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Monday, April 2, 2018

Carolina Fans: Villanova Is Your Team, If Only for Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 4:58 PM

I get the looks all over town. General unease at best. Outright scowls, seething anger, gritted teeth, and barely contained rage at worst. Every now and again and for a few instants, the placidness of our beautiful little town is broken and the passion of its denizens overtakes their inherent kindness. I’m a die-hard Villanova fan, a proud alum of a Villanova family, and I live in the center of Chapel Hill. And whenever I wear the dark blue and white, my Nova colors, around town, I can feel everyone looking, wishing very bad things might befall me. I...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tar Heels Replacement Therapy: Things to Do Now That Obsessing Over UNC Is Off the Table

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 5:35 PM

With a whimper and an arena full of stunned locals, the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team saw their season end Sunday. They were beaten badly by a Texas A&M squad that was more physical and, on that night, much better shooters. What it all means for Roy Williams, the underclassmen on the roster, scores of Heels fans and alumni around the country, and students and denizens of Chapel Hill is frankly no longer my problem (unless, of course, my editors insist that it is). Over the past few months, I upheld a weekly promise to cover the...

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Curtain Falls on a Golden Age of Carolina Basketball

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 3:02 PM

What was this season, I wonder? Was Carolina’s drubbing at the hands of a much less talented but far more physical Texas A&M team an anomaly? Perhaps it was closer to the norm. Did Carolina punch far above their weight as the season wound down, or did they underachieve in a handful of winnable games? Was a second-round exit apropos? Should these Heels have gone much further? Did anyone really expect another Final Four run out of this squad? All of these questions no doubt will be discussed to death over beers at Topo and plates of home fries...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bring On Lipscomb! UNC's Title Defense Begins Friday.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Many argue that Carolina’s two-seed was an overstatement, that a ten-loss team should not be rewarded with a second seed, that Duke, Clemson, and Miami all had better overall records and better slates in ACC play yet were awarded lesser two-, five, and six-seeds, respectively. On the opposite side of that argument are the people who take into account more advanced metrics, such as the fact that UNC played the hardest schedule in the country this season and had fourteen Quadrant 1 wins, thus making ten losses somewhat more palatable. Whatever your stance, Carolina’s hunt for a third consecutive appearance...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Duke Has Played Thirty-Three Games, and I've Learned Nothing

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 2:02 PM

It is the Tuesday before the NCAA tournament, two days before their first-round game, and I know nothing about Duke basketball. Following a stretch during which I convinced myself that I finally understood this team and their perverse and wrong-footed ways, I am now fully confused again. Friday's 74–69 loss to UNC in the ACC tournament semifinals was so jangled and strange, so star-crossed and weird, and such the antithesis of the team’s recent play that I am being forced to re-examine questions about this group's viability as a Final Four contender that I had previously considered resolved. Yes, they...

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Grayson Allen Is Still a Dirtbag and Other Notes from a Strange ACC Semifinal

Posted By on Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Grayson Allen is still a dirtbag. Which is why his Tie Domi impression earned him a flagrant foul. If any other player in the country commits that transgression, it’s an on-the-floor foul. But given the reputation Allen has rightfully earned over the years, a flagrant one was the call to make. Sure, last night’s move wasn’t nearly as low-class as some of his greatest hits, but I can’t be alone in saying that whatever transpires over the next few weeks of tournament play, most can agree that no longer having to watch him play basketball will be a treat. It’s sad,...

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Friday, March 9, 2018

After the Blue Devils’ Dominating Win Against the Irish, Is There Any Way UNC Stops Them?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 5:58 AM

The quarterfinals of the 2018 ACC Tournament have concluded and a heavyweight title fight between Duke and UVA in the championship game looms auspiciously in the offing. While neither team is guaranteed a spot in the finals, both behemoths made statements against formidable competition on Thursday, giving their collision course an intractable feel. After watching the Cavs demolish Louisville in an afternoon contest, the Blue Devils made easy work of a tough Notre Dame team desperate for a win that might have vouchsafed their chances for an NCAA Tournament selection. Duke has spent the past several weeks ironing out the...

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

We Need to Talk About Roy Williams’s Jacket

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 4:01 PM

North Carolina’s ACC tournament adventure got off to a banner start last night with a 78–59 rout of the Syracuse Orangemen, a contest that saw the Tar Heels take an early lead and methodically extend their advantage during a largely pressure-free second-half runaway. Almost no one can win a game when they shoot a paltry 30 percent from the field, and thanks in large part to Kenny Williams’s complete shutdown of stud Tyus Battle, that’s all that Syracuse could muster. On an evening that saw the Heels allow season lows in points, field goals, and shooting percentage, Carolina took it...

