North Carolina Rumors & News

  • Another key North Carolina player pulls out of the NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "North Carolina is going to be pretty formidable again next season. Sure, it lost Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James to graduation. But it's bringing back everyone else. Big man Kennedy Meeks, who declared for the draft but did not sign an agent, announced his return to Chapel Hill on May..." May 17

  • Kennedy Meeks withdraws from draft, returns to UNC for senior season

    ESPN "North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season, the school announced Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 forward has essentially been a three-year starter for the Tar Heels. He slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on..." May 04

  • UNC received another notice from the NCAA

    CBS Sports "After an initial report from Aaron Beard, of the Associated Press, the University of North Carolina confirmed that it received an amended Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Monday. The NCAA's case against North Carolina has been multi-pronged and extended for more than six years, covering..." April 25

  • Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks submit names for NBA draft, will not hire agents

    Daily Tar Heel "North Carolina men's basketball players Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks will enter the NBA draft, but neither player will hire an agent at this time, UNC announced on Friday. Players have until April 24 to declare for the NBA draft, and the deadline for them to withdraw their names from the..." April 22

  • UNC’s Roy Williams on national title game loss: ‘I don't think you ever get over it’

    Raleigh News & Observer "The recovery, if it can be called such a thing, hasn’t started yet. Not for Roy Williams, anyway. Eight days have passed since North Carolina’s 77-74 defeat against Villanova in the national championship game on April 4, and Williams hasn’t quite found a way to put the loss behind him. He’s not..." April 14

  • North Carolina fan starts petition to get national championship game overturned

    Larry Brown Sports "The NCAA Tournament national championship game may have taken place on Monday, but North Carolina fans still are not over the loss days later. In fact, one started a petition to try getting the championship game overturned on account of the referees. Here is the mission for the petition, which..." April 09

  • North Carolina's Joel Berry II suffered foot injury in title game

    The Score "North Carolina guard Joel Berry II returned to campus Tuesday with crutches and a walking boot over his left foot, according to Aaron Beard of The Associated Press. The extent of Berry's injury hasn't been confirmed, though the Tar Heels acknowledged that it looks to be a foot sprain." April 05

  • Villanova rides buzzer-beater to national title

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- It might be April, but March Madness prevailed to the very last second of the NCAA Tournament. Villanova junior guard Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Wildcats to a thrilling 77-74 victory over North Carolina in the national championship game Monday night at..." April 04

  • UNC opens as 2-point favorite vs. Villanova at multiple sportsbooks

    ESPN "North Carolina opened as a small favorite over Villanova in Monday's national championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Tar Heels were installed as consensus two-point favorites over the Wildcats at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. Sportsbook operator CG Technology opened North Carolina..." April 03

  • Final Four runs by UNC and Syracuse worth at least $12.8 million to ACC

    CBS Sports "The ACC's dominant run in this NCAA Tournament will earn the conference about an extra $3.6 million in next year's payout. Over the next six years, the Final Four runs by North Carolina and Syracuse will be worth at least $12.8 million to the ACC. Meanwhile, the SEC and Pac-12 now annually trail..." April 01

  • North Carolina's Williams hoping to coach 10 more years

    The Score "Roy Williams has no plans to retire any time soon. The 65-year-old North Carolina head coach said Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show that he could see himself coaching for another decade. "I'm aiming toward 75, is what I'd like to get to, as long as I feel well," he said. "Because I love it...." March 30

  • North Carolina advances to Final Four

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- North Carolina's players and coach knew they were the last of the big dogs remaining. Shortly before the top-seeded Tar Heels took the court for their Elite Eight game against Notre Dame, they were watching another No. 1 seed, Virginia, give up a double-digit second-half lead..." March 28

  • Final Four sets up clash of styles, storylines

    SI "This week, the NCAA will punish North Carolina and Syracuse for scandals by asking them to miss at least two more days of class to focus on basketball. Not playing basketball. Promoting basketball. There are open practices to hold, and of course there are press conferences to conduct, during..." March 28

