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 …

UNC women show resiliency, poise in OT win over Wake Forest

Tar Heels get many contributions from several players, win behind Bailey’s leadership By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women have proven to be quite resilient and not fazed by early deficits. They did that again Sunday but also showed the poise to win a close game for the first time in three tries. …

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 …

UNC’s young women’s team starting to put it all together

Now that they have figured it out on defense, the offense really came around in big win over Syracuse By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —  Seeing the big picture and watching her North Carolina women’s basketball team grow, Coach Courtney Banghart wasn’t worried when the Tar Heels narrowly lost their first two ACC games because …

UNC rebounds impressively to decisively beat No. 18 Syracuse

Tar Heels shake off two losses to start ACC season as Kelly has best floor game of the season, Bailey flourishes inside  By R.L. BynumCHAPEL HILL — Anybody who doubted North Carolina’s women after two narrow road losses to start the ACC season was repeatedly shot down Thursday night. Against their first ranked opponent of …

UNC rally at Miami falls short after a crazy 60 hours

Shooting woes, turnovers follow a scheduling shuffle that leads to quick changes in travel plans By R.L. Bynum Winning on the road is tough enough already without that road you take changing on the fly. But that’s the 2020 curveball that the pandemic threw at North Carolina’s women’s basketball team in the last couple of …

Tar Heels in NFL: Resurgent Trubisky has big game as Bears roll

By R.L. Bynum Critics have targeted the Chicago Bears ever since they selected Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. That criticism has been valid. But, for one Sunday, Trubisky looked better than both of those other 2017 picks as he outplayed …

Heels run down shot at Orange Bowl

Carter, Williams run roughshod on Miami as UNC rolls past the Hurricanes By R.L. Bynum No. 20 North Carolina showed that it can give any team in the country a run for their money if the Tar Heels can unleash the potent running back combination of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams. No. 9 Miami was …

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 …