Kennedy Meeks

This Group of Tar Heels Carves Out Their Spot Among School’s All-Time Greats

As the clock hit triple zeroes Monday night in Phoenix—a moment that officially completed UNC’s quest for national championship redemption—this group of Tar Heels officially sealed their place in the program’s history books. Head coach Roy Williams surpassed the late, great Dean Smith with his third national championship in Chapel Hill—but he was the first to admit it’s the players who win the games, shying away from any comparisons to his mentor when interviewed afterward. “I think of Coach Smith, there’s no question,” an emotional Williams said. “I don’t think I should be mentioned in the same sentence with...

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Clutch Rebounding Helps UNC Fend Off Oregon, Earn Shot at NCAA Championship Redemption

All season long, UNC made its living as the best rebounding team in America. As it turns out, the Tar Heels needed every last rebound they could get during Saturday night’s NCAA Semifinal in Phoenix. Theo Pinson and Kennedy Meeks came up with two critical offensive boards in the final seconds, which helped UNC close out a 77-76 victory over No. 3 seed Oregon. Both teams struggled to make shots all game long, with the exception of the 6-foot-10, 260-pound Meeks—who ate up the undersized Ducks with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Eight of Meeks’ rebounds came on the...

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Final Four Matchup vs. Oregon Presents UNC With a Look in the Mirror

From the very beginning of this season, the Tar Heels have wanted nothing more than to avenge last year’s loss in the NCAA Title game. Now in Phoenix for the Final Four, UNC is on the doorstep of doing just that—however head coach Roy Williams is making it a point to remind his players that there’s a tough Oregon team hoping to crush those dreams on Saturday night. By now, plenty has been written about the group text shared by the Tar Heel players—one stored in each player’s phone as “Redemption.” Not only did the Tar Heels return six...

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Luke Maye’s Late Jumper Downs Kentucky, Sends UNC to the Final Four

Big time players. Make big time plays. In big time games. UNC sophomore forward Luke Maye showed Sunday night in Memphis he is indeed, a big time player, as his jumper from the left wing with 0.3 seconds remaining gave the top-seeded Tar Heels a thrilling 75-73 victory over the No. 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA South Regional Final–and earned the program a trip to its 20th Final Four. The shot gave Maye a career-high 17 points off the bench for head coach Roy Williams, who saw his infamous “no-timeout” strategy pay off with great success. Kentucky...

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Stars Shine, Maye Comes Up Big, as UNC Cruises Into Elite Eight With Win Over Butler

Having stared death right in the eyes during their tight NCAA Tournament Second Round win over Arkansas last weekend, the top-seeded Tar Heels came out with new life in their Sweet 16 showdown against No. 4 seed Butler on Friday night. UNC wasted no time asserting its dominance in all phases of the game, as it advanced to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over the Bulldogs at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Point guard Joel Berry appeared to be at 100 percent following a recent ankle injury, pouring in a team-high 26 points for the Tar Heels while...

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UNC Scores Final 12 Points to Fend Off Upset-Minded Arkansas, Advance to Sweet 16

The recipe for disaster was all there for the top-seeded Tar Heels during Sunday’s 72-65 win over No. 8 seed Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. UNC watched a 17-point first-half lead slowly dwindle away thanks to the high-pressure Razorback defense, while stars Justin Jackson and Joel Berry went colder than the North Pole in the winter time. Offensive rebounds became scarce, and turnovers became abundant. Just a day after defending national champion Villanova was sent packing, Arkansas looked poised to hand the Tar Heels a similar fate when it took a five-point lead with 3:28 to play....

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Growth and Experience Motivating UNC Prior to NCAA Tournament Opener

When top-seeded UNC begins its NCAA Tournament run Friday against No. 16-seed Texas Southern, six of its top contributors from last year’s run to the championship game will be back out on the court again for a good portion of playing time. Although Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson won’t be walking through the door, the rest of this veteran Tar Heel squad will finally get a chance to show the nation what folks in Chapel Hill have spent all year paying attention to. While boasting many similarities to last year’s squad—mainly the names and faces—this group of Tar Heels...

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Duke Erases 13-Point Second Half Deficit, Stuns UNC in ACC Tournament Semifinals

For the first 25 minutes of Friday’s UNC-Duke showdown in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament Semifinals, it appeared the top-seeded Tar Heels would pound the Blue Devils into the ground with their inside play. Then point guard Joel Berry went to the bench with his fourth foul and the entire game changed—as Duke rallied from 13 points down to win 93-83. Freshman standout Jayson Tatum led the Blue Devils with 24 points in the game, while First Team All-ACC guard Luke Kennard scored 15 of his 20 points during Duke’s second half comeback. Grayson Allen also added...

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Hicks, UNC Surge Past Miami in Second Half, Move On to ACC Semifinals

Criticized throughout his four-year career as a Tar Heel for an inability to stay out of foul trouble, UNC senior forward Isaiah Hicks stepped up in a big way Thursday in Brooklyn during the team’s 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Hicks led UNC with 19 points in the game, while grabbing six rebounds and committing just one foul. In a bit of poetic justice, the Oxford native did most of his damage offensively as a result of getting fouled himself–sinking all nine of his free throw attempts. He also scored 13 of his 19 points...

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Berry, Hicks Combine to Carry No. 5 UNC Past No. 17 Duke on Senior Night

With Michael Jordan back in town to announce a partnership between his Jordan Brand and the UNC football team, the greatest basketball player of all time told fans gathered at the Dean Dome that, “The ceiling is the roof,” for Tar Heel sports moving forward. Although the statement technically didn’t mean anything, everyone in the arena roared with approval. Jordan’s appearance added another level of intensity to an already electric atmosphere in Chapel Hill on Saturday–as the fifth-ranked Tar Heels used 28 points from point guard Joel Berry to defeat the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils 90-83 on Senior...

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