The 24th-ranked Tar Heels (2-1) look to bounce back today against Richmond (3-1) — a team that beat Belmont 69-61 — at the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. (noon, ESPN3.com).
The Tar Heels (5-5) are now on the verge of their first five-game winning streak in 12 years, and can clinch bowl eligibility with a victory today against Old Dominion at Kenan Stadium (noon, Fox Sports Carolinas).
With an explosive early goal and a tenacious, impermeable defense, Carolina defeated the University of South Florida 1-0 Thursday night and left early this morning for the West Coast to face 12th seed University of California-Irvine for a 5 p.m. Sunday game.
The North Carolina women’s basketball team moved to 3-1, beating Coastal Carolina (3-1) 106-50, Thursday at Carmichael Arena.
Duke (16-6), rated No. 5 nationally, will play top-ranked Maryland (22-1) at Norfolk, Va., today at 2 p.m. It’s the first time Duke has made the field hockey final four since 2006 Meanwhile, North Carolina (18-5) is making a habit of trips to the national semifinals. The Tar Heels have played for the NCAA championship each of the last four years, but haven’t won since 2009. UNC will play Connecticut in today’s second semifinal at 4:45 p.m.
UNC coach Roy Williams said Thursday that P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald will not travel with the team to Uncasville, Conn. for the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament. The Tar Heels play Richmond on Saturday (noon, ESPN3) and will face either No. 3 Louisville or Fairfield on Sunday.
Dean Smith will “forever stand as one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history,” President Barack Obama said Wednesday as Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the nation’s highest civilian honor.
The letters to Austin, Little — a former Hillside High School star — and Quinn state that the permanent disassociation is to prevent them from “further embarrassing” the university and “jeopardizing the University’s commitment to full NCAA rules compliance.”
Belmont’s 3-point shooting has carried it to six NCAA Tournaments in eight years. On Sunday, it led the Bruins to one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Smith Center.
UNC freshman Allisha Gray pours in 30 points to lead Heels to win
The Tar Heels will need to be more efficient offensively today at the Smith Center against Belmont (4 p.m., ESPNU), which is coming off three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Liberty fans made all the noise in the Fetzer Field grandstand, but North Carolina was loudest on the field, scoring three second-half goals to rout the Flames 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
North Carolina's Ryan Switzer returned two punts for touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 4:46 remaining as the Tar Heels held off Pittsburgh 34-27 on Saturday.
Paige helps Tar Heels make up for absence of Hairston, McDonald
UNC (4-5, 3-3 ACC) is running the ball better than it has all season heading into today’s game against Pittsburgh (5-4, 2-3) at Heinz Field (12:30 p.m., WRAL). UNC’s two best rushing games of the year have come in the last two weeks — 152 yards at N.C. State and 204 against Virginia.