11/7/2019 12:09am

UNC guard Cole Anthony (2) makes a pass on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at the Smith Center. UNC beat Notre Dame 76-65.

Cole Anthony ditches the glasses, dons his cape in season-opening Notre Dame win

Anthony scored 23 after halftime to key a 32-13 run in the Tar Heels’ eventual 76-65 win. His 34 points were a game-high, and a record for a UNC debut, eclipsing Rashad McCants’ 28 points in 2002. A better way to frame the game, though: after ditching the Rec Specs, Anthony made 10 of 18 shots, including six of nine three-point attempts. 

11/5/2019 9:56pm

UNC guard Kendall Marshall drives to the basket. The Tar Heels defeated Vermont 77-58 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday, March 16, 2012.

'A perfect role for him': Kendall Marshall takes next step on UNC coaching staff

After five years in the NBA, former UNC point guard Kendall Marshall returned to Chapel Hill in 2017 to finish his bachelor's degree, with the goal of joining the Tar Heels' coaching staff in mind.  On Oct. 2, head coach Roy Williams named Marshall the program's director of recruiting. Now, Marshall is using the same team-first mentality that made him an All-American during his playing days to help his alma mater. 

11/5/2019 9:08pm

Junior guard Garrison Brooks (15) daps up his teammates during the exhibition game against Winston Salem State in the Smith Center on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. UNC beat WSSU 96-61.

'Thrown into the fire': Garrison Brooks is the reluctant leader of UNC basketball

Junior big man Garrison Brooks is on the verge of leading North Carolina this season as the team’s only returning starter. Brooks, the Tar Heels’ defensive anchor from a year ago, is also UNC’s leading returning scorer with 7.9 points per game. He’ll look to incorporate six new faces, including grad transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce, as well as five-star first-years Armando Bacot and Cole Anthony, into the fray. How did we get here?

11/5/2019 9:02pm

UNC senior guard Brandon Robinson (4) takes a free throw shot at the exhibition game against Winston-Salem State on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in the Smith Center. Shortly afterward, Robinson sustained an ankle injury and did not play for the rest of the game. UNC won 96-61.

Analysis: Without Brandon Robinson, UNC's new wings could have to step up early

North Carolina basketball was already going to have to lean on a number of new faces on the wing this season; then, senior guard Brandon Robinson went down. His absence will present even more opportunities for a few newcomers – graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce – plus Andrew Platek on the wing early in the season.