Forward Sterling Manley (21) converts one of his three first-half dunks against Georgia Tech on Jan. 20 in the Smith Center.

Sterling Manley's first-half burst energizes No. 15 North Carolina in win over Georgia Tech

Sterling Manley isn’t superstitious.

So, no, it wasn’t his new haircut — mini dreadlocks, inspired by an Isaiah Hicks style from last year — that helped him tie his ACC career high with nine points, or shoot a perfect 4-4 from the field against Georgia Tech.

Men's basketball

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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.

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.