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Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina knew what it had last year when fourth-year starting point guard Marcus Paige missed the first six contests with a hand injury, or in any game the rest of the way when he needed a breather.The Tar Heels had Joel Berry II. He would have started at most other ACC...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

 Two or three years from now we’ll be talking about the seamless transition from Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer’s retirement to Justin Fuentes’ successful first season in Blacksburg.By then, the Hokies may add to the ACC Coastal title to the one they’re so close to...

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Duke basketball possesses the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, with three freshmen projected as first-round draft picks. Add junior Grayson Allen as a first-rounder, and the Blue Devils are everyone’s favorite to win the national title.North Carolina – picked second to Duke in the...

North Carolina moving on from NCAA cloud

North Carolina moving on from NCAA cloud

North Carolina football is coming off an ACC Coastal title and a No. 15 national ranking. North Carolina basketball is coming off an NCAA Tournament runner-up finish, along with ACC regular season and tournament titles.NCAA investigation? Who says there are dark clouds over...

Roy Williams wise man among Final Four coaches

Roy Williams wise man among Final Four coaches

Mark Twain observed in a timeless quote, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”College basketball coaching doesn’t quite...

Time for Gottlieb to apologize to old Roy

Time for Gottlieb to apologize to old Roy

It’s time for Doug Gottlieb to apologize to Roy Williams.A month ago, the CBS basketball analyst said on air Williams might retire at the end of the season. His inference was the game has passed by Williams due to the team’s up-and-down play. ... Click here for the rest of...

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

In three short years, North Carolina senior guard Marcus Paige went from All-ACC first-team his sophomore season to second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior.But don’t begin to suggest Paige’s stature among the Tar Heels ever slipped. ... Click here for the...

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA Raleigh Regional stories

My roundup of NCAA regional games played in Raleigh Mach 17 and 19 in the East and Midwest.March 20Virginia can look ahead without facing Michigan State as roadblockMarch 19Wisconsin can continue winning on gritMarch 19Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacyMarch 18Roy...

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thank you, Kris Dunn.Some of us needed to see a basketball player make a statement favoring education, the college experience and leaving a legacy versus taking the NBA money and running. It’s harder and harder to argue in the court of public opinion the...