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 …

Heels’ habit of giving up big early leads catches up to them

UNC comes back from 17-point first-half deficit but can’t finish the rally at N.C. State, misses two chances to tie in final seconds By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s strange habit of needing to rally from big deficits to win was bound to catch up to the Tar Heels again.  It happened Tuesday night in their …

UNC moves up in AP men’s basketball poll

By R.L. Bynum Normally, a decisive victory against a 1–5 team wouldn’t improve your standing in the AP Top 25. But when it’s Kentucky, that might be the exception. North Carolina’s 75–63 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday at the CBS Sports Classic in Cleveland bumped up the 5–2 Tar Heels from No. 22 in …

Walton shoots UNC ahead; Heels pull away from Kentucky

His 3-pointers during key run help UNC take control as the Tar Heels win the inside battles in the second half By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams knew the perimeter punch he had with freshman Kerwin Walton, it just took until the seventh game for it to be displayed on a big stage. The Hall of …