UNC masters winning ugly, hitting big late shots for a second straight game

Black scores career-high 16, hits big late 3; Platek beats Miami on baseline drive with 3 seconds left By R.L. Bynum If you’re a Carolina fan and you don’t like winning ugly or frequently yelling at your television, it might be a good time to opt out of the season. For the second consecutive game, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes, Green play well; Magic formula for Anthony is to take it slowly

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes continues to be the most consistent Tar Heel early in the NBA season. It didn’t go well for his Sacramento Kings in a 137–106 loss at Golden State, but Barnes put together an 18-point, 9-rebound effort and his third game score of 16 or more. Barnes has become a veteran …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green has best game of season; Barnes keeps getting it done

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green has had a tough go of if so far for the Philadelphia 76ers but had his best game of the season Saturday night in their 127–112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Green scored 13 points, made 3 of 6 3-point attempts and dished out four assists to produce a season-high …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little talks about COVID-19 battle; Johnson’s Suns win; tough game for White

By R.L. Bynum On a mostly forgettable night for former Tar Heels in the NBA, the bigger news came with the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nassir Little revealing his battle with COVID-19. Little hasn’t played this season and the reason given by the team each time was “health and safety protocols.” That was clarified when he …

UNC gets better in some areas but turnovers, defensive woes continue in loss

By R.L. Bynum All of North Carolina’s early-season issues aren’t going to be resolved at once, but at least the Tar Heels made some progress Wednesday night in Atlanta. But it wasn’t enough with repeated defensive lapses to avoid an 0–2 ACC start.  For the first time since the Tar Heels’ season opener, they never …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington scores 11 in season debut

By R.L. Bynum Wayne Ellington made his season debut with 11 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 128–120 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Ellington didn’t play in the first two games for the 0–3 Pistons before entering Monday’s game in the first period. His first shot of the season, a 3-point attempt …

UNC falls out of AP men’s basketball poll

By R.L. BynumWith North Carolina one of eight teams in last week’s Top 25 men’s basketball poll to lose, there figured to be a lot of shuffling. The changes dropped the Tar Heels, who were No. 17 a week ago, out of this week’s poll with the 28th-most poll points. It’s the first time this …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson ties career high with 21; White hits 20; Anthony plays well in win

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson came off the bench to score a career-high-tying 21 points in the Phoenix Suns’ 116–110 road win over the Sacramento Kings to split the team’s games on consecutive days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNQGD-WrlA&ab_channel=TheTimeline%3AAPhoenixSunsChannel Johnson, who scored 11 of those points in the first half, made 3 of 4 3-point attempts after going 3 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has double-double, Anthony solid, jersey issues for Bullock

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes put up a double-double and Cole Anthony had a solid effort off the bench as both helped their teams move to 2-0 with Saturday night victories. Reggie Bullock not only dealt with a second loss but a jersey mistake. Barnes collected 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Sacramento Kings’ …

Tar Heels in NBA: 6 assists from Anthony in debut; Barnes, Johnson have big games

By R.L. Bynum It was another successful debut for point guard Cole Anthony while Harrison Barnes and Cameron Johnson had big games to lead victories in Wednesday night NBA openers. Nearly 14 months after Anthony scored 34 points for Carolina against Notre Dame in his first college game, he didn’t put up big numbers. But …