Tony Bradley out for FSU game

UNC freshman center Tony Bradley will not play against Florida State on Saturday, according to North Carolina basketball. Per the report, Bradley, a 6-11, 240-pound center from Florida, has a concussion. Bradley banged his head hard on a fall during the first half of UNC's win on Wednesday at Wake Forest. He left the game and did not return. (Carolina Blue)

Dustin Ackley's Number To Be Retired Jan. 26

Former Carolina great and 2009 National Player of the Year Dustin Ackley will have his No. 13 retired in a ceremony during the UNC-Virginia Tech basketball game on Jan. 26 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Ackley is set to become the fourth player in program history to receive this unique honor, joining Dave Lemonds, B.J. Surhoff and Andrew Miller. (

Carolina Insider Podcast: J.R. Reid

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast is now available featuring a fun conversation with former Tar Heel All-America J.R. Reid about his time playing under Dean Smith in the late 1980s, the 2016-17 season and more. Join hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas for all the Carolina news entering a big weekend of games. (

Kennedy Meeks enjoying a stellar senior season

North Carolina basketball has ripped off three consecutive ACC wins. The Tar Heels have done that behind a top-10 offense that continues to flex its muscles on the offensive glass. The main provocateur in this department is senior big man Kennedy Meeks. If you’re a generous grader, Meeks is averaging a double-double: 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. (ACC Sports Journal)

Podcast: Taylor Vippolis Special

On this week’s podcast, former UNC football player and current GoHeelsTV analyst, Taylor Vippolis, joins us to discuss UNC football and basketball as well as his role with GoHeelsTV. With so many departures for the NFL Draft, we discuss which players might play big roles next season. We also take a look back at this past week’s basketball games. (Tar Heel Blog)

What to look for as UNC basketball takes on Florida State

No. 11 North Carolina takes on No. 9 Florida State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Smith Center. After a close call at Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Tar Heels look to prove they can hang with some of the conference’s tougher teams. UNC met the Seminoles just once last season — Brice Johnson put up 39 points and 23 rebounds in a 106-90 UNC win. (Daily Tar Heel)

Four Factor Friday: Board Games

North Carolina is 15-3 and 3-1 in ACC play as it prepares to host Florida State (16-1, 4-0 ACC) Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. After 18 games, this Carolina team is excelling in one of the Four Factors more than any previous Roy Williams UNC team. We’ll cover how the Tar Heels are keeping opponents off the offensive glass in this edition of Four Factor Friday. (The Secondary Break)

UNC turning to new faces on the offensive line

The Tar Heels return three offensive line starters from the Sun Bowl — rising seniors Bentley Spain and R.J. Prince, as well as rising sophomore Tommy Hatton. Spain will return to left tackle, while Prince heads into spring as the favorite at right guard. A couple of UNC’s 2016 signees — Luke Elder and Tyler Pritchett — are primed to enter the two-deep. (ACC Sports Journal)

Q&A With Ryan Switzer

Who is your agent and where are you training pre-draft? Ryan Switzer: "I signed with JB Sports and I’m in Frisco Texas training at Exos." Heading into the combine and pro-day, what is your ideal height, weight and 40-time? Switzer: "I will probably come in at 5’9, be somewhere between 180-185 and hopefully nothing above a 4.45 for the 40. Ideally, somewhere in the low 4.4s." (NFL Draft Insider)

2nd Quarter Stalls UNC Women's Basketball In Setback At Duke

Paris Kea and Stephanie Watts combined for 31 points for UNC in a 70-58 loss at No. 12 Duke on Thursday. Watts registered her ACC-leading ninth double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Kea led all scorers with 16 points. UNC entered the game averaging over eight makes from three-point range. Tonight, the Tar Heels converted only 4-of-26. (

Cleveland Browns facing ghost of Bernie Kosar with Mitch Trubisky?

What if he's another Bernie Kosar?" That's what someone mentioned to me when we were talking about Mitch Trubisky. The former Mentor High School quarterback announced Monday that he has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns have the first pick. (

UNC basketball's balanced offense, winning in different ways

After defeating Wake Forest 93-87, UNC head coach Roy Williams was asked about winning games in different ways. At 15-3 --- the Tar Heels have been able to slow it down and grind out a win against Wisconsin, blow out a team like N.C. State, run with teams like Oklahoma State and Kentucky, and win late and close against Tennessee, Clemson, and Wake Forest. (Carolina Blue)

Four Corners: Big Weekend Ahead

The last week has seen a winter storm drop snow and ice on much of North Carolina, as well as a pair of Tar Heel basketball wins over NC State and Wake Forest. UNC is 3-1 in ACC play with a pair of huge conference home games looming. Ninth-ranked Florida State will visit the Smith Center on Saturday, and Syracuse will visit Chapel Hill on Monday. (

Small Lineups, Big Problems: Part II

There was nothing specific or obvious about the small lineups that caused UNC issues during Wake Forest's runs. If anything, the small combos should have been better (on paper) at defending Wake’s go-to offense of ball screen/dribble penetration/drive-and-kick. Many of the issues were likely related to Theo Pinson’s lack of floor time this season. (The Secondary Break)

Video: Meet the 2017 UNC Football Early Enrollees

The Tar Heels welcomed eight new football student-athletes to campus on Wednesday. All eight graduated early from high school and enrolled at UNC for the 2017 spring semester. View Video...

Q&A with Brooke Baldwin, UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker

Brooke Baldwin, a CNN news anchor, will be UNC's 2017 spring commencement speaker. A 2001 graduate of UNC, Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and became an anchor in 2010. The DTH's Acy Jackson spoke with Baldwin about being the speaker and her plans for the speech. "First of all, I hope that everyone will have had too many Blue Cups the night before as I might have 15 years ago." (Daily Tar Heel)

Chansky’s Notebook: Big Enough, Good Enough?

Tony Bradley, or no Tony Bradley, may be the key to beating Florida State. Just when UNC’s basketball team was getting healthy, the Tar Heels may be without a key reserve when they face the hottest team in the ACC Saturday, first-place Florida State. If you saw the Seminoles dismantle Duke for their 12th straight win Tuesday night, you know what I mean. (

By playing down low, Tar Heels' Theo Pinson continues to show versatility

North Carolina junior Theo Pinson has taken seven shots since returning from a broken foot. None of them went in. But nobody’s complaining. The 6-foot-6 wing is UNC’s most versatile player. And in the two games since he’s returned, he’s shown it. “Having Theo back is really going to help us because he can do so many things,” Roy Williams said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings

13. North Carolina Tar Heels: You can’t get a futures bargain on UNC right now because everyone seems to agree that the team has yet to hit its ceiling. Difference-maker Theo Pinson is just finding his way back into the rotation and still has yet to play like he did as a promising sophomore. The offense as a whole isn’t shooting as well inside the arc as expected. (Sports Illustrated)

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