By Matt Oakes Sports Director, Columnist & Commentator // UNC 2013
  • 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.

  • Roy Williams argues with an official (Todd Melet)

    UNC Hopes To Regain Stride Versus ECU

    December 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    The North Carolina men’s basketball team, 5-2 on the season, looks to recover from a 60-55 loss to Iowa when the Tar Heels welcome a 4-4 East Carolina squad to the Smith Center Sunday for a 3 p.m. tipoff.

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    Tar Heels Aim For National Glory On Turf, Court

    December 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Two successful Tar Heel programs hope to take the next steps toward potential national championships this weekend. The UNC men’s soccer team hits the road at UCLA, while the Carolina volleyball squad opens up its NCAA Tournament inside the cozy confines of Carmichael Arena.

  • Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson defend (Todd Melet)

    Tar Heels Miss Mark, Fall Flat To Hawkeyes

    December 3, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    The No. 6 North Carolina men’s basketball team dropped a tough 60-55 decision in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, losing to the feisty Iowa Hawkeyes Wednesday evening inside the Dean Smith Center to fall to 5-2 on the season.

  • Marcus Paige on the drive (Nick Vitali)

    Paige Meets Old Friends as Tar Heels Take On Hawkeyes

    December 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    UNC junior point guard Marcus Paige is relishing the chance to combat some old friends from back home Wednesday night when the No. 12 Tar Heels, 5-1 on the season, welcome the 5-2 Iowa Hawkeyes inside the Smith Center for an ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup.

  • Sylvia Hatchell and Andrew Calder (UNC Athletics)

    Championship Potential For Hatchell, Tar Heels

    December 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Amidst the conclusion of Tar Heel football and the beginnings of Carolina men’s basketball, the UNC women’s basketball team has flown under the radar, despite starting its season 7-0 with wins over three Top 25 teams.