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Rocky Mount’s Silver, UNC football signee, says he’ll play basketball too

Class of 2021 defensive lineman Keeshawn Silver posted on social media that he “will be playing both sports” at North Carolina, a reference to lining up for UNC football and also suiting up for Tar Heel basketball. Click here for more.

Class of 2021 defensive lineman Keeshawn Silver posted on social media that he “will be playing both sports” at North Carolina, a reference to lining up for UNC football and also suiting up for Tar Heel basketball.
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Heels click in first round rout of Hokies

North Carolina dominated Virginia Tech in the second half to win going away, 78-56, in a revenge game that keeps the season alive in the ACC Tournament. The Tar Heels, a program low 14th seed in the tournament, started a journey that they hope will erase an injury-filled season filled with last-second, inprobable losses. UNC still need to win four more to take the title and earn an NCAA birth. But on this day, the Tar Heels could celebrate avenging a tough loss to Virginia Tech in February. Carolina was without Brandon Robinson in that game and the Heels blew […]

North Carolina dominated Virginia Tech in the second half to win going away, 78-56, in a revenge game that keeps the season alive in the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels, a program low 14th seed in the tournament, started a journey that they hope will erase an injury-filled season filled with last-second, inprobable losses. UNC still need to win four more to take the title and earn an NCAA birth.

But on this day, the Tar Heels could celebrate avenging a tough loss to Virginia Tech in February. Carolina was without Brandon Robinson in that game and the Heels blew a 12-point second-half lead to lose in overtime.

Robinson, who had just been in an auto accident the first time the two teams played, wasn’t about to let the Tar Heels blow a lead this time.

Carolina was up by an identical 12 points with under nine minutes to play. Instead of faltering, the Heels reeled off 13 straight points to blow the game open at 68-43, the team’s largest advantage of the game.

During that run, Robinson hit three of his five three pointers on the night. The first came after a fake and dribble between his legs got the defender out of the picture. His second three was from the left corner and his last three came from the right sideline.

Robinson finished with 17 points. “I didn’t want today to be the last day I put on this jersey,” the senior said.

Garrison Brooks led the way with 20 points, hitting five of six shots in the second half. UNC coach Roy Williams said the Heels were trying to get the ball down low to Brooks and he did a good job of kicking it back out to Robinson if he couldn’t score.

UNC opened up a 10-point lead in the first half but Virginia Tech stayed in it by hitting six three pointers before halftime.

The Heels, up 32-26 at the half, clicked better as a team, shooting 55 percent and only turning the ball over twice after the break.

Carolina started the second half on a 7-0 run that set the tone for the second half. A highlight-reel baseline move and floater by Cole Anthony who was fouled on the play put the Heels up 39-26 and the Heels never looked back. The lead never got under 10 the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels, now 14-18 overall, play Syracuse in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday night.

For a box score and more on the game, please click here.

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ACC men’s basketball tournament bracket is set

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts. For the first time: ▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament. ▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament. For more, click here.

The ACC tournament’s return to the Greensboro Coliseum will include a trio of firsts.

For the first time:

▪ Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament.

▪ Either Duke or North Carolina is not one of the top three seeds in the ACC tournament.

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Students and fans celebrate after the Duke-Carolina game

Duke fans and students celebrating after win over UNC

Students and fans were celebrating after Duke beat North Carolina in their annual ACC basketball rivalry. …read more

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Eight-Run Seventh Inning Guides UNC Over UNCG, 12-5

CHAPEL HILL- Highlighted by an eight-run seventh inning, North Carolina cruised past UNCG 12-5 at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after scoring in the first and second innings. North Carolina tacked on two more in the fifth frame before UNCG pulled within one run at 4-3 in the top of the seventh. North Carolina proved opportunistic in the seventh inning, capitalizing on a pair of UNCG errors en route to putting up eight runs. Angel Zarate collected a pair of hits and two RBI in the inning while Dylan Harris doubled to plate […]

CHAPEL HILL- Highlighted by an eight-run seventh inning, North Carolina cruised past UNCG 12-5 at Boshamer Stadium.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after scoring in the first and second innings. North Carolina tacked on two more in the fifth frame before UNCG pulled within one run at 4-3 in the top of the seventh.

North Carolina proved opportunistic in the seventh inning, capitalizing on a pair of UNCG errors en route to putting up eight runs. Angel Zarate collected a pair of hits and two RBI in the inning while Dylan Harris doubled to plate two runs. Tyler Causey and Clemente Inclan showed off their vision in the inning as well, as each drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Spartans would not go away in the game, as they plated two in the eighth inning.

