P.J. Hairston (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
The Tar Heels might be 7-3, the AP No. 14-ranked team in the country. But even before Wednesday’s puzzling loss against Texas, North Carolina looked shaky, lost amid speculation over whether two veteran players would ever return to the lineup. The outlook got worse today. P.J. Hairston, a potential first-round pick in this summer’s NBA Draft and last season’s leading scorer, will not play at all this year for UNC. Read More »
Midnight Madness is over, and with it went the smoke machines, dunk contests and laser shows that kick off the season. College basketball begins now, and while the excitement still remains it’s time to peel the hype back and see who the nation’s best truly are. That’s why Dime has you covered with individual previews of the nation’s top 15 teams and a few others just outside, all over the course of the next few weeks. Today, North Carolina. Read More »
I’ve grown so accustomed to college basketball’s one-and-done culture that now it’s startling to see an NCAA team with as much veteran poise as Duke. The current landscape has also trained me to stop looking at a team like North Carolina and making predictions for next year.
In the Blue Devils’ latest win over their blood rivals this week, the defending national champions were down 14 at halftime as Carolina was beating Duke at their own game in their own gym. Read More »