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Janelle Bailey Picks Up Second ACC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week Award

The ACC announced late Monday afternoon that UNC freshman forward Janelle Bailey has been named the ACC Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks. A McDonald’s All-American selection coming out of Providence Day School in Matthews, North Carolina, the 6-foot-4-inch Bailey has quickly established herself as the go-to option in the frontcourt for head coach Sylvia Hatchell. UNC went 3-0 last week, with Bailey averaging 15 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in the process–including a 25-point, 13-rebound performance in the Tar Heels’ 90-70 win over Hartford last Friday. At 14.9...

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MJ Stewart Accepts Invite to Play in Senior Bowl

UNC senior cornerback MJ Stewart has accepted an invitation to play in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl, it was announced on Monday. Stewart is the Tar Heels’ all-time career leader with 41 pass breakups during his time in Chapel Hill–including 12 this past season. The two-time All-ACC honorable mention selection is the only UNC player taking place in this year’s Senior Bowl, which annually showcases the nation’s top senior collegiate football players and NFL Draft prospects. Participants in the Senior Bowl are assigned to teams representing the North or the South–squads that each receive guidance from the entire staff...

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Luke Maye Earns Second ACC Player of the Week Honor of the Season

  For the second time in four weeks this season, UNC junior forward Luke Maye has been named the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The league announced its weekly awards on Monday, with Maye’s efforts during the Tar Heels’ three victories proving to be more than enough to earn him the top honor. UNC (8-1) defeated Michigan, Davidson and Tulane last week with the Huntersville native averaging 24.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game in those games. Maye set a career high in field goals (11) against Michigan, a career high in rebounds (17)...

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UNC Jumps Two Spots to No. 11 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Coming off three consecutive double-digit victories, UNC rose two spots in the most recent AP Men’s Basketball Top 25–which was released Monday afternoon. Last week, the Tar Heels (8-1) defeated Michigan at the Smith Center on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, traveled to Charlotte and beat Davidson on Friday and then returned home Sunday for a 31-point blowout over Tulane. Duke remained the unanimous No. 1 in the poll after increasing its record to 10-0, while Kansas, Michigan State, Villanova and Florida represent the rest of the top five. The second half of the top 10 includes: No....

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Theo Pinson Has Given Up Threes (For Now) and UNC is Better Off For It

If there’s one thing that nearly every UNC basketball fan has come to have in common over the last four years, it’s a natural reaction to shout, “NOOOOO!!!” anytime senior wing Theo Pinson finds himself wide open with the ball behind the three-point line. For as talented and confident as he is, the 6-foot-6-inch former McDonalds All-American has compiled a 24.7 career percentage on a whopping 147 attempts from beyond the arc. Still, though, the statistics didn’t do much to dissuade Pinson–who is as good a passer and an athlete as they come at the college level–from letting it...

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Women’s Hoops: Tar Heels Outlast App State in Defensive Battle

Fans at Carmichael Arena on Sunday evening were treated to a defensive battle of epic proportions, as the UNC women’s basketball team defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers by a score of 56-43. Preseason All-ACC guards Paris Kea and Jamie Cherry carried the Tar Heels offensively in this game, as Kea scored a team-high 20 points while Cherry chipped in 17 of her own. The UNC backcourt duo came up just six points shy of matching Appalachian State’s team total on a night where both teams shot an abysmal 29 percent from the floor. Appalachian State (1-7) trailed by a...

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No. 13 UNC Showcases Unselfishness in Easy Win Over Tulane

It didn’t take long for the 13th-ranked UNC men’s basketball to establish dominance Sunday afternoon at the Dean Dome against Tulane, as the Tar Heels built a 20-point lead in the first 10 minutes before cruising to a 97-73 blowout victory. Once again, UNC’s veteran quartet of Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams combined to spark an impressive all-around performance— as the Tar Heels (8-1) shot 66 percent on one end while holding Tulane (6-2) to just 38 percent on the other. Maye continued his All-American campaign with 22 points—his seventh 20-point effort in nine games...

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Win Over Fordham Propels UNC Men’s Soccer to Second Straight NCAA College Cup Appearance

The UNC men’s soccer team is returning to the NCAA College Cup–soccer’s version of the Final Four–for the second straight year after a 2-1 victory on Saturday over the Fordham Rams at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Seniors Zach Wright and Alan Winn each scored in the second half for the Tar Heels, who have now reached the College Cup six times over the last ten seasons–more than any other program during that time frame. Wright opened scoring for UNC (17-3-1) in the 60th minute when he blasted home a cross from teammate Jack Skahan, but Fordham (14-6-3) responded...

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Tar Heels Shake Off Davidson With Second Half Surge

Holding onto a slim four-point lead midway through the second half in Charlotte against a pesky Davidson squad, the 13th-ranked Tar Heels shifted into overdrive–as they ultimately pulled away from the Wildcats down the stretch for an 85-75 victory. The combination of senior point guard Joel Berry and junior forward Luke Maye proved to be too much for Davidson to handle late in the game. Berry didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the first half, but finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with his four assists. Maye added 24 points and a career-high 17...

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Dominant Inside Play Carries UNC Women’s Hoops Past Hartford

A pair of career-highs from freshman forward Janelle Bailey–who posted 25 points and 13 rebounds–spear-headed a dominant effort inside the paint for the UNC women’s basketball team in a 90-70 win at Carmichael Arena over Hartford. The Tar Heels (5-2) outrebounded the Hawks (3-4) by a incredible margin of 57-24–which they took advantage of to build a 23-4 edge in second-chance scoring. With the team shooting just 20 percent from behind the three-point line on Friday, much of the UNC offense had to be manufactured inside the arc. In addition to Bailey’s outstanding performance, the Tar Heels received 19...

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