Zarate ended with a career-high four hits and two RBI, while Harris collected three RBI and a pair of hits.

Nik Pry came in relief after Max Alba tossed 3.1 innings and struck out the first two batters he faced.

“I thought we were pretty lethargic to start the game,” said UNC head coach Mike Fox. “We could have busted the game open right away, but we didn’t, and so our pitching took over. I thought that the guys we brought out of the bullpen did a nice job.”

The Tar Heels are back tomorrow at Boshamer Stadium for a game against VCU. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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Heels win third straight, this one on Senior Night

“We’re not finished yet,” UNC coach Roy Williams told those thousands who remained for Senior Night activities after North Carolina got some revenge on Wake Forest, 93-83. (3/3) His last words gave Carolina fans some hope with one regular season game left at Duke before the ACC Tournament. The only way UNC can make the NCAA Tournament is to win the conference tournament’s automatic bid. And the only way to make the National Invitational Tournament is to go deep into the ACC tourney. Carolina, virtually wiped out by a seven-game losing streak highlighted by last-second losses, is perhaps playing its […]

“We’re not finished yet,” UNC coach Roy Williams told those thousands who remained for Senior Night activities after North Carolina got some revenge on Wake Forest, 93-83. (3/3)

His last words gave Carolina fans some hope with one regular season game left at Duke before the ACC Tournament. The only way UNC can make the NCAA Tournament is to win the conference tournament’s automatic bid. And the only way to make the National Invitational Tournament is to go deep into the ACC tourney.

Carolina, virtually wiped out by a seven-game losing streak highlighted by last-second losses, is perhaps playing its best basketball of the season after a third straight victory – this one avenging a 17-point loss at Wake Forest Feb. 11.

An early 12-0 run gave the Heels an early 10-point lead at 12-2 before the Deacons went on a 7-0 run of their own to close the gap. The game stayed close most of the remainder of the game as the Heels led just 35-34 at the half and were tied at 39-all with 18 minutes left.

But the Deacons could never take the lead as freshman Cole Anthony and senior Brandon Robinson hit from outside and Garrison Brooks played strong inside, taking up the slack for fellow big man Armando Bacot who missed the game with an ankle injury.

Robinson, who tallied 18 points as the only four-year senior who plays regularly, drilled a three from the left corner with 17:50 left to give the Heels a 42-39 lead they’d never relinquish.

Wake Forest, led by Brandon Childress’ 24 points, stayed within striking distance but a modest 8-2 Carolina run – highlighted by two buckets from Brooks in the lane and four points from Anthony, including a highlight reel up-and-under nearly impossible shot – gave the Heels a modest 55-47 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining.

The Deacons didn’t go away, hitting five of six shots to close the gap to two at 65-63 with under nine minutes to go.

A 10-3 Carolina run over the next three minutes virtually ended it as Christian Keeling started the run with a three from the left wing and Robinson ended the run with a three from the left side that put the Heels up 75-66.

The game was never really in doubt the rest of the way despite Wake cutting it to six twice in the last 1:40.

“It was definitely important for me to get this win on my senior night,” Robinson said. “I did not want to look back and be like, man, I lost my last game ever in the Smith Center. Not only that, it is another win for us in the ACC and we are on a three-game winning streak. That is important to me.”

Robinson said Coach Williams has been telling the team for a while that they aren’t finished yet. “That is just the first time he said it in public,” he said.

Robinson said these Heels are capable and are still growing. “We still have a lot of confidence to go to the ACC Tournament and win it,” he said.

Anthony, who hit four of five three pointers, led all scorers with 28 points while Brooks, who hit nine of 12 field goals mostly inside, added 25 points.

The Tar Heels took good care of the ball on offense, turning the ball over seven times, and took advantage of the Deacons’ 13 turnovers by scoring 21 points off them.

Carolina, now 13-17 and 6-13 in the conference, travels to Duke for a Saturday matchup at 6 p.m.

For a box score and more analysis of the game, please click here.