  • Marcus Paige in favor of paying players: 'The system is a little bit antiquated'

    USA Today "Marcus Paige is one of the most thoughtful speakers in all of college athletics. When he talks, people listen. So when the North Carolina senior guard was asked Saturday his thoughts on the idea of college athletes being paid, it was worth hearing. "It's hard to answer that because there are..." March 27

  • UNC uses size to advance past Indiana

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- There's a reason that North Carolina was the No. 1 team in all the preseason polls. Six regular-season losses--by a grand total of 22 points--had many doubting Roy Williams' Tar Heels entering the postseason, but those doubters are quieted now. Once again, they look..." March 26

  • North Carolina rolls past Providence

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina turned tough again when it counted. The Tar Heels were steady down the stretch in a strong second half in advancing in the NCAA Tournament. Forward Brice Johnson scored 21 points and North Carolina clamped down on foul-plagued Providence to run away with..." March 20

  • After poor half, North Carolina pulls away

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- Players for top-seeded North Carolina knew they had to make the second half count Thursday. They did so in what became a sterling second-half stretch against Florida Gulf Coast. The Tar Heels went on a riveting run to begin the second half, and they dismissed thoughts..." March 17

  • Kansas, UNC, Virginia, Oregon claim No. 1 seeds

    The Score "Here is a look at the results from Sunday's Selection Show for the 2016 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. South Region 1 Kansas vs. 16 Austin Peay 8 Colorado vs. 9 UConn 5 Maryland vs. 12 South Dakota State 4 Cal vs. 13 Hawaii 6 Arizona vs. 11 Vanderbilt/Wichita State 3 Miami..." March 14

  • Tar Heels' defense difference in ACC title game

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- North Carolina took an unusual path to its first Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship since 2008. The No. 7 Tar Heels relied on defense, tearing a page out of Virginia's book of allowing defense to make the difference and that worked Saturday night. Guard..." March 13

  • No. 7 North Carolina rolls over Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- North Carolina guard Marcus Paige might be rediscovering his offensive touch at just the right time. After a shooting slump lingered off and on for weeks, Paige broke out and had plenty of company Friday night. No. 7 North Carolina scored 24 points in a row during a..." March 11

  • No. 7 North Carolina knocks out Pitt

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The shot selection kept getting better and that translated on the scoreboard for No. 7 North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. "The second half, we did a much better job offensively and we got better shots," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said after an 88-71..." March 10

  • No. 8 Tar Heels show late toughness in win over Blue Devils

    The Sports Xchange "DURHAM, N.C. -- Questions about North Carolina's ability to close out key games were answered in the final minutes Saturday night against No. 17 Duke. The eighth-ranked Tar Heels made clutch plays and seemed particularly pleased about that after a 76-72 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium...." March 05

  • No. 8 Tar Heels overcome stress, Orange for win

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tension and stress were playing a role for No. 8 North Carolina on Monday night. Good thing for the Tar Heels that they had their share of points off rebounds and other clutch plays down the stretch. Forward Brice Johnson scored 14 points, including a key basket..." February 29

  • North Carolina's Joel Berry calls out teammates over defensive woes

    The Score "After surrendering 79 points Saturday in a loss to Virginia, North Carolina guard Joel Berry took issue with the defensive effort of his teammates. While the Cavaliers shot 44.3 percent from the field overall - not an incredible figure - the Tar Heels allowed Virginia to shoot a blistering 43.8..." February 28

  • No, 3 Virginia holds off No. 7 North Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- ESPN College Gameday's first-ever appearance last season here didn't go as planned as Virginia was knocked off by Duke, spoiling the Cavaliers' perfect record before their home crowd. On Saturday, College Gameday returned again for arguably the most anticipated..." February 27

  • No. 7 North Carolina rebounds from slow start for 80-68 win

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- The way North Carolina answered some early struggles might have been the most rewarding part for the Tar Heels on Wednesday night. Then they showed their own knockout delivery. Forward Brice Johnson scored 22 points and No. 7 North Carolina blew past rival North..." February 24

