Confident Love helps boost inside game; Bacot, Sharpe shine in win over Pack

By R.L. Bynum When Caleb Love and Armando Bacot are confident and consistent, North Carolina is going to be hard to beat. N.C. State discovered that Saturday when it was obvious that both were in a groove as the Tar Heels avenged a December loss with an 86–76 victory at the Smith Center. Carolina (10–5, …

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, …

Watts shakes shooting slump and other positives come out of UNC’s loss at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum Tar Heels fans knew the dynamic talent that North Carolina got when Stephanie Watts transferred back into the program before this season. But as the struggles with her shot seemed to affect her overall game, they weren’t seeing that Watts.  She was back Tuesday afternoon at Syracuse. Watts came off the bench …

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, …

UNC’s defense shines for three quarters before Texas A&M surges to victory

By R.L. Bynum MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. –– North Carolina players at the Orange Bowl heard the doubters who didn’t give the Tar Heels a chance after four stars opted out of the game against the highest-ranked team to miss the College Football Playoff. The defensive unit, which was shaky at times during the regular season, …

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 …

Game planning on Christmas gives way to redistribution process for UNC’s Longo

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo enjoyed a high-energy Christmas morning with his four kids and spent that afternoon coming up with a game plan for the Orange Bowl against Texas A&M. The morning gave him some nice holiday memories but the work he did in the afternoon had a short shelf …

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 …

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 …