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Monday June 5th

Mens Basketball

Sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) drives the ball at the Sweet 16 game against UCLA at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on March 25, 2022. UNC won 73-66 and is advancing to the Elite 8.

After switching shoes, Caleb Love's second-half explosion carries UNC into Elite Eight

After scoring just three points in the first half of UNC men's hoop's Sweet 16 matchup with UCLA, Caleb Love came back in the second half with a monster 27 points. “That was really my confidence level,” the sophomore guard said. “That’s the best part of my game is not to lose my confidence level. When I’m out there I’m just in a mode — that’s what that was tonight.” In March, with UNC one step away from its first Final Four appearance since 2017’s National Championship, this much is clear: As Love goes, so go the Tar Heels.  

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Transfer forward Justin McKoy warms up before the second-round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19, 2022, against Baylor in Fort Worth, Texas. UNC won 93-86.

Short-handed UNC holds off Baylor in 93-86 upset win to reach Sweet 16

After starters Brady Manek and Caleb Love fouled out of North Carolina's Round of 32 matchup against the top-seeded Baylor, reserve players like Justin McKoy and Dontrez Styles had to step up. With the game going into overtime, keeping the ship afloat was just as important as sailing it — which McKoy and Styles did. “The only thing that you are required to do is, when that opportunity comes, to be ready,” head coach Hubert Davis said. “And Justin and Dontrez were ready.”

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UNC sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) looks for an open pass during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Marquette on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Fort Worth, Texas. UNC won 95-63.

Caleb Love and Brady Manek lead UNC to NCAA Tournament-opening win against Marquette

In the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 matchup, the losing No. 9 Marquette could not keep up with the North Carolina duo of Caleb Love and Brady Manek. Both players were scoring machines — each topping their respective season highs in points. “When you shoot your first one and it goes in, you kind of get a feel for it,” sophomore guard Caleb Love said. “You keep shooting them, they keep falling.”

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Head coach of the North Carolina Men's Basketball team Hubert Davis speaks at the press conference ahead of the NCAA tournament on March 15, 2022 at the Smith Center.

UNC men's basketball talks Marquette, being locked in ahead of NCAAT first round

In the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, the No. 8 seed North Carolina men's basketball team will face No. 9 seed Marquette. In a press conference Tuesday, first-year head coach Hubert Davis and his team previewed the matchup against the Golden Eagles, noting that they understand the heightened stakes. “It’s that time of the year where you can’t have bad games,” graduate forward Brady Manek said.

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Sophomore guard Caleb Love (2) controls the ball at the semifinals of the ACC tournament against Virginia Tech at the Barclays Center on March 11, 2022. UNC lost 72-59.

Cold perimeter shooting dooms No. 25 UNC in ACC Tournament loss to Virginia Tech

After making a statement by winning 12 of their last 15 games, shots were all the only thing UNC failed to make on Friday night in Brooklyn. The Tar Heels were chilled on the perimeter — shooting just 3-26 from deep in a lopsided 72-59 loss to the Hokies. “Particularly in the first half, I felt like we got good looks from three, we just missed them,” head coach Hubert Davis said. “Then in the second half, I felt a lot of our threes were forced."

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