Tag:North Carolina
Posted on: August 23, 2009 4:35 pm

Barnes cuts list; Xavier gains commitment

Harrison Barnes, Scout.com's top player in the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list of possible colleges.

That list (according to Scout.com):
  • Duke
  • Iowa State
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • UCLA
Barnes will reportedly visit UNC on Sept. 4-5.

No timetable has been made for his final decision.

Meantime, Xavier got a commitment from a Top 100 prospect on Sunday. Justin Martin, a 6-foot-7 forward from Indianapolis, committed to the Musketeers just before leaving from a weekend visit to campus. Scout.com ranks him as the 87th-best prospect in the country.
Posted on: August 3, 2009 9:12 pm

UNC and IU add Class of 2011 commitments

Two of the nation's most storied programs gained commitments Monday.

Class of 2011 star P.J. Hairston moved quickly on a weekend offer and committed to North Carolina. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-5 shooting guard as the 19th-best prospect among rising juniors. Meantime, Austin Etherington committed to Indiana. He's a 6-6 forward ranked as the 57th-best prospect in the Class of 2011.

Both prospects are in-state products to their respective schools.

Both verbal commitments were broken by Scout.com's Evan Daniels.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 12, 2009 9:42 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2009 9:48 pm

Davis will return to UNC

Ed Davis has announced his decision to return to North Carolina.

"(I) will not apply for the NBA Draft," Davis said via a statement released by the school on Sunday. "I love being a student at Carolina and playing with my teammates for Coach (Roy) Williams. I'd like to play in the NBA someday, but my family and I don't think I'm ready to take that step."

Davis averaged 6.7 points and 6.6 rebounds coming off the bench this season.

The 6-foot-10 forward would've likely been a lottery pick had he entered the NBA Draft.

"We are ecstatic with Ed's and his family's decision to remain at North Carolina," Williams said. "I truly enjoy coaching him. We always try to recommend what is best for each individual young man. Ed's family and I did discuss his options after the season and we are happy that he will continue to be a Tar Heel."

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 5, 2009 1:20 am

UNC vs. MSU again? Seriously?

DETROIT -- Perhaps a rematch between Barack Obama and John McCain can serve as the undercard.

Or how about Ivan Drago-Apollo Creed II?

Because those are the only things I can think of that were as lopsided as the first game between North Carolina and Michigan State, that 98-63 debacle here at Ford Field that had Tom Izzo wondering whether he was dumb for scheduling the made-for-TV event. When the horn sounded, the Spartans were 4-2 with an 18-point loss to Maryland and 35-point loss to North Carolina, and though many spent that December night suggesting the Tar Heels would return to Ford Field during the first weekend in April, how many of you really thought Michigan State would be the school playing them for the national title?

Rest assured, I didn't.

Hell, as recently as Saturday at noon I didn't think Michigan State would be playing them for the national title. But here I am, late Saturday (early Sunday, technically), writing about Monday's title game between UNC and MSU, and I couldn't be more excited despite that December blowout, because I don't think this game will be anything like that game.


Because Goran Suton is playing.

(He was hurt last time.)

And because 70,000-plus will be cheering for the Spartans.

(Only 25,267 attended that December game.)

And because this Michigan State team is better than that Michigan State team.

(It just is.)

Similar to Billy Donovan's first national championship team, Izzo has his Spartans playing well at the right time, playing their best down this stretch, and sometimes that's the key to this stuff. Of course, North Carolina is playing well right now, too. Awfully well, in fact. So it's possible Michigan State might just be out-manned Monday night, and Tyler Hansbrough will get the send-off most have long expected.

Or maybe not. Honestly, who knows? But either way, what I do know is that this city will be jumping for the next 48 hours, covered in green from Canada to Greektown, and the build-up to Monday night should be splendid.

With any luck, the actual game will be, too.

With Izzo on one sideline, I'd say it's more likely than not.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 21, 2009 6:09 pm

This will be a hostile environment for Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- I know Texas believes it's at a disadvantage playing Duke in Greensboro. But I think the opposite will be true because the Greensboro Coliseum is filled with North Carolina fans, and if the Tar Heels beat LSU those fans will almost certainly hang around to cheer against Duke, meaning about 85 percent of this building should be booing Mike Krzyzewski.

Advantage: Texas.

Although the Longhorns still have that point guard problem to address.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2009 3:24 pm

Ty's toe is the same (but his eyes are different)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Ty Lawson wore glasses Friday.

That has nothing to do with his injury, of course. But it provided something else to talk about besides his world famous big right toe, and for that, I am thankful. Now to the toe: Lawson basically said the same stuff, that he feels better, that it's coach's decision, that he'll know more after Friday's practice, blah, blah, blah.

My prediction: He'll be able to go Saturday against LSU.

And if that's the case, he'll start.

"If Ty can go, he probably will start," said UNC coach Roy Williams. "He deserves that."

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2009 2:14 pm

It's toe time!

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- I'm back at the Greensboro Coliseum for a day of interviews.

Ty Lawson's toe is expected to hold a press conference around 2:25 ET.

I'll update you, as needed.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:54 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2009 9:55 pm

UNC fans love Binghamton

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There's an interesting mix of fans here for the nightcap between Duke and Binghamton.

There are a few fans from Binghamton.

And a few fans left over from Texas-Minnesota.

But mostly, the Greensboro Coliseum is filled with Duke and North Carolina fans who are alternately cheering for and against Duke. Binghamton is almost irrelevant. The Duke fans are here to cheer for the Blue Devils, and the UNC fans are here to boo the Blue Devils.

Good times.

A fistfight should develop in Section 211 by halftime.

I'll keep you posted.

Category: NCAAB
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