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 …

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 …

Now 15th in CFP rankings, one hurdle between UNC and Orange Bowl

The Tar Heels head to the Orange Bowl if No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson make the College Football Playoff By R.L. Bynum There is only one remaining hurdle between North Carolina and a trip to the program’s first major bowl since 1950 after the Tar Heels leapfrogged over Miami in the latest …

UNC jumps to No. 16 in AP poll after blowout win

Tar Heels now await Tuesday’s release of College Football Playoff rankings, ACC title game outcome By R.L. Bynum North Carolina did all it could to improve its chances of making the Orange Bowl with a 62–26 blowout Saturday at Miami. Now, the Tar Heels (8–3, 7–3 ACC) can only wait to see if they overtake …

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 …

Iowa’s perimeter shooting too much for Tar Heels

UNC rallies from a 12-point halftime deficit for a second straight game but again can’t finish the job By R.L. Bynum With so many young players, you knew that North Carolina was going to endure some rough nights early in the season, and the Tar Heels have learned a few tough lessons in the last …