When UNC last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro tonight (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
Seemingly the most unpredictable team in the country put together another stunning performance Wednesday night. Playing No. 1 Michigan State at the Breslin Center, the unranked Tar Heels never trailed, outrebounded the tough-minded Spartans by 11 and used a late second-half run to pull away for a 79-65 victory. It was the first win over a No. 1 team for UNC since it beat Duke in March 2006, and it gave the Tar Heels a nation’s best 13 wins in 30 tries against the AP’s top-ranked team. It was the Tar Heels first win as an unranked team against a No. 1 team since beating Oklahoma in 1990. The win came 10 days after UNC (5-2) knocked off defending champion and third-ranked Louisville in Uncasville, Conn., giving the Tar Heels two top 5 wins for the first time in the Roy Williams era.
The No. 18 UNC women’s basketball team beat No. 15 Nebraska 75-62 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday night. The win moved North Carolina (7-2) to 5-2 all time in the Challenge.
Already this season, North Carolina has followed a shocking loss with an equally shocking win. Now the Tar Heels (4-2) hope to do it again when they play at No. 1 Michigan State tonight (9 p.m., ESPN) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, just three days after suffering an upset defeat at Alabama-Birmingham.
Coastal Division-champion Duke placed a school-record 11 players on the 2013 all-ACC football teams, the conference announced Monday.
Junior linebacker Kelby Brown, sophomore safety Jeremy Cash, senior cornerback Ross Cockrell and junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder gave the Blue Devils four first-team selections for the first time since 1994.
Blazers, led by former UNC assistant Jerod Hasse, upset Tar Heels
UNC saw its season end at 20-5 as it lost an NCAA quarterfinal game for the first time in history (26-1-1 in quarterfinal contests). The Bruins, whose only loss was a 1-0 setback to UNC on September 6, improved to 21-1-2 with their first ever victory over the Tar Heels in nine meetings between the two teams.
Stephanie Mavunga had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds as No. 11 North Carolina defeated Illinois 87-51 Saturday at the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Resort.
North Carolina has been looking for a player to take control of the center position since the start of last season. Freshman Kennedy Meeks finally took a step in that direction Sunday against Louisville, and looks to continue his progression today against Alabama-Birmingham (6 p.m., Fox Sports 1).
Defensive backs Tré Boston and Brian Walker dropped likely interceptions on back-to-back plays while running back T.J. Logan dropped a 37-yard pass that would have been a touchdown. Russell Bodine pushed a player after the whistle and Travis Hughes pushed a player into the goalpost to record unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Freshman defensive back answers UNC go-ahead score with 99-yard kickoff return, sets up key Duke touchdown in second half with interception.
After Duke defeated North Carolina on a last-minute touchdown pass last season, the Blue Devils sprinted over to the UNC sideline to grab the Victory Bell, paint it Duke blue and ring it as fans poured onto the field at Wallace Wade Stadium. It wasn’t anything UNC left tackle James Hurst wanted to see.
Arizona State (5-1) forced overtime with a layup as the regulation buzzer sounded. Carolina (5-2) had a chance to put the game away at the free throw line but missed two shots with nine seconds left that would have put the Tar Heels up four points.
The No. 15-ranked Blue Devils (27-4, 18-2) launched a phenomenal, focused attack to rip off an 11-1 run over the shell-shocked Tar Heels to erase an eight-point ddficit and win the fourth set to send the title tilt to a deciding fifth set and the eventual ACC championship 3-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday.
Behind a stellar performance from senior libero Ali McCurdy, the 15th-ranked Duke volleyball team clinched a share of the 2013 ACC Championship Wednesday, defeating N.C. State 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18) in Cameron Indoor Stadium.