Tar Heels beat No. 10 Kentucky

UNC win 75-73 down the stretch

Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while going 6-for-6 on free throws in the closing minutes of the game to help North Carolina beat Kentucky 75-73 on Saturday at the Smith Center. Zeller played 30 minutes and went 8-for-13 from the field, including 11-for-12 from the line. Fellow big man John Henson had 13 points and 12 rebounds but saw limited time in the second half because of his struggles at the free throw line.

Men's basketball

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Sophomore forward John Henson goes up for a block against a Cougar. He was the first to score in a game-sealing 22-8 run for the Tar Heels.

Second-half run sparks UNC basketball

With the North Carolina basketball team facing a 50-45 College of Charleston lead with less than 13 minutes remaining, a sense of dismay set in among the Smith Center attendees. The game seemed on track for another College of Charleston upset, and panic set in across most of the arena, except for UNC’s players.

Harrison Barnes
University of North Carolina
2010 Men's Basketball
Chapel Hill, NC
Monday, August 23, 2010

Men's basketball loses twice to unranked opponents

Ranked No. 8 in the country entering the weekend, the North Carolina men’s basketball team dropped two straight contests to unranked foes in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. UNC lost to Minnesota 72-67 on Friday night and followed up that performance with a 72-65 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday. “I don’t like being here in the scenario, to say the least, after losing two nights in a row, but it’s what it is,” UNC coach Roy Williams said in a press release.

Freshman Harrison Barnes (40) scores two of his 14 points in his debut as a Tar Heel. John Henson (31), blocking above, was just three swats away from recording a triple-double.

Henson leads North Carolina men's basketball team in win

In a game that was billed as Harrison Barnes’ introduction to North Carolina basketball fans, a returning starter stole the show in UNC’s 80-66 win against Lipscomb. Even though Barnes impressed with his 14-point, four-rebound effort, John Henson was the key. He scored 10 points, but he was far better on the defensive end, swatting seven shots and collecting 17 rebounds.

Roy Williams will showcase his new team tonight in the Smith Center.

UNC basketball opens year against Lipscomb

Almost as important as what North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams said in his final media session before the season’s first game is what he did not say. He didn’t warn that his team will not be as good as its preseason ranking, like he did last year.

New coach Brownell, Stitt to lead Clemson

There’s a new sheriff in town in Clemson, S.C., and he’s not just taking over another program. He’s taking over the O.P.P. — Oliver Purnell’s Posse. Much like the Clemson students will have to reorganize under a new nickname at Littlejohn Coliseum, new head coach Brad Brownell will be forced to merge his teaching format with the honed styles of Purnell’s players.

Miami, Haith will rely on Scott

The 2010-11 season looks to be a good one for the University of Miami despite losing its top two scorers from last season. The most acute of those losses is Dwayne Collins, the 60th pick in April’s NBA Draft, who led the team in points, rebounds and field goal percentage last season.

Virginia Cavaliers deal with youth

In his first season with the Virginia Cavaliers, coach Tony Bennett saw improvement with his team winning five more games than the previous year. But injuries and departures of key players could leave the Cavaliers dangerously thin come opening day. Junior guard Sammy Zeglinski will miss up to eight weeks after surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.

N.C. State gets trio of top freshmen recruits

A season ago, N.C. State found itself knocking on the cellar door of the ACC, finishing 11th in the conference and settling for a second-round exit in the National Invitational Tournament. But as a promising recruiting class steps in to bolster the Wolfpack roster, the disappointment of last year has been replaced by an unmistakable buzz.

Blue Devils the favorite in ACC, country

Last April, Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave rimmed out as time expired and Duke held off Butler to win its fourth national championship. This fall the Blue Devils begin where they finished as the preseason No.

Dexter Strickland brings a drive to the basket that went unequaled by any Tar Heel guard last season. The
sophomore will return to his normal position of 2-guard this year with the addition of Kendall Marshall.

Tar Heel backcourt will be vital to this year's NCAA Tournament hopes

A team can be stacked down low, replete with a future lottery draft pick and a cadre of talented big men, but if the guards cannot get them the ball, scoring proves difficult. That was the case for the 2009-10 Tar Heels, as they limped into the NIT after a disappointing conference season, eventually losing in the NIT final.

Justin Knox bolsters UNC paint presence

When Travis and David Wear decided to transfer from North Carolina within two months of the Tar Heels losing leading post scorers Deon Thompson and Ed Davis to graduation and the NBA draft, coach Roy Williams found himself desperately in need of frontcourt help for a team suddenly missing 68 percent of its low-post scoring.

UNC moves past NIT year

Moral victories just won’t cut it anymore. Not for a school that has been to the Final Four 18 times. Not for a coach already enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Not for a rabid fanbase two years removed from a national championship. That was a lesson the players of the North Carolina men’s basketball team learned the hard way last year.