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Joel Berry, Theo Pinson Join Tony Bradley in Testing NBA Draft Process

UNC officially confirmed Monday morning that juniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson–as well as freshman Tony Bradley–will each put their names into the NBA Draft process following Sunday’s deadline for underclassmen to declare. None of the three players have hired an agent, however, leaving the door open for any of them to return after receiving evaluations. “We fully support our players taking this step of being evaluated by NBA teams to see where they stand in relation to the Draft,” head coach Roy Williams said. “All three players have options to do what is best for their careers and...

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UNC Fans Welcome 2017 National Champions Home

A packed house at the Smith Center welcomed the UNC men’s basketball team as they returned to Chapel Hill. With the 2017 NCAA championship in the books, UNC fans filled the Smith Center one last time Tuesday night to celebrate the return of their conquering heroes. The Tar Heels won Monday night, defeating Gonzaga 71 to 65 and bringing the school its first title since 2009. The team came up short of the championship last year, falling to Villanova on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Kris Jenkins. Senior point guard Nate Britt addressed the packed house. “Last year, when...

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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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Ol’ Roy: Coach of this Century?

Duke fans like to refer to Mike Krzyzewski as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). But the national media is finally noticing that Roy Williams may be his rival in that respect, as well. The ACC may not think so — In the last two seasons, Williams has two NCAA title game appearances, two ACC regular season championships, one ACC tournament title and only nine ACC Coach of the Year votes to his credit — but two stories from Bleacher Report and NBC Sports published this week make a case that Ol’ Roy may be at least the GOTT (Greatest Of...

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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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UNC Assistant C.B. McGrath Likely to Become New Head Coach at UNC-Wilmington

A longtime assistant coach under Roy Williams–both at Kansas and UNC–C.B. McGrath is expected to leave his position on the Tar Heel bench in order to take the head coach job at UNC-Wilmington. The 41-year-old played guard for four years under Williams at Kansas, before spending another four years there as an assistant. He has been at UNC each year–14 in total–since Williams took the head coaching job in Chapel Hill. McGrath has also been the head coach of the UNC junior varsity team in recent years, as well. UNC-Wilmington provides McGrath with a team coming off NCAA Tournament appearances...

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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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