Tar Heels set for different look, await NBA decisions
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina thrived with a seemingly perfect balance of veteran composure and youthful upside to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After making an early exit from the NCAA Tournament last season, North Carolina breezed to the Sweet 16.
Luke Maye and Nassir Little each scored 20 points and the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Top-seeded North Carolina is trying to avoid a repeat of last year's NCAA Tournament, when the Tar Heels couldn't make it out of the opening weekend.
Washington meets UNC in Second Round
No. 9 seed Washington (27-8) vs. No. 1 seed North Carolina (28-6)
NCAA Tournament Second Round, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio; Sunday, 1:40 p.m. EDT
Johnson, White, Maye power UNC’s offense entering NCAAs
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Johnson swears there's no deals among North Carolina's top three scorers determining who gets to lead the offense in each game. It sure seems that way sometimes,...
Duke, UNC meet in ACC semis
Duke (27-5, 15-4) vs. North Carolina (27-5, 17-2)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Semifinals, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Roy Williams continues to preach to Coby White to play aggressive while staying under control.
The freshman point guard is learning to walk that fine line for...
UNC faces Louisville in ACC quarters
No. 7 seed Louisville (20-12, 11-8) vs. No. 2 seed North Carolina (26-5, 16-2)
Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday, 6 p.m....
Ranked teams meet as No. 3 UNC hosts No. 4 Duke
No. 4 Duke (26-4, 14-3) vs. No. 3 North Carolina (25-5, 15-2)
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
No. 3 North Carolina beats Boston College 79-66
BOSTON (AP) — North Carolina forward Luke Maye grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in an easy victory over Boston College, and then he was off in transition.
No. 3 UNC looks to extend streak vs BC
No. 3 North Carolina (24-5, 14-2) vs. Boston College (14-14, 5-11)
Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST
Clemson faces tough test vs No. 5 UNC
No. 5 North Carolina (23-5, 13-2) vs. Clemson (17-11, 7-8)
Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, South Carolina; Saturday, 6 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 UNC presents a tough challenge for...
No. 5 UNC looks to extend streak vs Syracuse
Syracuse (18-9, 9-5) vs. No. 5 North Carolina (22-5, 12-2)
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 North Carolina looks for its eighth...
Johnson, Maye lead No. 8 UNC past No. 16 FSU, 77-59
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — No. 8 North Carolina convincingly beat both of the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest teams over a four-day span.
In the process, the Tar Heels laid claim to that...
No. 8 UNC looks for home win vs No. 16 Fla St.
No. 16 Florida State (21-5, 9-4) vs. No. 8 North Carolina (21-5, 11-2)
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Saturday, 3:45 p.m. EST
With Zion injured, No. 8 UNC routs No. 1 Duke 88-72
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson blew out his shoe, and then No. 8 North Carolina blew out top-ranked Duke.
Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to the freshman sensation,...
No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hit every big shot it needed in an unexpectedly dire situation at home against struggling Miami. That allowed the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to hang on for their best Atlantic Coast Conference start under Roy Williams.
Maye helps No. 8 Tar Heels roll past rival Wolfpack 113-96
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Luke Maye just loves playing against rival North Carolina State.
Maye had a season-high 31 points to go with 12 rebounds, helping the eighth-ranked Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack 113-96 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
No. 9 Tar Heels avenge loss, topping No. 15 Louisville 79-69
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — This time around, No. 9 North Carolina returned to form against No. 15 Louisville.
The Tar Heels controlled rebounding, the inside and just about everything else Saturday to show how far they have come since their previous meeting with the Cardinals.
Luke Maye had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, helping North Carolina avenge a blowout loss with a 79-69 victory over Louisville.
Little, No. 13 North Carolina hold off Notre Dame 75-69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Once Nassir Little got rolling, No. 13 North Carolina didn't have to worry much about yet another home loss.
Little scored all 11 of his points in the final 11 minutes, and the Tar Heels beat Notre Dame 75-69 on Tuesday night.
"It was just a matter of time," Little said. "Everybody was just waiting for me to do what I do, to help the team be as good as we can be."
