By Art Chansky Art Chansky's commentary on WCHL, Sports Notebook, airs Monday-Friday. He is also the author of 8 books on Tar Heel basketball; his latest -- GAME CHANGERS, Dean Smith, Charlie Scott and The Era That Transformed a Southern College Town can be ordered by clicking the green logo below. Also look for it in bookstores nationwide.
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    Art’s Angle: Back-To-Back Final Fours

    April 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    HOUSTON – Carolina’s appearance here marks the 14th time that one Triangle Area college team has followed another to the Final Four the next year. Fourteen times among UNC, Duke and N.C. State. Pretty amazing. It began when Duke played in its third Final Four of the decade in 1966. The next year, Dean Smith’s Tar […]

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    Art’s Angle: Good Days (and Nights)

    March 27, 2016 at 10:13 am

    PHILADELPHIA – The NCAA Tournament can be both cruel and exhilarating. Game days end with either emotion, there is no in between. Carolina had a great day (or night) Friday, toying with an Indiana team that was seeded about right at No. 5. The Tar Heels combined the same dogged defense that has marked their […]

  • Art’s Angle: Check Ol’ Roy’s Numbers

    March 24, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Roy Williams can be infuriating, I know, from his refusal to call timeouts and change some other stubborn habits (like defenses). He chastises fans for “jumping ship” when things are not going well even though he calls his own team out for not playing tough, smart or just plain good enough. He loses games he […]

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    Art’s Angle: Strap ‘Em On Tight!

    March 19, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Let the upsets that have led to the most-ever double-digit seeds (10) remaining  after the first round of the NCAA Tournament be a lesson for Carolina before its late-night game against Providence. The Tar Heels should sleep all day in order to be ready to explode from the opening tip sometime after 9:40 p.m. “It’s […]

  • March 17

    Chansky’s Notebook: March 17 Memories

    March 17, 2016 at 8:52 am

    The Tar Heels have played 13 games on St. Patty’s Day. Tonight, they will play for the 14th time on St. Patrick’s Day, the global holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland that has since turned into a celebration of dancing, eating and drinking, mostly drinking. Roy Williams is 2-0 on St. Patty’s day […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Duke Lost, Damn It!

    March 11, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Man, was I pulling hard for Duke against Notre Dame. The Blue Devils were grabbing their shorts, gasping for air and holding on for dear life as their 16-point lead in the second ACC Tournament quarterfinal disappeared Thursday. Duke lost, and I was pissed, which is generally not the response from the Carolina crowd when […]

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    Art’s Angle: More Gritty Than Pretty

    March 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    “Do you like apples?” Matt Damon taunted a rival for a young woman’s affection in the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting. When the other guy nodded quizzically, Damon held up of piece of paper with seven digits and boasted, “Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?” Carolina got them apples at […]

  • Art’s Angle: Wounded Heels

    March 4, 2016 at 7:41 am

    For starters, you can call the Carolina-Duke game Saturday night the Battle of Wounded Knee. Roy Williams (probably) and Mike Krzyzewski (definitely) will undergo knee replacement surgery after the season. The two hobbling head coaches have joked about at least rehabbing together, since Roy will have his knee (or maybe both knees) done at UNC […]

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    Art’s Angle: Get It Together Time

    February 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Bill Guthridge used to say if a team doesn’t have it together in February, it’s a bad sign for March. If Coach Gut were still with us, he might not think much of Carolina’s chances in the ACC and NCAA tournaments. Of course, there are exceptions to Guthridge’s theory, teams that got on a roll […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Game Bigger for State or Carolina?

    February 24, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Is tonight’s game bigger for State or Carolina? When the Tar Heels visit PNC Arena to take on NC State at 8 PM, the game is almost a must-win for them, especially after losing to Duke last week. Nothing can make up for that gut-punch, not even winning at Cameron on March 5, but losing […]

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