Ellington red-hot again with 25 points and eight 3-pointers

By R.L. Bynum For about a month after Wayne Ellington’s incredible 3-point shooting streak in January, he struggled to find the range. The red-hot Ellington is back. https://twitter.com/FOXSportsDet/status/1367289680291594246 He scored a season-high 25 points and tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers in the Detroit Pistons’ easy 129–105 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Tampa, Fla., …

Tar Heels in NBA: White puts up fifth double-double as his catch-and-shoot game flourishes in loss

By R.L. Bynum Coby White is playing more off the ball and hitting a consistent run for the Chicago Bulls. White produced his fifth double-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the Bulls’ 118–112 home loss to Denver. It was his fifth consecutive game with at least 19 points. …

UNC’s rally to clean up sloppy effort falls short at Syracuse

By R.L. Bynum The good news for North Carolina is that Armando Bacot rebounded from a rough stretch to again play like the Tar Heels’ leading scorer. Other than a huge rebounding edge, it was hard to find many more positives as Carolina was sloppy on offense and didn’t seem focused until it was too …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes scores 28 but Hornets pull off amazing rally against Kings

By R.L. Bynum With the help of impressive play from Harrison Barnes, the Sacramento Kings have gone from losing nine consecutive games to nearly winning back-to-back games. Nearly, because an amazing Charlotte comeback denied the Kings late Sunday in a 127–126 Hornets victory. For the fourth time since Barnes returned from missing three games with …

Kelly hits 22 again as UNC avenges losses to Hokies, all but clinches NCAA berth

By R.L. Bynum Deja Kelly’s run of terrific games has likely made her dream of finishing the season at home in Texas a reality. The freshman from San Antonio tied her season-high of 22 points for the second consecutive game as North Carolina avenged two earlier losses to Virginia Tech and rallied from a 14-point …

Tar Heels in NBA: Johnson’s Suns top White’s Bulls; Barnes hits 21, big shots to end Kings’ skid

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson won the battle of former UNC teammates over Coby White on a night when Harrison Barnes had yet another good game. This time, though, Barnes punctuated it with big plays in the end to put an end to the Sacramento Kings’ nine-game losing streak. Barnes scored six of his 21 …

Williams says figuring out this team might be like learning what makes a ‘fifth wife tick’

By R.L. Bynum Roy Williams has been happily married for decades, but guesses that starting a fifth marriage would be about as challenging as predicting whether his young North Carolina players will either be pumped up for a game or perform well. “Maybe if you’ve seen a guy who’s been married five times, ask him …

Tar Heels in NBA: Barnes has another big game in another Kings loss

By R.L. Bynum Harrison Barnes is doing everything he can to turn things around for the Sacramento Kings but even 22 points weren’t enough Thursday night against the New York Knicks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-JRDAOTQA&ab_channel=NFHBall Barnes also had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals but Sacramento dropped a 140–121 decision for its ninth consecutive defeat. The Kings …

Kelly, seniors lead UNC romp that solidifies NCAA hopes

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s women drove home a senior night message to the NCAA tournament committee: the Tar Heels belong in the field. Carolina rebounded from a loss at No. 2 N.C. State with a dominating 84–59 victory Thursday at Carmichael Arena over Georgia Tech, one of the ACC’s best teams, …

Instead of celebrating milestone win, Williams lets off frustrations

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — It’s as hard for a coach to win 900 games as it is for a young team to be consistent.  A spunky Marquette team made sure that it wouldn’t be Roy Williams’s 900th victim on Wednesday. North Carolina never recovered from a rough start as a fired-up Golden Eagles …