No. 10 Vols, No. 17 Heels vie for early statement win

Tennessee and North Carolina are eager for a victory when they meet Wednesday in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge. Tennessee (4-2) dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 after going 1-2 at the Maui Invitational with losses to Purdue and Kansas, who were then ranked No. 2 and No. 1, respectively. North Carolina (5-1) also tumbled three spots from No. 14 to No. 17 after going to 2-1 at the Battle 4

No. 14 UNC, No. 20 Arkansas chase strong finish in Bahamas

As the only ranked teams competing in the Battle 4 Atlantis, No. 14 North Carolina and No. 20 Arkansas were favored to reach the Friday championship game. Instead, they will meet in the third-place game at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Given the short amount of time between the semifinals and the third-place game’s tipoff — Arkansas (4-2) has 17 hours while North Carolina (4-1) has 19 1/2 — both coaches planned to spend their limited minutes

History lingers over North Carolina-Villanova matchup

The last time Villanova and North Carolina met on a basketball court, the result was an indelible piece of NCAA Tournament history. Kris Jenkins sank buzzing-beating 3-pointer, lifting the Wildcats to a 77-74 win in the 2016 national championship game at Houston. No. 14 North Carolina gets a rematch with Villanova on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The history between North Carolina and Villanova extends beyond the

No. 14 North Carolina, Northern Iowa battle in Bahamas

No. 14 North Carolina hits the road for the first time this season on Wednesday when it faces Northern Iowa in the Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas. The winner of the matchup between the Tar Heels (3-0) and the Panthers (1-2) will face either Texas Tech or Villanova on Thursday. North Carolina recorded three straight double-digit victories against mid-major opponents to begin the season. “We’re going to learn a lot about us next week,”

Clemson out to squash hopes of No. 20 North Carolina

North Carolina holds a national ranking and Clemson doesn’t. It wasn’t supposed to be this way in mid-November. The No. 20 Tar Heels still have aspirations of playing for the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which Clemson has dominated over much of the past decade. This puts the host Tigers, who have shown a recent resurgence, in a spoiler’s role when the teams meet Saturday in Clemson, S.C. “They’re the old Clemson again,” North

No. 19 North Carolina to employ deep rotation against Lehigh

North Carolina’s strengths could come in various fashions this season. Depth might be one of those for the No. 19 Tar Heels, and there’s a chance much of that will be on display when North Carolina welcomes Lehigh for Sunday afternoon’s game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Fresh off an opening victory against Radford, the Tar Heels (1-0) will want to see how their rotations might develop. “We’ve got 11 starters,” coach Hubert Davis said. “Guys

Drake Maye, No. 24 North Carolina dial up to take down Duke

No. 24 North Carolina has one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the country. Duke appears in a different situation entering the annual Atlantic Coast Conference date with its neighbor. The teams meet in the Tar Heels’ home finale Saturday night when the Blue Devils try to get back to their winning ways in Chapel Hill, N.C. The winner of the game will stay in the mix for a spot in the ACC championship game.

No. 19 North Carolina launches reset season by welcoming Radford

North Carolina can’t make amends all at once for its shortcomings a season ago, but the No. 19 Tar Heels can begin that process from the get-go. The season launches with a game against visiting Radford on Monday Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels, who were fresh off a spot in the 2022 NCAA championship game, began last season with the No. 1 ranking and didn’t land a spot in the postseason with a 20-13

No. 17 UNC seeks bounce-back effort vs. Georgia Tech

After absorbing an upset loss in their latest outing, the No. 17 North Carolina Tar Heels will aim to bounce back when they travel to Atlanta on Saturday to face Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) saw their unbeaten record blemished and their hopes of making the College Football Playoff diminished when they lost 31-27 to visiting Virginia last week. North Carolina was just 4-of-15 on third- and fourth-down conversions in

No. 10 North Carolina wary of scuffling Virginia

For the first time since 1997 — when Mack Brown was in his first stint as North Carolina’s head coach — the Tar Heels are 6-0 to start a season. Quarterback Drake Maye and the rest of No. 10 UNC will attempt to keep their hot start rolling on Saturday when they welcome Virginia to Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is one of just 11 undefeated teams remaining in the