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Rocky Mount 5 star DL Keeshawn Silver commits to UNC

Rocky Mount junior defensive end Keeshawn Silver, who was recently rated as a 5-star prospect by ESPN, has verbally committed to Mack Brown and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Silver is a member of the 2021 recruiting class. …read more Source:: High School OT
Keeshawn Silver

Rocky Mount junior defensive end Keeshawn Silver, who was recently rated as a 5-star prospect by ESPN, has verbally committed to Mack Brown and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Silver is a member of the 2021 recruiting class. …read more

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UNC plays complete game in win at Syracuse

That’s the way most thought North Carolina would play this season. The Tar Heels got a complete game, and Cole Anthony’s best effort, as they whipped Syracuse 92-79 in New York. “Our guys battled them as hard as we could,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “They played the way they are capable. They’ve got everybody back and healthy. They’re a good team.” Boeheim’s assessment wasn’t exactly correct as UNC starter Armando Bacot hurt an ankle in the first half and didn’t play in the second. Up by five at the half, Carolina opened it up in the second half with […]

That’s the way most thought North Carolina would play this season. The Tar Heels got a complete game, and Cole Anthony’s best effort, as they whipped Syracuse 92-79 in New York.

“Our guys battled them as hard as we could,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “They played the way they are capable. They’ve got everybody back and healthy. They’re a good team.”

Boeheim’s assessment wasn’t exactly correct as UNC starter Armando Bacot hurt an ankle in the first half and didn’t play in the second.

Up by five at the half, Carolina opened it up in the second half with leads as high as 16 points on several occasions.

On four different occasions, UNC’s Christian Keeling scored points to put the Heels up by 16. The first came on a triple from the right corner that put the Heels up 64-48 while the last came on a three from the left corner that put the Heels up 83-67 with 5:37 left.

Keeling came off the bench for 18 points. “We practiced getting good, high quality shots all week and that’s what we did today,” Keeling said. “We took good shots and we hit good shots.”

Cole Anthony probably had his best game as a Tar Heel as the freshman shot well – going seven of 11 from beyond the arc and eight of 13 overall – scoring 25 points. He also had his best game as a floor general with seven assists, two steals and just two turnovers.

Garrison Brooks was actually the Heels top scorer and rebounder with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Brooks, who has struggled from the free throw line over the past month, hit eight of eight from the line and he was nine of 14 from the field.

“You know what I’m going to say,” UNC coach Roy Williams said during the post-game news conference. “Everything looks better when the ball goes in the basket.”

Carolina shot 88 percent from the foul line, 42 percent from beyond the three-point line and nearly 52 percent from the floor.

The Tar Heels nearly opened it up in the first half, going on a 16-0 run to go up 33-17, again on points from Keeling – a baseline jumper. But after a timeout, Syracuse, led by the coach’s son Buddy Boeheim, who scored 11 points in less than four minutes, cut the deficit to just four at 36-32.

But with Keeling’s timely shots, Anthony’s dagger threes and Brooks dominance inside, the Heels put up their most consistent effort of the season to put away Syracuse, who falls to 16-13 and 9-9 in the ACC.

Carolina, now 12-17 and 5-13 in the conference, hosts Wake Forest Tuesday on Senior Night. The Tar Heels end the regular season at Duke Saturday, March 7.

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Even these Tar Heels have Pack’s number

North Carolina snapped a seven-game slide and swept the season series against rival N.C. State after defeating the Pack 85-79 at home. The Tar Heels have now won 26 of the last 29 matchups against State. It took free throw shooting by Garrison Brooks to win this one. The Heels, and especially Brooks, have had trouble at the line this season – notably in several close losses this season. But Brooks, who led all scorers with 30 points, went eight of eight from the foul line over the last 3:44. Brooks hit six in the last 41 seconds as the […]

North Carolina snapped a seven-game slide and swept the season series against rival N.C. State after defeating the Pack 85-79 at home.

The Tar Heels have now won 26 of the last 29 matchups against State. It took free throw shooting by Garrison Brooks to win this one.

The Heels, and especially Brooks, have had trouble at the line this season – notably in several close losses this season. But Brooks, who led all scorers with 30 points, went eight of eight from the foul line over the last 3:44.

Brooks hit six in the last 41 seconds as the State players were targeting him for the foul line. The Wolfpack couldn’t get any closer than three down the stretch.

“I’m as happy as I can be for our team,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “It’s good to see our guys celebrating in the locker room.”

It didn’t start out well for the Tar Heels, however, as the Wolfpack raced out to a 10-0 lead. Carolina didn’t lead until Brooks hit a turnaround jumper with under a minute left in the first half that put the Heels up 38-37.

A modest 8-2 run late in the half gave the Heels a 40-37 halftime lead.

“You hope you can make more runs and longer runs than your opponent,” Brooks said. “It was just a matter of time before we make plays down the stretch.”

