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Roy Williams leaves seat open at National Championship to honor Bo Ryan's father
Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams made a touching gesture on Monday, giving up his seat to the 2015 National Championship between Wisconsin and Duke. The reason? To honor Badger coach Bo Ryan's late father, Butch.
Roy Williams Donates Seat in Memory of Bo Ryan's Father
Sect. 140, Row A, Seat 13 will be left open for tonight's game. Roy Williams has donated that seat to the memory of the late Butch Ryan.
Tar Heels remember the 2005 NCAA title 10 years later
There are only a few moments in life that cement themselves in the hearts and memories of thousands, only a few that can bring forward laughter, ecstasy and childlike exuberance. For North Carolina men’s basketball fans, April 4, 2005 provided one of those moments. The team clinched the program’s fifth national championship — the crowning glory for a team and a season that would be forever a part of UNC’s history.
Tyler Hansbrough recalls Tar Heels’ NCAA title run
In his sixth NBA season, Tyler Hansbrough is firmly entrenched as a role player, a big man who comes off the bench to provide energy and rebounding on both ends of the floor, and rattle opposing players with his physicality. There was a time, however, when Hansbrough was the focal point at the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-American and the 2007-08 National Player of the Year.
TBS’s ‘Meet the Smiths’ gives NBA analyst Kenny Smith the spotlight
Kenny “The Jet” Smith is a two-time NBA champion and Emmy Award-winning sports analyst, but on the new reality TV show Meet the Smiths, which chronicles the daily life of him and his family, Smith is seen in a more candid role: the figurehead of a unique, blended household.
Brice Johnson Coming Back
Brice Johnson will return to North Carolina for his senior season, multiple sources confirmed Sunday evening. “He had two really good months with the ACC Tournament and with the NCAA Tournament,” said his former coach and mentor Dion Bethea. “He felt like he had a lot left to do at Chapel Hill." Johnson was a major part of the Tar Heels’ inside attack this past season.
Randy Wiel receives gift from Dean Smith as former player
As one of 180 lettermen who played for legendary coach Dean Smith at North Carolina over 36 years, Randy Wiel received the letter and the check. It didn’t come directly from Smith, who died on Feb. 7, but rather the attorney representing his estate. Among the wishes of Smith in his will was that each of his players receive a $200 check for the stated purpose from their coach to “enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith.”
We Remember: Tyler Hansbrough Bloodied After Being Elbowed by Gerald Henderson
Back on March 4, 2007, Duke and North Carolina met in Chapel Hill. The game itself wasn't that close, as the Tar Heels pulled away for an 86-72 victory, but it did feature a moment that will never be forgotten by basketball fans. North Carolina held a 12-point lead with 17.5 seconds remaining in the game when Tar Heels star Tyler Hansbrough missed a free throw.
Kenny Smith -- Honoring Dean Smith With UNC Dinner at Final Four
But when Kenny -- who played for Smith in the '80s -- appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Wednesday, he told us he can't bring himself to spend Dean's cash ... it's going in a frame. Instead, Kenny says he's planning an event during the Final Four in Indianapolis this weekend -- gathering a bunch of ex-Tarheels for a special tribute to the the man he considers the greatest college coach of all time. Pretty cool.
Season in review: J.P. Tokoto
What stands out from J.P. Tokoto's junior season is that he often led UNC in assists. Surrounded with a number of scorers, the Wisconsin native found open teammates for easy shots and often looked to pass before shoot. With the increased number of assists also came more turnovers. Tokoto averaged 2.2 turnovers per game, tops on the 2014-2015 UNC team.
UNC Basketball Next Season: The Defense
Heading into next season, the Tar Heels' primary focus must be cutting down on fouls. One key to that, aside from instructing the big men to stay vertical and on their feet is stopping dribble penetration. Because UNC likes to help on drives, limited penetration not only protects post players from fouling at the rim but it can also keep opposing teams from getting open looks on the perimeter.
NBA journey has had many flights for Vince Carter
At 38, Vince Carter has never been less influential statistically or athletically. And at the same time, in his 17 NBA seasons, he has never played for a better team. And so, in terms of the championship goal that he may yet reach, is this version of Carter -- earthbound, aching and wise -- more valuable than the young star who was supposed to be the second coming of Michael Jordan?
Killer mindset may have kept UNC from Final Four
All of the coaches here in the Final Four have killers. North Carolina coach Roy Williams? Not so much. “I think we have it in us,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said. “I don't know if I can say, like, we have that killer. I don't think we do,” UNC freshman Joel Berry II said. And that may have had something to do with why the Tar Heels, with their talent and size, weren't able to advance from Sweet 16.
Kenny Smith says Dean Smith's check 'is going in a frame' (video)
When former North Carolina coach Dean Smith left every player who earned a varsity letter under him $200 in his will, everyone wanted to know what the players would do with the money. Former Tar Heels star Kenny Smith was a guest on SI Now Wednesday and revealed what he plans to do with his check.
Oldest living Carolina athlete to lead Walk for Health
It’s a reasonably simple task to find Bob Gersten. If the 94-year-old isn’t at the Chapel Hill Tennis Club, he’s probably playing a round at Finley Golf Club. That is, of course, unless its raining. Then he’ll be heading to the movies. No matter where he is, Gersten’s goal is to stay as active as he was when he first competed in Chapel Hill as a baseball and basketball player more than half a century ago.