With AP preseason top 25 unveiled Monday, how do national observers see UNC stacking up?

By R.L. Bynum What’s the national view of North Carolina’s place in the men’s basketball landscape heading into Hubert Davis’ first season as head coach? The view of Carolina varies, but the consensus is that Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 and Duke will be the highest-ranked ACC team. The Blue Devils likely will be …

Heels withstand Canes rallies, pick off big victory

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Just when it looked like Carolina might roll past Miami for the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes stormed back from an 18-point deficit to test the Tar Heels’ resiliency. UNC (4–3, 3–3 ACC) hasn’t responded well to such challenges this season but pushed back after its lead had been …

Jackson signs with Mavs, likely headed to G-League

By R.L. Bynum Justin Jackson is going back to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that traded him to Oklahoma City two years ago. The Mavericks have signed the 6–8, 220 pound Jackson, and will likely send him to their G-League team, the Texas Legends, which play home games in Frisco, Texas. The Houston-area native played …

Fans return for Late Night, see perimeter show

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Energy, crowd noise and excitement returned to the Smith Center on Friday night for the first Late Night in two years. After a season of playing in virtually empty arenas, fans — some waiting outside for hours — eagerly took advantage of the first chance to see North Carolina’s …

UNC to visit Florida for a closed scrimmage

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina will visit Florida on Saturday, Oct. 23 for a closed scrimmage, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman. NCAA teams have the choice of playing exhibition games against two non-Division I teams or scheduling one exhibition and a closed scrimmage against a Division I team. The Tar Heels’ exhibition game will be …