on Wednesday. With a career-high eight 3-pointers, White outscored Williamson 30–29 as the Chicago Bulls rolled to a 129–116 home victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. …