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Tuesday August 3rd

Men's basketball

Head Coach Roy Williams speaks to the press after the game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. UNC beat N.C. State 85-79.3

'They made plays': Ahead of rematch, UNC isn't caught up on overtime loss to Duke

“After the game, the next day I said, ‘Guys, they made plays,’” Williams said. “We had some opportunities to make those plays not be as big as they were, but we didn’t do it.” Despite a devastating overtime loss to the Blue Devils in February, the North Carolina men's basketball team isn't feeling sorry for itself ahead of its rematch with Duke on Saturday.

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UNC men's basketball head athletic trainer Doug Halverson works before a game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

The 2019-20 UNC basketball season, through the eyes of trainer Doug Halverson

Just as one leak gets patched up for these Tar Heels, two more pop up. Doug Halverson’s job is keeping the proverbial ship airtight; suffice it to say that this year, it hasn’t been easy. “It’s absolutely been a trying season, as anyone from the outside would expect,” he said. “It’s tough when you have to come into the office every day and deliver some bad news.” “It’s stressful because I want us to be successful,” Halverson continued. “My priority is the health and safety of our players, but after that, it’s to try to help our team be successful.”

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First-year guard Cole Anthony (2) runs down the court as Wake Forest junior center Olivier Sarr (30) tries to block him during a game in the Smith Center on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The Tar Heels won 93-83 against the Demon Deacons during senior night.

'We’re not scared of anybody': With win over Wake Forest, UNC is building momentum

“If you guys have been keeping up with us, we have been playing really well the past few games,” said first year guard Cole Anthony. “We’re getting everybody back healthy, things have been clicking, and practice is going well. We’re just really starting to play well together.”  Anthony was a dominant force in establishing North Carolina’s success on the offensive end. After finishing the Tar Heels' first matchup against Wake Forest shooting just 5-19 from the field, the point guard’s second time facing the Demon Deacons was a stark contrast. 

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UNC junior forward Garrison Brooks (15) prepares to take a shot in the game against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Even in the worst of seasons, UNC basketball proves it has N.C. State's number

You know the head-to-head numbers by heart (even though you claim not to). Under Roy Williams, the Tar Heels have 31 — now 32 — victories over their little brother in Raleigh, to just four losses. North Carolina has been felled by the Wolfpack just once in the last 10 tries. You claim it doesn't matter, but it always has — especially this year, the worst of the Daggum Era. UNC has had N.C. State's number, and that didn't change on Tuesday night.

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