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Berry Fuels No. 14 UNC’s Thrilling OT Road Win at Clemson

After struggling through each of UNC’s two games last week with an illness—including the shocking loss to Georgia Tech—junior point guard Joel Berry recovered just in time on Tuesday to lead the 14th-ranked Tar Heels to a thrilling 89-86 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers. The Florida native scored 21 of his career-high 31 points after halftime–single-handedly willing UNC back into a game that, early on, looked as if it could turn into a second straight upset loss. With both Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks struggling to convert on numerous second-chance layups in the post—not to mention the Tar...

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Upset Loss to Georgia Tech Drops UNC to No. 14 in AP Top 25

During Roy Williams’ 14 years as UNC head men’s basketball coach, his Tar Heels have never lost to a team ranked lower in analyst Ken Pomeroy’s rankings than the Georgia Tech team that stunned UNC Saturday in Atlanta. The Yellow Jackets entered that game 8-4 on the year, but ranked 156th by Pomeroy based on their offensive and defensive efficiency numbers. With their shocking upset now in the books, UNC (12-3, 0-1 ACC) saw itself fall out of the AP Top 10 for the first time all year–sliding down to No. 14 in this week’s poll. Losses by Duke...

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Start Time Announced for Saturday’s UNC-NC State Men’s Basketball Showdown

As UNC fans eagerly await this Saturday’s rivalry showdown with NC State at the Dean Dome, the university announced late on New Year’s Day that the game will tip-off at 8 p.m. It had been previously listed as “to be announced” since the schedule was released during the offseason. Although each team suffered a loss in its ACC opener, both were chosen to finish among the top half of the ACC–with the Tar Heels projected to challenge Duke, Virginia and Louisville for the conference crown. NC State did not make the NCAA Tournament last season, but entered 2016 with...

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Coach K to Undergo Back Surgery, Could Miss At Least Four Weeks

Following a terrible New Year’s Eve for college basketball in the Triangle–one which saw UNC, NC State and Duke each suffer losses–another major shockwave came out of Durham on Monday. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced he will coach his team’s game against Georgia Tech on Wednesday, but then undergo back surgery on Friday, Jan. 6 to remove a fragment of a herniated disk. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news, with one of the reporter’s sources stating that Krzyzewski’s back has been bothering him much worse than he’s been letting on. The Blue Devils (12-2,...

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UNC D-Line Coach Tray Scott to Take Same Position at Ole Miss

The UNC football team received a major shake-up within its coaching staff over the weekend, as defensive line coach Tray Scott agreed to leave and take the same job at Ole Miss–where he was a graduate assistant back in 2012. In his first season with the Tar Heels in 2015, Scott was part of a staff that helped put together the most improved defensive unit in the country under new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Those numbers took a bit of a step back this season, with UNC finishing 46th in the country in points allowed (24.9 per game) and...

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Georgia Tech Stuns Lifeless Tar Heels in ACC Opener

Everything looks better when the ball goes in the basket. That’s one of Roy Williams’ favorite sayings any time his UNC squad has a particularly good game. Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, the head coach discovered what the opposite of that looks like–as his ninth-ranked Tar Heels struggled to show many positives during their shocking 75-63 upset at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. On many occasions, statistics aren’t always the best indicator of how a game played out. A bounce here or a bounce there is the difference in the final score more often than not. Then...

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UNC Cornerback MJ Stewart Will Return for Senior Season

During the lead-up to UNC’s 25-23 loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl, talk of the NFL Draft–and which players from each team were on their way–dominated the discussion. Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey sat out to prepare for the draft, while UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky–a potential first-round pick–fielded numerous questions about his future plans. Both the Tar Heels and college football received uplifting news on Saturday, however, when junior cornerback MJ Stewart announced on Twitter his intentions to return to Chapel Hill for his final season. It was a hard thought decision but I have decided to return for...

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Stanford Stifles Trubisky and the Tar Heels, Holds On to Win Sun Bowl

With Friday’s Sun Bowl in El Paso seemingly viewed as an NFL Draft audition for UNC junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas and safety Dallas Lloyd decided they might as well steal some of the spotlight for themselves. Lloyd forced Trubisky into three turnovers in the No. 18 Cardinal’s 25-23 victory–while Thomas sacked the Ohio native on a potential game-tying two-point conversion with less than 30 seconds remaining. Head coach Larry Fedora made a controversial decision to punt with his team trailing late in the fourth quarter, but he was rewarded with a three-and-out by the...

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Sun Bowl Presents UNC Football A Chance to Change Recent Postseason History

In each of the last two years, the UNC football team has allowed late-season losses to bleed over into postseason play—leading to back-to-back embarrassing failures in bowl competition. After November losses to Duke and NC State derailed the Tar Heels’ ACC Championship hopes in 2016, quarterback Mitch Trubisky and company are hoping to rewrite the team’s recent history in Friday’s Sun Bowl against No. 18 Stanford. When UNC head coach Larry Fedora laid out the goals he had for his team this season, they were almost identical to last year’s. Fedora wanted the Tar Heels to repeat as ACC...

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No. 9 UNC Rides Jackson’s Hot Hand to Victory Over Monmouth

By now, the rest of the ACC should be on high-alert. UNC wing forward Justin Jackson has turned himself into arguably the Tar Heels’ most dangerous weapon. The junior poured in 28 points and six three-pointers on Wednesday in his team’s final non-conference game of the year, as the ninth-ranked Tar Heels cruised to a 102-74 victory over the Monmouth Hawks at the Smith Center. Although the game was marred by extremely physical play that resulted in both teams combining to shoot 72 free throws, Jackson provided all the highlights UNC would need. With double figure scoring performances inside...

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