Catching up with Heels: Pierce, Keeling putting up good numbers; Huffman and Francis starting most games

By R.L. Bynum Of the players who left Carolina’s program after last season and aren’t in the NBA, Justin Pierce and Christian Keeling are putting up the best numbers, although their teams are struggling. Playing for Kobrat in Finland’s best professional league, Korisliiga, Pierce is scoring a team-leading 19.7 points per game. His team, however, …

Tar Heels in NBA: White has best game of season in Bulls win; tough night for Johnson

By R.L. Bynum Coby White rebounded from his worst game of the season Friday at Milwaukee with his best game of the season in the Chicago Bulls’ 118–108 home win over the Dallas Mavericks. https://youtu.be/OQJQfZ91mXw White scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and also collected seven rebounds and four assists for …

Tar Heels in NBA: White dishes out first NBA double-double with career-high 10 assists; Barnes hits 24 at Houston

By R.L. Bynum With the help of Coby White’s first NBA double-double, the short-handed Chicago Bulls pulled off a 133–130 road win over the winless Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Under the NBA’s health and safety protocols, Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen, Tomas Satoransky, Ryan Arcidiacono and Chandler Hutchison all missed the game. White did his part …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bullock, White, Barnes and Johnson all have big nights in victories; Jackson starts

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock helped the New York Knicks shoot down the previously unbeaten Cleveland Cavaliers with 17 points and five 3-pointers, both season-highs, in a 95-86 road victory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNldo-LjN28&ab_channel=Knicklights On a night when Cole Anthony’s Orlando Magic won to be the only remaining unbeaten NBA team,  Coby White, Harrison Barnes and Cameron Johnson …

Tar Heels in NFL: Late fumble overshadows solid game for Trubisky; Holcomb continues to play well

By R.L. Bynum There was a lot to like about quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s game in the Chicago Bears’ 34–30 loss to the Detroit Lions. But, ultimately, his fumble on a strip-sack that led to the Lions’ game-winning touchdown will get a lot of attention. Trubisky connected on 26 of 34 passes for 267 yards with …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 9-0; Hurst starts for Saints; Holcomb plays every Washington defensive snap

By R.L. Bynum One week, it’s hurdling over a defender on the way to scoring a touchdown. Sunday, it was making a one-handed catch to convert on a third down. Tight end Eric Ebron is contributing however he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the NFL’s only undefeated team. It wasn’t his best day, …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard gets more work; Ebron, Holcomb have good games

On the same weekend that North Carolina blew out N.C. State, the author of one of the biggest plays in the history of that rivalry had his most productive game of the season. With a foot injury sidelining Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard was used much more, and he took advantage of …

UNC puts it all together in blowout of N.C. State

By R.L. Bynum It’s almost impossible for an opponent to beat No. 14 North Carolina when Sam Howell, Javonte Williams, Michael Carter and the Tar Heels’ defense are all playing well. No. 23 N.C. State is the latest opponent to make this painful discovery. Behind 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Williams, 106 rushing …

Tar Heels in NFL: Sylvester Williams makes season debut, Holcomb returns and Bernard gets more carries

One Tar Heel returned from an injury, another got more carries Sunday because of an injury to his teammate and a third made a huge tackle in his season debut. Defensive end Sylvester Williams, who the Denver Broncos signed to their practice squad on Oct. 3 after Drew Lock’s injury, was activated and made his …

Tar Heels slide to No. 14 in AP poll, the second-largest poll drop in program history

Many questioned if North Carolina deserved the No. 5 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, even Coach Mack Brown. After a rally fell short Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla., against unranked Florida State, the stay at that lofty spot was short. North Carolina fell to No. 14, their lowest position since being ranked …