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Thursday August 5th

Men's basketball



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.

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Junior forward (15) Garrison Brooks celebrates after a dunk during the game against Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Cassel Coliseum. UNC lost to VT 79-77.

After fifth straight loss, UNC's leaders are struggling to cope with their new roles

North Carolina fell to the Hokies in double overtime Wednesday night, 79-77, resulting in a sixth straight ACC loss and leaving UNC's other veteran leaders searching for answers in an 8-10 season that's becoming historic for all the wrong reasons. A five-game slide has seen the Tar Heels lose in a variety of ways, but perhaps none hurt more than the most recent, in which they had not one, but two extra periods to give head coach Roy Williams his 880th career win.  Instead, the Hall of Famer remains stuck: at 879, next to his mentor Dean Smith, and in the midst of a trying season with a limited roster, one that he admitted was the least talented of his Chapel Hill tenure.

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