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The second half of Wednesday’s game between North Carolina and N.C. Central started a lot like the first half ended. An NCCU airball. An Ed Davis block. Two Eagles turnovers. When the Tar Heels finally conceded a bucket almost three minutes into the second half, the game was a long time in the books.
On the eve of North Carolina’s Sept. 5 football opener, the party will be located a half a mile south — at the Smith Center.At 8 p.m. Sept. 4, the UNC athletic department will host an alumni game between former Tar Heel basketball players now in the professional ranks.
On Saturday, September 12, 2009 Michael Jordan will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. These photos, from the UNC and DTH archives, showcase his time at UNC.
His Airness. M.J. Air Jordan. Before Michael Jordan was any of these things, before he was the most recognizable athlete in the world, he was Mike Jordan, the freshman for North Carolina. Then he hit a game-winning shot in the 1982 national championship game, and Mike became Michael Jordan, who became all of the above.
This week, The Daily Tar Heel is celebrating 100 years of North Carolina basketball. Visit our special 100 years page.DTH sports desk's picks: Why now?
In between all of the dancing, acting and video montages, there was actually some basketball played Friday at Late Night with Roy. The annual event was the first official practice for North Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.And sure, it’s always a little sloppy. But it’s a first look at the upcoming year’s team, as well as a first glimpse at the incoming class of freshmen. One of those newcomers didn’t disappoint on Friday. John Henson, who is a long, ultra-athletic 6-foot-10, led the white team with 10 points.
Back in May, Larry Drew II returned to California for the off season. After only a week, his father, Larry Drew, took Drew II to dinner at a nearby T.G.I. Friday’s. During the meal, the elder Drew left and went to the car. When he returned, he wasn’t empty-handed.“He came back with a folder and dropped it on the table,” Drew II said. “It was like, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. It was like everything that I would do all day, he just had a schedule. He basically had it all planned before I even got there.”
North Carolina may not be the best team in the nation this year, but it will be one of the tallest.The Tar Heels’ towering frontcourt has an average height of a little more than 6-foot-10.To accommodate the loss of forward Tyler Hansbrough and forward/guard Danny Green, UNC has brought in a trio of forwards to add to returning players Deon Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis.
North Carolina’s 2009 team left behind an NCAA title trophy, a retired jersey and an impressive legacy. The 2009-10 squad now gets to follow that act.
Will Graves keeps his national championship ring within arm’s reach of his pillow. It also reminds him of the opportunity he allowed to slip through his hands. “From a fan’s perspective, I’m in the best position ever because I don’t think any other fan in the world has a ring,” Graves said. “And then from a player perspective, it’s humbling. I would have loved to have been out there on the floor to earn it.”
In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2009-10 men’s basketball season, Roy Williams did a series of double takes.North Carolina’s head coach looked at three magazines that published preseason rankings, and in each one, there North Carolina sat: No. 4 in one, No. 4 again and No. 5 in another.Williams didn’t know what to think.“It’s unbelievable to me,” Williams said. “That was where I would expect us to be picked in our league, and that’s where we were picked in the nation.”
UNC vs. Belmont Abbey exhibition
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UNC-NC Central basketball
It was close, but only for a couple of minutes.After a Vincent Davis basket brought North Carolina Central to within two points of North Carolina, the Tar Heels decided they had enough.UNC went on a 32-3 run to close the half, scoring in every which way - dunks, jumpers and old-fashioned lay-ups. UNC leads 51-20 at the half.
North Carolina’s Will Graves had to think for a few seconds before assigning a grade to his team’s performance in its 88-77 victory against Valparaiso.His final verdict? The Tar Heels passed — but barely.“I’d say a D,” Graves said. “We showed intensity in spurts, but you can get a couple questions right on a test and still come out with a D.”
Deon Thompson, a senior and the team’s only returning starter, knew he had made a mistake more characteristic of a freshman.After being whistled for a technical foul for shoving a Valparaiso player, Thompson headed to the bench for the last few minutes of the first half.
Thanks to an abysmal half of shooting from the floor by No. 15 Ohio State, No. 4 North Carolina has a 38-24 halftime lead in Madison Square Garden.OSU is just 9-for-31 for (29 percent) from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.
NEW YORK — Roy Williams said he’s spent much of this season chewing out sophomore point Larry Drew II. Whatever he’s saying, it seems to be working.When Ohio State made a late-game run, Drew was put on the spot again and again — and he answered just enough times to push UNC to a win.