No. 12 UNC beats No. 15 NC State 90-82 in rivalry game
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina made the 30-minute drive to visit ranked rival North Carolina State and left Raleigh just as the 12th-ranked Tar Heels always seem to do: with a win.
Luke Maye scored 21 points to help the Tar Heels hold off the 15th-ranked Wolfpack 90-82 on Tuesday night, earning a sixth straight road win in the longtime series.
Tar Heels surge past Harvard in second half
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina got ready for Atlantic Coast Conference play with a lackluster performance against Harvard.
Luke Maye scored 14 points to help the 15th-ranked Tar Heels beat the Crimson 77-57 on Wednesday night.
Cameron Johnson and Coby White added 13 points apiece in North Carolina's final nonconference game of the regular season.
"This stuff is over now," coach Roy Williams said. "It's big-time basketball in front of us now. We've got to play better."
Johnson, Maye, No. 14 UNC rout Davidson 82-60
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has been pretty good so far at bouncing back from losses. The 14th-ranked Tar Heels just wish they weren't doing it so often.
Cameron Johnson scored 17 points, Luke Maye had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and North Carolina beat Davidson 82-60 on Saturday.
Johnson, Travis lead No. 19 Kentucky over No. 9 UNC, 80-72
CHICAGO (AP) — John Calipari sees No. 19 Kentucky rounding into form. Beating North Carolina sure is a good way to drive home that point.
Keldon Johnson scored 21 points and Reid Travis added 20 to lead the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory over the ninth-ranked Tar Heels in a matchup between two of college basketball's winningest programs on Saturday.
Little, Johnson lead No. 7 UNC past Saint Francis 101-76
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Once seventh-ranked North Carolina started taking care of the basketball, the Tar Heels had no trouble taking care of Saint Francis of Pennsylvania.
Cameron Johnson scored 20 points, freshman Nassir Little added 19 and North Carolina beat Saint Francis 101-76 on Monday night in the on-campus round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Correction: T25-North Carolina-Wofford story
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about a basketball game between No. 8 North Carolina and Wofford, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a Wofford player. He is Fletcher Magee, not Fletcher McGee.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Maye, Johnson lead No. 8 North Carolina past Wofford 78-67
Luke Maye scores 24 points as No. 8 North Carolina defeats Wofford 78-67
No. 8 Tar Heels must find answer at point with Berry gone
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Roy Williams likes to joke that he doesn't ask much of his point guards at the helm of the Tar Heels' fast-paced attack.
"Don't turn the sucker over and stay in front of the ball," the Hall of Fame coach said. "If you can do those, I can work with you."
Yet Williams opens the season with more uncertainty at the point than he's faced in years.
North Carolina preview capsule
Last season: 26-11, reached second round of NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Tar Heels.
Coach: Roy Williams.
Conference: Atlantic Coast.
Who's gone: The program has lost mainstays from its 2017 national championship winner in point guard Joel Berry II — a former Final Four most outstanding player — and swingman Theo Pinson.
No. 4 Duke edges No. 5 Virginia as preseason ACC favorite
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Fourth-ranked Duke edged fifth-ranked Virginia as Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, while North Carolina's Luke Maye is preseason player of the year.
The league released picks Thursday after voting from media members attending Wednesday's media day.
Purdue’s Edwards headlines preseason AP All-America team
Carsen Edwards went through the NBA draft combine and multiple workouts before deciding to return for his junior season at Purdue.
The Boilermakers are sure happy he did after losing four seniors and most of their scoring.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Luke Maye is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season.
The 6-foot-8 forward announced Thursday morning on Instagram that he would return to school after "a great experience learning from the NBA process and growing as a basketball player." He didn't hire an agent to maintain his eligibility.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina junior Luke Maye has declared for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent.
The 6-foot-8 forward was a third-team Associated Press All-American after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's most improved player after increasing his scoring average by 11.4 points from his sophomore to junior seasons.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill forward Luke Maye has entered the 2018 NBA Draft process but hasn't hired an agent.
