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FILE - In this March 29, 1982, file photo, North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith cuts the net as happy players and fans cheer after the Tar Heels defeated Georgetown for the NCAA  college basketball Final Four championship, in New Orleans. The NCAA championship was the only thing missing from Smith's trophy case in an otherwise brilliant career that includes one of the best records in coaching — 468-145 over 21 years in Chapel Hill — an Olympic gold medal and acknowledgment by peers of his basketball greatness. (AP Photo/Pete Leabo, File)

AP Was There: Worthy, Jordan lead UNC to '82 title vs. Hoyas

Mar. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

EDITOR'S NOTE — A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game was voted No. 9 and this game...

FILE - In this Monday, April 5, 1993, file photo, North Carolina poses with the trophy after defeating Michigan 77-71 in the NCAA Final Four Championship game at the Superdome in New Orleans, La. At far right is coach Dean Smith. Smith won his second national championship, and like the first title he won at the Superdome, this one wasn’t sealed until somebody made a costly, almost unbelieveable, error. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan, File)

AP Was There: North Carolina beats Michigan for '93 title

Mar. 19, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

EDITOR'S NOTE — A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following game story, from 1993, was voted No....

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson, left, speaks with Dr. Bill Roper, interim president of the University of North Carolina System, before a Coronavirus Task Force meeting in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)

N Carolina discourages large meetings to blunt virus spread

Mar. 12, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With North Carolina and U.S. cases of the coronavirus increasing, Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday strongly discouraged large meetings and gatherings statewide to limit the magnitude of the outbreak. Cooper and health officials recommended that starting Friday all meetings of more than 100...

Syracuse forward Elijah Hughes (33) and forward Quincy Guerrier (1) block North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Hughes, Syracuse roll past UNC 81-53 in ACC 2nd round

Mar. 12, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Elijah Hughes apparently had heard enough about Syracuse’s long losing streak to North Carolina. Hughes scored 18 of his 27 points in a dominating first half as the Orange beat the Tar Heels 81-53 in Wednesday's second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament,...

North Caroline records eighth case of coronavirus

Mar. 11, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An eighth case of coronavirus has been confirmed in North Carolina, health officials announced Wednesday. The latest patient is from Wake County, where five other residents tested positive, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release. The new case involves a...

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams hugs North Carolina guard Christian Keeling (55) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina keeps season alive, throttles Va. Tech 78-56

Mar. 10, 2020 9:57 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams joked that he nearly broke his dadgum neck Tuesday night because there was a light bulb out in the hallway steps leading up to the press room at the Greensboro Coliseum. “If we lost this game I was going to do it intentionally,”...

Florida State's head coach Leonard Hamilton celebrates with his team their first ever ACC championship after an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College Saturday, March 7 2020, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 80-62. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

A first: Hamilton, Florida State ACC tourney's top seed

Mar. 9, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

Florida State has accomplished several milestones in Leonard Hamilton’s nearly two decades with the Seminoles, from winning an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to getting within a game of the Final Four two seasons ago. Yet his fourth-ranked Seminoles have never been in the position they are this week:...

North Carolina guard Christian Keeling, left, and Duke guard Tre Jones chase the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carey, Robinson help No. 12 Duke beat rival UNC 89-76

Mar. 7, 2020 10:04 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vernon Carey Jr., Tre Jones and No. 12 Duke didn't need any wild escape to beat rival North Carolina this time. The Blue Devils took care of the Tar Heels with a strong start-to-finish performance — with the only unexpected part being the jolt coming from graduate reserve Justin...

North Carolina's Leaky Black (1) drives on Wake Forest's Ismael Massoud (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)

Anthony, Brooks lead North Carolina past Wake Forest 93-83

Mar. 3, 2020 10:46 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is feeling like it did at the beginning of the season. More importantly, the Tar Heels are winning that way. Cole Anthony scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 93-83 on Tuesday night. Garrison Brooks added 25 points for...

North Carolina forward Garrison Brooks (15) takes a shot over Syracuse forward Bourama Sidibe (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

North Carolina's long-range barrage sinks Syracuse, 92-79

Feb. 29, 2020 7:52 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Cole Anthony says it's simple to excel from long range — “just choose the right spots.” Anthony and his North Carolina teammates did just that on Saturday, hitting 11 of 26 tries from behind the arc in a 92-79 victory over Syracuse. Not bad for the worst...