UNC shakes off yet another slow start to beat NCCU

Bacot eases first-half struggles, puts up double-double; Platek’s shooting helps UNC pull away By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  So much for a feel-good bounce-back game for North Carolina. It did feel better for the Tar Heels late in the game but getting there was a painful process. N.C. Central showed early that it wasn’t …

Similar young talent, early struggles for UNC’s men’s and women’s teams

Five-star combo guards Love, Kelly dealing with steep point guard learning curves By R.L. Bynum Anybody who has followed North Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams closely has noticed some striking similarities in young talent and struggles early in the season. Both programs are trying to move past frustrating seasons, and are doing so with …

Iowa’s perimeter shooting too much for Tar Heels

UNC rallies from a 12-point halftime deficit for a second straight game but again can’t finish the job By R.L. Bynum With so many young players, you knew that North Carolina was going to endure some rough nights early in the season, and the Tar Heels have learned a few tough lessons in the last …

UNC falls to No. 16 in AP poll

Tar Heels face toughest test of season Tuesday night at No. 3 Iowa with Brooks’ status uncertain By R.L. Bynum North Carolina fell two spots to No. 16 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll and faces its toughest challenge of the season Tuesday night at Iowa, which remains No. 3 in …

Black finds his offense at the perfect time as Carolina overcomes one of its sloppiest games in years

By R.L. Bynum While doing everything else to contribute in the first two games, offense didn’t come easily for Leaky Black. It came at just the right time for No. 14 North Carolina on Tuesday in Asheville. That helped the No. 14 Tar Heels (3-0) pull out a 67-63 victory over Stanford that earned very …