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How Far Will the Tar Heels Go in the ACC Tournament?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 6, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Four seeds, two extra days of rest, an automatic appearance in the quarterfinal, and a potential one-seed in the Big Dance—not to mention the bragging rights that come with a season sweep and a win on your rival’s home court. That’s about everything Carolina saw slip through their fingers with Saturday’s loss at Cameron Indoor. Now the Tar Heels need to take a more pedestrian route through arguably America’s toughest conference—one the so-called experts predict could have as many as eleven tournament bids—if they want to take home their nineteenth conference championship. As the sixth seed, the Heels earned a...

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Friday, March 2, 2018

UNC vs. Duke: Three Ways the Tar Heels (and the Blue Devils) Can Claim Victory on Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 3:01 PM

What is billed as “Senior Night” in gymnasiums around the country should more appropriately be called “Freshman Night” at Cameron Indoor, as it will likely be the final game in Durham for Duke’s trio of one-and-dones, Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., and Gary Trent Jr. There’s also the matter of bidding Grayson Allen adieu, though almost no one outside of Durham will be sad to see him go. Saturday’s game will likely be the final time that Duke’s heralded, if underwhelming, freshman class takes the court together for a regular-season game, and it will be the Tar Heels’ mission...

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Heartbreak at the Buzzer: The Week in UNC Hoops

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:52 PM

The Skinny Carolina took their five-game winning streak into one of basketball’s most iconic arenas last Wednesday for a date with the Syracuse Orange. Ever a hard place to earn a W, the Carrier Dome was its usual orange sea as the Heels took the court and went blow for blow over the course of the night. With every punch the Heels landed, the Orange countered, keeping Carolina well within reach throughout the entire game. Theo Pinson continued playing better than he ever has as a Tar Heel, notching a career-high twenty-three points. Unable to put the game on...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Not So Bad After All: The Week in UNC Hoops

Posted By on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 4:22 PM

The Skinny Maybe Carolina isn’t in the dire straits we’d presumed a few weeks back when they dropped an uncharacteristic three straight games. Maybe their thrilling win over Duke was the spark that brought this team together. Maybe, contrary to what yours truly posited not too long ago, this year’s Tar Heels are exactly who we thought they would be going into the season. They sure look that way right now. The Heels are riding a four-game winning streak that could ostensibly extend to six before their final matchup with the Blue Devils on March 3. After a brutal...

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Down Go the Blue Devils! And the Pack! A Good Week in UNC Hoops.

Posted By on Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 2:28 PM

The Skinny The loud hum of airborne helicopters passing overhead late Thursday night could only mean one thing: that the fires burned on Franklin Street, that Chapel Hill was in a communal state of exaltation, that the Heels had beaten the Blue Devils. At the Smith Center on Thursday, the Tar Heels put together arguably their most complete game since the onset of conference play, capping the night off with an emphatic dunk from the revelatory-of-late Theo Pinson, who once again brought a furious brand of play and was everywhere for the majority of the night. That the Heels...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Three Conference Losses, a Sloppy Win (and No Biscuits), Some Days Off, Now Duke: The Week in UNC Hoops

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 11:40 AM

The Skinny Three straight conference losses hadn’t befallen the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team since 2014, yet the Heels came back from South Carolina after last Tuesday’s defeat at Clemson matching that dubious streak. Clemson’s early onslaught of three-pointers left the Heels in such a deep hole that they couldn’t ride the wave of Cameron Johnson’s career-high thirty-two-point night to a comeback against the Tigers. A running theme for Carolina seems to be that they can’t get more than two guys hot at a time. Whether it’s Theo Pinson and Luke Maye, Johnson and Joel...

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Underwhelming, Uneven, and (Mostly) Uninspired: The Week in UNC Hoops

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 2:11 PM

The Skinny Carolina was taken to task this week by a few teams who, depending on whom you ask, either punched above their weight or are criminally underrated. Last Saturday’s game against Notre Dame found the Heels needing one of South Bend’s lynchpin players to miss not one but two buzzer beaters in order to walk away with their fourteenth win of the season. After Joel Berry canned a pair of free throws to put the Heels up one with seven seconds left, Carolina’s defense planted their heads firmly somewhere unmentionable and allowed T.J. Gibbs to dash the length...

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

An Open Letter to Roy Williams’s Haters

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 2:25 PM

I overhear you at Sutton’s lunch counter and around the long communal table at Merritt’s. I read your interminable threads on social media, spewing your misinformed vitriol. I can’t avoid the grumblings of the disgruntled as we shuffle out of the Dean Dome in a post-loss haze. I hear you calling into the local sports talk shows, huffing and puffing about the changes that need to be made and fast. Your gripe: Roy Williams. Your solution: He needs to go. You present this resolution with such nonchalance, as if world-class college basketball coaches are just waiting around the payphone...

