Art Chansky

Art’s Angle – Eye Of The Hurricane

CHAPEL HILL – Instead of students and fans exploding from the bars to party on Franklin Street late Saturday night, they might have convened a giant prayer meeting to thank whatever forces allowed the Tar Heels to survive the second national semifinal over Oregon. Their team literally limping to the finish line against the Ducks, saved by offensive rebounding that offset four bricks from the free throw line by two of the team’s more reliable foul shooters, Carolina lives to play in the national championship for a second straight year and try to avenge the last-second loss in Houston....

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Art’s Angle: Come What Maye

MEMPHIS – If you are worried about the pro-Kentucky crowd here, the Wildcats being at the top of their game with 13 straight wins and how the Tar Heels can stop De’Aaron Fox (who was unstoppable against UCLA Friday night) and Malik Monk (who was unstoppable against UNC back in December with 47 points), consider this: Las Vegas has Carolina a 2½-point favorite. Whaaaaat? Must be because Kentucky has Bluegrass but the Tar Heels have blood lines. As in Luke Maye, perhaps the best-kept secret in college basketball. Maye’s father, Mark, was a record-smashing quarterback for the football Tar...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Law ‘Dad Gum Wrong’

Hasn’t House Bill 2 done enough damage to the Tar Heel State? Roy Williams, who publicly is as apolitical as it gets, was asked about controversial HB2 or the “bathroom bill” that moved the home court advantage his team had earned away from Greensboro and put it in Greenville, South Carolina. Basketball aside, ol’ Roy said the law is just dad gum wrong and pondered, “Are we that smarter than 49 other states … that we have a law that no other state has?” After also losing the ACC Football Championship, the NCAA Soccer final four, the ACC Baseball...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Kentucky-UCLA Upstage All Else

Two Memphis sideshows could help Carolina win the region. The Tar Heels, top seeded in the South, are not favored in most re-seeding of the Sweet Sixteen brackets. USA Today, for example, rates Carolina No. 8 among the remaining teams. While that may be high, the Kentucky-UCLA headliner could help Carolina get out of the South alive, if Butler can be beaten first. By earning the top seed, UNC will avoid having to play both No. 2 Kentucky AND No. 3 UCLA, which meet in the second game Friday night. Bluegrass Nation is buzzing about John Calipari’s contract extension that will pay...

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