3/6/2009 12:00am

Tyler Hansbrough talks to reporters after an 84-66 loss to Kansas in the 2008 Final Four. No. 50 holds countless UNC records but has yet to win a title.

M. Basketball: Hansbrough's 'ultimate goal'

When Tyler Hansbrough grabs the mic for his Senior Day speech after North Carolina's game against rival Duke on Sunday it will mark a celebration of the rarest order. A once-in-a-lifetime player Hansbrough holds nearly every record of substance at UNC.

3/4/2009 12:00am

M. Basketball: Heels look to avoid upset in Blacksburg

It's finally over. The doldrums of the season — the period from December to February that makes the season seem to drag out— is done. Now it's March and No. 2 North Carolina's 7 p.m. game today at Virginia Tech marks the official beginning of the final sprint to the NCAA tournament.

3/2/2009 12:00am

M. Basketball: Lawson's 11 assists open up offense

With more than 14 minutes left in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson streaked down the floor at his usual breakneck speed. Scanning his teammates filling the lanes around him Lawson threaded a bounce pass to Danny Green on the right for a layup to put UNC up 66-41.

2/26/2009 12:00am

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Introducing ... Wayne 'The Pane' Ellington

Parents send their kids to college so they can become — as the cliché goes — ""well-rounded individuals."" The same goes for college basketball stars. Sort of. Just as it took Joe Kegstand three semesters to understand what's meant by ""liberal arts curriculum"" it took Wayne Ellington three years to understand what's meant by non-shooting star.""

2/24/2009 12:00am

Basketball: Heels perimeter defense struggles

In almost every conversation on North Carolina's hopes for a prolonged NCAA Tournament run the topic eventually settles on one issue — defense. Do the Tar Heels have what it takes to shut down a high-octane offense? Or will their propensity to let opposing guards score in bunches come back to bite them in the end?

2/23/2009 12:00am

Though Ty Lawson tried once again to save the Tar Heels single-handedly Saturday at Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez had other plans. Vasquez finished with 35 points 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

M. Basketball: No walk in College Park

COLLEGE PARK Md. — For almost four weeks now the North Carolina Tar Heels have played the Ty Lawson card when games go down to the wire. But in Saturday's 88-85 overtime loss against Maryland someone finally trumped it.

2/23/2009 12:00am

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez gave the Tar Heels fits Saturday ? and put up the first triple-double for UMd. in 22 years.

M. Basketball: Vasquez's triple-double spurs UMd.

COLLEGE PARK Md. — In the final moments of North Carolina's matchup at Maryland on Saturday UM guard Greivis Vasquez couldn't help smiling. With the score tied at 81 and the clock ticking down to less than 90 seconds remaining in overtime Vasquez curled around to the left corner and fired.

2/19/2009 12:00am

UNC freshman center Tyler Zeller made his return to action after spending 13 weeks on the bench with a broken wrist suffered against Kentucky on Nov. 18.

M. Basketball: Zeller's _¶ rst step back on court a quiet one

On any other night — or from any other player — those stats wouldn't demand anything more than a passing glance. But given the fact that they belonged to North Carolina's Tyler Zeller the numbers carried a little more meaning. They marked Zeller's return from a broken left wrist suffered Nov. 18 against Kentucky.

2/19/2009 12:00am

Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points as the Tar Heels burried the N.C. State Wolfpack 89-80 Wednesday night in Chapel Hill. It was Hansbrough?s 72nd game with 20 or more points"" the most in NCAA history.

M. Basketball: State no nemesis for Tar Heels

The last time North Carolina hosted N.C. State in the Smith Center it ignited a blowout by holding the Wolfpack scoreless for 10 minutes. This year the run was split in two but still just as effective. No. 3 UNC first reeled off 14 straight points before Wayne Ellington went on a personal 9-0 run a few minutes later to put Wednesday night's game away.

2/16/2009 12:00am

M. Basketball: UNC's Lawson calms 'Canes

CORAL GABLES Fla. — If the statistic existed North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson likely would have broken the record for number of shots that almost iced a game in Sunday's matchup against Miami.

2/12/2009 12:00am

Danny Green was one of five Tar Heel players in double figures ? each UNC starter had at least 12. Green also recorded five rebounds an assist and a steal for UNC. ?In the second half we were really good offensively? coach Roy Williams said.

M. Basketball: A class of their own

DURHAM — Right before the opening tip North Carolina's starting five sat side by side on the bench as Duke introduced its lineup. No one said a word. No one expressed any emotion. Just blank stares as they readied themselves for the prime-time fight set to begin.

2/12/2009 12:00am

M. Basketball: Improved attack heads to Miami

Though North Carolina's defensive effectiveness in Wednesday's 101-87 win against Duke changed drastically from one half to the next the offense went through a slightly different transition. Rather than bad to good UNC's scoring efficiency went from quite good to nearly unstoppable.

2/11/2009 12:00am

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M. Basketball: Damage from Downtown

With a spread offense that makes extensive use of the drive-and-pitch maneuver it's usually the Duke Blue Devils who are associated with 3-point shooting when this rivalry rolls around.

2/11/2009 12:00am


M. Basketball: The evolution of Henderson

DURHAM — Mounted within the underbelly of Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium rests picture after picture commemorating different aspects of Duke's storied basketball program. But one photo forces a double take.