UNC announced Maye's decision Monday afternoon.
“This is a great opportunity for Luke,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said in a statement.
NEW YORK (AP) — North Carolina was up 16 with 5 1/2 minutes left, all set to cruise to a victory that would snap a six-game Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament losing streak against Duke and put the Tar Heels in the championship for a record 35th time.
Then things got weird — and college basketball's greatest rivalry produced another memorable finish.
North Carolina and Miami are set for a rematch in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Thursday (9 p.m., WRAL-TV, 99.9 FM The Fan) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., after they went to the buzzer last week.
The No. 24 Hurricanes (22-8) have won four consecutive games by a total of eight points, including a road victory over the No. 12 Tar Heels on a Ja'Quan Newton last-second 3-point shot on Feb. 27 at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Duke’s Marvin Bagley III leads AP all-ACC Team
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman forward Marvin Bagley III is The Associated Press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia's Tony Bennett is its coach of the year.
Bagley — the only unanimous selection to the AP all-ACC team also announced Tuesday — earned 14 votes for the top overall individual honor and all 15 votes for the award for newcomers following a vote of 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league's nine states.
FINAL SCORE: Duke 74, North Carolina 64: The best rivalry in college basketball delivered again Saturday night.
After a sluggish first half that saw both teams shoot worse than 40 percent, Duke and North Carolina woke up in the second half and traded the lead numerous times.
In the end, the No. 5 Blue Devils used a double-double from freshman Marvin Bagley (21 points, 15 rebounds) to get past No. 9 North Carolina. Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen each added 13 points.
No. 14 North Carolina tops Louisville 93-76
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — North Carolina got the fast start it sought against Louisville and the No. 14 Tar Heels displayed that energy in numerous areas, giving coach Roy Williams a lot to like — for the most part.
Joel Berry scored 23 points, Luke Maye had 19 with 13 rebounds and North Carolina dominated the boards and second-chance points to beat the Cardinals 93-76 Saturday night for its fifth consecutive victory.
Maye helps No. 21 North Carolina beat rival NC State 96-89
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The shots kept falling. The basket felt huge. And Luke Maye was so good that he nearly single-handedly carried No. 21 North Carolina's second-half offense to a road rivalry win.
Maye scored 27 of his career-high 33 points after halftime to help the Tar Heels beat North Carolina State 96-89 on Saturday, getting even for last month's home loss to the Wolfpack.
UNC’s Maye thriving in leading role entering Duke game
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Luke Maye keeps handling everything thrown at him, from the pressure of taking a last-second shot to reach the Final Four to playing as North Carolina's new leading man.
No. 19 North Carolina ends 3-game skid, beating Pitt 96-65
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina finally got its offense — and maybe its confidence — going again.
Luke Maye scored 26 points to help the 19th-ranked Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh 96-65 on Saturday night, ending their first three-game losing streak in four years.
"Our guys around here, you lose a couple and the kids start feeling the pressure because they're such good kids," UNC coach Roy Williams said.
North Carolina turned the ball over 10 times in the first half against Georgia Tech and still led 35-28 at the break because of Theo Pinson and Sterling Manley.
The senior and freshman each scored nine first half points to co-lead the first 20 minutes and although Luke Maye finished with his 11th double-double of the season and a team-best 17 points and 11 rebounds, those numbers are nearly exactly his average (17.8, 10.5).
Maye, Pinson help No. 15 UNC beat Georgia Tech 80-66
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina kept hitting the glass hard — then pulled away after one of its most important players hit the floor hard.
Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the 15th-ranked Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech 80-66 on Saturday.
Theo Pinson added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Joel Berry II and Cameron Johnson finished with 16 points apiece to help the Tar Heels (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Berry’s free throws lift No. 20 North Carolina past ND
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Roy Williams wasn't concerned about style points after No. 20 North Carolina beat Notre Dame for its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season.
"I feel the luckiest I've ever felt after the last minute of a basketball game," Williams said after the 69-68 victory Saturday night. "Joel Berry gets fouled and makes two free throws when you're down one. My frustration button is at a very high level right now."