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A Former Walk-On, UNC Centerfielder Brian Miller Embraces His Journey to the Top

As he walked out on the field to meet reporters for the UNC baseball team’s annual media day this week, junior centerfielder Brian Miller found himself in a position neither he nor his head coach, Mike Fox, could have ever imagined just three years ago. Although he was a local product coming out of Millbrook High School in Raleigh—a place where he was a three-sport athlete and the all-time leading hitter in baseball—Miller went completely unnoticed by the UNC coaching staff. A lifelong Tar Heel fan, Miller instead committed to play for UNC-Asheville. When the Bulldogs’ head coach at...

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UNC Guard Kenny Williams Out for Season After Suffering Knee Injury in Practice

Following UNC’s 97-73 blowout win over rival NC State on Wednesday night, head coach Roy Williams announced that sophomore guard Kenny Williams will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury. The younger Williams watched the game from the sidelines while wearing a suit, after suffering the injury in practice on Tuesday. “He hurt his knee,” Roy Williams told reporters after the game. “It’s a crazy thing. It’s not an ACL or anything like that, it’s four to six weeks. “But four to six weeks at this point in the year, it’s basically the end of...

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UNC Bullies NC State in Raleigh, Picks Up Second Straight Blowout Win in the Rivalry

UNC head coach Roy Williams has often criticized his team’s defense throughout this season, but on Wednesday the 10th ranked Tar Heels ran into an NC State team with issues that go much deeper. All night long UNC was able to get anything it wanted at the rim, on the way to a 97-73 blowout victory over the Wolfpack at PNC Arena—the second major blowout against its hated rival this year. Of the Tar Heels’ 97 points in the game, 60 came from inside the painted area. Kennedy Meeks led the charge with 17 points and eight rebounds, as...

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JB Bukauskas, Brian Miller Named to Golden Spikes Award Watch List

USA Baseball marked the beginning of the college season this week by releasing its 55-player watch list for the Golden Spikes Award on Wednesday. A pair of UNC juniors–starting pitcher JB Bukauskas and centerfielder Brian Miller–were included as part of the group. Bukauskas–who went 7-2 with 111 strikeouts last season–is expected to anchor the Tar Heel pitching rotation in 2017, using his powerful fastball-slider combination to make fools out of opposing hitters. Miller, meanwhile, will take over in center field after former star Tyler Ramirez was drafted by the Oakland Athletics last June. The speedster out of Raleigh should...

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UNC Hoping to Avoid a Letdown Wednesday at NC State

By the time the clock hit triple zeroes during the initial meeting on the hardwood between UNC and NC State this season, the scoreboard painted a perfect picture of what had just happened. The Tar Heels thoroughly dominated the Wolfpack at the Smith Center back in January to the tune of a 51-point victory that ranks among the largest in ACC history. As UNC (21-5, 9-3 ACC) prepares to face NC State Wednesday night at PNC Arena, its focus is on forgetting the past–knowing that type of performance is just about impossible to recreate. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve...

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UNC Drops to No. 10 in Latest AP Top 25

After suffering a bitter loss at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke this past week, UNC fell from No. 8 to No. 10 in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday. The Tar Heels (21-5, 9-3) remain at the top of the ACC standings, however, holding a half-game lead over No. 17 Florida State. Undefeated Gonzaga continues to hold the top spot in the poll, with Villanova, Kansas, Baylor and Arizona making up the rest of the top five. Duke moved up to No. 12 this week, winning two straight games after the return of head coach Mike...

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UNC to Host 100th Episode of ESPN’s College Gameday

Before the UNC men’s basketball team takes on Virginia next Saturday, Feb. 18, in a battle between top 25 teams, the Dean Dome will play host to the 100th episode of ESPN’s College Gameday. The show will air live from the Smith Center beginning at 11 a.m., with another edition later in the evening leading into the game broadcast–which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. It’s the Tar Heels’ fifth time hosting the popular show, and 16th appearance overall–which is more than any other school in the country. Analysts Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg will join host Rece...

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No. 18 Duke Shoots its Way Past No. 8 UNC Down the Stretch, Wins 86-78

Cameron Indoor Stadium played host to the latest thriller in the UNC-Duke rivalry on Thursday night, which once again came down to who wanted it more in the final minutes. For the fifth time in the past six meetings, however, Duke found a way to pull out the victory—defeating the No. 8 Tar Heels 86-78 thanks to a perimeter shooting barrage that included 13 made three-pointers. Heavily criticized guard Grayson Allen scored 25 points and hit seven threes to lead an impressive performance by the 18th-ranked Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4 ACC). ACC Player of the Year candidate Luke Kennard added...

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Gene Chizik Steps Down as UNC Defensive Coordinator

The UNC football team was already losing quite a bit of talent entering next season, but the Tar Heels were dealt yet another blow on Thursday. After two years as UNC’s defensive coordinator, Gene Chizik will be stepping down from his duties in order to spend more time with his family. He becomes the third defensive staff member–after defensive line coach Tray Scott and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren–to leave the Tar Heels this offseason. Linebackers coach John Papuchis–who came to Chapel Hill prior to the 2015 season with Chizik, Scott and Warren–will be promoted to the defensive coordinator...

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UNC Guard Theo Pinson Will Play vs. Duke

After missing the last three games with a sprained right ankle, UNC junior guard Theo Pinson will return to action Thursday night for the Tar Heels’ big rivalry matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke. UNC tweeted out the news late in the afternoon, just hours before the game’s scheduled tip time of 8 p.m. Theo Pinson will play tonight at Duke. Has missed the last three games after rolling his ankle vs. Virginia Tech on 1/26. #GoHeels #UNCBBall — Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 9, 2017 Pinson will continue to come off the bench, as he has done in...

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