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Theo Pinson’s Ability to Play Point Guard a Key Factor Ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft

Although UNC doesn’t have any players expected to hear their names called in the early portion of Thursday’s NBA Draft, do-it-all senior Theo Pinson has seen his name rise up draft boards throughout the offseason workout process. Pinson was initially left off the list of players invited to this year’s draft combine, before ultimately earning a late invitation as an alternate–where he was given an opportunity to showcase his diverse skill set in front of NBA scouts. Expectations were lifted a bit more last week during UNC head coach Roy Williams’ summer press conference when he told reporters his...

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UNC Weathers Early Storm, Then Rolls Over No. 15 Seed Lipscomb in NCAA Tournament First Round

After weathering a spirited first-half push from its overmatched opponents Friday afternoon at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, No. 2 seed UNC took care of business and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament with a 84-66 victory over the No. 15 seed Lipscomb Bisons. The teams traded the lead back-and-forth over the first 16 minutes of Friday’s game, as Lipscomb (23-10) came out pushing a breakneck pace and hitting enough shots to keep things competitive. Turnovers also proved to be a problem for the Tar Heels (26-10) in the early going, as Lipscomb scored 13 of...

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Tar Heels Refuse to Overlook No. 15 Seed Lipscomb in NCAA First Round Matchup

As UNC gets set to open its NCAA Tournament run Friday afternoon in Charlotte against the No. 15 seed Lipscomb Bisons, head coach Roy Williams refuses to overlook his team’s first-round opponent—which is a good thing considering Lipscomb has similarities to Wofford, a team that pulled off a major upset against the Tar Heels earlier this season. It may have been just a regular season game in the doldrums of mid-December, but it wasn’t that long ago that UNC suffered that shocking loss at the hands of Fletcher Magee and the Terriers. Magee—one of the nation’s premier sharpshooters—led a...

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Cameron Johnson Dealing With Minor Back Issue Ahead of UNC’s First Round Game vs. Lipscomb

UNC graduate transfer Cameron Johnson is dealing with a minor back injury that caused him to sit out of all team activities on Tuesday, head coach Roy Williams told the media afterwards at his scheduled press conference. “We just did a quick 30-35 minute shootaround, then went in and watched tape and they did a weight session before that,” Williams said. “And Cam did not do anything. If we had to play today, he wouldn’t play at all.” The Tar Heels are currently scheduled to travel to Charlotte later this week, where they’ll face No. 15 seed Lipscomb on...

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No. 1 Virginia Stifles High-Powered UNC Offense, Claims ACC Tournament Title

Virginia managed to put the clamps on UNC for the second time this season Saturday night in the ACC Tournament Championship Game, showing why it was ranked the unanimous top team in the country heading into the week. The Tar Heels could never quite get comfortable offensively, as the Cavaliers escaped Brooklyn with a 71-63 victory. Attempting to become just the second group to ever win four games in four days on the way to an ACC Tournament title, UNC (25-10, 14-8 ACC) didn’t quite have enough gas left in the tank to overcome the ferocious Virginia defense. While...

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UNC Holds On to Defeat Duke, Earn Spot in ACC Championship Game

Offense has typically been what UNC is known for under head coach Roy Williams, but it’s the defense that’s carried the Tar Heels to three straight wins in the ACC Tournament—including a 74-69 victory over the No. 2 seed Duke Blue Devils in Friday’s Semifinals. Coming into Friday night’s series rubber match between the two arch-rivals, Duke ranked fifth in the country with a team scoring average of over 85 points per game. Through sheer willpower and emotion, the undersized Tar Heels (25-9, 14-7 ACC) held the Blue Devils well below that season average to punch their ticket into...

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Bench Helps UNC Recover From Slow Start, Pinson Finishes the Job as UNC Beats Miami and Advances to ACC Semifinals

UNC head coach Roy Williams benched all of his starters seven minutes into the game Thursday night in Brooklyn during the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals, as Miami raced out to a 14-0 lead. The subs then brought some much-needed momentum before Theo Pinson took over down the stretch in an 82-65 Tar Heel victory. Instead of ripping his jacket in anger like he tried to do in Wednesday’s victory over Syracuse, Williams decided to go ahead and have every-dadgum-body take a seat next to him. Baskets from reserves Seventh Woods and Sterling Manley—a drive resulting in a three-point play and...

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Tar Heels Take Down Syracuse, Advance to ACC Tournament Quarterfinals

With heavy hearts around the program following the death of the team’s longtime play-by-play voice Woody Durham, UNC opened its ACC Tournament run in Brooklyn on Wednesday night with a 78-59 victory over the Syracuse Orange. A balanced offensive effort paired with stifling defense on the other end helped the Tar Heels (23-9, 12-7 ACC) advance to the Quarterfinals without ever really being seriously threatened. Kenny Williams led the team with 17 points, Theo Pinson added 16 and each of the five UNC starters scored at least eight. The Tar Heels took the lead for good midway through the...

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No. 5 Duke Erases 13-Point Second-Half Deficit to Defeat No. 9 UNC in Regular Season Finale

For the second time in five days, the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team found themselves on the wrong end of a heartbreaking loss Saturday night. Holding a 13-point lead over No. 5 Duke early in the second half, the Tar Heels let it all slip away as the Blue Devils rallied for a 74-64 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It wasn’t a crushing buzzer beater like the one Miami hit on Tuesday, but all losses to Duke hurt just the same for UNC. When you add in the fact that the Tar Heels (22-8, 11-7 ACC) seemed to be...

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Newton’s Buzzer Beating Three From Just Inside Half Court Stuns Berry, No. 9 UNC on Senior Night

Senior nights always bring tears, but Tuesday night’s edition at the Dean Dome also brought fireworks. Led by a heroic effort from point guard Joel Berry, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels rallied from 16 points down in the second half to tie things up with four seconds remaining. However, Miami’s Ja’Quan Newton turned around and hit a deep three at the buzzer from just inside half court to give the Hurricanes (21-8, 10-7 ACC) a shocking 91-88 victory. It was a stunning ending to an extremely emotional night in Chapel Hill, as it started to feel inevitable down the stretch...

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