No. 15 North Carolina opened Saturday's game by scoring on a "Four Corners" play as a tribute to the late Dean Smith, then rolled to an 89-60 win against Georgia Tech.
The Tar Heels (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost four of five, including Wednesday's potentially crushing failure to close out No. 4 Duke in an overtime loss.
But that "Four Corners" opening — with coach Roy Williams holding up four fingers to signal Smith's famed offense — led to Brice Johnson's layup in a sign of how smoothly things would run.
Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 62 percent to earn an easy — and desperately needed — win after a tough stretch that had kept them away from home for nearly three weeks.
UNC led by 14 at halftime, then used a 21-3 spurt to turn this one into a rout against the Yellow Jackets (12-15, 3-12).
The night after Duke took the game from North Carolina, UNC coach Roy Williams was in Carmichael Arena watching what it looks like to absolutely handle business in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
This week marks the first time since 2000 that Duke has more athletes at the NFL Combine than UNC.
While it appears Okafor will be ready to go when the No. 4 Blue Devils play Clemson today (4 p.m., ESPN) at Cameron Indoor Stadium, that doesn’t mean the play of his smaller, quicker teammates will be less important.
Blessed with bloodlines that delivered athleticism, Jake Seau stepped on to a lacrosse field on a whim one day as a middle school student.
What had once been an afterthought would develop into a sanctuary during the most trying days of his young life and, today, his chosen athletic identity.
His father, recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ferociously played linebacker for three NFL teams. Jake Seau had the skills to follow Junior Seau into the sport and excel.
“He had incredible instinct on football field,” said Shane Walton, who coached Jake Seau at The Bishop’s School in San Diego. “He was an absolute stud at football.”
That love for the sport began to wane, though.
North Carolina has released parking details for the public memorial service honoring Dean Smith Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m at the Smith Center. Doors will open to the public at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and seats are on a first come, first serve basis.
Allisha Gray was sick and still went to work.
All-ACC wide receiver has plenty to play for
Lawyers representing former student-athletes who played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have put the ball in the hands of UNC and the NCAA, both of them defendants in a class-action lawsuit challenging those two institutions to make good on what are claimed to be irregular course offerings that failed to provide sound academics in exchange for what ballplayers did on the fields and courts of competition.
The Georgia Bulldogs and North Carolina Tar Heels will face off for the first time in more than 40 years when the teams meet to open the 2016 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, officials announced Thursday.
Duke got 22 points apiece from guards Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook.
Freshman center played through pain against UNC, but status uncertain for next game on Saturday
By now, most Duke football fans have a firm grasp on Laken Tomlinson’s story.