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 …

Howell throws UNC back into the coaches poll at No. 24, gets national honors; odds of making ACC title game low

By R.L. Bynum Two weeks after Virginia shoved North Carolina onto the Top 25 football poll exit ramp, Sam Howell impressively navigated a victory and directed the Tar Heels down the on-ramp — at least in the coaches poll. After being left out of the Top 25 for two consecutive weeks following Carolina’s 44–41 loss …

A much deeper, more talented UNC women’s team will look nothing like last season’s team

By R.L. Bynum Forget anything you saw from Coach Courtney Banghart’s first women’s basketball team at North Carolina last season. She didn’t come to Chapel Hill for 16–14 seasons that end with eight consecutive losses. Yes, there were successful stretches, including a 9-game win streak, and a signature 66–60 victory over then-No. 9 N.C. State.  But …

UNC No. 16 in AP preseason basketball poll, ending a streak of 14 unranked weeks

By R.L. Bynum Before North Carolina’s rough 14-19 finish last season, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 9 in the preseason AP college basketball poll and were up to No. 5 by Nov. 18. This season, with the influx of freshman talent to go with preseason ACC player of the year candidate Garrison Brooks, the …

UNC’s defense plays well; Tar Heels, Williams pour on the offense in romp at Duke

By R.L. Bynum DURHAM — North Carolina found the cure for its struggling defense in Durham and with the Tar Heels’ offense as potent as ever, possession of the Victory Bell was never in doubt. Javonte Williams, with 24 points, scored as much as Duke in Carolina’s 56–24 romp over the Blue Devils (2–6, 1–6 …

What you need to know about UNC-Duke: Time, TV, what to watch, statistics

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina (4–2, 4–2 ACC) at Duke (2–5, 1–5 ACC) Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham When: Noon Where to watch: ESPN2 TV announcers: Roy Philpott (play by play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Alex Chappell (sideline reporter) Line: UNC -11.5 Over/under: 63 Last season’s meeting: UNC won 20–17 in Chapel …

Mack Brown says that UNC is “about to be really good”

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown sees the mistakes and the flaws that led to frustrating road losses to Florida State and Virginia. While working to correct all of that, he likes a lot of what he’s seen from his Carolina team. “I’m excited about this thing moving forward,” Brown said Wednesday ahead of the Tar …

UNC falls out of AP Top 25, but still has shot at ACC title game

By R.L. Bynum Just two weeks ago, North Carolina was ranked No. 5 in the country and had visions of making the College Football Playoff and a New Year’s Six bowl game. After a pair of poor defensive efforts on the road and failed comeback attempts, the Tar Heels went from No. 15 to out …

Mistakes costly as UNC’s rally falls short because of defensive failures

By R.L. Bynum How do you let a game slip away? Take an already struggling defense and put them in tough spots with a muff and a fumble.  All of that helped Virginia flip a seven-point deficit into a 21-point lead by late in the third quarter. Although North Carolina wasn’t in quite the hole …

What we know about UNC’s basketball schedule and when we’ll likely get the full schedule

By R.L. Bynum It’s 2020, so it should be no surprise that college basketball’s preseason has been like no other. This comes, of course, after there was no NCAA tournament in March. There was no Late Night With Roy. There was no ACC Operation Basketball in Charlotte as there has been in recent years. Other …