Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: A Strange Game

UNC shoots 53 percent and commits only five turnovers – and still loses at Duke. The Blue Devils net 27 more points than the Tar Heels from three-pointers (making 13 compared to 4) and the lead changes hands 17 times, which is a record for the rivalry. Carolina misses 8 of its 18 free throws and it boils down to a 50-50 ball that Matt Jones takes away from Joel Berry with 26 seconds left in a one-score game. The Tar Heels play without senior Isaiah Hicks and lose the rebounding battle to the Blue Devils by one board....

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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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