Halftime words lead to better second half actions as Love leads Heels past Wake

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It was an ugly, listless first half for North Carolina, followed by a lengthy halftime stay in the dressing room that probably wasn’t pleasant for the Tar Heels players. UNC (9–5, 4–3 ACC) didn’t return to the court until 1:45 remained on the halftime clock. Whatever the message was, …

There was a lot to like in Tar Heels’ loss from Harris’ debut to Love’s shooting

By R.L. Bynum There were plenty of positives coming out of North Carolina’s 82–75 loss at Florida State on a day when turnovers again hurt the Tar Heels during key stretches. The biggest positives were the confidence Caleb Love is building with his 3-point attempts finally falling and the energy Anthony Harris brought to the …

UNC masters winning ugly, hitting big late shots for a second straight game

Black scores career-high 16, hits big late 3; Platek beats Miami on baseline drive with 3 seconds left By R.L. Bynum If you’re a Carolina fan and you don’t like winning ugly or frequently yelling at your television, it might be a good time to opt out of the season. For the second consecutive game, …

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 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 …

Young Tar Heels pass first big test of the season

Watts scores 17 points to lead UNC’s women past a tough Charlotte team  By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Facing its biggest challenge of the season, North Carolina’s talented young women’s basketball team met it with a strong finish. The Tar Heels (5-0) used an 8-0 run in the last two minutes to pull away …

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 …

Heels escape early 13-point hole to slam UNLV

By R.L. Bynum Even in 2020 when nothing is certain, there are a couple of mortal locks when it comes to Carolina basketball — Coach Roy Williams isn’t going to call a timeout to stop a seemingly never-ending opponent run and the Tar Heels are going to dominate the boards. The No. 14 Tar Heels …

Who will start for UNC? Williams has no idea and that’s one of the good challenges he faces

By R.L. Bynum The challenges that Coach Roy Williams faces this season — aside from the pandemic-related issues — are dramatically easier to deal with than a year ago. Williams told anybody who would listen a year ago that his team would struggle to score, and the 14–19 season showed that everybody should have listened. …

Williams eager for Heels to play two true post players and push the pace

By R.L. Bynum Basketball has evolved into a more positionless sport with post play a lost art in many games. That’s not about to happen for North Carolina when Coach Roy Williams has the players to use two post players and work the ball inside. During an ACC video conference on Thursday, Williams remembered talking …