By Phil Ford
  • Bright Futures

    March 28, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    You hate to end the season the way it did for our team, but when you think about it, only one team is happy when the season is over. Everyone knows we were caught short in some areas with the guys leaving early last year, and what you want your team to do every season […]

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    No. 3 Heels WBB To Face No. 6 Delaware in NCAA 2nd Round

    March 25, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    CHAPEL HILL – UNC takes on Delaware at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in Newark, a home game for the Fightin’ Blue Hens who are riding high on a 26-game winning streak. And it’ll be a hostile environment in the Bob Carpenter Center. Delaware’s first round match up against West Virginia was a sell out. Delaware […]

  • A Dangerous Eight Seed

    March 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Anyone who was channel surfing last Sunday had to stop and marvel at the Carolina-Miami game and how great that first half was. Even if they didn’t know the teams. That’s how good, and at such a high level, the ACC championship game was played. Both teams scored better than a point per possession, shooting […]

  • FORD CORNERS: A Silver Lining

    March 14, 2013 at 4:01 am

    The Duke game was ugly, there’s no doubt about that if you are a Carolina fan. But, with young kids, that can happen when the unexpected happens. We’re still trying to figure out our roles and we had been playing well. After the great win at Maryland, maybe coming home to the Smith Center made […]

  • Senior Game Memories

    March 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Photo by Sally Sather Senior Night is so special in college basketball. I think Coach Smith started the tradition way back in the 1970s, when his seniors were not only recognized before the game they also got to start even if they were non-scholarship players. Dexter Strickland will have the stage to himself Saturday night […]

  • A Season Of Possibilities

    March 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I can’t remember an ACC season quite like this one.   There are so many possibilities — the only thing guaranteed is Miami will finish first. The other four teams could finish anywhere from second to fifth. It’s amazing when you think about it. It’s been this close in the past, but when I played […]

  • State "Awfully Tough"

    February 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Ford playing defense as a freshman against N.C. State in 1975 They said I wasn’t a very good defensive player my freshman year, although I thought I was trying very hard. Maybe Coach Smith didn’t agree, because we sure played a lot of zone that season while I was “learning” to play defense! But through […]

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    "Like A Heavyweight Championship Fight"

    February 15, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I am glad I waited until after the Duke game to write this column. I’m not sure I would have known what to say about the Miami game! Even though we lost at Duke, that was much more of the Carolina team we’ve all been used to seeing for years. Wasn’t it interesting to watch […]

  • "We Always Have A Chance"

    February 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Playing at Miami Saturday is the toughest game we’ve had and may be the toughest game of the entire season. They’re awfully good, very big and talented and, man, can they get out and run. And they’re so experienced with six seniors who play so well together for Coach Larranaga, who’s done a fantastic job […]

  • Coaching, Tradition Helped Heels Rebound

    January 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I know our fans were disappointed, as was I, with the loss at State. But we can’t lose sight of who we were playing against. That’s a veteran team with two seniors and two juniors and two really good freshmen. You know, most of their lineup will probably be in the NBA next season. And […]