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 …

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 …

Kelly back at her natural position, excited for ‘freshman year, part 2’

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — This season feels like a new beginning for sophomore guard Deja Kelly. There was nothing normal about her freshman season spent in a bubble with her Carolina teammates, taking classes virtually and playing in front of nearly empty arenas. “Basically, I feel like a freshman again, honestly,” Kelly said Wednesday …

Bacot says Davis just as fiery as Williams but he welcomes the new offensive approach

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — When you see the jovial Hubert Davis full of smiles, don’t be fooled into thinking that there isn’t plenty of fire once practices or games start. It didn’t take long for junior center Armando Bacot to discover that when Carolina started preseason practice. Bacot said several times last season that …