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Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

Johnson plays with new aura in Carolina Blue

CHAPEL HILL – Cameron Johnson is the same guy that averaged 11.9 points a game two seasons ago, but he possesses a different aura about him. He’s no longer just another good ACC player in a Pitt uniform. At North Carolina, a blue blood basketball program, he's a focal point...

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

CHAPEL HILL – Wake Forest coach Danny Manning is struggling. He guided the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament two years ago, but otherwise he’s mired in a fourth losing season out of five in Winston-Salam. The temperature is turning up on the hot seat. Manning never played or...

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

Watch Coby White now that the ACC basketball logjam at the top has been halved to three one-loss teams, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. In the past week, North Carolina’s maturing freshman has moved ahead a couple chapters in the education of a point guard. You can hear it in...

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams was still coaching at Kansas the first time he saw Julius Peppers in a summer tournament. Upon hearing Peppers was committed to North Carolina he thought the kid was in over his then-6-foot-5 height. “The Peach Jam is my favorite tournament of...

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

More to ACC Saturday than Virginia at Duke

Virginia and ESPN’s College GameDay crew are at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday for an ACC first-place showdown. The unbeaten Cavaliers (16-0) are 4-0 in conference play and the Blue Devils 14-2 and 3-1.But what about the other 3-1 teams in range of a first-place tie if...

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

The bottom fell out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top capsized, too.The mighty USS Duke and Louisville both went down on Sunday among eight ACC teams eliminated the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina is left hanging on and hoping the shell will stay...

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

The ACC enters the postseason with the potential to have 10 teams earn NCAA bids. The conference has a good chance to end up with two Final Four teams for the second straight year. Here’s what was to like and not like about the 2017 ACC basketball season. ... Click here for...

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina needs healthy Joel Berry

North Carolina knew what it had last year when fourth-year starting point guard Marcus Paige missed the first six contests with a hand injury, or in any game the rest of the way when he needed a breather.The Tar Heels had Joel Berry II. He would have started at most other ACC...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Following a legend is never easy. Some coaches handle it better than others. Count among them retired Virginia Tech legendary coach Frank Beamer and his successor, Justin Fuente.An egregious example of how not to do it involved North Carolina basketball at the turn of the...