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No. 11 UNC Nearly Blows 19-Point Second Half Lead, Pulls Together to Close Out Wake Forest

As if it hadn’t been preached enough already, Wednesday night provided the latest proof that nothing can be taken for granted in this year’s ACC. On the road against unranked Wake Forest, No. 11 UNC let a 19-point lead slip away in the second half—before eventually holding on for a 93-87 victory. All five starters scored in double figures for the Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1 ACC), led by 19 points from junior wing Justin Jackson—whose clutch three-pointer put the game on ice with just over a minute remaining. Point guard Joel Berry added 18 points, while the senior frontcourt...

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Seven UNC Women’s Lacrosse Players Selected as Preseason All-Americans

Just a month away from beginning its season-long defense of last year’s national championship run, the UNC women’s lacrosse team will enter the campaign with seven players named Preseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse Magazine–more than any other school in the country. Defender Maggie Auslander–a local product out of Green Hope High School in Cary–earned First Team honors along with goalie Caylee Waters, as well as midfielders Maggie Bill and Marie McCool. Waters compiled a 12-1 record in goal for the Tar Heels last season with Auslander anchoring the defense in front of her, while McCool tallied 46 goals and...

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Joel Berry Chosen as ACC Player of the Week for Third Time in 2016-17

Fresh off two of his best performances of the season, UNC junior point guard Joel Berry was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday for the third time during the 2016-17 campaign. The Florida native poured in a career-high 31 points–including seven three-pointers–in UNC’s overtime win over Clemson on Tuesday, before adding 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the team’s 51-point blowout over NC State on Sunday. It’s Berry’s fourth ACC Player of the Week selection in his career, making him just the 10th Tar Heel all-time to win the award that many times. Prior...

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UNC Baseball’s JB Bukauskas, Brian Miller Named Preseason All-Americans

If the UNC baseball team misses the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive year in 2017, it won’t be due to a lack of talent. In addition to having five players ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 College Prospects, the Tar Heels now have a pair of Preseason All-Americans. Perfect Game, a website that covers amateur baseball, named UNC starting pitcher JB Bukauskas to its First Team All-America on Monday while placing outfielder Brian Miller on the Second Team. Bukauskas–a 6-foot right-hander whose 97 mph fastball has him ranked as the No. 3 prospect in America–is widely projected to...

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UNC Rises to No. 11 in AP Poll Following Historic Beatdown

UNC may have needed every last one of Joel Berry’s 31 points to beat Clemson in overtime last Tuesday, but after a historic 51-point blowout win over NC State on Sunday it’s clear the Tar Heels are still among the nation’s most dangerous teams when everything’s clicking. As a result, UNC (14-3, 2-1 ACC) moved up three spots in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday–going from No. 14 to No. 11. The Tar Heels appear poised to make a climb back into the top 10 in the near future after a shocking upset loss to Georgia...

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Mitch Trubisky Declares for NFL Draft

It’s official now. The UNC football team will undergo an enormous makeover before next season, as junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky announced early on Monday that he will forego his senior year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. “This has been the most difficult decision of my life because of the unbelievable people and experiences I’ve had at the University of North Carolina,” Trubisky said, in a statement released by the school. “It’s hard to leave a special place like UNC, which has had such a huge impact on my life and helped make me into the man I am...

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UNC-NC State Game Postponed to Sunday

Due to the likelihood of dangerous and worsening road conditions, the men’s basketball game between No. 14 UNC and NC State set to be played on Saturday at the Dean Smith Center has been postponed. As a result, the ACC announced that the game will be rescheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency thanks to winter weather strong enough to keep this red-hot rivalry on ice for at least one night. “Considering the travel conditions we are not comfortable with the idea that thousands of people, from the players, coaches and officials to...

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Theo Pinson Likely to Play Saturday vs. NC State

Speaking with the media ahead of Saturday’s rivalry matchup with NC State, UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams said that, “Unless he screws it up at practice,” junior guard Theo Pinson will make his season debut in the game. Pinson, a native of Greensboro, has been out since breaking his right foot during preseason practice. The athletic 6-foot-6 wing averaged just 4.5 points and 2.9 assists last season, but has shown flashes of great potential that remind fans why he was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school. Entering the 2016-17 campaign, Pinson was expected to take...

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UNC RB Elijah Hood Changes Mind, Will Enter NFL Draft

In the weeks leading up to UNC’s loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl, it was announced that junior tailback Elijah Hood would miss the game due to an unspecified medical condition–but also that Hood would be returning for his senior year in Chapel Hill. On Friday, however, the Charlotte native announced he will be entering the NFL Draft. “This was a difficult decision, but after gathering more information and talking with my family, I believe it is in my best interest to declare for the NFL Draft and pursue my dream of being a professional football player,” Hood...

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Former UNC Offensive Lineman Jonathan Cooper Signs With Cowboys for Playoffs

With the NFL playoffs set to begin this weekend, the NFC’s top-seeded Dallas Cowboys decided to bolster their offensive line on Wednesday by signing former UNC standout Jonathan Cooper. The 26-year-old is expected to join the Cowboys’ active roster on a contract that will last exclusively through the duration of the team’s playoff run. Since the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper’s career has been an up-and-down affair. A broken fibula cost him his entire first year in the league, while he spent much of the next season as a...

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