Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony wins latest matchup with White; Bullock, Knicks keep rolling

By R.L. Bynum The third battle between recent Carolina point guards went decidedly in Cole Anthony’s favor on a tough night for Coby White. Anthony, in his fifth game since returning from a rib injury, collected 10 points, three rebounds, five assists and only one turnover for a 10.1 game score in Orlando’s 115–106 road …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson leads surge from bench for hot Suns; Davis has 10 rebounds in 10 minutes in first game since Feb. 8

By R.L. Bynum The Phoenix Suns rolled to their third consecutive victory and 10th in their last 11, and a big credit went to their reserves, led by Cameron Johnson. Johnson led four reserves to score in double figures with 15 points, eight in the second quarter, as Phoenix earned a 107–86 home victory over …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes plays well in another Kings win; Anthony nets 12, hears back from Hubert Davis

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes keeps playing well and it’s never enough for the Sacramento Kings. In a season-high 42 minutes, 43 seconds, Barnes collected 16 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in his sixth double-double of the season. But the Kings lost 117–110 at New Orleans for their sixth consecutive loss after winning their …

Kessler transferring to Auburn

By R.L. Bynum The message Walker Kessler got from Hubert Davis must not have been that different than the one he got from Roy Williams. Monday, Kessler announced on Instagram that he’s transferring to Auburn days after Davis publicly stated that he wanted the big man to stay in Chapel Hill. Kessler visited the Auburn …

Tar Heels in NBA: Rested Ellington plays well as Detroit gives Clippers good game; Bullock has four steals

By R.L. Bynum Even with the Detroit Pistons last in the Eastern Conference with no playoff hopes, the team is practicing load management when it comes to 33-year-old Wayne Ellington. It seems to be working. After Ellington sat out the Pistons’ game the night before in Portland to give him rest, Ellington started for the …

Tar Heels in NBA: Bradley puts up double-double against former team; Johnson scores 12

By R.L. Bynum What did the Philadelphia 76ers give up when they traded Tony Bradley to the Oklahoma City Thunder last month? He couldn’t beat his old team, but Bradley put up a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds in the Sixers’ 117–93 road victory Saturday night to remind them of his talent. It …

McKoy comes home, transferring from Virginia to UNC

By R.L. Bynum UNC coach Hubert Davis went inside the conference to grab a player from the transfer portal, luring Justin McKoy from Virginia. Justin McKoy The 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward is coming home in a sense considering McKoy played his high school ball at Cary’s Panther Creek High School, where he was rated as …

UNC women get talented, record-breaking guard transfer in Hodgson

By R.L. Bynum Talented 5-foot-9 guard Eva Hodgson is transferring from William & Mary to North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility in Chapel Hill. Hodgson, who opted out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns, was the CAA rookie of the year in the 2018–19 season and was an All-CAA pick in …

Tar Heels in NBA: White, adjusting to reserve role, scores 15 for streaking Bulls

By R.L. Bynum Coby White seems to have adjusted to the rhythm of coming off the bench and put up another solid game as the Chicago Bulls beat Toronto 122–113 in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for their third consecutive victory after losing the previous six. In 26 minutes, White collected 15 points, three 3-pointers and …

Tar Heels in NBA: Anthony says ‘it’s money time,’ is strong in return after nearly two months

By R.L. Bynum After nearly two months of frustrating, long rehab, Cole Anthony finally was back playing for the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The game didn’t go so well for Orlando, but just playing again was a relief for him. “It’s money time,” Anthony said. “I’m ready to make a run. I’m ready to …