First-year guard Cole Anthony (2) fights for a two-pointer in the game against Gardner Webb on Friday, Nov.15, 2019 in the Smith Center. UNC beat Gardner-Webb 77-61. 

For UNC, a sloppy win against Gardner-Webb could be a sign of bigger problems

It was a close win for North Carolina against Gardner-Webb, much closer than it should have been. Through three games, the Tar Heels have struggled to find an offensive rhythm outside of star first-year Cole Anthony. 

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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. 

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?