State came out of the halftime locker room on fire, going on a 15-3 run, culminating with a D.J. Funderburk fastbreak bucket, which put the visitors up 52-45.

But the Heels went on a 15-2 run that put them up 60-54 midway through the second half. The Wolfpack never caught up as Carolina got the lead up to double digits for the first time at 66-56 after Cole Anthony whipped a pass to Brooks, who scored, was fouled and hit the free throw.

Over a two-minute period during the run, Christian Keeling scored seven of his season-high 16 points. Anthony finished with 19 points.

N.C. State, led by Markell Johnson’s 21 points, falls to 17-11 overall and 8-9 in the ACC.

Carolina, now 11-17 and 4-13 in the conference, travel to Syracuse Saturday.

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Officials’ calls didn’t even out in Duke’s win over Carolina

The latest chapter of the storied series between North Carolina and Duke, while exciting, deserved a more just outcome. A few days have passed as sports fans have fumed or celebrated or just discussed the big game. Watching the game back – and reviewing the plays over and over – doesn’t change the outcome but it does give a clearer picture of what happened. When someone complains about officials’ calls, they are often bombarded with the theory that the bad calls even out in the end. When Duke traveled to North Carolina last Saturday, the calls didn’t even out and […]

The latest chapter of the storied series between North Carolina and Duke, while exciting, deserved a more just outcome. A few days have passed as sports fans have fumed or celebrated or just discussed the big game. Watching the game back – and reviewing the plays over and over – doesn’t change the outcome but it does give a clearer picture of what happened.

When someone complains about officials’ calls, they are often bombarded with the theory that the bad calls even out in the end. When Duke traveled to North Carolina last Saturday, the calls didn’t even out and the Tar Heels lost a game they should have won.

Duke faithful – and many Carolina faithful – will point to the Tar Heels ineffectiveness at the foul line as the reason for the loss. That was certainly the reason the Blue Devils were still in the game as UNC missed 17 of its 38 free throw attempts.

But the Tar Heels had somehow overcome the charity stripe woes to lead by five with 20 seconds to go in overtime. Tre Jones scored and drew a silly foul by UNC’s Christian Keeling. After the missed free throw, an out-of-bounds call with 15 seconds left could have gone either way as UNC’s Andrew Platek and Duke’s Wendell Moore, on replay, seemed to simultaneously tip the ball out of bounds. As had happened throughout the second half, Duke got the break and possession of the ball.

Moore scored three seconds later and the lead was suddenly down to one at 96-95.

On the inbounds play for Carolina, Platek was fouled hard by Moore – only thing is, not only wasn’t the foul called but officials said the ball was out off Platek. Even after reviewing the play, the official didn’t understand the laws of physics, and gave possession to Duke. The ball was in Platek’s hands when Moore swiped at it and knocked it straight out of bounds. Because officials couldn’t retroactively call a foul on Moore and because replays weren’t conclusive to them, the call stood as Duke’s ball even though the direction of the ball going out should have clearly indicated that it had to be out off Moore.

The TV announcers, which included former Duke player Jay Bilas, were incredulous that a foul wasn’t called. “Wow, they didn’t call a foul there,” Bilas said. “They are going to say somehow that that was incidental contact. I don’t agree with this at all.” In looking at the replay he said, “Wow, that’s a foul. It’s hard to imagine that you wouldn’t make that call.” He went on to say bluntly, “That’s a bad call.”

Lost for a minute was the additional bad call that the ball was out off Platek. The ball hit in both of Platek’s hands and Moore barreled in and popped it out. Replays clearly show that neither touched it after that initial swipe by Moore. The way the Heels shot free throws, the out of bounds bad call may have been worse for the Heels than the obvious foul.

But that wasn’t the last bad call. Jones, who deserves credit for leading his club back, drove to the hoop and missed but officials called Keeling for a foul. If anything it was a foul on Jones who used his left arm to clear the way. “Tough call for North Carolina,” Bilas said. “It looked like Keeling had legal guarding position and was simply moving to maintain it.” It looked like it because that’s what happened. Jones also took three steps after his last dribble on the drive which started at the free throw line and ended just under the basket. It could have been an offensive foul or a travel but it was called a foul on Keeling. Duke once again got the break.

The Devils took advantage of their breaks and, after a second missed free throw, Moore tapped in a Jones miss at the buzzer for the victory.

Crazy things happen in Duke-Carolina games, no doubt. But the heavily favored Blue Devils got help from the officials and the Tar Heels were stymied by the officials at every turn.

