1/16/2018 7:34pm

Sports desk staff writer Brian Keyes

My Unpopular Sports Opinion: Long live basketball (and its activist athletes)

Football is dead. Long live basketball.  It may seem unlikely, but American football’s reign as the nation’s premier sport is coming to an end. It has gone the way of the bullfight: a barbaric thrill ride that won’t be able to survive. The evidence that shows the longer you play the sport, the more likely you are to develop serious brain injuries.

1/14/2018 8:52pm

Guard Joel Berry II (2) takes a layup against Wake Forest on Dec. 30 in the Smith Center.

No. 20 UNC holds off Notre Dame, 69-68, on the road

The No. 20 North Carolina men’s basketball team must be feeling pretty lucky right now.  After playing a close, back-and-forth affair with a scrappy Notre Dame team for the whole game, the Tar Heels found themselves with the ball, trailing 68-67 to the undermanned Fighting Irish. Just four seconds remained on the shot clock, and 10.9 seconds were left in the game. 

12/29/2017 6:53pm

North Carolina guards Joel Berry II (2) and Kenny Williams (24) swarm Wofford guard Fletcher Magee (3) during a Dec. 20 game in the Smith Center.

Introducing UNC's "death lineup"

This is not your typical North Carolina men’s basketball team. In past seasons, UNC has won by using two bruising big men to anchor a talented backcourt. In the system, sometimes the best pass was a shot, with a Tar Heel big ready to swallow up a missed shot from a teammate and turn it into an easy two points.

12/8/2017 5:53pm

North Carolina guard Jalek Felton (5) goes behind the back on Western Carolina guard Matt Halvorsen (2) on Dec. 6 in the Smith Center.

Felton shows poise in blowout win over WCU

Jalek Felton was one of the most entertaining high school players in the country, but now he’s just doing his best to earn playing time. After struggling in his first few games, the first-year guard is finally hitting his stride.