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Chansky’s Notebook: A Bad Situation Worse
A great research institution that can’t figure out pedestrian traffic? While Roy Williams was calling himself the luckiest man in the world after the comeback win over Tennessee, I was stuck in traffic in the Bowles lot next to the Smith Center. It never ceases to amaze me how UNC, with all its brain power and resources, cannot figure out how handle pedestrian foot traffic versus automobiles getting out.
Watching Some UNC Basketball – Again
Several days ago, I headed over to Chapel Hill, N.C., to watch the University of North Carolina men’s and women’s basketball teams play for the second December in a row. I went simply because I like the college town of Chapel Hill, and I find watching a tradition-rich team like UNC fun and relaxing and a good way to get away from the everyday hassles of the world for 24 or 36 hours.
Video: Tony Bradley's Sensational Start to the Season
Tony Bradley posted his third double-double of the season vs Tennessee. UNC Basketball analyst Taylor Vippolis goes inside the numbers as he breaks down the freshman's hot start.
Breaking Down UNC's Frontcourt Rotation
With 11 games in the books and the Kentucky matchup looming, it’s time to start thinking about how UNC’s crunch-time rotation might shake out. And while it’s silly to extrapolate too much from such a small sample– especially one that doesn’t include Theo Pinson– let’s take a look at UNC's most-used frontcourts through the first quarter of the season.
Carolina Insider Podcast: Freshmen, Tennessee & More
The Tar Heels survived two close wins last week without the injured Joel Berry II, coming from 15 points behind to edge Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. In the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast, Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss the win over the Volunteers, the performance of the Tar Heel freshman class so far this season and more.
CBS Sports Classic Extended Through 2019
Perennial powers North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio State and UCLA will continue to compete in the CBS Sports Classic college basketball showcase, which has been renewed for the next three years. The 2017 event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 23 in New Orleans. Dates and locations for the 2018 and 2019 doubleheaders will be announced at a later date.
Top-10 matchup of powers UNC, Kentucky headlines week ahead
Kentucky has already spent time at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 , while North Carolina got off to a strong start that had some calling the Tar Heels the nation's best team. The two tradition-rich programs meet Saturday in Las Vegas to headline the week ahead in college basketball, one of three games that day featuring a pair of ranked teams.
Roy Williams Live: Freshmen Deliver
On a night where none of UNC’s starters could find any rhythm, it was the freshmen who came to the rescue in the Tar Heels’ 73-71 win over Tennessee on Sunday. Point guard Seventh Woods, wing Brandon Robinson and forward Tony Bradley, who together combined for 22 points and 15 rebounds, all made big plays in the second half to help avoid the upset.
Celebrating basketball's best upperclassmen this season
Justin Jackson, 6' 8" junior forward, North Carolina: Jackson is brimming with confidence and clearly ready to assume the alpha male role. Jackson has raised his scoring average from 12.2 to 15.5, his rebound average from 3.9 to 4.7, and best of all, his shooting percentages have skyrocketed: 35.5% from three and 86.2% from the foul line.
Confident Robinson was clutch for UNC against Vols
Two Brandon Robinson qualities are immediately obvious: He’s never shy about putting up a shot or threading a pass inside to a big man. Quick, confident decisions aren’t common for freshmen still learning the college wing position. But Brandon Robinson always has had that confidence in himself. Roy Williams obviously shared that confidence in him Sunday.
Nate Britt sparks UNC with defensive intensity in win over Tennessee
Nate Britt had just about heard it all by the time Sunday’s second half started. Roy Williams had already lit into his UNC basketball team after the first media timeout. Then at halftime, assistant coach Steve Robinson gave Britt and teammate Justin Jackson an earful for a first-half defensive effort — or lack thereof — that allowed Tennessee to shoot 65 percent.
Tar Heel Basketball Poll Update
UNC remained No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll in new rankings released Monday. The Tar Heels were No. 5 in last week's coaches poll but dropped to No. 6 after home wins over Davidson and Tennessee. UNCwill face Kentucky on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
Former Obama aide Reggie Love: “He loves Roy Williams”
Reggie Love, who played basketball and football at Duke and won a title with the Blue Devils’ basketball team in 2001, took a job as a staff assistant in Obama’s Senate office in 2005. Love wrote a memoir about the experience, but he has other stories to tell about Obama’s fandom, including his admiration for North Carolina men’s basketball Coach Roy Williams.
UNC's freshmen success coming as no surprise
CarolinaBlue spoke with sophomore Kenny Williams and senior Nate Britt about the freshman, their impact on the team, and why they have impressed this season. "I don't think it was a surprise to anyone because (the freshman) have been doing it in practice every day. Tony, when he is in the paint, it is hard to get anything because he defends the glass so well."
Bradley, UNC stay efficient offensively through dominance on the offensive glass
For the last three seasons, the Tar Heels have built offenses that have ranked in the top 12 nationally in terms of adjusted efficiency, and they’ve done so by using their size to dominate the glass and make a large volume of high-percentage field goals. On Sunday against Tennessee, this was once again on display.