Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Art’s Angle: Bad And Getting Worse
You saw two teams going in opposite directions Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the team trending downward is Carolina, which suffered its fifth defeat in the last seven games and its fourth loss in the Smith Center this season, scoring its fewest points ever in Dean’s Dome. The Tar Heels have now lost at home seven times in the last two seasons, with only Senior Night remaining against Duke on March 7.
Loud And Clear At The Dean E. Smith Center
Almost an hour before tip off at the Dean E. Smith Center, an elderly man, probably in his late 70's, walked into the arena and made a b-line toward the UNC student section. Dressed in a satin Carolina blue baseball jacket, white cowboy hat and matching Carolina blue boots, the m faced the students and screamed at the top of his lungs, "are you going to be loud tonight?"
Tar Heels Off To Miami
UNC will play its final two road games of the season in a four-day stretch starting on Saturday at Miami. Carolina and the Hurricanes will tipoff just after 2 p.m. at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. With several inches of snow on the ground in Chapel Hill, the warmth of Miami should be a welcome change. CBS will televise the game nationally, and Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb will call the action.
Marcus Paige Named 2nd-Team Academic All-America
UNC guard Marcus Paige was named to the Academic All-America Division I men’s basketball second team for the second consecutive year, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday. Paige is Carolina’s leading scorer at 13.3 points per game and also sports a 3.39 grade point average while double-majoring in history and journalism and mass communication.
N.C. State fans burn UNC jersey
After N.C. State's big 58-46 win over North Carolina on Tuesday night, Wolfpack students and fans took to the bell tower in celebration. News & Observer photographer Jill Knight captured this picture of fans burning a UNC jersey. Pretty serious move. Its ACC basketball. Fans take it to the next level.
Black History Retold: Charlie Scott Becomes UNC’s First African-American Scholarship Hoops Player
When legendary University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith wanted his basketball team to get better back in the early 1960’s, he decided to open up his recruiting to start taking a look at black players at the persuasion of his church pastor . However, finding a black player that could fit the successful “Tar Heel” basketball player profile and have the grades the university required for admittance would be a challenge.
Execution eludes UNC against Wolfpack
The Tar Heels didn’t have their wits about them and didn’t adequately execute in the clutch, and NCSU won in the Dean Dome for the first time since Feb. 25, 2003. The final score was 58-46. No UNC team had ever finished a game having scored so few points in there. The Smith Center opened in 1986. “Silly poise,” Roy Williams said. “No poise is what it was."
Turner's Take: Go Out and Do Something
Go out and do something. Dean Smith did more than coach winning basketball, he did something with his life. As a college basketball coach, Smith was in a position to influence change. We do not all have that particular podium, that position that carries such influence, but we do have the ability to go out and do something.
Larry Brown is in familiar territory with SMU and NCAA
Southern Methodist University basketball coach Larry Brown has never had a nickname, perhaps because so many would fit. Some might call him "Suitcase" for all the professional and college jobs he has had in his career. Others might call him "The Cat" because it seems Brown has nine lives.
The Morning After: UNC-NCSU
It was a night of ineffectiveness. A more physical N.C. State team held UNC to 18 points and 28% shooting in the first half. UNC's best player, Marcus Paige was held to one shot and two points. “I mean we shot 7 for 25," Paige said after the game. "We got the ball inside around the basket. They are physical down low. We got the shots that we wanted, we didn’t make very many of them, obviously."
New book takes a familial look at UNC-Duke
The rivalry between Duke University and the University of North Carolina, especially on the basketball court, is one of a kind. It divides households and unites fans. Two men who know it well, Johnny Moore and Art Chansky, have a new book out looking deeper at "The Blue Divide."
There’s no turning to Paige this time for Tar Heels
Marcus Paige never transformed into his alter ego of Wolfpack killer on Tuesday. His pedestrian performance became a factor in UNC’s toothless 58-46 loss to NC State at the Smith Center. Paige, the junior who often has starred in defeats of N.C. State, struggled to seven points as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels stumbled to the lowest point total in the 29-year history of their home building.
Lucas: Defining Moments
Let’s not act like NC State suddenly showed up on Tuesday night and learned how to defend. The Wolfpack has been consistently good in the paint defensively in ACC play. League opponents are shooting just 44.1 percent against them on two-point shots, the third-best such defensive mark in the conference.
Wolfpack, Barber scratch Tar Heels
North Carolina coach Roy Williams got the loud crowd he ordered, and for all of the talk about there no longer being much to these games between N.C. State and UNC, well...“The bottom line is North Carolina State kicked our rear ends,” Williams said Tuesday night. NCSU won in the Dean E. Smith Center for the first time in a dozen years.
Troubling Trend for Tar Heels
For the third time in seven games, No. 15 North Carolina executed poorly down the stretch in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss to N.C. State. “We made a nice run, but runs don’t do you any good unless you’re tough enough to withstand and keep going,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said during his postgame press conference.