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Duke steals one on charitable missed FTs

Duke steals one on charitable missed FTs

CHAPEL HILL – The next time unranked North Carolina faces a Duke team rated in the Top 10, bank on the Tar Heels pulling off an upset. If they can make free throws, that is.Struggling North Carolina was on the verge of shocking its historic Tobacco Road rival before...

Cole Anthony close to making return to court

Cole Anthony close to making return to court

North Carolina and point guard Cole Anthony can finally put to rest he’s not playing the remainder of the season to protect his NBA draft stock. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Friday Anthony has resumed practicing. That doesn’t mean the projected lottery pick will play...

Williams has one disagreement with Smith

Williams has one disagreement with Smith

CHAPEL HILL – Roy Williams lives by unwritten philosophies he began learning from Dean Smith upon arrival in Chapel Hill 51 years ago to play on North Carolina’s freshman team. He never disagrees with his mentor. Until now. “I am mad at Coach Smith right now, to be honest with...

Roy Williams is poised to pass Dean Smith

Roy Williams is poised to pass Dean Smith

CHAPEL HILL – Winning college athletic programs are often taken for granted. One assumption not to make, though, is that’s an easy transition for an assistant coach to pick up where his mentor left off. Sometimes there are hiccups before a blue blood re-establishes itself. At...

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

CHARLOTTE – As North Carolina took its turn on stage at the ACC basketball media day, the dominant subject was the Tar Heels blending their new roster. They have an influx of newcomers following the loss of four starters and six players in all.Roy Williams, with seniors Garrison...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

Luke Maye turned may develop into he can

Luke Maye turned may develop into he can

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Luke Maye grew up a North Carolina fan. Both his parents are UNC graduates, including his father Mark having played quarterback for the Tar Heels’ football team from 1984 to 1987. But once he grew into a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward at Cornelius Hough...

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

College basketball teams with national title aspirations this time of year are balancing health with not disrupting a cohesive unit that can make a run through March Madness. In the ACC, the top three contenders are North Carolina and Virginia, tied for first in the...

A Little improvement means a lot to Tar Heels

A Little improvement means a lot to Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina appears to have benefitted from an NBA-like trade as March Madness approaches. Nassir Little’s talent and late-season improvement are that intriguing to consider down the stretch. Think of it this way: There are no trades in college sports, of...

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

“When did we get to the point all people care about is money? … When did we get to the point we’ve got clowns on television saying, ‘Oh, don’t play.’ That’s what you do. That’s what we do. We play basketball. … I get so mad when people act like money is the only thing that...