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Thursday January 21st

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UNC fans compete for seats at bars and restaurants as close to Franklin and North Columbia where as many as 50,000 people come to celebrate UNC wins. UNC students watch the men's basketball game between UNC and Duke on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at Lotsa on Franklin Street. No.8 UNC beat No.1 Duke 88-72. 

Column: Long live the midweek North Carolina-Duke basketball matchup

As noted by Pat James of, you’d have to go back nearly three decades —  when Duke hosted UNC on Saturday, January 19, 1991 — to find the last time the Tar Heels and Blue Devils played their first game on a day other than Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In a perfect world, they’d go three more decades before they have to open on the weekend again.

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First-year guard Cole Anthony (2) yells during a game against Boston College in the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. UNC fell to Boston College by just one point in the last minutes of the game, making the final score 71-70.

Return of The Cole Anthony Show isn't enough for UNC against Boston College

After a seven-week hiatus, Cole Anthony returned for North Carolina men’s basketball on Saturday against Boston College. But, part and parcel with UNC’s season so far, there would be no happy ending in a 71-70 loss that sent the Tar Heels (10-11, 3-7 ACC) back below the .500 mark. For much of the night, North Carolina seemed out of sync given the return of Anthony, who missed UNC’s last 11 games due to meniscus surgery. And despite some late drama, portions of the game actually looked more like your favorite sitcom. 

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Graduate guard Christian Keeling (55) runs the ball down the court during the game against N.C. State in the PNC Arena on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. UNC defeated N.C. State for the seventh time consecutively at the PNC Arena 75-65.

'We just need to have fun': UNC's Keeling and Pierce getting more comfortable

The North Carolina basketball team has looked more comfortable in its last three games and that could be because of Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce. Keeling admitted he and Pierce have struggled throughout the season, but a change in mindset has them contributing in big ways for UNC. The graduate transfer duo had a big impact against N.C. State. A run where they scored seven straight points gave the Tar Heels a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

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