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Tar Heels stay perfect, Blue Devils hold on in Top 10

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 6:20 PM

There's a saying out there that "All good things must come to an end," and that was true this week in Triangle ACC women's basketball. N.C. State lost twice and Duke lost once, all on the road. And none was really an upset. So that leaves UNC as the only team with a chance to get through the 2014 portion of the schedule without a loss. But both the Tar Heels and Blue Devils got good news when the AP poll came out. UNC moved all the way up to sixth place from No. 11 after upsetting Stanford, while...

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

It's a shocker as Wolfpack just demolishes Tar Heels

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 5:06 PM

KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Even for the losers, it was probably going to be a decent season. Everybody was already going to a bowl game and both teams were heading in the right direction when 6-5 UNC hosted 6-5 N.C. State in their 140th meeting on a sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon. And bowl scouts from the preferred Belk Bowl as well as the Military and Independence were in the house. Each team was coming in off a convincing win over its other ancient natural rival, the Wolfpack a 42-13 rout over Wake Forest two weeks ago and the Tar...

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Season-ending rivalry day will set up three bowl games

Posted By on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

It's Rivalry Week, Part II. All across the country, about half of the biggest college football teams are playing their most despised rivals. And with cooperation from the SEC, the ACC is right in on the act today. It was always the day for those big cross-conference rivalry games like South Carolina at Clemson and Georgia Tech at Georgia and Florida at Florida State. And now there's Kentucky at Louisville. And in the conference there was Virginia at Virginia Tech last night. It's the same deal in the Triangle, where N.C. State (6-5, 2-5 ACC) will visit UNC (6-5, 4.3)...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Everybody stays perfect as Tar Heels, Wolfpack repel challenges

Posted By on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The second week of the season for the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams was a lot similar to the first - with all the marks going into the left column. But there were a couple of close calls, as No. 11 UNC (3-0) had to fight in the final minute to hold off No. 21 Oklahoma State 79-77 on Sunday after N.C. State (4-0) was able to hold off pesky High Point 66-62 on Friday night. No. 8 Duke (3-0) has been pretty much cruising so far. This week should get a lot tougher for everybody. The Wolfpack visits...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Humongous rivalry games highlight grid weekend

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It's Triangle Rivalry Week! Or at least it's Part One. And this time it's going to start a little bit early. There are only two games, as N.C. State gets a week off, coincidentally to celebrate its bowl eligibility, but they're both monsters. Tonight at 7:30, UNC (5-5, 3-3 ACC) will visit No. 25 Duke 8-2, 4-2) in a game to be shown on ESPN. Of course they don't like each other too much, and there's plenty at stake. If UNC beats either Duke tonight or the visiting Wolfpack on Nov. 29, the Tar Heels will be bowl eligible....

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Monday, November 17, 2014

So far, so good for Triangle ACC women's hoops

Posted By on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

By all accounts, the opening of the ACC women's basketball season was a great success in the Triangle. No. 7 Duke opened with an explosion, annihilating a middling Alabama team 90-40 on the road Sunday night. No. 13 UNC started 2-0, having to work harder to escape upstart Howard than No. 23 UCLA. And work-in-progress N.C. State escaped challenges from a couple of Historically Black colleges in eventually comfortable wins over Tennessee State and Coppin State. The Blue Devils' week Any doubt that the Blue Devils are a Top 10 team should have been put to bed...

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Winning seasons still possible with victories today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:04 AM

The magic number remains six. That's the number of wins an FBS football team needs to play in a bowl game, and for any college football team to assure it won't have a losing regular-season record. So far only one Triangle team has made it, as Duke (8-1, 4-1 ACC) is assured a winning season and a bowl game and is still in the race for the ACC's Coastal Division championship. That race means every game is a "must" win for the Blue Devils, and actually every game left on the schedule is a must win for every Triangle...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

High hopes all around as ACC women's hoops tip off today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:01 AM

All three of the Triangle's ACC women's basketball teams should be very good again this season. And if that sounds like a broken record, that's OK. Duke (28-7, 12-4 ACC last season) comes into the campaign ranked No. 7 nationally in the AP poll, while UNC (27-10, 10-6) is No. 13 and N.C. State (25-8, 11-5) received the fifth highest number of points of unranked squads. The Blue Devils are picked second in the ACC, the Tar Heels fourth and the Wolfpack ninth. The campaign starts today at 4 at Carmichael Arena, when UNC takes on Howard (11-20)...

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Not in the Cards: Tar Heels men's soccer clipped 1-0 by Louisville in ACC quarterfinals

Posted By on Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

FETZER FIELD/ CHAPEL HILL—The roller coaster season for the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s soccer team reached another ebb Sunday afternoon at an autumnal Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels, who opened their 2014 fall season in the middle of the myriad of preseason Top 25 polls, quickly rose in the rankings after winning five of their opening six matches, including a victory over highly ranked California and a Virginia road trifecta over Old Dominion, VCU and William & Mary. However, three straight road losses followed, including rival Duke and ACC regular season champ Notre Dame, and that...

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