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It’s Maui in the mountains for the Tar Heels

By Tom Shanahan
| December 1, 2020

Roy Williams is taking North Carolina on another trip to Maui, but the Tar Heels are riding a bus to...

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Tar Heels’ forgettable season ends with whimper in ACC tourney

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| March 16, 2020

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. That sentence seems to apply to far too much these days. For North Carolina basketball, the end looked much like the rest of the season, as the Tar …

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Maye commitment another big one for Brown

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| March 10, 2020

“Man, there’s a team from North Carolina down here with a quarterback who is really freaking good.” Those were the first words of a phone call I received in late January from a …

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For Tar Heels, Wolfpack was the cure

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| March 3, 2020

North Carolina came into last week on a seven-game losing streak and in real danger of challenging the single-season program low of 20 losses in a season set in 2001–02. There have been times th...

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It just keeps getting worse for Tar Heels

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| February 25, 2020

This North Carolina basketball season has been all about two things: close losses and a lack of rhythm caused by lineup instability and injuries. Last week was all about the close losses, as Carolina ...

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Same bad ending for Tar Heels

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| February 20, 2020

UNC fans can be forgiven if they feel like they’re living the plot of Groundhog Day, watching the same game on repeat. North Carolina gets a second-half lead and appears to be in control, then g...

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Great performance ends up as perhaps the worst loss for Tar Heels

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| February 11, 2020

For the first time since December, North Carolina looked like a team that was ranked in the preseason top 10 on Saturday, trailing for only six seconds of regulation against rival Duke. Somehow, …

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Tar Heels not instantly better with Anthony back

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| February 6, 2020

North Carolina’s final possession in an upset loss to Boston College on Saturday was a microcosm of the Tar Heels’ week. Superstar point guard Cole Anthony dribbled around the perimeter …

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Things finally looking up for Tar Heels

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| January 29, 2020

A little over a week ago, North Carolina was pretty close to rock bottom, having looked shockingly helpless in a loss at Pittsburgh after blowing a late lead to lose to Clemson at home for the first …

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Tar Heels tumble into losing mark in January for 1st time since 2001-02 season

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| January 21, 2020

It has been a long time since North Carolina has looked as helpless and hapless on the basketball floor as they have over the past month, as the Heels now have their first losing record (8-9) since lo...

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Tar Heels’ troubles continue with historic loss to Clemson

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| January 15, 2020

Roy Williams is nothing if not honest in his assessments both of himself and his team. Williams made national headlines last week when he called this North Carolina team “probably the least …

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Tar Heels find few positives in lackluster Georgia Tech loss

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| January 7, 2020

North Carolina scored a season-high 83 points on Saturday behind Garrison Brooks’ career-high 35 points, the most by a Tar Heel since Bryce Johnson scored 39 in January of 2016. Unfortunately, …

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Tar Heels lose Harris as Williams ties Smith

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| December 31, 2019

After a nine-day layoff for exams, North Carolina “sneaked by” (to borrow Roy Williams’ summary) a plucky Yale squad 70–67 on Monday night. The win gives Roy Williams 879 in hi...

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Freshmen spark offense as Tar Heels end skid

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| December 24, 2019

Even before a minor meniscus tear sidelined super freshman Cole Anthony (who is expected to miss another month), head coach Roy Williams warned everyone before the season that his North Carolina team …

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Tar Heels’ shooting woes keep worsening

By Jason Staples Special to the Times
| December 17, 2019

The University of North Carolina department of psychology got its best endorsement in years on Sunday, as a frustrated Roy Williams explained, “If I had to go to college again, I wouldn’t ...

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