BROOKLYN — The North Carolina basketball team knew what lay ahead of it at the beginning of the week. An ACC Championship title was at stake. Against top-seeded Virginia, the Tar Heels needed every bit of offensive and defensive power it could muster. But carried by the momentum after wins against No. 24 Miami and No. 5 Duke, UNC managed to make some shots against the Cavaliers. Even so, Virginia offered a litmus test for the Tar Heels to see how it compares to other national title contenders. And Saturday proved that UNC has work left to do.
In Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II’s very first game against Duke, the North Carolina men’s basketball team imploded.
As he often does, Roy Williams opened his postgame press conference frankly. The North Carolina men’s basketball team head coach had one way to describe his team’s 82-65 victory over third-seeded Miami (22-9, 11-7 ACC).
BROOKLYN — Thanks to another solid defensive performance and a second-half explosion from Theo Pinson, the sixth-seeded North Carolina men’s basketball team defeated third-seeded Miami, 82-65, on Thursday night in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.
Playing in Brooklyn for the 2018 ACC Tournament offers the North Carolina men’s basketball team a different kind of spotlight – one that both players and fans have relished so far. Senior Joel Berry II played in Brooklyn for last season’s ACC Tournament, and he said he notices a special level of energy playing in the nation’s biggest media market. “You can always tell the vibe around here is basketball, basketball, basketball,” Berry said. “It’s all around a lot of fun, and I’m just trying to soak it in and enjoy it as much as possible."
North Carolina men’s basketball head coach Roy Williams preaches to his team that the only way to win games in March is with defense.
There’s no mistaking the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s weakness this season. A porous perimeter defense has consistently plagued the Tar Heels and could easily spell disaster once the NCAA Tournament begins later this month.
North Carolina baseball hopes their recent win against High Point will remedy a shaky start to their season.
The North Carolina women’s basketball team came up short once again at Duke’s senior day on Sunday afternoon, losing 70-54. The loss marks UNC’s ninth consecutive defeat; the Tar Heels’ last win was over Duke in Chapel Hill in January.
On Jamie Cherry’s senior night at Carmichael Arena, the North Carolina women's basketball team fell to Syracuse to extend its losing streak to eight games on Thursday evening, 86-80. The Orange (21-7, 9-6 ACC) made 20 threes to set an ACC record.