Bacot helps UNC rebound with win but plenty of issues remain

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — With the frustrations from Carolina’s forgettable Sunday loss to Tennessee still triggering head shakes from coaches and fans, the Tar Heels needed something to dissipate the stench from that effort. UNC Asheville didn’t give UNC much of a test but the Tar Heels still struggled to pass it before …

Tar Heels in NBA: Cam Johnson has efficient career night for red-hot Suns; White shakes off rough season start with 14 points

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson had a career-best game on the same night that Coby White finally found a rhythm after coming back from an injury. Johnson was efficient with 22 points in 23 minutes in the Phoenix Suns’ 126–97 home victory Sunday over Denver for their 13th consecutive victory. https://twitter.com/Suns/status/1462621186139975684 He shot 9 of …

With defense, effort lacking, UNC struggles in loss to Vols

By R.L. Bynum Two areas that Coach Hubert Davis never wants to worry about are defense and effort, but both are big concerns through four games. Brady Manek and Armando Bacot gave North Carolina big offensive games. But the problem for the Tar Heels was that there was very little scoring punch from anybody else …

Where, when to watch UNC-Tennessee; Heels will need better start, improved defense

By R.L. Bynum Coming off another tough defensive game in Saturday’s 93–84 loss to No. 6 Purdue, Carolina tries to rebound Sunday against No. 17 Tennessee in the second of three games in four days. The Tar Heels (3–1) and the Volunteers (2–1) meet at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has better game but Kings frustrations mount; Sharpe double-double in G League; Anthony, Green miss games

By R.L. Bynum After a red-hot start to start the season, Harrison Barnes has tailed off in the latter part of November, and it hasn’t gone that well for the Sacramento Kings, either. Saturday, Barnes scored 18 points in a 123–105 Kings home loss to Utah, their third consecutive defeat and seventh in the last …