  • Roy Williams would have 'hard time' leaving UNC amid NCAA investigation

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Roy Williams plans on sticking with the University of North Carolina through thick and thin. The Tar Heels coach, 65, told reporters Tuesday he would have a "hard time" walking away from the team even as an NCAA investigation into the university persists as a dark cloud over the athletic..." February 23

  • Roy Williams on retirement speculation: 'Don't make up crap'

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina coach Roy Williams had finished with his press conference following his team’s 96-71 victory against Miami when he remembered he had something else to say. So he came back and delivered one of his more memorable rants. “Steve (Kirschner) just told me Doug Gottlieb said that I..." February 22

  • Tar Heels bounce back to top of ACC

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- There was no time to sulk for No. 5 North Carolina, so the Tar Heels put a recent disappointment behind them. Then they took out any frustrations on No. 11 Miami, trouncing the Hurricanes 96-71 on Saturday at the Smith Center to break a first-place tie in the Atlantic..." February 20

  • No. 20 Duke upsets No. 5 UNC

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Duke came away with perhaps one of its most improbable victories against North Carolina on Wednesday, making coach Mike Krzyzewski particularly proud of the Blue Devils' toughness. With an in-game injury to a starter and foul trouble staring at the No. 20 Blue Devils,..." February 18

  • Roy Williams: 'I'll be fine' after vertigo-related exit from game

    ESPN "North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was feeling thankful to be alive and proud of how his team responded in the aftermath of a vertigo attack that forced him to watch most of the second half of the Tar Heels' 68-65 ACC win over Boston College on Tuesday night from the locker room. In a..." February 10

  • North Carolina's Roy Williams collapses during timeout

    The Score "North Carolina head coach Roy Williams collapsed during a timeout Tuesday as his team takes on Boston College. Williams was taken to the locker room and assistant coach Steve Robinson has assumed the head duties." February 10

  • UNC's Williams on Paige's lost mojo: 'What are we supposed to do, send him to Siberia?'

    The Score "Marcus Paige continues to struggle and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is running out of answers on how to fix it. "What are we supposed to do, send him to Siberia?" Williams said after Monday's loss to Louisville, according to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports. Paige entered his senior..." February 02

  • Roy Williams on ESPN green room talk: The most ridiculous freakin’ thing I’ve ever seen

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina coach Roy Williams is unhappy with ESPN, to put it mildly. In fact, his displeasure with the network that calls itself “the worldwide leader” inspired quite the rant on Friday. Here’s the background: For a while now ESPN has hyped the best of the best college basketball..." January 29

  • Rechon Black, a top 2018 point guard prospect, commits to UNC

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina on Friday night received a commitment from Rechon Black, a sophomore at Concord High who is among the top point guards in the class of 2018. Black announced his decision on Friday night after his high school team's game against Hickory Ridge. Black also shared his announcement on..." January 18

  • Oklahoma No. 1, North Carolina No. 2, Kansas No. 3 in Coaches Poll

    CBS Sports "Following a wild week of college hoops, Oklahoma is the new No. 1 team in the country. The Sooners received 26 first-place votes this week after Oklahoma State on the road and now-No. 7 West Virginia at home. Behind Oklahoma, North Carolina is No. 2 with four first-place votes, and Kansas is..." January 18

  • Kennedy Meeks expected to return from seven-game absence

    ESPN "North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he "fully expects" junior Kennedy Meeks to return to the lineup for Saturday's game at Syracuse. Williams said Meeks, who has missed the past seven games with a bruised left knee, practiced Wednesday and Thursday, though his participation was..." January 09

  • Marcus Paige returns Tuesday when North Carolina faces Maryland

    USA Today "North Carolina star Marcus Paige will be in the lineup for the first time this season Tuesday when the No. 8 Tar Heels host No. 2 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Paige, a preseason All-American, will play as long as, while practicing Monday, he does not re-aggravate the injury to his..." November 30

