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Carolina and Duke rivalry rolls across globe

Carolina and Duke rivalry rolls across globe

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife Wanda grew up in early 1960s America, a time when parents chided kids for not finishing their dinner with an indirect reference to the Great Chinese Famine.  “There are 800 million people starving...

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

For people waiting to see if North Carolina and Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Roy Williams has the secret formula to slow down Duke, college hoop’s football version of the Alabama Death Star, forget digging into his game-plan history. Syracuse Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Jim...

Experience may not matter in Battle of Blues

Experience may not matter in Battle of Blues

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina seniors Luke Maye and Kenny Williams have played Duke twice a year and a third time in the ACC Tournament the past two seasons. They know what to expect from the Battle of the Blues. This also will be their fourth trip 10 miles down to the road...

Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

CHAPEL HILL – Cameron Johnson is the same guy that averaged 11.9 points a game two seasons ago, but he possesses a different aura about him. He’s no longer just another good ACC player in a Pitt uniform. At North Carolina, a blue blood basketball program, he's a focal point...

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

CHAPEL HILL – Wake Forest coach Danny Manning is struggling. He guided the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament two years ago, but otherwise he’s mired in a fourth losing season out of five in Winston-Salam. The temperature is turning up on the hot seat. Manning never played or...

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

Watch Coby White now that the ACC basketball logjam at the top has been halved to three one-loss teams, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. In the past week, North Carolina’s maturing freshman has moved ahead a couple chapters in the education of a point guard. You can hear it in...

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The first time Roy Williams saw Julius Pepers in a summer basketball tournament he was still coaching at Kansas. Upon hearing Peppers was committed to North Carolina he thought the kid was in over his then-6-foot-5 height. “The Peach Jam is my favorite...

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

Virginia and ESPN’s College GameDay crew are at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday for an ACC first-place showdown. The unbeaten Cavaliers (16-0) are 4-0 in conference play and the Blue Devils 14-2 and 3-1.But what about the other 3-1 teams in range of a first-place tie if...

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

North Carolina vets needed against Duke

By Tom Shanahan Can anybody beat Duke? On paper, the answers appears to be no. We already know that Kentucky, the only school that can keep pace with Duke’s ability to recruit NBA lottery picks, isn’t a likely candidate. The Blue Devils’ NBA combine roster beat the Wildcats’...

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Numbers aplenty explain Mack Brown luring Jay Bateman to leave Army for his newly assembled staff at North Carolina staff. But in college football, statistics are only half of story to grading a coach’s value. What about developing talent? What about recruiting? Those are parts...