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, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes, Green play well; Magic formula for Anthony is to take it slowly

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes continues to be the most consistent Tar Heel early in the NBA season. It didn’t go well for his Sacramento Kings in a 137–106 loss at Golden State, but Barnes put together an 18-point, 9-rebound effort and his third game score of 16 or more. Barnes has become a veteran …

Tar Heels in NFL: Big NFL debut for Antonio Williams; several UNC alums make playoffs

By R.L. Bynum The feel-good Week 17 story for Carolina fans was Antonio Williams’ NFL debut for the Buffalo Bills. In the Bills’ 56–26 home win over the Miami Dolphins, Williams ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 20 more yards. https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1345831696386699265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1345831696386699265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.syracuse.com%2Fbuffalo-bills%2F2021%2F01%2Fwho-is-antonio-williams-bills-udfa-rb-scores-twice-in-buffalos-week-17-win.html It was an impressive first game for Williams, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Green has best game of season; Barnes keeps getting it done

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green has had a tough go of if so far for the Philadelphia 76ers but had his best game of the season Saturday night in their 127–112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Green scored 13 points, made 3 of 6 3-point attempts and dished out four assists to produce a season-high …

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, …

Tar Heels in NBA: Little talks about COVID-19 battle; Johnson’s Suns win; tough game for White

By R.L. Bynum On a mostly forgettable night for former Tar Heels in the NBA, the bigger news came with the Portland Trail Blazers’ Nassir Little revealing his battle with COVID-19. Little hasn’t played this season and the reason given by the team each time was “health and safety protocols.” That was clarified when he …

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 …

Tar Heels in NBA: Ellington scores 11 in season debut

By R.L. Bynum Wayne Ellington made his season debut with 11 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 128–120 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Ellington didn’t play in the first two games for the 0–3 Pistons before entering Monday’s game in the first period. His first shot of the season, a 3-point attempt …

UNC dealing with offensive reboot heading into Orange Bowl

By R.L. Bynum When you’re about to play the program’s first major bowl game in 71 years, it isn’t the best time to reboot an offense. But that’s just what No. 13 North Carolina is doing after its two best running backs and one of its best receivers opted out of the Orange Bowl. Running …