Bowling in Charlotte looking more likely for UNC

By R.L. Bynum If bowl projections are accurate, it’s looking more likely that North Carolina’s bowl destination will be Charlotte for a game against South Carolina. After only three of 11 projections early last week had UNC headed to Charlotte, six now predict the Tar Heels to be in the 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony hits 26, has energizing Magic since return; Johnson has 12 but Suns’ streak ends

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony has energized a previously struggling Orlando Magic team. Orlando went winless in the six games he missed with a sprained right ankle. The Magic has won as he scored 24 points in his first game back Wednesday. His potential game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out in his second …

Davis seeks validation against Jackets, the nation’s leading scorer

By R.L. Bynum To Carolina coach Hubert Davis, validation comes after success. The success came with Carolina’s impressive 72–51 victory Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge against No. 24 Michigan. But it won’t mean as much if the Tar Heels don’t follow that up in their ACC opener at 3 p.m. Sunday at Georgia Tech …

Tar Heels in NBA: Cameron Johnson has best game of season in Suns’ 18th consecutive victory

By R.L. Bynum Heading into another showdown Friday night on ESPN with the Golden State Warriors, the Phoenix Suns are still rolling. Cameron Johnson may not be at the top of the Warriors’ scouting report but he was a key contributor as the Suns rolled past the Detroit Pistons 114–103 Thursday night for their franchise-record …

Bacot channels 10 days of anger, frustration to fuel big game in win over Michigan

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — After two frustrating losses to ranked teams in Connecticut, Carolina’s Armando Bacot craved another chance to face a big-time program and prove that the Tar Heels were better than they showed against Tennessee. Playing UNC Asheville two days later didn’t offer that opportunity, and looking ahead may have had …