By R.L. Bynum NEW ORLEANS — Carolina again showed no interest in a storybook finish for Coach Mike Krzyzewski. No, this was another light blue Love story. The Tar Heels weren’t having it in his final Duke home game and delivered another plot twist at the Final Four, ending his career with an 81–77 loss…
NEW ORLEANS — George Karl, one of the finest playmakers in Carolina basketball history, left Chapel Hill with so many fabulous career memories but never had had a cherished spot in the Smith Center rafters. That will change after Saturday. He is one of the Class of 2022 inductees into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame announced Saturday. Karl will become the 12th Tar Heel to be inducted, including his coach in Chapel Hill, the legendary Dean Smith, in a ceremony Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass.
NEW ORLEANS — For Carolina to replicate the Tar Heels’ dominance of Duke in the March 5 game in Durham, there is a lot that has to go right. One area that UNC had overwhelming success in that 94–84 victory, which ruined Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game, was creating plenty of offense off of high ball screens.
NEW ORLEANS — There are plenty of elements that have North Carolina playing its best basketball of the season, but the savvy decision-making and court leadership from RJ Davis since he became nearly the exclusive ball-handler are at the top of the list. The No. 8-seed Tar Heels have been on point with the 6–0 sophomore running the show.
NEW ORLEANS — George Karl, a star UNC guard in the early-1970s who coached in the NBA for 27 seasons, will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class, according to a report. Shams Charania, a reporter for The Athletic, tweeted Thursday evening, that, according to sources, Karl will be inducted. The class will be officially announced at noon Saturday in New Orleans, and where there will be a press conference at 12:30 p.m. The enshrinement ceremony will be Sept. 9 in Springfield, Mass.
NEW ORLEANS — There have been many positives for first-year head coach Hubert Davis as Carolina turned its season around and went from the bubble to the Final Four. One big one is that he can be a basketball coach, rather than a sports psychologist trying to figure out how to be an effort coach. His days of preaching “energy, effort and toughness” are over because his players are bringing all three to every game.