Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: Part 2 — Get On The Back Boards!

How Roy Williams can even his UNC record at Cameron Indoor. Thanks to four straight wins during Tyler Hansbrough’s career, Williams enters tonight’s game with a 6-7 record at Duke during his tenure as the Tar Heels’ head coach. The Heels also won at Cameron a year ago and to end the 2012 regular season, plus they have lost several games that went down to the last possession. For Carolina to square ol’ Roy’s record in that overrated barn, his guys have to demonstrate they are the best rebounding team in college basketball, especially on the offensive glass. That...

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Chansky’s Notebook: The Rivalry Renews

How Duke can beat Carolina. Part 1 of two parts. The greatest rivalry in college basketball resumes Thursday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, home of the consensus pick to win the 2017 national championship but currently languishing at No. 18 in the national rankings. The Blue Devils can certainly beat the eighth-ranked Tar Heels on their home floor, but it is never a guarantee against a team that is not intimidated by the Crazies or the Duke mystique. With Coach K back from his latest back surgery, the Devils seem to be hitting their stride and playing with renewed...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Water Under The Bridge?

UNC’s weird athletic year continues into Rivalry Week. Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham paraphrased something he read on Twitter over the weekend. First came too much water, then frozen water, then no water, he tweeted. He referred to Hurricane Matthew that came through Chapel Hill and began washing away Carolina’s Coastal Division chances in football against Virginia Tech. Then the snow and ice storm in January postponed the N.C. State home basketball game a day. And, finally, the water crisis moved Saturday’s Notre Dame home date to Sunday in Greensboro. At first, the Tar Heels’ hard-fought win over the Irish...

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Chansky’s Notebook: No Joy In Hate-Ville

Most football fans in America are really bummed today. Except for those in New England and the transplanted Patriots fans, today is a very tough day, indeed. The team, coach and quarterback everyone else loves to hate pulled off the greatest comeback in the greatest Super Bowl ever played. It wasn’t as if the Patriots won another back-and-forth close game like they have been doing for years. They brought joy to their haters by falling behind 21-0, 21-3 at the half and 28-3 midway through the third quarter. It was over, crown the Atlanta Falcons and league MVP Matt...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Can Falcons Keep It Close?

Why are the Patriots overwhelming favorites to win Super Bowl LI? Las Vegas odds makers have the game at three points, with New England favored. But the great majority of media polls have picked the Patriots to win their fifth Super Bowl over Atlanta, which lost in its only appearance in the big game. Why, you might ask, when the Falcons are the highest scoring offense in the NFL? First has to be the experience of the franchise. Although Tom Brady is the only player to have appeared in the Patriots’ prior six Super Bowls under Bill Belichick, the...

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