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2/4/2020 8:21pm

Head Coach Roy Williams observes the game against N.C. State in PNC Arena on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. UNC defeated N.C. State for the seventh time consecutively 75-65.

Analysis: Three takeaways from UNC basketball's loss at Florida State

The North Carolina men’s basketball team fell to No. 8 Florida State on the road, 65-59, after a woeful stretch in the second half.  Despite solid defensive play, UNC (10-12, 3-8 ACC) struggled to shoot once again, which has become a common occurrence this season. The Tar Heels finished the game shooting nearly 31 percent from the field while holding the Seminoles (19-3, 9-2 ACC) to 41 percent shooting


2/3/2020 11:53pm

North Carolina sophomore Tyler Hansbrough is checked on by teammate Dewey Burke following an intentional foul by Duke's Gerald Henderson that left the Poplar Bluff, Mo., standout looking like Eric Montross. Coach Roy Williams said that Hansbrough's nose isn't broken, but that he doesn't look good. UNC defeated Duke 86-72 in the Smith Center on Sunday, Mar. 4, 2007. DTH File/Beth Ely. 

Column: The modern myth of the UNC-Duke basketball rivalry

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. Immediately makes one think of UNC-Duke basketball, no?


2/3/2020 11:52pm

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 GoHeels.com, 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.


2/3/2020 10:30am

Leslie McDonald drives to the basket. UNC defeated Duke 74-66 at the Smith Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. 

Take a look back at the last time an unranked UNC beat a ranked Duke team

An unranked UNC team has only beaten a ranked Duke team eight times, with the last coming in 2014 after the initial game was postponed because of snow.  It's going to take a lot for this year's Tar Heel team to upset the Blue Devils, but it has been done before and could happen again. Here's a look at the last time an unranked UNC team took down its biggest rival.


2/2/2020 12:10am

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. 


1/27/2020 11:44pm

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.