Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: In The Zone

Even without self-banished Syracuse and its famous defense, the 62nd ACC Tournament has been in the zone from almost the moment it tipped off Tuesday with two one-point games between the four worst teams in the conference.

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Art’s Angle: No Comparison

Mike Krzyzewski and Kevin White should resign their posts at Duke for harboring knowledge for almost one full year that Rasheed Sulaimon had been accused of sexually assaulting two women in two separate incidents. How does that sound? Compare that to “Roy Williams should resign despite repeatedly saying that he had no knowledge of his players taking classes that were mis-taught by a secretary in the AFAM department.” So far, no one is saying the former since the revelations about Sulaimon became public in Monday’s Duke Chronicle. So far, plenty of people – including certain faculty members – have...

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Art’s Angle: Bad And Getting Worse

You saw two teams going in opposite directions Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team trending downward is Carolina, which suffered its fifth defeat in the last seven games and its fourth loss in the Smith Center this season, scoring its fewest points ever in Dean’s Dome. The Tar Heels have now lost at home seven times in the last two seasons, with only Senior Night remaining against Duke on March 7. A loss there will tie the 2010 NIT team for the most home defeats in the Roy Williams era. It’s all about recruiting, but I’ll get to that later....

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Art’s Angle: Painful Loss = Crossroads

If any of the Tar Heels slept a wink Wednesday night, they awoke Thursday at the crossroads of their basketball season. They played well enough to win at Duke – in fact, should have won – but a heartbreaker like that can sometimes have a more negative effect than if they played hard, did some good things and lost by, say, 12 points. We’ll know soon when they play Georgia Tech, the ACC’s 11th-place team, Saturday at noon at home. If they get after it from the opening tip and beat the Yellow Jackets handily, then Roy Williams’ fear...

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Art’s Angle: Smith’s Best Coaching Job

Dean Smith won three of his last four games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but the one he lost may have represented the greatest coaching job of his 36-year career that would end after that season. His Tar Heels had won at Cameron in a 1994 thriller over first-place and 2nd-ranked Duke behind 20 points from Donald Williams, who was coming off missing nine games with an injury. They won the memorable double-overtime game there in 1995, when Mike Krzyzewski was at home with his back injury. And they won a nasty game in 1996 that saw Jeff McInnis ejected,...

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Art’s Angle: 10-40 Years Ago

Monumental events often make me go back in time to recall what was happening 10, 20, 30 years ago. The passing of Dean Smith, whose legacy will live forever, came almost cosmically as the basketball season heads into the home stretch with February Fretting before March Madness. So what was going on at those various 10-year mileposts? Well, ten years ago, Roy Williams was getting ready to win his first national championship after returning as head coach from Kansas in April of 2003. The second-ranked Tar Heels went to Duke on February 9th and lost 71-70 when Raymond Felton...

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Art’s Angle: The Human Side

I remember my first (and only) interview with Dr. Linnea Smith the year after she married the famous basketball coach at UNC. A psychiatrist, she was confidential by nature and knew her husband preferred privacy over the very public figure he had become teaching and coaching a game that was growing faster than he ever imagined. Dr. Smith understood the trappings of Coach Smith’s career, but she was bemused by a perceived influence that far exceeded his profession. She used the word “omnipotent” to describe how many people regarded her husband. It was one of the last interviews Dr....

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Art’s Angle: Time To Man Up (Again)

Virginia has now played 73 basketball games in Chapel Hill since the first in 1911. The Cavaliers have won eight times, including Monday night’s 75-64 surgical execution of the Tar Heels in the Smith Center. Ironically, UVa won that first visit on February 24, 1911, by the score of 18-15, which sounds every bit as painful as the recent slicing and dicing of the Tar Heels by the best (coached?) team in the ACC. The next home loss to Virginia was more than 60 years later in 1973, when freshman Wally Walker led the Cavaliers over a Carolina club...

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Art’s Angle: BOO-YA!!!

Some Carolina basketball teams, particularly for the last two seasons, have not been especially lovable. We had the “going small” debate in 2013 and the affaire d’PJ last year. The current Tar Heels, despite their obvious foibles, have become solid fan favorites for the first time since the 2011 and 2012 Elite Eight teams. The two wins over Florida State and Syracuse in three days had the Smith Center filled to near capacity and as loud as it can be if the opponent is not Duke. Despite a failure to blow FSU out when the Seminoles were on the...

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Art’s Angle: A Dog Of A Crowd

If Carolina supposedly has the “wine and cheese” crowd, the N.C. State Wolfpack fans from here on in must be known as the doggy downers. I guess that’s what losing 16 of the last 17 games to your arch rival will do to the home crowd’s excitement and confidence going in – even three days after State upset Duke on the same floor. State’s crowd, in a word, was lame Wednesday night, giving its team virtually no home court advantage and not getting out of its seats in unison until the Tar Heels almost handed the Pack the game...

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