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UNC Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Tourney, Finds Out Its Path to Title

Fresh off their ACC Championship win against Virginia on Saturday, the UNC men’s basketball team found out what its NCAA Tournament path will be on Selection Sunday. The Tar Heels were given a number one seed in the East region after capturing conference crowns in both the regular season and tournament. UNC will enter rival territory for its first and second round games, making the short trip across the Triangle to Raleigh’s PNC Arena–the home of NC State. ***********VIEW ENTIRE BRACKET HERE************ “There’s no special feeling about being a number one seed because when you get there you’ve got...

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No. 6 UNC Baseball Shuts Out Pittsburgh, Wins 11th Straight Game

Make it 11 straight wins for the No. 6 UNC baseball team, as the Tar Heels—led by sophomore starting pitcher JB Bukauskas—shutout the Pittsburgh Panthers 4-0 at Boshamer Stadium on Saturday. Bukauskas struck out a career-high 11 batters across seven innings while junior center fielder Tyler Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs—bringing the Tar Heels to 12-1 in 2016, while dropping Pittsburgh to 6-6. Ramirez’s deep blast over the right field wall in the third extended UNC’s lead to four runs and gave fans all the entertainment they would need–while his two-run single in the first...

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ACC CHAMPIONS! Tar Heels Knock Off Virginia 61-57

UNC head coach Roy Williams said last week that if his team was going to go to Washington D.C. and play in the ACC Tournament it might as well try and win the whole dadgum thing. His No. 7 Tar Heels messed around and did just that in their 61-57 win over the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers Saturday night—carried in the clutch by their defense and a signature performance by sophomore point guard Joel Berry. The tempo of the game fit Virginia’s slow-paced, grind-it-out style perfectly—but in the end the tougher team won. That’s become the new narrative with...

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Tar Heels Hammer Notre Dame 78-47, Advance to ACC Title Game vs. Virginia

After nailing his third three-pointer of the first half in Friday night’s ACC Tournament Semifinal against Notre Dame, UNC senior guard Marcus Paige said to himself, “I’m back.” His 16 points and seven assists then helped the No. 7 Tar Heels crush the Fighting Irish 78-47; a win so dominant it showed Paige isn’t the only one that’s back. So, too, is the team many predicted would win a national title. The first time these two teams played was on February 6 in South Bend—a game Notre Dame won 80-76 after rallying from 15 points down. That was UNC’s...

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Trubisky Leads UNC Football Into Spring Practice

After taking a couple of months off following its remarkable 11-win 2015 season, the UNC football team is now two days into spring practice for 2016. The most obvious difference for the Tar Heels between now and then is at the sport’s most important position. With the graduation of quarterback Marquise Williams—the school’s all-time touchdown leader—all eyes in Chapel Hill now turn to junior Mitch Trubisky, who is expected to take over the reins of a team loaded with both talent and expectations. As Williams–wearing a white t-shirt and a pair of bright red Nikes–watched Trubisky at Tuesday’s practice...

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Champs At Last: No. 8 UNC Clinches ACC With 76-72 Win at Duke

The No. 8 UNC men’s basketball team took a large step in silencing their biggest critics on Saturday night—knocking off the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils 76-72 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to clinch the ACC regular season championship. For the last four years the Tar Heels have been surrounded by the same questions. Questions about their toughness, their killer instinct, and their ability to beat their fiercest rival. And that doesn’t even include all the off-the-court drama. Led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds, and four critical free throws down the stretch by...

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UNC Baseball Clinches Series Victory Over Fairfield, Wins 10-2

After a week full of thrilling finishes, the No. 6 UNC baseball team decided to finally put away a game early—scoring eight runs in the first three innings at Boshamer Stadium Saturday on its way to a 10-2 blowout over the Fairfield Stags. The Tar Heels have now won six straight games, improving to 8-1 this season. Fairfield falls to 3-2 with the loss. Sophomore starting pitcher JB Bukauskas was credited with the win for his efforts, throwing 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts—but with the way his teammates were swinging the bats he didn’t need to be Superman. UNC...

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No. 6 UNC Baseball Beats Fairfield With Walk-off Walk

Somehow, some way, the No. 6 UNC baseball team keeps finding a way to win games in the most thrilling fashion. Friday night at Boshamer Stadium was no exception, as the Tar Heels rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning before defeating the Fairfield Stags 4-3 on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 13th. UNC improves to 7-1 in 2016 after winning its fifth straight game, while Fairfield loses its first game of the season—falling to 3-1. For seven innings it appeared that a walk-off was the last thing Tar Heel fans had to worry...

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Saturday Not Just Another UNC-Duke Game: It’s Bigger

Saturday night when the No. 8 Tar Heels and No. 17 Blue Devils take the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium it won’t be just another game in the UNC-Duke rivalry. With the ACC regular season title just one win away, this game is much bigger than that for UNC head coach Roy Williams and company. “Winning the conference championship is more important,” Williams said at his press conference Friday. “The fact that we have it at Duke, if we were to win it there—I swear if we happen to win I’m not gonna go around the locker room screaming...

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Eight-Run Inning Propels No. 6 UNC Baseball Past Winthrop

While the walk-off dramatics may not have found their way back to Boshamer Stadium on Wednesday, the final result was still the same. The No. 6 Tar Heels scored eight runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and beat the Winthrop Eagles 11-6 for their fifth straight victory. It was the first mid-week game of the season for UNC, which now is off to a 6-1 start here in the early portion of 2016. As is typical with college baseball during the week,–a sport played by college kids–there were a number of mistakes that determined the outcome....

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