  • North Carolina's Marcus Paige confident he'll be back for Maryland

    The Score "Marcus Paige is close to getting back on the court. The North Carolina guard has been taking part in shootaround with the Tar Heels in the past week, only to sit on the bench as he recovers from a broken bone in his right hand. According to The News and Observer's Andrew Carter, Paige is..." November 25

  • AP Top 25: Kentucky is new No. 1, North Carolina falls to No. 9

    CBS Sports "Kentucky has moved into the top spot of the AP Top 25 after North Carolina's first loss of the season, at Northern Iowa on Saturday. The Tar Heels remained in the top ten, falling only to No. 9 in the loss that soured a Homecoming appearance for Iowa native Marcus Paige. Kentucky and..." November 23

  • ESPN 100 guard Seventh Woods commits to UNC over South Carolina

    ESPN "North Carolina will exit the early signing period with a borderline top-10 class after ESPN 100 guard Seventh Woods chose the Tar Heels over South Carolina on Wednesday morning. "Coach Roy Williams and his coaching staff believed in me from day one and UNC has always been my dream school..." November 12

  • North Carolina's Marcus Paige breaks hand, will miss 3-4 weeks

    CBS Sports "North Carolina, the preseason No. 1 team in the country, is already dealing with injury woes. The school announced on Wednesday that point guard Marcus Paige, a preseason All-American and the No. 15 player on CBS Sports' preseason Top 100 (and one) ranking, will miss three-to-four weeks with a..." November 04

  • Former Tar Heels standout Sean May joins UNC basketball staff

    SI "Former Tar Heels standout Sean May has joined UNC’s basketball staff, the university announced Monday. May, who was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA tournament, will serve as the program’s assistant to the director of player development this season. “Sean is one of the smartest..." October 27

  • North Carolina, Arizona could be next stop for Finland's latest NBA hopeful

    CBS Sports "The Nordic countries in the northern portion of Europe are among the few regions left around the world that haven't yet had an influx of professional basketball talent to America. Finland's Lauri Markkanen is trying to change that. Due to its cold weather, Finland devotes most of its..." October 17

  • Kentucky, North Carolina share No. 1 spot in preseason coaches poll

    ESPN "The more things change, the more they stay the same? The Kentucky Wildcats may have lost the top seven scorers from last season's team that went 38-1, but that hasn't deterred coaches from picking them as the No. 1 team in the USA Today preseason poll for the third consecutive season. But..." October 15

  • UNC lands four-star guard Brandon Robinson

    Sporting News - NCAAB "After missing on several big-time recruits, North Carolina finally landed one. Four-star guard Brandon Robinson has committed to UNC, he told ESPN on Monday . "I feel like coach (Roy) Williams and (assistant) coach (Hubert) Davis believe in my game and can help me improve and reach my dreams..." September 29

  • UK-UNC Charity Alumni Game raises $1.5 million

    College Basketball Talk "John Calipari was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday, and over the course of the last week, the college hoops world was overrun with writers penning stories about what Coach Cal has meant to the sport and what this induction truly means to him. A lot of it was good. Some of it..." September 15

  • UNC picks up commitment from 2016 prospect Tony Bradley Jr.

    Sporting News - NCAAB "North Carolina's men's basketball team received its first commitment from the Class of 2016 on Wednesday. Tony Bradley Jr., a 6-10, 235-pound power forward from Bartow, Fla., announced on Twitter that he will join the Tar Heels next season. " September 03

  • North Carolina announces discovery of new information in NCAA investigation

    College Basketball Talk "With the University of North Carolina having received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in late-May, the school had 90 days to respond in writing to the allegations. However there is likely to be a delay to the process, with the school announced Friday that a discovery of new information is..." August 14

  • UNC ups Roy Williams' contract through 2019-20 season

    CBS Sports "Amid an NCAA investigation that could potentially hinder one of the most storied programs in college basketball, the University of North Carolina has opted to extend Roy Williams' contract through the 2019-20 season. The move is a clear action to fight back against negative recruiting, which..." June 20