By Matt Oakes Sports Director, Columnist & Commentator // UNC 2013
  • Allisha Gray (UNC Athletics)

    Tar Heel Women Rebound, Crush Black Bears

    December 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Allisha Gray tallied 17 points to help the No. 6 North Carolina women’s basketball team bounce back from its first loss of the season with a 65-36 victory over Maine at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Friday night.

  • The Tar Heels get pumped up! (Todd Melet)

    No. 24 UNC Aims For Signature Win

    December 18, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    The No. 24 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 7-3 on the season, gets another chance to show its improvement against a top-flight opponent. This time, the Tar Heels will clash with the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes in the CBS Sports Classic Sunday at 1 p.m.

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    Tar Heels Hit The Beach This Weekend

    December 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    The No. 6 North Carolina women’s basketball team, 9-1 on the season, makes its annual trip down to Myrtle Beach to take on a pair of foes at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

  • Players react on UNC's sideline (Todd Melet)

    UNC Gets Back On Winning Track With Dominant Display

    December 16, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    The North Carolina men’s basketball team used Kennedy Meeks’ team-leading 18 points to down UNC-Greensboro Tuesday night inside the Greensboro Coliseum and improve to 7-3 on the season.

  • Brice Johnson, Joel James and the Tar Heels want to get back on the winning track (Todd Melet)

    Tar Heels Look To Stop Spartans Tuesday Night

    December 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    The No. 24 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 6-3 on the season, will look to recover from a difficult loss at top-ranked Kentucky with a comfortable victory at UNC-Greensboro Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

  • Players react on UNC's sideline (Todd Melet)

    Underdog Tar Heels Take On Top-Ranked Wildcats

    December 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The No. 21 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 6-2 on the season, faces its toughest test of the season Saturday afternoon inside Rupp Arena. The No. 1 and undefeated Kentucky Wildcats are a force to be reckoned with.

  • UNC head coach Larry Fedora (Elliott Rubin)

    Oakes’ Outlook: Bowls, Roles, and Noles

    December 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    And so the Tar Heels’ disappointing 2014 campaign will come to a close in Motown. It’s a fitting end (a dreary and cold one in the Midwest at that) for Carolina in a season that began with its head coach, Larry Fedora, proclaiming “it’s time.” Time for what, exactly, I’m not sure, but it certainly wasn’t a trip to the Quick Lane Bowl to face the equally mediocre 7-5 Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

  • Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson play defense (Todd Melet)

    Brice Johnson Responds To Roy Williams’ Tough Challenge

    December 9, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    The Carolina men’s basketball team’s toughness has been scrutinized this season, most notably, after ugly losses to Butler and Iowa. But junior forward Brice Johnson is doing his best to rectify the situation.

  • UNC's Victory Bell huddle (Elliott Rubin)

    Fedora, Tar Heels Aim For Redemption, More Passion In Bowl Game

    December 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    The Tar Heels will be bowling in Motown the day after Christmas. The 6-6 UNC football team will be looking to finish with a winning record for the third straight year under head coach Larry Fedora when Carolina takes on 7-5 Rutgers in Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl.

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    Sweet Victory, Bitter Defeat Contrast for Tar Heels

    December 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    There was plenty to offer on the Tar Heel sports menu over the weekend, and while it was a heartbreaking end of the road for one Carolina squad, it was the continuation of a national championship march for another.

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