By Matt Oakes Sports Director, Columnist & Commentator // UNC 2013
  • UNC senior Caroline Price lines up a backhand(Daily Tar Heel)

    Tar Heel Tennis, Lacrosse Blossoming This Spring

    April 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Although surrounded by less hype and fanfare than their more famous basketball and football counterparts, UNC’s spring sports teams excel at the highest level year in and year out. 2015 is shaping up to be no exception.

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    Oakes’ Outlook: Final Four ‘Breakfast Club’

    April 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

    So this year, the Final Four has gone to the coaches starring in a stirring sequel to “The Breakfast Club”. I’m not complaining.

  • UNC head coach Larry Fedora surveys the field (Elliott Rubin)

    Tar Heel Football Coming Alive This Spring

    April 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Spring has finally sprung in Chapel Hill and with it; the Tar Heel football team has kicked its practices into overdrive at Navy Field.

  • Roy Williams has his sights set on next season (Todd Melet)

    Roy Williams Adding “Fuel” To 2016 Final Four Push

    March 31, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    For the first time ever under Coach Williams, the coaching staff reviewed the game film with the entire team, of an NCAA Tournament loss.

  • Brice Johnson and the Tar Heels will be hoping for explosive plays Thursday (Todd Melet)

    No. 4 Carolina Meets No. 1 Wisconsin In West Coast Battle

    March 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    The fourth-seeded North Carolina men’s basketball team, 26-11 overall, takes on top-seeded and 33-3 Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinal Thursday night at 7:47 p.m. in the Los Angeles STAPLES Center.

  • Tar Heels will face tough competition this week in LA (Todd Melet)

    Tar Heels Touch Ground In LA Reaching For Stars

    March 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    The Tar Heels have touched down in L.A. and will be reaching for the stars in a town full of them when they suit it up against the top-seeded Wisconsin Badgers Thursday night at the Staples Center.

  • Stephanie Mavunga came up big for the Tar Heels (Smith Hardy)

    Sweet Caroline! Mavunga Powers Tar Heels To Sweet Sixteen

    March 23, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    At times, it was a master class of inside-outside offense at its best. Down the stretch, it looked like a nervy collapse. But above all, for the Tar Heels, it was a win.

  • Marcus Paige is saving his best for the NCAA Tournament (UNC Athletics)

    ‘Second-Half Marcus’ Back For Sweet Sixteen Trip

    March 22, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The Tar Heel men’s basketball defeated the fifth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night in Jacksonville to advance to the second week of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

  • The Tar Heels are still dancing! (Todd Melet)

    Sweet Caroline! Tar Heels Top Razorbacks To Advance

    March 22, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Using an up-tempo pace more to Roy Williams’ liking, the fourth-seeded North Carolina men’s basketball team fought past fifth-seeded Arkansas Saturday night, 87-78, to advance to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.

  • The Tar Heels will need to play more consistent Saturday night (Todd Melet)

    Tar Heels Hoping To Clean Up Act Against Arkansas

    March 20, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    After surviving Harvard’s upset bid Thursday night, the fourth-seeded UNC men’s basketball team turns its attention to fifth-seeded Arkansas for a Round of 32 meeting Saturday night at 8:40 p.m. in Jacksonville.