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Pinson Helps No. 14 UNC Pull Away From Notre Dame Down the Stretch, Pick Up Third ACC Win in Five Days

It wasn’t as easy as the final score suggested Monday night at the Dean Smith Center, but the 14th-ranked Tar Heels managed to grind out a 83-66 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish—using a determined second-half performance from senior wing Theo Pinson to seal the deal. Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points in the final period, including nine over the final nine minutes of the game—a time span directly following a three-pointer from Notre Dame guard TJ Gibbs that cut UNC’s lead to just one point at 58-57. His energy helped spur the Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5...

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Luke Maye’s Career Day Propels No. 21 UNC to Victory Over NC State in Raleigh

Junior forward Luke Maye scored 27 of his career-high 33 points in the second half Saturday afternoon, carrying the 21st-ranked Tar Heels to a 96-89 victory over the NC State Wolfpack at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Having just been on the wrong end of an upset loss in overtime to the Wolfpack a little over two weeks ago at the Dean Dome, Maye’s heroic effort helped UNC (19-7, 8-5 ACC) avoid being swept by NC State (16-9, 6-6 ACC) for the first time since 2003. The Huntersville native was everywhere in the second half, constantly coming up with big...

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Second-Half Surge Sparks No. 21 UNC to Win Over No. 9 Duke

The 21st-ranked UNC men’s basketball team used a strong second-half surge to defeat the No. 9 Duke Blue Devils 82-78 Thursday night at the Dean Smith Center, in the first meeting of the season between arguably the two biggest rivals in all of sports. It was the latest installment in the rivalry to come down to crunch time, as graduate transfer Cameron Johnson hit a crucial three-pointer with just over three minutes to play that helped UNC (18-7, 7-5 ACC) gain valuable breathing room as time ticked away. Prior to that shot, the Tar Heels went scoreless for nearly...

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Duke-UNC Rivalry Extends Beyond Basketball

UNC hosts Duke tonight in one of the best rivalries in sports and, as always, residents of Chapel Hill and Durham are at each other’s throats. Two entities that are getting into the playful banter this year are two visitors bureaus for the individual cities. Durham got things started early with a friendly wager on tonight’s game. Hey, @visitchapelhill. We heard there was an important basketball game happening tonight. How about whoever loses writes a nice poem about the other city? You in? #DukeVsUNC🏀 📸s via @laurelcosima and @Christglider on Instagram pic.twitter.com/DuWiJUjoJy — Durham, NC (@DurhamNC) February 8, 2018...

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Thursday Marks First Meeting Between Carolina ‘Family’ and Newly Touted Duke ‘Brotherhood’

When No. 21 UNC takes the floor at the Dean Dome Thursday night against No. 9 Duke it’ll be the first official matchup between the Duke “brotherhood” and the Carolina “family” since highly-touted recruit Zion Williamson used the new Duke basketball branding term when committing to the Blue Devils just over two weeks ago. As if UNC and Duke needed any more reasons to hate one another, more fuel was added to the fire recently when Williamson—a 6-foot-7 wing from South Carolina listed by ESPN as the nation’s No. 2 overall recruit—chose the Blue Devils over a list that...

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Maye’s Big Night Helps No. 19 UNC Blow Out Pitt, End Three-Game Losing Skid

In desperate need of a win Saturday night, the 19th-ranked Tar Heels used a huge bounce-back game from junior forward Luke Maye and a balanced offensive attack to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers 96-65 at the Dean Smith Center—snapping what had been the team’s first three-game losing streak since 2014. Coming off a season-low four points in Tuesday’s loss at Clemson, Maye responded Saturday by pouring in 26 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists against Pitt (8-16, 0-11 ACC). He was one of six Tar Heels to score in double figures in the game, as UNC...

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Roy Williams: ‘I Was Not Involved’ With Jalek Felton Suspension

There are more questions than answers swirling in the first 24 hours since it was announced that UNC had suspended freshman guard Jalek Felton. Felton was suspended by the university, not the basketball program, and did not travel with the team to Clemson Tuesday night where the Tar Heels lost their third-straight game. “I had nothing to do with how it was handled,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said after Tuesday night’s game regarding Felton’s suspension. “And that’s probably all I should say,” Williams said, “because I’ve been advised not to say anything and don’t know enough to say...

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Late Rally Falls Short as No. 20 Clemson Hands No. 19 UNC First Three-Game Losing Streak Since 2014

Cameron Johnson and Joel Berry did everything they could Tuesday night to help the 19th-ranked Tar Heels erase a 16-point halftime deficit, but it would not be enough to finish the job–as No. 20 Clemson held on for an 82-78 victory at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers (18-4, 7-3 ACC) hit 10 of their 15 three-pointers in the first half to help build the commanding lead, becoming the latest team to take advantage of UNC’s lackluster perimeter defense. Although the Tar Heels (16-7, 5-5 ACC) struggled to get stops early on, Johnson and Berry provided hope in the second half...

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NC State Uses 15 Three-Pointers to Shock No. 10 UNC in Overtime at the Dean Dome

Just over a year removed from losing by 51 points at the Dean Dome, the NC State Wolfpack returned to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon with a vengeance—shooting their way past the 10th-ranked Tar Heels for a thrilling 95-91 overtime victory in the first game against UNC for new head coach Kevin Keatts. The Wolfpack (15-7, 5-4 ACC) nailed 15 of their 30 three-pointers—including a staggering 7-for-7 performance from guard Allerik Freeman—while the Tar Heels (16-6, 5-4 ACC) would have struggled hitting the broad side of a barn with the way they shot the ball from distance. Freeman finished with...

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Virginia Tech Dominates No. 10 UNC in Blacksburg, Ends Tar Heels’ Four-Game ACC Win Streak

The road woes against conference competition continued Monday night in Blacksburg for the 10th-ranked Tar Heels, who were thoroughly outplayed in an 80-69 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies. Coming into the game, Virginia Tech (14-6, 3-4 ACC) was at the bottom of a large number of defensive categories amongst ACC teams. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, however, the Hokie defense kept UNC (16-5, 5-3 ACC) from ever getting too comfortable on the offensive end. The Tar Heels—who are now 1-3 on the road in ACC play–led by as many as seven points in the first...

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