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Smith Center Hosting Final Four Watch Party on Saturday

Tar Heel fans who wish to recreate the atmosphere of a game at the Dean Dome are invited to the arena Saturday night to watch top-seeded UNC take on No. 3 seed Oregon in the Final Four. Doors to the Smith Center will remain open all day long, as the Tar Heel volleyball team is hosting its spring tournament there–with those games starting as early as 10:30 a.m. After the conclusion of UNC’s volleyball matchup with UNC-Greensboro–the final pairing of the tournament–concessions and merchandise will become available. The game vs. Oregon is set to tip-off at 8:49 p.m. and...

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Tar Heels Use Four-Run Seventh Inning to Defeat Defending National Champion Coastal Carolina

Locked in a tight mid-week showdown against the defending national champion Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-10), the eighth-ranked UNC baseball team put together four runs in the seventh inning Tuesday night–which broke a 2-2 tie and ultimately led the Tar Heels to a 7-6 victory. All four runs came with the bases loaded, with junior centerfielder Brian Miller kicking things off with an RBI single against reliever Austin Kitchen. Freshman Brandon Martorano then plated a run by drawing a walk two batters later in a pinch-hit appearance. The next man up was third baseman Kyle Datres, who led the Tar...

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Justin Jackson Named AP First Team All-American

The honors continue to roll in for UNC junior wing Justin Jackson, who has put forth an outstanding season for the Tar Heels–who are in the midst of their second straight Final Four appearance. On Tuesday, Jackson was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press–the third group to choose him as a First Team All-American since the end of the regular season. Voting for the AP’s team takes into account a player’s body of work all the way through the conference tournaments. The versatile 6-foot-8 swingman previously earned First Team honors from the Sporting News and the...

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UNC Invites Fans to Send Tar Heels Off to the Final Four

With the top-seeded UNC men’s basketball team heading off to Phoenix for the Final Four, the university has invited fans to help send the Tar Heels off on Tuesday evening. The gathering will be outside Entrance D at the Smith Center at 6:30 p.m–with the university noting that it is not an opportunity for autographs or pictures with the team. Parking will be available in any of the adjacent lots (Williamson, Bowles, Manning) any time after 5:00 p.m. A watch party at the Dean Dome for Saturday’s NCAA Semifinal against Oregon is also currently in the planning...

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Brandon Riley Named ACC Baseball Player of the Week

UNC sophomore outfielder Brandon Riley was named the ACC Baseball Player of the Week on Monday, the first time he’s earned the honor during his young career. The Burlington native put together nine hits across 16 at-bats in the Tar Heels’ four games last week–a win over East Carolina on Wednesday and a series victory over Miami over the weekend. This included a pair of home runs, eight RBIs and five runs scored himself. Riley currently leads the Tar Heels with 21 RBIs–including a team-high 10 RBIs against conference competition–which has helped UNC (18-6, 6-3 ACC) climb to the...

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UNC Baseball Rises to No. 8 in D1Baseball.com Top 25

The UNC baseball team has built a two-game lead atop the ACC Coastal Division, riding a red-hot pitching staff to a fantastic start to the 2017 season. On Monday, the Tar Heels also moved up two spots in the D1Baseball.com Top 25–checking at No. 8 this week as they continue to show no signs of a letdown moving forward. Atlantic Division leaders Louisville (No. 2) and Clemson (No. 5) remain the only teams in the ACC ranked ahead of UNC. Oregon State, which has lost just once all season, remains at No. 1–with No. 3 Texas Tech and No....

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Former LSU QB Brandon Harris Transferring to UNC

The UNC football team added some much-needed experience behind center on Sunday, with the announcement that former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will join the Tar Heels as a graduate transfer for the 2017 season. After visiting Chapel Hill over the weekend, Harris announced his commitment on his Facebook page. “I look forward to the opportunity to play for coach Fedora and UNC,” he wrote. “Thank you, to all of those who have kept me in your prayers and continue to do so. “I have to say that I haven’t been this excited in a while and can’t do anything...

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Luke Maye’s Late Jumper Downs Kentucky, Sends UNC to the Final Four

Big time players. Make big time plays. In big time games. UNC sophomore forward Luke Maye showed Sunday night in Memphis he is indeed, a big time player, as his jumper from the left wing with 0.3 seconds remaining gave the top-seeded Tar Heels a thrilling 75-73 victory over the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA South Regional Final–and earned the program a trip to its 20th Final Four. The shot gave Maye a career-high 17 points off the bench for head coach Roy Williams, who saw his infamous “no-timeout” strategy pay off with great success. Kentucky...

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Diamond Heels Fall Short of a Sweep, Miami Takes Sunday Series Finale

As well as the 10th-ranked UNC baseball has played in the early portion of the ACC season–winning each of its first three series against conference opponents–the Tar Heels have yet to secure a series sweep. The Miami Hurricanes kept that streak alive Sunday afternoon with a 6-2 victory at Boshamer Stadium, scoring more runs than any team has all season against the dominant UNC pitching staff. Sophomore Cole Aker started on the mound for head coach Mike Fox, but hit the first batter he faced then walked the next one on four straight pitches. The Tar Heels then immediately...

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Pitching Carries UNC to Win and Series Victory Over Miami

The UNC pitching staff continues to make its case as one of the best in all of America. Saturday at Boshamer Stadium, the 10th-ranked Tar Heels got just four hits from their offense–all for extra bases–as the bullpen locked down the Miami Hurricanes for a 6-3 win. Sophomores Brandon Riley and Cody Roberts each homered for UNC (17-5, 6-2 ACC), with reliever Brett Daniels picking up his second win of the year after taking over for Luca Dalatri. Roberts’ solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning–his first of the season for the Tar Heels–gave head coach...

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