Avery Trendel

On to the Sweet 16: Tar Heels Blast Providence, 85-66

Late in the first half of Saturday night’s NCAA Tournament second round matchup in Raleigh between top-seeded UNC and No. 9 seed Providence, Tar Heel forward Brice Johnson flexed and roared after swatting an opponent’s shot into orbit. The teams were tied at the time, but UNC used its superior depth to flex and roar to a 85-66 victory the rest of the way—advancing to the Sweet 16. Led by Johnson’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Tar Heels had five players score at least 12 points. That proved to be much more than enough to pull away from...

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UNC Baseball Blows Out Duke Again, Clinches Series

Picking up right where it left off on Friday night, the No. 6 UNC baseball team jumped all over the mistake-prone Duke Blue Devils in a series-clinching 12-2 win on Saturday. Junior center fielder Tyler Ramirez continued his hot start in 2016, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park–including a two-run triple that kick-started a three-run first inning for the Tar Heels. Ramirez also had an RBI single early in the third inning, which UNC was able to capitalize on with four more runs in the frame–making it 8-0 before all of Duke’s lineup had a...

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No. 6 UNC Baseball Crushes Duke In Rivalry Series Opener

Another day, another win for the hot-hitting No. 6 UNC baseball team. Friday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, the Tar Heel offense broke a 2-2 tie with a five-run sixth inning–powering UNC to an 11-2 win over the rival Duke Blue Devils. UNC has now won three in a row after having an 11-game win streak snapped last Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Tar Heels are 15-2 so far this season and have scored in double digits in seven of its last nine games. Junior starting pitcher Zac Gallen (3-0) struck out 10 Duke hitters across seven...

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Tar Heels Survive Early Scare From FGCU, Advance in NCAA Tourney

Entering the NCAA Tournament as one of the favorites to win it all, the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels kept their national title quest alive Thursday night with an 83-67 win in Raleigh over the No. 16-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles–a blowout that initially had the makings of a historic upset. Top seeds were 124-0 in first round games coming into the day. UNC head coach Roy Williams had won 25 times in the first round without a loss. However, Florida Gulf Coast closed the first half on a 22-11 run, trailing the Tar Heels just 41-40 at the break....

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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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Pitt Shuts Out No. 6 UNC Baseball to Avoid Sweep

Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, the No. 6 UNC baseball team found that all good things must come to an end. Entering the day with an 11-game win streak—the longest in the nation—the Tar Heels saw their bats fall flat in a 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers in the series finale between the teams. A towering three-run homer in the fourth inning by Pitt designated hitter Ron Sherman off UNC starting pitcher Jason Morgan put the Tar Heels into an unfamiliar situation—as it was the first time they had trailed by that many runs all season. Morgan—a 6-foot-6...

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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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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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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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