March 12, 2012
The most important body part going into the NCAA Midwest Regional is the left wrist of 6-foot-11 North Carolina forward John Henson. Henson missed the last two games of the ACC tournament after he fell and landed on the wrist against Maryland. The Tar Heels lost in the tournament final to Florida State but still received a No. 1 seed. North Carolina and No. 2 Kansas appear to be head and shoulders above the next two seeds in this region. Upset possibilities can be found in the middle of the bracket with Temple, San Diego State, and St. Mary's.
March 21, 2011 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina's Roy Williams woke up Sunday morning feeling ill. The Hall of Fame coach then had to endure one stomach-turning play after another in a dramatic finish that left the Tar Heels in a familiar spot: the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. Tyler Zeller scored 23 points, Harrison Barnes added 22, and North Carolina survived for an 86-83 win over seventh seeded Washington (24-11) in the East Regional. The Tar Heels are into the second weekend for a record 24th time.
November 28, 1997 |
The undermanned UCLA Bruins were no match for North Carolina. The No. 4 Tar Heels handed No. 7 UCLA its second-worst loss ever, 109-68, last night in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage. Antawn Jamison scored 23 points and Vince Carter added 22 as the Tar Heels (4-0) beat the Bruins (0-1), who played without suspended starters Kris Johnson and Jelani McCoy. Both reportedly failed drug tests. "I think if they get the other two back, they'll be good," North Carolina coach Bill Gutheridge said.
January 9, 1997 |
There are comebacks and then there are comebacks for the ages. Maryland served one up for the Atlantic Coast Conference history books last night. Obinna Ekezie scored a career-high 21 points and Laron Profit was key down the stretch as the 19th-ranked Terrapins rallied from a 22-point second-half deficit to stun No. 13 North Carolina, 85-75, in Carolina's famed Dean Dome. "I've been coaching a while in a lot of different places and this is the best comeback I've been associated with," said Maryland coach Gary Williams, whose team beat the Tar Heels in consecutive road games for the first time in 67 years.
March 19, 2013 |
North Carolina technically plays Villanova in its opening game of the NCAA tournament. That is not, however, the matchup everyone will focus on when they look at the Tar Heels' road to the Final Four out of the South Region. If No. 8 seed Carolina beats the ninth-seeded Wildcats (20-13) on Friday (7:20 p.m.) at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, they will likely face top-seeded Kansas (29-5) less than 40 miles from its campus in Lawrence, Kan. The Jayhawks open the NCAA tournament with Western Kentucky (20-15)
December 2, 1995 |
Vince Carter didn't need long to impress a man who isn't easily impressed. "His best game so far," North Carolina coach Dean Smith said last night after Carter played an eventful 16 minutes to help the 17th-ranked Tar Heels defeat Tulane, 89-71, in the first round of the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte, N.C. In the later game, Dion Cross and Andy Poppink each had six points in a second-half run that sent No. 16 Stanford (3-1) to an 82-70 victory over South Carolina. South Carolina (2-1)
July 20, 2001 |
Moorestown's Lewis Burnham, one of the top football prospects in South Jersey, has made an oral commitment to North Carolina. He chose the Tar Heels over Iowa, Rutgers, Kentucky and West Virginia. According to NCAA rules, recruits can't sign letters of intent until Feb. 6. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Burnham was recruited as a tight end. Last season, he started at offensive tackle before shifting to tight end for the season's final three games. "I went down there for a camp and really liked the campus," said Burnham, who has scored 1,210 on the SAT and plans to major in business.
January 5, 2010 |
Andrew Goudelock's long three-pointer tied the game with 2 seconds left in regulation and Donavan Monroe gave host College of Charleston the lead for good with a three to start overtime, and the Cougars beat No. 9 North Carolina, 82-79, last night. The Tar Heels (11-4) had trailed most of the game, but used a late run to take a 72-61 lead with 4 minutes to go. That's when Goudelock and the Cougars (8-6) got going. Goudelock scored the last eight points in regulation, including the fadeaway three from about 28 feet with 6-10 Ed Davis in his face to make it 73-all.
February 9, 2012 |
Freshman Austin Rivers buried a three-pointer at the horn to give No. 10 Duke an 85-84 win at No. 5 North Carolina last night. Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six threes, the last of which will certainly live on in the lore of this fierce rivalry. With the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two, Rivers launched a three over 7-footer Tyler Zeller from the right wing. The ball swished through the net, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned UNC crowd.
November 25, 1989 |
King Rice hit a driving scoop shot at the buzzer last night to cap a 10-0 run in the final minute and lift North Carolina (No. 7 AP and UPI) over James Madison, 80-79, in the opening round of the Maui Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Tar Heels will meet Villanova in a semifinal tonight. James Madison led, 79-70, with 1 minute, 15 seconds left after a free throw by Fess Irvin. That was the Dukes' last point as North Carolina nailed a long jumper, two three-pointers and Rice's dramatic shot for the win. Steve Hood, a transfer from Maryland, led James Madison with 32 points, William Davis had 20 and Irvin, a transfer from Louisiana State, had 13. Kevin Madden led five Tar Heels in double figures with 19 points.