UNC’s women polish NCAA resume with easy win at Clemson

By R.L. BynumNorth Carolina’s women picked a fine time to be playing their best basketball of the season as they navigate through life on the NCAA tournament bubble. With freshman point guard Deja Kelly playing her best game in weeks and Stephanie Watts becoming the 24th player in program history to eclipse 1,500 career points, …

Little changes with Forbes taking over UNC program, including high expectations

By R.L. Bynum As strange as it will be to look over in North Carolina’s dugout and not see Mike Fox after 22 seasons, don’t expect many other differences in the baseball program under first-year head coach Scott Forbes. After 19 seasons on Fox’s staff, not much will change, including the high expectations Forbes has …

Small ball big again for UNC as it ends road skid at Pitt

By R.L. Bynum For the second consecutive game, going small turned up big results for North Carolina’s women. It worked during the Tar Heels’ upset a week earlier against No. 4 N.C. State and was productive again Sunday at Pittsburgh. They even went with five guards for nearly two minutes and played guards at the …

Ustby leads UNC to 3rd upset of a top-10 N.C. State team in 3 years

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  When North Carolina sees Wolfpack red, it doesn’t seem to matter what N.C. State has accomplished before the game — the Tar Heels’ play shoots up several levels and challenges the Pack. For the third consecutive season, the Tar Heels defeated a top-10 N.C. State team, this time taking …

Love’s best game of the season, scoring balance lead UNC to big win at Duke

By R.L. BynumNorth Carolina saved its best combination of inside scoring punch and perimeter-shooting clout all season for rival Duke. And freshman point guard Caleb Love saved his best game of the season for college basketball’s best rivalry. The Blue Devils were pesky to put away but they couldn’t handle all of that in the …

Big early deficit too much for UNC again in loss to FSU

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s pattern of getting off to rough starts and trying to scramble back is one that has given the Tar Heels a small margin of error as they try to wage comebacks. The mostly young Tar Heels are in a stretch of learning one tough lesson after another. …

On Groundhog Day, UNC only sees a shadow of the team had been flying high

By R.L. Bynum Just when you thought that North Carolina had left the sloppy, poor-shooting basketball full of defensive lapses behind them, it all came back like another bad day for Bill Murray on “Groundhog Day.” The Tar Heels rallied from a season-low 21 first-half points to pull within four but could come no closer …

UNC unranked for a sixth consecutive AP Top 25 poll

By R.L. Bynum Three consecutive victories and six wins in the last seven games weren’t enough to return North Carolina to the AP Top 25, leaving the Tar Heels out of the poll for a sixth consecutive week. Voters evidently want to see much more from UNC, including victories over better teams. The Tar Heels …

Holešínská’s 21 points aren’t enough as Heels’ rally at Virginia Tech falls short

By R.L. Bynum Anytime you face Virginia Tech, your two main concerns are the Hokies’ prolific 3-point shooting and the inside threat from 6-5 center Elizabeth Kitley. Tech hurt UNC on both counts with 12 3-pointers and Kitley scoring 27 points in Tech’s 73–69 victory Sunday in snowy Blacksburg, Va., for a second win over …

Heels absorb No. 1 Louisville’s best punches early, then their furious rally falls short

By R.L. Bynum If you’re going to play the nation’s No. 1 team, it’s helpful if that team isn’t trying to shake off a pair of narrow wins. Added to that, Louisville knew before its game against North Carolina started that No. 2 N.C. State and No. 3 Connecticut each lost earlier Thursday. The host …