By Art Chansky Art Chansky's commentary on WCHL, Sports Notebook, airs Monday-Friday. He is also the author of 6 books on Tar Heel basketball; the latest -- The Blue Divide -- is currently in bookstores nationwide.
  • Art’s Angle: More Talent, Toughness Needed  

    March 29, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    LOS ANGELES — The Tar Heels made the big stage of the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in three years, but that stage turned out to be too big for them. Teams that live to play again are teams that are talented enough and, more importantly, tough enough to make the critical plays when […]

  • Art’s Angle: Tar Heels Not The Stars

    March 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

    LOS ANGELES – The Tar Heels are here, looking happy and healthy and apparently okay with not being the center of attention at the West Regional Sweet Sixteen. Those cheese heads from Wisconsin have the same swagger UNC used to carry at these events, with big man Frank Kaminsky the literal center of attention. His […]

  • Art’s Angle: Game Of Runs

    March 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    What just happened? While all the talk is about Notre Dame’s 26-3 second-half run, the ACC Tournament championship game really turned on the first 11 unanswered points in less than 90 seconds that sent the Irish from eight down to three up. It left a spent Carolina team running on fumes and completed a collapse […]

  • Art’s Angle: In The Zone

    March 13, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Even without self-banished Syracuse and its famous defense, the 62nd ACC Tournament has been in the zone from almost the moment it tipped off Tuesday with two one-point games between the four worst teams in the conference.

  • Art’s Angle: No Comparison

    March 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Mike Krzyzewski and Kevin White should resign their posts at Duke for harboring knowledge for almost one full year that Rasheed Sulaimon had been accused of sexually assaulting two women in two separate incidents. How does that sound? Compare that to “Roy Williams should resign despite repeatedly saying that he had no knowledge of his […]

  • Art’s Angle: Bad And Getting Worse

    February 25, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    You saw two teams going in opposite directions Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team trending downward is Carolina, which suffered its fifth defeat in the last seven games and its fourth loss in the Smith Center this season, scoring its fewest points ever in Dean’s Dome. The Tar Heels have now lost at home seven times […]

  • Art’s Angle: Painful Loss = Crossroads

    February 21, 2015 at 12:24 am

    If any of the Tar Heels slept a wink Wednesday night, they awoke Thursday at the crossroads of their basketball season. They played well enough to win at Duke – in fact, should have won – but a heartbreaker like that can sometimes have a more negative effect than if they played hard, did some […]

  • Art’s Angle: Smith’s Best Coaching Job

    February 18, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Dean Smith won three of his last four games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the one he lost may have represented the greatest coaching job of his 36-year career that would end after that season. His Tar Heels had won at Cameron in a 1994 thriller over first-place and 2nd-ranked Duke behind 20 points from […]

  • Art’s Angle: 10-40 Years Ago

    February 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Monumental events often make me go back in time to recall what was happening 10, 20, 30 years ago. The passing of Dean Smith, whose legacy will live forever, came almost cosmically as the basketball season heads into the home stretch with February Fretting before March Madness. So what was going on at those various […]

  • Art’s Angle: The Human Side

    February 9, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I remember my first (and only) interview with Dr. Linnea Smith the year after she married the famous basketball coach at UNC. A psychiatrist, she was confidential by nature and knew her husband preferred privacy over the very public figure he had become teaching and coaching a game that was growing faster than he ever […]