UNC senior Ma makes Cinderella run on varsity squad
When sophomore guard Seventh Woods was injured in December, Roy Williams made a move to bring up senior guard Kane Ma. Ma had spent his career at UNC on the JV team, but Williams used him to fill the hole left by Woods. "I had the biggest smile on my face," Ma said. "I was just reflecting on all the times that maybe I thought this wouldn't happen."
Video: UNC Dunks At NCAA Tournament Open Practice In Charlotte
North Carolina put on a show during open practice for its NCAA Tournament opener against Lipscomb in Charlotte. The Heels showed off their athleticism for the crowd on hand, including an incredible Dunk Contest-worthy slam by Seventh Woods.
Bench Boosts Tar Heels in Brooklyn
Down 12-0 in Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal, Roy Williams turned to his bench and said, "One, two, three, four, five. Go in the game." "That was it," sophomore wing Brandon Robinson said. Robinson, along with Seventh Woods, Andrew Platek, Garrison Brooks, and Sterling Manley entered the game to relieve North Carolina's starting five.
Quick Hitters – UNC vs. Miami
Trivia question years from now: Who scored the first basket in Carolina’s ACC Quarterfinal victory over Miami in Joel Berry and Theo Pinson’s senior year? Berry? No. Pinson? Nope. Luke Maye? Not even close. Cameron Johnson? Not a chance. Give up? That’s right, it was none other than Mr. Seventh Woods. All told, Miami scored the first 14 points of the game.
Quick Hitters – UNC vs Duke
Great to see Seventh Woods return, getting on the court for three minutes. It will take him time to get back into game shape, but with Jalek Felton’s suspension, any minutes Woods can spell Joel Berry in this three-games-in-five-days gauntlet will be important. Theo Pinson guarded Marvin Bagley and did as good a job as one can do on him, “limiting” him to 15 points.
Seventh Woods Expected to be Available Thursday vs. Duke
Barring any further setbacks, North Carolina sophomore point guard Seventh Woods will be available for UNC's game against Duke on Thursday. "I put (Woods) down on the practice (report) today and I did not put 'limited,'" UNC head coach Roy Williams said during Tuesday's press conference. The Tar Heels take on Duke on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Smith Center.
Roy Williams Previews Duke Game
North Carolina coach Roy Williams and members of his team met with the media on Tuesday to preview Thursday's game against Duke in the Smith Center. The Tar Heel head coach spoke with reporters on a number of subjects, including rebounding, injured guard Seventh Woods, Theo Pinson and more. "We are playing D-U-K-E. I know how to spell the damn thing."
Roy Williams Thinks UNC PG Seventh Woods Will Play Next Game
UNC backup point guard Seventh Woods will likely make his return for the Duke game. UNC has been without Woods for the last 17 games due to a stress fracture in his foot. His absence has been increasingly felt after the struggles and suspension of reserve point guard Jalek Felton. Woods went through warmups before the Heels' game against Pittsburgh but did not play.
Theo Pinson Expected to Play Saturday, Seventh Woods Questionable
Theo Pinson is expected to play and Seventh Woods is questionable for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. Pinson suffered a left shoulder strain in Tuesday’s loss at Clemson. Woods, who missed UNC’s last 16 games with a stress fracture in his right foot, participated in fullcourt drills Wednesday and will dress out and go through warmups Saturday.
Seventh Woods Progressing, Doubtful for Weekend Return
Seventh Woods has been sidelined for 16 games with a stress fracture in his right foot. The sophomore point guard is getting closer to his return, Roy Williams confirmed Tuesday. "He is making some progress. He played some half court yesterday, but they haven't released him to do everything. So whether he would be available this weekend, I would sort of doubt."
Tar Heels Today: Felton, Pinson, Woods, and a two-sport UNC commitment
Updates on Jalek Felton, Theo Pinson, and Seventh Woods, UNC-Clemson postgame coverage, and a two-sport star commits to play football and lacrosse at UNC in Tar Heels Today.
Tar Heels Today: Clemson preview, football recruiting note, and the end of small ball?
UNC basketball in the AP and RPI rankings, previewing Clemson, Brice Johnson on the move, the end of "small ball"?! and a football recruiting nugget in Tar Heels Today.
Three Things Learned vs NC State
Seventh Woods’ injury is the fork in the road and has likely messed up the rotations that Roy Williams would have used in terms of players off the bench. With Woods, Kenny Williams likely gets more rest as Joel Berry or Jalek Felton plays as a two, Felton isn’t responsible for nearly as much of the offense, Cam Johnson didn’t have to get rushed back as quickly, and so forth.
There’s Plenty of Room for Zion Williamson at UNC
With Zion Williamson’s announcement set for Saturday at 8 p.m., it’s only fitting to talk about what the Tar Heels look like should he take his talents to Chapel Hill. 247 Sports predicts the 6-foot-7, 270-pound small forward will choose Clemson, but could Williamson join fellow South Carolinians Seventh Woods and Jalek Felton at UNC? There’s certainly a chance, and there’s certainly a role for him.
Seventh Woods Cleared for Shooting, But No Clarity on Return
UNC basketball coach Roy Williams on Seventh Woods's injured foot. "Now they’ve released him to start shooting some, but not a lot at that, so he’s still quite a bit away from being ready to play. But it’s just a process that you have to go through.” If Woods continues to miss games deep into the ACC season, he would be eligible for a medical hardship waiver.