Avery Trendel

UNC Football Clinches Coastal Division In OT Thriller At Virginia Tech

It certainly wasn’t the prettiest game the UNC football team has played this year, but after letting a 14-point lead disintegrate in the final three minutes of regulation the 17th ranked Tar Heels were able to escape Blacksburg on Saturday with a 30-27 overtime victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies–keeping their playoff hopes intact. “That’s why I’m in this,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said afterwards. “To see [the players] reach their goals and dreams. We sit in those living rooms and tell them and their parents that my dream is for them to reach their dreams when they come...

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No. 1 Goes Down: Tar Heels Shocked by Northern Iowa

As the UNC football team was cementing its spot as number one in the ACC Coastal Division on Saturday, the top-ranked UNC men’s basketball team was doing the opposite–likely relinquishing its claim as the best team in America with a 71-67 upset loss to Northern Iowa on the road. This game was originally scheduled by the Tar Heels to be senior point guard–and Iowa native–Marcus Paige’s “homecoming.” But Paige could only watch as his team had a nine-point halftime lead grow to 16, before it slowly slipped away in crunch time. He has been sidelined since Nov. 3 with...

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Top-Ranked Tar Heels Head to Northern Iowa; Paige Goes Home

When the No. 1 UNC men’s basketball team tips off its game against the Northern Iowa Panthers tomorrow it will be a bittersweet moment for senior point guard Marcus Paige. Although the Tar Heels are 3-0 so far with Paige sidelined due to a broken hand, this game was scheduled so that Paige could have a “homecoming” game in his native Iowa. Instead, he’ll have to watch from the bench in a suit and tie, as his teammates look to continue their recent success without him. In place of Paige, the Tar Heels will likely continue to start sophomore Joel Berry...

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Stakes Through the Roof For UNC Football Against Virginia Tech

One win. That’s all it will take for the No. 12 ranked UNC football team to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and continue its dream season. Standing in front of them? A date in Blacksburg against the Virginia Tech Hokies–in what will be the final home game for their legendary head coach, Frank Beamer. Blowout victories over Duke and Miami in the last couple weeks have shown fans that head coach Larry Fedora’s team is a force to be reckoned with. Ranked 17th in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, the 9-1 Tar Heels have been largely overlooked thanks to...

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Big Men Dominate as No. 1 UNC Pulls Away From Wofford Late

Last Sunday’s sluggish performance against Fairfield left UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams wanting to see his team’s effort level finally match its talent level. After a 78-58 victory over the Wofford Terriers in the Dean Dome on Wednesday night, Williams was much happier with what he saw from his No. 1 ranked Tar Heels. “I think our team was better today than we were Sunday,” Williams said after the game. “I think we were more attentive. We gave better effort. Defensively, we talked more. We were more consistent with it. “[Wofford’s] a hard team to guard,” the...

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No. 1 UNC Overcomes Lack of Energy to Beat Fairfield in Home Opener

In their home opener at the Dean Dome on Sunday afternoon, the No. 1 ranked UNC men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 on the year with a sluggish 92-65 victory against the over-matched Fairfield Stags. Winners of just seven games last season, Fairfield has now opened this year 0-2. However, the Stags didn’t go down without a fight. The Tar Heels led by just eight points at halftime, and were still ahead by the same single-digit margin with just 12 minutes to play–before turning up the intensity down the stretch. UNC head coach Roy Williams, as you might imagine,...

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Meeks and the Tar Heels Feeling Good So Far Without Paige

Coming off a dominant 91-67 win against Temple in their first game of the regular season, the No. 1 ranked Tar Heels look to continue their stellar play on Sunday—as they host the Fairfield Stags at the Dean Dome in the year’s first real home game. Junior forward Kennedy Meeks led the way against Temple with 25 points and 11 rebounds, showing off a slimmer frame and some nice touch around the basket–but still his head coach, Roy Williams, would like to see more from his big man as the season progresses. “He is more explosive, there’s no question...

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Nine Wins and Counting: UNC Mauls Miami 59-21

Earlier in the week, UNC junior wide receiver Mack Hollins rode his bike around campus yelling, “History week!” to all that passed by–in an effort to get fans to come out to Kenan Stadium and watch the Tar Heel football team attempt to make history against Miami. On Saturday afternoon, history was indeed made–as UNC stomped the Hurricanes 59-21 for its school record ninth win in a row. It was also the seventh win at home this year for the Tar Heels, which matches the record set by the 1980 team, the last group from Chapel Hill to win a league...

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UNC Shakes Off Slow Start, Beats Temple 91-67 to Open 2015-16

It took a little while for them to shake off the preseason cobwebs on Friday night, but when they did, the No. 1 ranked Tar Heels cruised to a 91-67 victory over the gritty Temple Owls in the Veterans Classic Basketball Tournament held at the United States Naval Academy. A career-high 25 points from junior forward Kennedy Meeks–who also had 11 rebounds–helped UNC start its regular season 1-0 despite the absence of star point guard Marcus Paige, sidelined with a broken right hand. “Our whole thing before the beginning of the game was just to get the ball down low, and get...

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Minus Paige, No 1. Tar Heels Ready for Temple

The men’s college basketball regular season officially kicks off Friday night for the nation’s No.1 team—as the Tar Heels are in Annapolis, Maryland to take on the Temple Owls in the Veterans Classic. UNC head coach Roy Williams will be without his star point guard– senior Marcus Paige—who broke his right hand last Tuesday in practice when he got it tangled in a teammate’s jersey. With Paige set to be out for at least a couple more weeks, Williams is expecting the rest of the team to rise to the challenge—but doesn’t want anyone feeling like they have to...

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