No, it wasn’t just one bad call as many have said in the days since the game. And it wasn’t just bad calls or no calls in the last 20 seconds. After a first half where the officials weren’t the story, in addition to the Heels ineptness at the line, the officials became the story.

Just a minute into the second half, Jones pushed off on Cole Anthony for a layup. He was going to get the two but he evidently attempted to also draw a foul by initiating contact with Anthony who was backing away. The forearm shiver should have been a foul on Jones and the basket waived off.

Less than three minutes later, the officials, who had let the teams play in the first half, called a ticky tac illegal screen foul on Garrison Brooks. Instead of Armando Bacot one-on-one down low in good position, the officials turned the ball back over to Duke, who promptly scored for a possible four-point swing. It had been a physical game where only the egregious fouls were called until this touch foul started a floodgate of fouls. With the Tar Heels struggling from the line, this wasn’t a positive trend, even when Carolina players were fouled.

The call obviously messed with Brooks’ mind because just a couple of minutes later, he traveled to avoid contact, obviously afraid of picking up a fourth foul that would have put him on the bench for a while with more than a quarter of the game left to go.

At the 12:30 mark, one official apparently took a page out of the book that states, “Wait to see if the offensive player is able to score with heavy contact and, if not, call a foul on the defender.” Duke’s Cassius Stanley, who had a great game with 22 points, got the benefit of the late call on Leaky Black, who may or may not have actually fouled. There was only one angle and it wasn’t conclusive. If no foul had been called, I doubt there would have been any arguments. While Stanley didn’t make the basket, he made a free throw and we know how much one point meant in a game like this.

An even bigger sequence immediately followed. Bacot picked up a phantom foul as he was dishing it off to Keeling who scored. The basket was waived off, however, and Duke went down and hit a three for a five-point swing. Replays clearly showed that Moore, the defender, was already falling down before any contact with Bacot, if there actually was any. You certainly don’t blame the defender for the flop but you do blame the official for calling the foul on Bacot. Instead of Carolina having its biggest lead to that point at 61-48, the score was trimmed to 59-51. The crowd began to grow quieter.

The crowd did boo a bit a few seconds later when Keeling had a rebound but he lost it after Duke’s Vernon Carey knocked it away. Tar Heel fans thought that was another foul that wasn’t called. It was tough to tell on replay but with touch fouls being called in the second half, it easily could have been a foul.

At the 10:20 mark, Bacot picked up his fourth foul. If not for the phantom call earlier, it would have just been his third called foul. Instead Bacot had to leave the game for a while for fear of fouling out. Except for one basket, Bacot didn’t make much of an impact the rest of the game and fouled out with 3:15 left in overtime.

With just over four minutes to play, Carolina was looking to extend its lead to what would have been a game-high 15 points but Platek was called for traveling in the lane. Replays show that Platek kept his pivot foot – in this case the right foot – stationary while he moved his left foot twice quickly. Perhaps his shuffling that left foot looked like traveling to the official but it wasn’t.

After that bad call, Duke went on a 9-2 run in less than three minutes to cut it to 79-73. A lot of things had to go right for Duke down the stretch and the incredible intentionally missed free throw and bucket by Tre Jones tied it to send the game into overtime at 84-84.

In overtime, Carolina got some bad luck unrelated to officiating, when Brooks went out after getting poked in the eye – an injury that would greatly hinder him in Tuesday’s loss at Wake Forest.
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As mentioned earlier, Carolina’s other big man, Armando Bacot fouled out with 3:15 left in overtime. Not only should that fifth foul have been only his fourth but replays show – and commentators noted – that it was the offensive player (Moore) who initiated the contact. Bacot had a hand on Moore’s back but he wasn’t pushing or pulling. It either shouldn’t have been a foul or it should have been a foul on Moore for making the contact with Bacot.

With all the adversity, Carolina still managed to go on a 7-1 run to take that 96-91, five-point lead into the final 20 seconds – 20 seconds that will be long remembered. What will be forgotten are all the other bad calls and no calls that cost the Tar Heels a game they desperately needed, and one that could be argued they deserved.

Duke played a good, clean game and took advantage of their breaks. It was a generally well-played, hard-fought rivalry effort by both teams. But the officials had a bad game for whatever reason. And Carolina suffered much more than Duke for it.

Non-deep thinkers will just slough off criticism using the calls-even-out defense or the whining, crybaby argument. But injustice deserves to be mourned. The calls didn’t even out and whining complaints should be reserved for when the outrage is not justified. In this case, for anybody who goes back and reviews that second half, the outrage is justified.