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 …

Heels return to AP poll at No. 20 but CFP rankings bigger

Orange Bowl possible with win at Miami By R.L. Bynum After a week out of the Top 25 and a blowout senior day victory, North Carolina is back in the AP Top 25 football poll at No. 20. The poll figured to have plenty of changes after six teams in last week’s Top 25 lost, …

UNC gets expected senior day blowout of Western Carolina ahead of big game at Miami

By R.L. Bynum With a huge road matchup next weekend at No. 9 Miami, the goals were pretty simple for a senior day matchup with Western Carolina: Take care of business, stay away from injuries and play a lot of young guys in the second half. North Carolina (7–3, 6–3 ACC) checked all of those …

Veteran leadership helps UNC rally from an early 21-point deficit to beat High Point by 25

By R.L. Bynum Facing adversity for the first time in three games, North Carolina got a boost from an old favorite of Tar Heels fans who is back for her final college season. After struggling with her shot in her first game Saturday while having a good floor game, Stephanie Watts put it all together …

Tar Heels play another top team well but again fall short of historic win

By R.L. Bynum In North Carolina’s second chance at a historic signature win in two seasons, the Tar Heels showed that the program can play with anybody in the country. Just like against No. 1 Clemson a year ago when UNC was a 2-point conversion away from victory, the Tar Heels couldn’t get it done …

It was like a dream for Sharpe, Love in impressive UNC debuts

By R.L. Bynum For many Carolina fans trying to recover from the pain of last season, the hype surrounding a highly touted freshman class gave them hope that everything will be back to normal this season. Two of the most hyped were 6-10, 265-pound post player Day’Ron Sharpe and point guard Caleb Love, and neither …

Kelly, Holešínská and others impressive in UNC debuts as Tar Heels roll

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Petra Holešínská arrived at Carolina with a reputation as a lethal outside shooter and quickly showed why that was on target. The graduate transfer from Illinois swished her first attempt from 3-point range and made her second shot lofted from a couple of feet behind the arc in the …

Banghart has plenty of candidates to start and be leaders heading into UNC’s women’s opener

By R.L. Bynum Last season, Courtney Banghart led a team full of players she had never coached. Even though she is about to begin her second season as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, it feels like a similar experience this year with so many departures and arrivals. With only three players back who played last …

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. …

Idle UNC slips back into the AP Top 25 at No. 25

By R.L. Bynum Who said the polls are logical? North Carolina won two consecutive games impressively and got left out of the AP football poll a week ago. The Tar Heels haven’t played since then but are back in the poll after a three-week absence at No. 25. In the coaches’ poll, UNC moved up …