North Carolina junior Alyssa Utsby was named to the USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 U23 Nations League roster on Tuesday. She joins Duke senior Celeste Taylor and Notre Dame junior Maddy Westbeld on the six-player roster after 11 players were invited to try out. Others on the team are Aaliya Moore of Texas, Kayla Wells of Texas A&M and Maddy Siegrist of Villanova.
Many say that Coach Hubert Davis’ more spread-out brand of Carolina offense, which sometimes includes four players outside the 3-point arc, is something Tar Heels fans have never previously seen from Tar Heels teams. But many older Tar Heels fans can give you a two-word response if you say that spreading out the offense is new to the program: Four Corners.
The NCAA has dramatically changed how regionals will work in the women’s basketball tournament for the 2023 season. It could mean North Carolina’s potential path to the Final Four would include four games in the Carolinas. Instead of four regional sites for the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight, there will only be two — at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., and the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Each site will be the host for two regionals.
Sports broadcasting legend Vin Scully, who died Tuesday at the age of 94, made the day of another broadcast legend with a note he sent. Scully, the iconic Hall of Fame baseball announcer who called Dodgers games for 67 years, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles, sent a note on Los Angeles Dodgers stationery to Woody Durham. It congratulated the longtime Voice of the Tar Heels, who passed away in 2018, on his career.
Coming off a Sweet 16 appearance last season, North Carolina’s women’s basketball team faces a challenging nonconference schedule that includes two opponents who also made it that far in last season’s NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels (25-7 last season) open at home on Nov. 9 against Jackson State, which won the SWAC and made the NCAA tournament.
Bolstered by eight rookies — three with the New York Giants — the number of Tar Heels in NFL camps is a mammoth 29 players, with some fighting for roster spots, many battling to move up the depth charts and others projected to start. Some of the headliners in camps have been running back Javonte Williams, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, wide receiver Mack Hollins and offensive guard Joshua Ezeudu.
Brady Manek has found his next basketball home Down Under. On Monday, the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League in Australia officially signed Manek, who had an outstanding fifth college season at Carolina last year in helping the Tar Heels reach the NCAA championship game.
Today’s Carolina fans couldn’t imagine the humble roots of women’s basketball on campus, even after Title IX passed, for a program that has won a national championship and could contend for another next season. The head coach driving the team to games in station wagons or vans, four players packing into each motel room, fast food road meals, a dangerously small home gym and unflattering and sexist nicknames in short Daily Tar Heel articles — including Tar Babes, UNC Lassies, Tar Heelets and Femme Cagers — marked the early years when games drew little attention and fans didn’t need to buy a ticket.
CHARLOTTE — The three bywords that Carolina coach Mack Brown has emphasized to his team after a frustrating losing season are passion, accountability and toughness. With all three of those, he’s convinced that the narrow late-season road losses to Pittsburgh and N.C. State would have been victories and there would have been a lot more positive vibes at the end of the season.
North Carolina’s men’s basketball team has completed its summer practices and released the team’s official 17-player roster for the 2022–23 season on Wednesday. The roster shows that fifth-year wing Leaky Black, senior center Armando Bacot and fifth-year senior Pete Nance are all listed as an inch taller than last season.
CHAPEL HILL — As Armando Bacot enters his senior season and continues to enjoy a fun-filled offseason, he doesn’t sound like a player thinking much about using the extra season available to him because of NCAA COVID-19 rules. His focus is on Carolina winning a national championship he narrowly missed out on last season and diversifying his game at the urging of Coach Hubert Davis to better position himself for a career in the NBA.
CHAPEL HILL — Pete Nance brings a versatile talent set to Carolina for his fifth college season but also a quality that his numbers can’t convey: a high basketball IQ. His new Tar Heels teammates were happy to convey that after seeing him in pickup games and practices in the Smith Center in the last month.