Big regression for UNC as Kentucky takes it to the Heels

By R.L. Bynum Carolina’s regression Saturday in Las Vegas produced the sort of poor defense, shooting and energy that the Tar Heels thought they cleaned up after the nightmare loss to Tennessee. Those frustrations were back with Kentucky guard Sahvir Wheeler driving to the basket on a porous UNC defense at will in the No.…More

Celtics sign Jackson to 10-day contract

By R.L. Bynum The Boston Celtics signed Justin Jackson to a 10-day contract on Saturday. Jackson, who has been playing with the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, has played in 248 NBA games in his four-year career, including with Sacramento, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. Jackson was on the bench for the…More

Kentucky boasts nation’s top rebounder, guard with second-best assist average

By R.L. Bynum For the second consecutive CBS Sports Classic, adjustments because of COVID-19 have altered the schedule and created a North Carolina-Kentucky matchup. This one against the No. 21 Wildcats will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (CBS) in Las Vegas. Last season in Cleveland, event organizers matched up teams with similar COVID testing protocols,…More

Talented UNC freshman guard McPherson to redshirt

By R.L. Bynum Half of North Carolina’s No. 2-ranked freshman class will miss the entire season. Teonni Key (far left in photo) suffered a season-ending right knee ACL tear before the season. Thursday the school announced that point guard Kayla McPherson (second from the left) will redshirt this season. McPherson, who put on a show…More

Smith Center host B Daht targets ‘wine-and-cheese’ narrative

By Larry Penkava CHAPEL HILL — There’s a new man in the Smith Center and he’s intent on changing the “wine-and-cheese foolishness.” Brian McLaughlin, better known as B Daht (pronounced “B-dot”), is the “official host of Carolina basketball” this season. He sees his job as urging the crowd to “collectively cheer these guys on. I’m…More