Roy Williams

Williams, Berry Spark No. 9 UNC’s Impressive Road Win at Stanford

Joel Berry and Kenny Williams turned Maples Pavilion into their own personal playground Monday night, as the Tar Heel backcourt duo combined for 49 points in No. 9 UNC’s impressive 96-72 road victory over the Stanford Cardinal. Shortly after draining one of his six first-half three-pointers, a big smile crept across Williams’ face as headed back down court on defense. It was that kind of night for he and Berry both, as the two guards—who have each battled injury issues in the past year–stepped up in a big way to help UNC (3-0) defeat a Stanford team (3-2) coached...

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Tar Heels Fend Off Upset-Minded Bucknell Down the Stretch, Pick Up Victory in Berry’s Return

In a game highlighted by the return of senior point guard Joel Berry, the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team nearly found itself on the wrong end of an upset bid Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center. Instead, the Tar Heels improved to 2-0 this season–after shifting into gear during the final minutes of a 93-81 victory over the Bucknell Bison. Berry, who was returning from a broken right hand, was aggressive in getting to the free throw line all night and tied with Theo Pinson for the team lead with six assists in his first game back. After...

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Young Tar Heels Still Searching For Identity Entering Wednesday’s Game Against an Experienced Bucknell Squad

An impressive victory in last Friday’s season opener against Northern Iowa showed that the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team has enough talent to be mentioned among the top teams in America. What the young, inexperienced Tar Heels–who have been without injured senior point guard Joel Berry for nearly a month–will need time to define, however, is a true identity. This will provide an interesting backdrop Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center, when UNC hosts Bucknell–a team that returned all five starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad. Losing three starters and a pair of key bench contributors from...

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Maye, No. 9 Tar Heels Look Sharp in Season-Opening Victory Over Northern Iowa

Although UNC head coach Roy Williams expressed concerns with what he’d seen from his team in practice leading up to Friday’s season opener, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels can take plenty of positives away from their 86-69 victory at the Dean Dome over Northern Iowa. With senior point guard Joel Berry and graduate transfer Cam Johnson each sitting out due to injuries, junior forward Luke Maye proved he is ready for the spotlight. The Huntersville native scored in a variety of ways—inside and outside–on the way to a career-high 26 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Maye’s presence on offense—most...

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Previewing the UNC Men’s Basketball Season Opener vs. Northern Iowa

A new season kicks off for the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team on Friday night at the Dean E. Smith Center, with head coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels scheduled to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers at 7 p.m. Last season brought results on each end of the spectrum for these two teams, as UNC took home the NCAA championship while Northern Iowa finished below .500 at 14-16. The Tar Heels also crushed the Panthers 85-42 in a December matchup at the Dean Dome behind 18 points from now-departed Kennedy Meeks. This season brings plenty of questions,...

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UNC Raises Disaster Relief Funds With Four-Team Men’s Basketball Jamboree

In some ways, the four-team men’s basketball “jamboree” held at the Dean Smith Center on Sunday afternoon was like a friendly family reunion. Hosted by UNC, the event was designed to raise money for the NC Disaster Relief Fund in wake of the damage done to the state by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016. Joining the Tar Heels at the Dean Dome were the teams from East Carolina, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Greensboro–each of which have a head coach with strong ties to both Roy Williams and UNC. East Carolina head coach Jeff Lebo was a standout guard in Chapel...

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Luke Maye Scores 18 to Lead UNC Past Barton in Men’s Basketball Exhibition

It took a little while to shake the rust off, but the ninth-ranked Tar Heels ultimately cruised to a 91-80 victory over the Barton Bulldogs on Friday night at the Dean Smith Center–their last preseason exhibition before opening up the new year against Northern Iowa on Nov. 10. Junior forward Luke Maye led UNC with 18 points and 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes of playing time, as head coach Roy Williams had 10 players see at least 13 minutes of action. With senior point guard Joel Berry watching from the bench with a broken hand, the Tar Heels...

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UNC to Host Four-School Men’s Basketball Exhibition for Disaster Relief Fund

In an effort to raise money for the governor’s North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, UNC announced Monday it will host a four-school men’s basketball exhibition at the Dean E. Smith Center on Sunday, Nov. 5. East Carolina, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Wilmington will all make the trip to Chapel Hill for the event, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The teams will each play a total of 40 minutes, with that time being divided into a trio of segments against each of the other schools. All three of the opposing head coaches also have a personal connection to UNC....

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NCAA Investigation Behind Them, Tar Heels Turning Eye Toward Future at Men’s Basketball Media Day

With the cloud of the NCAA investigation now in the rearview mirror for head coach Roy Williams and the UNC men’s basketball team, the focus at the Tar Heels’ media day on Tuesday started to turn toward the future. For the last six years and change—depending on the timeline you want to use—Williams and UNC have battled endless criticism on the recruiting trail related to the investigation. While the Tar Heels watched the nation’s top high school players continuously choose other schools such as Duke, Kentucky and Kansas, Williams was forced into winning with recruits who would stick around...

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Late Night With Roy Kicks Off UNC Basketball Season

It’s that time of year. Basketball season has arrived in Chapel Hill, as UNC hosted its annual Late Night With Roy season kickoff event on Friday night at the Smith Center. Fans were once again treated to the usual variety of skits and dance performances, as well as the team’s Blue-White scrimmage–which Theo Pinson and the Blue team won by a score of 35-30. Perhaps the most exciting part of the night, however, came at the beginning–when the 2017 NCAA Championship banner was revealed to the crowd. A similar reaction was created during player introductions when Pinson came out...

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