Avery Trendel

Tar Heels Grind Out a Win Over Virginia Tech, Could Move to No. 1

With all the snow and ice covering the East Coast, you can’t blame the No. 2 UNC men’s basketball team for thinking this game against Virginia Tech was some sort of vacation. The Tar Heels came into Cassell Coliseum on Sunday riding a 10-game win streak–then opened up a 20-point lead on the Hokies in the first half. But after a furious Virginia Tech rally, the Tar Heels were forced to hang on for a narrow 75-70 victory. It was a comeback that quickly reminded Roy Williams’ team that they were, in fact, on a business trip. “We started...

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No. 2 Tar Heels Sleepwalk Past Wake Forest, 83-68

Without playing anywhere close to its potential on Wednesday night, the No. 2 UNC men’s basketball team still managed an 83-68 win at the Smith Center over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Tar Heels have now won 10 games in a row—and could return to No. 1 next week—even though their brightest star, senior guard Marcus Paige, finds himself mired in the biggest slump of his career. In the past three games—all of which have come after he got his first haircut of the season—Paige has scored a total of just eight points, including two on Wednesday, and has...

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Meeks, No. 5 UNC Use Depth to Defeat Wolfpack

In just his second game back from a bruised knee—and his first time back in the starting lineup—junior forward Kennedy Meeks scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half on Saturday, as the No. 5 UNC men’s basketball team defeated the NC State Wolfpack 67-55 at the Dean Dome. Now at 16-2 this season—including 5-0 in the ACC—the Tar Heels are forcing opponents to pick their poison each game as they continue to extend the best conference start since Roy Williams arrived as head coach in 2003. Despite seeing its three leading scorers–Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige, and...

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Brice and Roy: A Love Story

It’s become commonplace among Tar Heel basketball fans over the past four years to ask themselves a similar question before each game. Are we getting “Good Brice” or “Bad Brice?” Perhaps nobody has asked that about senior forward Brice Johnson more than his head coach, Roy Williams—creating a fascinating relationship between them. Thrust into the conversation recently as one of the nation’s best players thanks to his 39-point, 23-rebound game against Florida State last week, Johnson has shown steady improvement all season long and is the main reason this year’s Tar Heels have made the leap to NCAA title...

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Orange Crushed: No. 6 UNC Spoils Boeheim’s Return, Beats Syracuse 84-73

Coming off its first true road win of the season on Monday against Florida State, the No. 6 UNC men’s basketball team did it again Saturday night at the Carrier Dome—defeating the Syracuse Orange 84-73 in the midst of an emotionally charged atmosphere. The Tar Heels jump to 15-2 this season after the victory, with each of the team’s losses coming in its first two road games of the season—at Northern Iowa and at Texas. UNC also moves to 4-0 in the ACC for the first time in the Roy Williams era after outlasting the Orange on a night...

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“That Was a Man’s Night”: Johnson Leads No. 6 UNC Past FSU

Throughout his career in Chapel Hill senior forward Brice Johnson has shown flashes of greatness, but struggled with inconsistency. On Monday night in Tallahassee, Johnson finally showed what it looks like when everything is clicking—tallying 39 points and 23 rebounds to lead the No. 6 Tar Heels past the Florida State Seminoles 106-90. Both numbers were career-highs for the senior from Orangeburg, South Carolina, who combined with his roommate, Marcus Paige, to propel UNC’s record to 14-2 and 3-0 in the ACC. On any other night Paige’s 30 points—or the fact that the pair became the first set of Tar...

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Berry Rallies No. 7 UNC Past Georgia Tech

After trailing for a majority of the game on Saturday, the No. 7 UNC men’s basketball team put together a furious rally in the final minutes to defeat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 86-78. The comeback was sparked by sophomore guard Joel Berry, who ignited the Dean Dome crowd with two critical late-game shots and a career-high 19 points. “He stepped up and made a big three when it was a two point game,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said of Berry. “We got a stop [afterwards] and then he came down, took it to the basket, got fouled...

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58-0: The Streak Continues as No. 7 UNC Beats Clemson in ACC Opener

For the 58th time in 58 tries, the No. 7 UNC men’s basketball team knocked off the Clemson Tigers in Chapel Hill—winning 80-69 on Wednesday night in a game that opened conference play for both teams. ”We didn’t talk about [the streak] much as a team,” UNC point guard Marcus Paige said after the game. “But me and Brice [Johnson] and some of the older guys knew about it,” he added. “So we were telling the younger guys like, ‘Yo, it can’t be us. They’re like, 0-57—never won in Chapel Hill. We’re not coming back in this locker room...

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Russell Athletic Bowl: No. 17 Baylor Tramples No. 10 UNC 49-38

The UNC football team’s quest to win 12 games in a season for the first time in school history will have to wait. The No. 10 Tar Heels traveled to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl, where they were dealt a crushing blow on Tuesday night, falling 49-38 to the No. 17 Baylor Bears. UNC finishes the 2015 season at 11-3 after one of the most successful campaigns the program has ever had. Although there was loads of excitement surrounding the idea of a 12-win year entering the game, the Tar Heels simply could not keep up with the...

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No. 7 UNC Crushes UNC-Greensboro In Final Tune-Up Before ACC Play Begins

The No. 7 UNC men’s basketball team closed out its non-conference schedule in resounding fashion on Monday night at the Dean Dome, defeating the UNC-Greensboro Spartans 96-63. The Tar Heels came out of the gates strong as they improved to 11-2, quickly building a double-digit lead. However, they allowed the pesky Spartans—now 4-9 on the year—to stick around with the long ball. After missing its first eight attempts from beyond the arc, UNC-Greensboro connected on nine of its next 18—helping cut a 19-point halftime deficit down to 11 with 11 minutes remaining. Poor defense around the perimeter has become...

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