Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Chansky’s Notebook: Fourth Time in a Long Time?
The last time Carolina and Duke played four times was 37 years ago. UNC and Duke are establishing themselves as perhaps the best two teams in the ACC, which means they could play a third time in the ACC Tournament. The fourth meeting of the season would have to come in March Madness, if they played somewhere in the NCAA Tournament.
Carolina Insider Podcast: N.C. State & Virginia
Recap UNC's blowout win at North Carolina State and look ahead with hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas in the Carolina Insider podcast episode released Friday. ESPN College GameDay will originate from the Smith Center on Saturday prior to the big game against Virginia. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas.
How North Carolina will survive without Kenny Williams
Roy Williams’ squad is now down another man. Kenny Williams will undergo knee surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. The shooting guard had broken out this season, becoming a permanent fixture in the starting five. The loss of Williams is a significant blow for a group with national championship aspirations, but don’t expect UNC to fall out of the fold.
Tar Heel Blog Podcast: Adam Lucas Special
GoHeels.com contributor and co-host of the Carolina Insider podcast, Adam Lucas, joins me on the show to talk about his career and what got him interested in writing about the Tar Heels. We also discuss his current endeavor of co-hosting a weekly podcast with Jones Angell. Finally, we discuss some various topics on Carolina football and basketball.
Harrison Barnes subtly leads the Mavs by example
Harrison Barnes has silenced the critics, and ironically, he’s done so in his own tasteful style. Barnes came into a situation with the Mavericks where there was an established franchise leader in Dirk Nowitzki and a vocal leadership presence in Wesley Matthews. Instead of trying to become somebody he’s not, Barnes went to work his way.
Vince Carter passes Allen Iverson on all-time scoring list
With a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, Vince Carter moved into 23rd place on the all-time scoring list. In doing so, he passed NBA Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson, who retired with 24,368 career points. Carter, the 19-year NBA veteran out of North Carolina, now sits at 24,371 points.
UNC Basketball Starting Fresh
With the announcement that Kenny Williams is likely done for the season following knee surgery, UNC debuted its new starting 5 on Wednesday in Raleigh. While this group hadn’t started a game together all season (and had only logged 7:16 as a quintet), the idea of a Berry-Pinson-Jackson-Hicks-Meeks unit certainly wasn’t a novel one to Tar Heel fans.
Losing Kenny Williams - What does it mean?
Roy Williams broke the news during his post game press conference on Wednesday night in Raleigh: starting sophomore shooting guard Kenny Williams will likely miss the remainder of the season following surgery on his right knee. What does this mean for UNC --- A team with Final Four aspirations and are in the running for a No. 1 seed in both the ACC and NCAA Tournament?
Video: North Carolina vs. Virginia: Preview of an ACC Showdown
Virginia vs. North Carolina: A big-time showdown in the ACC as two of the top teams in the conference meet for the first time this season on Saturday. London Perrantes will lead the Cavaliers and their No. 1 ranked scoring defense against the hot shooting of Justin Jackson and Joel Berry.
Sports Illustrated College Basketball Power Rankings
10. North Carolina Tar Heels: Plenty of teams—rival Duke being one of them—have had more tumultuous seasons than North Carolina’s, but still: Wednesday’s 97–73 rout of NC State was the first time the Tar Heels started the five guys we projected to start in the preseason: Joel Berry II, Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks.
Even at 40, age is just a number for Vince Carter
There is no better reminder of Vince Carter’s immortality than watching him step on the floor and torch his former franchise...one that he left nine-and-a-half seasons ago. Against the Brooklyn Nets Monday, Carter looked more like his 30 year-old self than his 40 year-old self, dropping 14 points on 4-for-5 from the three-point line as the Grizzlies carved out the win.
A Dean's Influence
The influence Dean Smith had on Derrick Phelps as a player, a person and the coach he aspired to be was tremendous. "He was definitely a father-figure in my life," said Phelps. "He was more interested in what I wanted to do with my life and what kind of person I was rather than how I was going to help North Carolina win basketball games. He helped me mature as a player and a person."
Virginia Opens Defining Closing Stretch for UNC
No. 10 North Carolina sits alone atop the ACC standings. However, No. 14 Virginia’s arrival on Saturday begins a five-game closing stretch stacked with four ranked opponents. The Tar Heels have been here before. Last season, UNC jumped out to an 8-0 ACC record before hanging on for the regular season title with a 6-4 record in its final 10 games.
Kenny Williams’ injury gives Theo Pinson bigger chance to shine
Before Theo Pinson’s preseason injury, many expected him to be North Carolina's starter at the two spot. But even when he returned, Pinson came off the bench...until Kenny Williams got hurt. “When you come off the bench, you’ve got to feed off the energy and bring the energy,” said Pinson, who got his ninth career start.
Turner's Take: Sky Walker
With two minutes and thirty seconds left in the first half of UNC's game at NC State Wednesday, Luke Maye catches the ball on the wing, gives a pump fake at the three-point line to get Omer Yurtseven in the air, takes a dribble and two steps, rises from the block and flushes a two-handed dunk. That'll do. Luke Maye, of course, was a story before the dunk.