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Lucas: April 2 Flashback

When North Carolina faced Michigan State on April 2, 2005, the Tar Heel sports world was very different. Roy Williams had never won a national championship. Carolina was a program that had not even played in the national championship game in twelve years. Michigan State had a more recent championship (2000) and a more recent Final Four (2001). (GoHeels.com)

Report: UNC adds North Alabama to 2027 football schedule

The North Carolina Tar Heels have added the North Alabama Lions to their 2027 football schedule. A copy of the football competition agreement was obtained from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) via a state public records request. North Carolina will host North Alabama at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., on September 25, 2027. (FBSchedules)

UNC's Aaron Sabato in limbo about MLB draft decision amid coronavirus crisis

Spring sports were canceled, leaving sluggers like Aaron Sabato in limbo ahead of the MLB draft. The UNC first baseman is the 31st ranked prospect heading into the 2020 draft. While Sabato is only a sophomore, due to his age, he is eligible to enter the draft this year. Sabato has yet to decide if he will return for his junior season. "I'm just taking it day by day." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Justin Jackson buys 100 meals for Dallas area healthcare workers

The Dallas Mavericks are doing their part to help the community in a time of need. Mavericks forward Justin Jackson paid for more than 100 meals as part of the team's "Feeding the Fight" initiative. Those meals were delivered to workers at Parkland Hospital on Monday. The Mavs' contribution is an effort to get first responders through this pandemic. (FOX 4 News)

Podcast: The Throwback - An Upset in Blacksburg

The first edition of The Throwback Podcast looks back to October 29, 2009 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Butch Davis and his Tar Heels head into Lane Stadium to take on No. 13 Virginia Tech. Former UNC offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll and Tommy Ashley of Inside Carolina relive the first marquee win of the Davis era. Read More...

Remembering the greatness of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty

"The Last Dance," a 10-part documentary event featuring the untold story of Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls championship season, is now coming to ESPN on April 19. Due in part to the coronavirus pandemic that has caused shelter-in-place measures across the country, the documentary has moved from the original launch date of June 2. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football Pulls April Fools Prank

On Wednesday, April 1, the official North Carolina football Twitter account posted a photo of a full Carolina blue field inside Kenan Stadium. The picture came with the headline "Breaking: Kenan Stadium to replace synthetic grass with new Carolina Blue playing surface." Attached to the tweet was a link to a YouTube video that said "Ha Got em." (Inside Carolina)

Vince Carter on the upended NBA season, his (potential) final shot and his golf game

Vince Carter, who has been working on his golf game while social distancing, discussed the fate of this upended season for essentially the first time, although he said after that loss that he’s content with the quiet ending to his NBA-record 22nd season. "It’s something I’ll always remember. If that was the last game, I made my last shot and I’m cool with it." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UNC Football's Brian Hess Called On His Harvard Days To Devise New Strength And Conditioning Plan

With the COVID-19 pandemic currently halting sports around the globe, North Carolina strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess had to improvise. The university is closed, meaning all 100-plus players on the football team are scattered across the country. Stopping workouts and waiting for things to return to normal was simply not an option. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Michael Jordan Wins ESPN's College Basketball's Greatest of All Time Bracket

It came down to two of the biggest names in basketball history, but Michael Jordan edged Larry Bird to be named college basketball's Greatest of All Time by ESPN. A Twitter poll between the two players ended even at 50-50 with 37,090 votes. Fans had the opportunity to vote on Instagram, as well, the result of which must have swung Jordan's way. (Bleacher Report)

Four UNC Student-Athletes Earn Phi Beta Kappa Induction

Four UNC student-athletes have been selected for Phi Beta Kappa honorary society induction this spring. Andrew Fregenal (fencing), Madeline Kraft (cross country), Emerson Porter (track & field) and Sofia Triana (rowing) were among 213 students honored. Their induction brings the number of student-athletes honored this school year to nine. (GoHeels.com)

Brian Hess Q&A

UNC strength and conditioning coach Brian Hess and his staff built workout plans for their roster of roughly 120 football players to account for various needs and accessibility while at home due to the coronavirus. There was also the matter of nutrition, which is often a challenge for players once they return home without the watchful eye of the UNC staff. (Inside Carolina)

Photo Gallery: Downtown Chapel Hill During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The entrance to Linda’s Bar and Grill has been boarded up. Unlike others, Linda’s is not serving delivery or takeout and will remain closed for now. A sign outside Breadmen’s in Chapel Hill encourages residents to stop in from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for takeout. A banner outside Carolina Brewery on Franklin Street reminds residents that they are open for takeout food and beer. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Leaky Black 2019-20 Season Highlights

Leaky Black was a significant part of the 2019-20 season for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Black showed growth as he upped his averages in scoring from 2.5 points to 6.5 points, his assists from 1.2 to 2.6, and his rebounding from 2.1 to 5.0 per game. Check out the best of Leaky Black's sophomore season. Read More...

Triangle Timehop: Today in local college basketball history (April 1)

April 1, 2017: UNC beats Oregon 77-76 in a game Kennedy Meeks carried them to a win. Justin Jackson had a good game for North Carolina, too, finishing with 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting, but had four of North Carolina's 11 turnovers. Berry, playing on a bad ankle, would go on to win Final Four MOP in spite of finishing with 11 points on 2 of 14 shooting. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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Former Tar Heel great Bob McAdoo was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, averaging 34.5 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks per game for the Buffalo Braves, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line.
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Senior captain Jawad Williams scores 20 points and the Tar Heels hold Michigan State to 29 percent shooting from the floor in the second half in an 87-71 UNC win in the national semifinals.
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Brice Johnson sets UNC's single-season rebounding record at 408 with the Tar Heels' 83-66 Final Four win over Syracuse in the national semifinals. Roy Williams becomes only the fifth coach in NCAA history to take his team to the championship game five times.
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