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Winning one ugly

Wins are precious, so they aren’t taken for granted. North Carolina’s loss to Louisville showed that. UNC’s 75-69 win over Notre Dame wasn’t pretty. But Roy Williams was good with that. “I got my wish,” Williams said after the game. “I wanted to win one ugly.” A game after shooting 35 percent from the field, the Tar Heels again looked out-of-sync against the Irish on offense. (Argyle Report)

Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, UNC alum Marty Brennaman announces 2019 is his final season

Marty Brennaman, Cincinnati Reds radio play-by-play man/legend, announced Wednesday that 2019 would be his final season at the annual radio affiliate luncheon. Brennaman has been the Reds' lead broadcaster since 1974 when he took over for Al Michaels. Brennaman is fully retiring. He says he will broadcast no games in 2020. "It'll be tough," he said. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Rapid Reactions: UNC Football Schedule Release

Despite the interest surrounding the opener against South Carolina, no game stands out more than the one on Sept. 28, when North Carolina hosts Clemson. It's not every year that the defending national champion comes to your town. For UNC fans, that's especially been the case. The Tigers will be the first consensus reigning champs ever to visit Kenan Stadium. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Football 2019 Schedule Announced

Six home dates at Kenan Stadium, a pair of Thursday night road games and a meeting with border rival South Carolina to open the season highlight the 2019 UNC football schedule as announced by the ACC Wednesday. The Tar Heels begin coach Mack Brown's second tenure at UNC against the Gamecocks in Charlotte in the Belk College Kickoff Game on Aug. 31. (GoHeels.com)

Nassir Little Provides Second Half Spark

Nassir Little was the first player out of the locker room to meet with the media on Tuesday night and a hoard of reporters and video cameras swarmed the North Carolina freshman. But this time the questions weren't about his potential, rather they were about his key role in an ACC win. "It was just a matter of time," Little said. "Everyone is just waiting for me to do what I do." (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Winning Ugly

Little meant a lot for the Tar Heels Tuesday. Imagine UNC playing two stinkers in a row at the Smith Center. Well, it almost happened against Notre Dame, which was outscoring the Tar Heels until late in the second half when the Irish turned cold in UNC’s 75-69 win. After the Louisville egg, which seemed more like a dozen, Roy Williams talked about having to win ugly. (Chapelboro.com)

Brandon Robinson's 'Big-Time' Contributions

Brandon Robinson caught the ball and fired. There was no hesitation, no second-guessing, no pump fakes from the junior guard. Instead, the only thing smoother than Robinson's shooting stroke in UNC's 75-69 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday was the swish his shots made as they were falling through the net. Robinson set a career high with three three-point field goals. (Inside Carolina)

Winning Ugly

Despite shooting 39.7 percent, North Carolina rebounded from the Louisville loss with a 75-69 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday in Chapel Hill. The victory marked UNC's first this season when shooting under 40 percent. The Tar Heels were previously 0-2 in such games. "I got my wish – I wanted to win one ugly," said Williams moments after the win. "We did that." (GoHeels.com)

Charlie Scott, UNC’s first black basketball player, discusses Chancelor Folt and Silent Sam

Charlie Scott: "The University of North Carolina in the whole system is the crown jewel and I think too many times we use, and when I say we I mean the University, use the character and moral fortitude of Coach Smith to give us a picture of what the University is about. But I don’t think today they can use Coach Smith’s moral character as the way the board responded to Ms. Folt." (Daily Tar Heel)

Harlem Globetrotter Orlando Melendez teaches young students about bullying prevention

It was an exciting day at Buffalo United Charter School on Monday, January 14. Harlem Globetrotter and former North Carolina basketball player Orlando Melendez taught kindergarten through 5th graders ways to prevent bullying. He had a personal bullying story. Melendez said thta he was a small kid growing up and was picked on for wanting to play basketball. (WIVB.com)

Crystal Dunn named to Concacaf Female Best XI

Crystal Dunn’s transition to defense was a success. Now the rest of the world is giving the Rockville Centre, N.Y. native her due. Dunn, who plays for the North Carolina Courage (National Women’s Soccer League) was named to the 2018 Concacaf Best XI Tuesday. Dunn is expected to be named to the U.S. team for the Women’s World Cup in France this June and July. (Front Row Soccer)

Manning Up, Kenny Williams Shuts Down Irish's Top Scorer

Coming off the record-setting loss to Louisville, North Carolina was in desperate need of a spark on the defensive end of the court Tuesday against Notre Dame. Fortunately for the Tar Heels, that spark came in the form of Kenny Williams.The senior was tasked with guarding Notre Dame’s leading scorer on the season, T.J. Gibbs, for a majority of the night and he excelled. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Nassir Little lifts Heels with late heroics

On a night when many shots failed to fall, the Tar Heels got a much-needed boost from Nassir Little. Entering the game at around the 12-minute mark of the second half, with his team trailing Notre Dame, 52-51, Little threw down a pair of dunks to put UNC back on top. Moments later Little capped a Tar Heel flurry on the offensive glass with a critical putback. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC gets a "Little" help from touted freshman

In a quick change that would have made Superman proud, Nassir Little put on his cape and led a rally that helped UNC pull out a 75-69 win in Chapel Hill. Little scored all 11 of his points during a nine-minute stretch in the second half as UNC turned a one-point deficit into a 10-point lead. The barrage included two dunks and a tip-in that put the Tar Heels ahead to stay. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels answer call, grind past Notre Dame

With Roy Williams using the stretch run of Tuesday’s game to challenge his team, UNC found a response that suited the moment and soothed the larger picture. The Tar Heels overtook Notre Dame across the final 6½ minutes and grinded out a 75-69 victory, securing a bounce-back result that provided progress from the debacle that occurred against Louisville. (Burlington Times News)

Heels Neutralize Irish Ball Screens in Defensive Win

Notre Dame was successful early with its pistol ball screen, in which a shooter is positioned one station over as a secondary option if the help side defender is slow to recover. The key to stopping the pistol, according to Coby White, is for the guard in play to get over the screen faster, and limit the amount of time the big has to hedge or the help defender has to hold. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: A Better Bench

Let's talk about the UNC bench player who won the game for the Tar Heels. So right away, you know this is going to be a long talk. Carolina beat Notre Dame on Tuesday, 75-69. Coby White was very good (17 points), Luke Maye had another double-double, Cameron Johnson hit the boards hard...but the Tar Heels absolutely, positively do not win this game without the bench. (GoHeels.com)

Bench Steps Up as No. 13 UNC Finally Wins “Ugly” in 75-69 Victory Over Notre Dame

Needing an extra spark to rebound from Saturday’s blowout loss to Louisville, the 13th-ranked UNC men’s basketball team received key contributions from its supporting cast in a 75-69 victory Tuesday night in Chapel Hill over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coby White and Luke Maye, two of the team’s top three scorers, combined for 31 of UNC’s 75 points in the win. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC-Notre Dame Postgame Notes

North Carolina is 13-4 and 3-1 in the ACC. UNC outscored the Irish, 12-1, in a 5:35 span in the second half. UNC leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 24-7 with six straight wins. Brandon Robinson set a career high with three three-point field goals, all in the first half. Luke Maye had his seventh double-double of the season (25th career) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Players Post-Notre Dame Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina toughed out a needed win Tuesday, defeating Notre Dame, 75-69, in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels shot just 40 percent but outrebounded the Fighting Irish by 11, limited their best scorer to five points, and got 11 points in the final 11 minutes from Nassir Little. Here is what Brandon Robinson, Little, Coby White, Luke Maye and Seventh woods said afterwards. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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