Tar Heels Today: Recruiting notes, scores and schedules, and an interesting tweet
Basketball and football recruits attend Saturday's game, Roy is back on the recruiting trail, Coby White sets a new standard, UNC scores and schedules, and an interesting tweet in this edition of Tar Heels Today.
Audio: Tar Heel 'Three-Peat' 50 Year Reunion Interview with Larry Miller
North Carolina Basketball is holding a 50-year-reunion celebration this weekend for the 1967 through ’69 Three-Peat ACC champion and Final Four teams. Art Chansky caught up with two-time All-American and two-time ACC Player of the Year Larry Miller from that era. You can listen to the full interview here:
Chansky’s Notebook: L&M Boys, Part 2
Half of the famed L&M Boys along with Bob Lewis, who I featured yesterday, Larry Miller was the first five-star recruit signed by Dean Smith. He was from Pennsylvania, where Duke won the recruiting landscape with three Final Four teams in the early 1960s. But instead of following his state-mates to Durham, Miller wanted to build something of his own in Chapel Hill.
How a longtime fan and a former UNC basketball star built an unlikely friendship
Larry Miller was taking a break in his backyard when his past came calling, bearing two lattes and a coffee. In short order he was participating in a book project that traces the arc of his basketball career. And, after years away, he’ll make a trip to UNC next month for a 50th reunion of Tar Heels squads that mounted a three-year championship run (1967-69) under Dean Smith.
Chansky’s Notebook: Anniversary Ignored
The 1966-67 team was Dean Smith’s sixth at North Carolina but his most important because it began the unparalleled dominance of the once-embattled young coach. That team – with Bob Lewis, Larry Miller, Dick Grubar, Rusty Clark and Bill Bunting in the starting lineup – won the ACC regular season and beat Duke for the third time in the ACC tournament final.
North Carolina's heroes in the Duke rivalry
North Carolina had a number of unbelievable individual performances in its rivalry against Duke. So much so that a game-winning buzzer-beater, a 40-point game, an unbelievable defensive effort against one of college basketball’s best shooters and Larry Miller’s 32 points on 13-of-14 shooting night didn’t make the cut.
Greatest Roy Williams-Era Performances vs. Duke
Let’s count down the 10 greatest Roy Williams-era individual performances against Duke. This obviously throws out a big chunk of pre-2003 UNC history, so apologies to Phil Ford (34 on Senior Night in 1978), Larry Miller (32 in the ’67 ACCT title game), Charles Scott (40 points in ’69 ACCT title-clinching comeback win), Joe Forte (24/16/7 in 2001), and Antawn Jamison (35 in 1998).
40 years ago, U.S. Olympians - coached by Dean Smith - played, beat the Allentown Jets
As a run-up to the '76 Olympics in Montreal, the U.S. team, coached by UNC coach Dean Smith, came to Bethlehem to take on the Allentown Jets, champions of the Eastern Basketball Association, which served as a minor league for the NBA. Smith was already well known to Lehigh Valley basketball fans after recruiting Catasauqua star Larry Miller in 1964.
Andrew Miller's No. 33 Retired Saturday
Former UNC pitcher Andrew Miller became the third player in program history to have his number retired, with Chancellor Carol Folt and Senior Associate A.D. Larry Gallo presenting his No. 33 jersey in a ceremony Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. Miller, a 10-year MLB veteran, joins Dave Lemonds and B.J. Surhoff as Tar Heels who have received this unique honor.
ACC in the ’70s: Properly introduced to America
As fondly as the early days of Dickie Hemric, Lennie Rosenbluth, Len Chappell, Art Heyman and Larry Miller are remembered, ACC basketball really wasn’t all that to the nation at large in the 1950s and 1960s. All that changed, however, on April 14, 1973, when those most responsible for ACC basketball’s capturing the imagination of the nation at large were the players and coaches of N.C. State and Maryland and a television executive named C.D. Chesley.
Larry Brown having early success at SMU
Larry Brown has coached more basketball games -- 2,587 and counting -- than John Wooden and Phil Jackson combined. He's coached Allen Iverson, David Robinson and Reggie Miller and mentored assistants Gregg Popovich, Bill Self and John Calipari in an enduring career that's included 12 coaching jobs at either the pro or college level.
1971 UNC Basketball Team To Be Honored Saturday
Without big names like Charles Scott, Bob Lewis or Larry Miller, the 1971 Tar Heels--a group that will be honored at halftime of Saturday's sold-out 4 p.m. tipoff against Boston College--were picked to finish seventh in an eight-team ACC. And that made them determined to prove everyone wrong.
Life as usual in the ACC
For those who can remember seeing Larry Miller, Charles Scott, David Thompson, Phil Ford, James Worthy, Ralph Sampson, Michael Jordan, Christian Lattener, Bobby Hurley, Tim Duncan and Antawn Jamison, the ACC of this decade has been a watered-down version of what it once was. But be fair. It's just not the ACC. With star players now doing the one-and-done thing, college basketball is no longer close to what it was, even in the 1990s.
Brewer: Miller One Of Carolina's Greatest Players
Tyler Hansbrough will certainly be ranked among Carolina's greatest players when he ends his career in Chapel Hill. Fans usually say that list already includes players like Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Lennie Rosenbluth, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Billy Cunningham, Charlie Scott, Brad Daugherty, Antawn Jamison and Kenny Smith, among others. I've always wondered why Larry Miller isn't among that initial group that people name.
Miller's tale is one of glory at UNC
On the night of Friday, March 17, 1972, after helping the Carolina Cougars beat the New York Nets 147-127 on Long Island, Larry Miller spent some time with a couple of friends from Catasauqua. Basically, the whole night. "I think between the three of us we drank a couple of cases of beer, and then Larry went to his room to watch a (Mister MotoMoto) movie," said Buff Schwenk, who traveled to New York with Rich Petro for the American Basketball Association game.