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By Matt Oakes Sports Director, Columnist & Commentator // UNC 2013
  • Tar Heels will expect a rowdy atmosphere in the Smith Center Saturday night (Todd Melet)

    Stakes Are High For Duke-Carolina, Round Two

    March 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    The Tar Heels have the chance to end the regular season with an exclamation point Saturday night in the Smith Center, as is generally the case when the Blue Devils come to Chapel Hill.

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    Oakes’ Outlook: Coming Alive Again

    March 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I like to write outside. It’s where I always think most clearly. That’s one of the reasons this harsh N.C. winter has been so hard for me. I’ve been cooped up indoors. We all have. That may be “A-OK” for some, but not for me. I get stir crazy. And that’s precisely why I jumped at […]

  • UNC can't afford a slip-up down the stretch (Todd Melet)

    Carolina Heads To ‘Hotlanta’ To Face Georgia Tech

    March 2, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    The No. 19 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 20-9 overall and 10-6 in ACC play, travels to Atlanta Tuesday night for a rematch with Georgia Tech.

  • Tar Heels got an important road win Saturday at Miami (Todd Melet)

    Carolina Rides Brice Johnson To Big Road Victory

    February 28, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team gutted out a 73-64 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon inside the BankUnited Center to improve to 20-9 overall and 10-6 in ACC play.

  • Jim Larrañaga (USA Today)

    Scouting Report: Miami Coach Jim Larrañaga

    February 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    WCHL’s Matt Oakes had the chance to chat with Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga as his Hurricnaes get set to welcome the Tar Heels to the BankUnited Center Saturday afternoon.

  • Marcus Paige defends NC State's Cat Barber Tuesday night (Todd Melet)

    Slumping Tar Heels Head To Miami In Hopes Of Recovery Effort

    February 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-9 overall and 9-6 in ACC action, hits the road to sunny south Florida to take on the 18-10 Miami Hurricanes Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels will desperately be looking to get back on track after dropping five of their last seven games.

  • Sylvia Hatchell and Andrew Calder (UNC Athletics)

    Hatchell Recognized For Courage, Fighting Spirit

    February 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    UNC women ‘s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell has been named the winner of the ninth annual Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award.

  • 'Cat' Barber found holes in the Carolina defense (Todd Melet)

    Tar Heels Fall To Wolfpack With Historically Poor Offense

    February 24, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    The No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a miserable first half Tuesday night, ultimately falling to rival N.C. State 58-46. The 46 points was the lowest point total for the Tar Heels in Smith Center history.

  • Tar Heels will expect a rowdy atmosphere in the Smith Center Saturday night (Todd Melet)

    Roy Williams Wants More Help From Fans In N.C. State Rivalry Rematch

    February 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Tuesday night at 8 p.m., the No. 15 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 19-8 overall with a 9-5 mark in the ACC, will square off with its rival from Raleigh, the N.C. State Wolfpack, who come into the contest with a 16-11 record and 7-7 mark in the league.


    Final Farewell: Coach Smith Cherished, Celebrated By Those He Loved

    February 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    The life and legacy of Dean Smith was publicly celebrated Sunday afternoon in the Carolina basketball showpiece that bears his name, the Dean E. Smith Center.

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