Billy Cunningham News Archive

Chansky’s Notebook: Michael Jordan Scores 63 On The Legend

Basketball fans, do you know what today is? What does the number 32 mean to you? For old-timers, 32 was Billy Cunningham’s number. For the younger folks, it’s Luke Maye’s number. But there’s a third reason to keep 32 in mind. 32 years ago today, Michael Jordan, 1985 NBA Rookie of the Year, dropped 63 points (Video) on Larry Bird and the then Big 3 of the NBA.

UNC-NC State Postgame Notes

Luke Maye scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds against NC State. Maye is the fourth Tar Heel (with Billy Cunningham, Lennie Rosenbluth and Mitch Kupchak) to have multiple 30/15 games in the same season. Roy Williams is now 33-4 against NC State, including 28-4 as UNC's head coach. UNC has won five in a row over NC State in PNC Arena.

For one North Carolina legend, Wells Fargo Center can provide a history lesson

Brice Johnson didn’t come to Philadelphia for the sightseeing. So focused was he that he didn’t even take a peek at the rafters, where Billy Cunningham’s retired 76ers No. 32 hangs, not far from Bobby Jones’ No. 24. “You definitely notice it up there in the Smith Center,” he said. Alerted that Cunningham’s number was retired, too, in the building in which he was sitting, Johnson was intrigued.

UNC-Indiana Postgame Notes

First-team All-America forward Brice Johnson scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. It was his 22nd double-double of the season. That ties the most double-doubles in UNC single-season history with Billy Cunningham, who had 22 in 1964. Marcus Paige made a season-high six three-pointers and tied the UNC record for most three-pointers in an NCAA Tournament.

UNC's Kennedy Meeks snaps out of postseason slump

In the victorious locker room, Roy Williams read off some stats for Marcus Paige, who had passed Michael Jordan on UNC's career scoring list. Williams shared some numbers for Brice Johnson, who had tied Billy Cunningham's school record of 22 double-doubles in a season. The biggest outburst from UNC's players occurred on behalf of Kennedy Meeks.

UNC-Providence Postgame Notes

UNC has won 30 games for the 12th time, including six seasons under head coach Roy Williams. Brice Johnson had his 21st double-double of the season (31 career). That ties the second-most double-doubles in Carolina single-season history with John Henson in 2011 and Antawn Jamison in 1998. Billy Cunningham had 22 in 1964.

UNC-Duke Postgame Notes

This is the seventh time in 13 years that Carolina has won the ACC regular-season title under Roy Williams. UNC has won the ACC regular-season title 30 times. Duke is second with 19. Brice Johnson has 953 career rebounds. He passed Eric Montross for eighth place in UNC history. Marcus Paige passed Billy Cunningham (1709) for 16th place in UNC career scoring.

Six Tar Heels make ESPN's top 100 NBA players

ESPN ranked the 100 top NBA players of all time and six North Carolina players made the list. #1 - Michael Jordan (UNC: 1981–1984), #43 - James Worthy (UNC: 1979–1982), #52 - Bob McAdoo (UNC: 1971–1972, #69 - Vince Carter (UNC: 1995–1998, #88 - Billy Cunningham (UNC: 1962–1965), #96 - Bobby Jones (UNC: 1971–1974)

Of Billy Cunningham and Brice Johnson

Billy Cunningham practically invented the term “double-double.” He averaged 24.8 points and 15.4 rebounds a game FOR HIS CAREER. Most incredibly, the man recorded double-doubles in 40 consecutive games! No one else in NCAA history has done that. So for Brice Johnson, to put together a game where he can be included in the same paragraph with Cunningham is extraordinary.

How does Brice Johnson’s career night rank in UNC, ACC history?

Brice Johnson is only the second Tar Heel ever to record as many as 39 points and 23 rebounds in the same game. Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham did it twice in his college career, hitting for 48 points and 25 rebounds against Tulane on Dec. 10, 1964 and 40 points, 28 boards against Maryland a month later on Jan. 13, 1964.

UNC-Florida State Postgame Notes

Brice Johnson is the second Tar Heel ever to score 39 or more points and have at least 23 rebounds in the same game. Billy Cunningham is the only other Tar Heel to accomplish that. According to ESPN, Johnson joins Texas’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin as the only players in the last 20 years with at least 39 and 23.

Recap & Analysis: UNC 106, Florida State 90

Brice Johnson's final line: 39 points, 23 rebounds, 14-16 FGs, 11-16 FTs, 3 blocks and 3 steals. It likely stands as one of the best double-doubles in UNC history with only players like Billy Cunningham and Lennie Rosenbluth having better games. Paige scored 30 points on 10-12 shooting and 5-9 from three and 5-6 at the line. The Johnson/Paige combo accounted for 69 of UNC's 106 points.

Speakers For Dean Smith Celebration

UNC will celebrate the life of Dean E. Smith Sunday (Feb. 22) at 2 p.m. at the Smith Center. Speaking on behalf of the Carolina Basketball Family and the Smith family will be Mickey Bell, Erskine Bowles, Billy Cunningham, Brad Daugherty, Phil Ford, Antawn Jamison, Eric Montross, Reverend Robert Seymour, former Georgetown Coach John Thompson and Carolina Coach Roy Williams.

Today In History: Billy Cunningham's Banner Rises

On December 17, 1976, a Sixers legend was immortalized with a banner in the rafters. The Spectrum stood as the towering monument to Philadelphia indoor sports culture, and Billy Cunningham was there to see his number 32 ascend towards the Philadelphia basketball heavens. His UNC days are marked with unbelievable rebounding and scoring games.

Maryland's ACC farewell vs. Virginia nostalgic for Gary Williams

No one understands or relishes the link between Maryland basketball and the ACC like Gary Williams. He played for the Terps against Billy Cunningham and Bob Verga. He coached his alma mater against Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. While competing against those giants, Williams elevated himself and Maryland.

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