Men's Basketball

Weekend Watch: June 14-16

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The Diamond Heels are on the ground in Omaha and ready to compete in their sixth College World Series in the last eight years. Before I take to the air myself, I wanted to share some links with you ahead of the weekend. Here's what you should know: Carolina takes on North Carolina State at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday on ESPN2. Here's your tournament bracket. The Tar Heels' next game will come Tuesday, either at 3 p.m. or 8 p.m., depending on what happens Sunday. Of course, all games will be broadcast on the Tar Heel Sports Network as well. Listen live on GoHeels.com or Chapelboro.com. The Ta…

Comprehensive Guide To UNC In The NBA Playoffs

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The NBA playoffs begin this weekend, and Carolina is the only school in America with at least one player in seven of the eight series. We've put together a handy weekend viewing guide to tell you when the Tar Heel alums will be on TV, plus a few UNC-centric storylines for each series. Saturday viewing guide Start with Raymond Felton and the Knicks hosting the Celtics at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Get comfortable and make sure someone is around to bring you food and water and/or other beverages, because you may not move for many hours. At 5:30, George Karl and Ty Lawson's Nuggets host Harrison…

Lucas: 1987 Dean Smith radio interview

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Every once in a while, the internet feels like a pretty cool invention. That's the case today, as there is some incredible content in this 1987 Dean Smith interview with UNC student radio station WXYC. First, some context: The interview says it's from January 25, 1987. The game from "last night" that they refer to frequently in the beginning of the interview is a 92-55 whipping of Georgia Tech at the Smith Center. Coach Smith mentions the probability that Kenny Smith will return in Carolina's next game. Indeed, the senior point guard did return from arthroscopic knee surgery, and he …

Retro Lucas: '93 Carolina 77, Michigan 71

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The Carolina basketball season is over, but I'm not quite ready to stop writing postgame columns just yet. So I thought I'd try something unique in honor of the 20th anniversary of Carolina's 1993 national championship. Twenty years ago today, Dean Smith's Tar Heels won the national championship with a win over Michigan. I watched that game from the Superdome stands, never dreaming--well, OK, maybe I would've dreamed it, but not believed it--that one day I'd actually get to work with Carolina basketball. But here's what I think I would've written if I'd been doing postgame column…

Retro Lucas: '93 Carolina 78, Kansas 68

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The Carolina basketball season is over, but I'm not quite ready to stop writing postgame columns just yet. So I thought I'd try something unique in honor of the 20th anniversary of Carolina's 1993 national championship. Twenty years ago today, Dean Smith's Tar Heels beat Kansas in the NCAA Tournament Final Four. I watched that game from the Superdome stands, never dreaming--well, OK, maybe I would've dreamed it, but not believed it--that one day I'd actually get to work with Carolina basketball. But here's what I think I would've written if I'd been doing postgame columns on Apri…

Retro Lucas: '93 Carolina 75, Cincinnati 68 (OT)

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The Carolina basketball season is over, but I'm not quite ready to stop writing postgame columns just yet. So I thought I'd try something unique in honor of the 20th anniversary of Carolina's 1993 national championship. Twenty years ago yesterday, Dean Smith's Tar Heels beat Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament regional final. I watched that game at home with my dad. But here's what I think I would've written if I'd been doing postgame columns on March 28, 1993. If you enjoy this trip down memory lane, we'll do it again for the remaining two games on Carolina's trip to the '93 title…

Lucas: The 10 Best Second Weekend Wins

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We did this last week with the 10 best opening weekend wins. It seems only fair to do it again, but this time, we're listing the 10 best Carolina NCAA Tournament wins from the event's second weekend--in other words, these have to be victories in a regional semifinal or final. 10. March 17, 1967: Carolina 78, Princeton 70 (OT). On the way to Dean Smith's first Final Four appearance, the Tar Heels got 16 points each from Larry Miller and Dick Grubar in an East region semifinal played at Cole Field House. 9. March 19, 1981: Carolina 61, Utah 56. Carolina was the two seed in the West, an…

Retro Lucas: '93 Carolina 80, Arkansas 74

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The Carolina basketball season is over, but I'm not quite ready to stop writing postgame columns just yet. So I thought I'd try something unique in honor of the 20th anniversary of Carolina's 1993 national championship. Twenty years ago on this day, Dean Smith's Tar Heels beat Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament round of 16. I watched that game at home with my dad, slapping joyous high fives when Lynch hit Williams for the game's key backdoor layup. But here's what I think I would've written if I'd been doing postgame columns on March 26, 1993. If you enjoy this trip down memory lane, we'…

Rapid Reflections: 2012-13 Men's Basketball

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View as slideshow After Carolina's season ended with a 70-58 NCAA Tournament loss to Kansas, we asked our Twitter followers for their impressions of the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the best. John Aderholdt@JohnNAderholdt @TarHeelMonthly We were misseeded and poised for a run to the sweet sixteen. They played hard and hopefully use that knowledge next year. Sun, Mar 24 2013 17:20:06 ReplyRetweetFavorite EricSieger@EricSieger @TarHeelMonthly improvement from Paige. Rise of PJ of top scorer. ?s about James/Hubert. JMM needs to …