DTH SPORTS FILM REVIEWS


North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks (4) goes up for a lay in against Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Greenville on Sunday.

FILM REVIEW: The play call that saved the season for UNC men's basketball

When Arkansas’ Jaylen Barford scored a layup to put the Razorbacks up 65-60 with 3:28 remaining in the second half of Sunday’s game, it wasn't hyperbole to say the North Carolina men's basketball team was staring at the end of its season. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, UNC — a No. 1 seed and the ACC regular-season champion — was on the brink of elimination.


Senior safety Donnie Miles (15) makes a tackle against Virginia on Oct. 23, 2016. The Tar Heels defeated the Cavaliers, 35-14.

Film review: UNC rush defense flashes improvement in Virginia win

The first article we did in this series examined how the North Carolina defense, particularly against the run, held the team back in the first game of the season — a 33-24 loss to Georgia. Now, seven weeks later, the defense just turned in its best performance of the season, limiting Virginia to 253 total yards of offense in UNC’s 35-14 win on Saturday. 


Film review: Hurricane Matthew sinks UNC football's offense

Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech was never an easy matchup for the North Carolina football team. New head coach Justin Fuente has revived the Hokies’ offense this season, while defensive coordinator Bud Foster had kept the defense as strong as any during the Frank Beamer era. But few could predict the 34-3 shellacking the Tar Heels endured. Virginia Tech limited UNC’s offense to 131 total yards — a far cry from the 484.2 it averaged going into the game.


Film review: Read option sparks UNC offense

Since Coach Larry Fedora arrived in 2012, the North Carolina football team has found its identity on the offensive side of the ball. After averaging a school-record 7.3 yards per play in 2015, the Tar Heels set their sights even higher this year with a number of productive players returning.


Film Review: UNC's run defense fails first test

Run defense has been a constant talking point for the North Carolina football team since the end of last season. The Tar Heels have been gashed on the ground for the past few years, but the final two games of the 2015 season were particularly awful. UNC allowed a total of 964 yards rushing against Clemson and Baylor, giving up an ugly 6.9 yards per carry in two losses.