Basketball http://wunc.org en Lady Tar Heels Head To Sweet 16 http://wunc.org/post/lady-tar-heels-head-sweet-16 <p>This photo from Carolina Athletics says it all:</p><p>The photo was first shared on Facebook with a caption that reads: "<span class="fbPhotosPhotoCaption" id="fbPhotoSnowliftCaption" tabindex="0"><span class="hasCaption">How sweet it is! Carolina got the win over Michigan State and is headed to the Sweet 16!"</span></span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:07:13 +0000 Carol Jackson 32701 at http://wunc.org Lady Tar Heels Head To Sweet 16 'It's Everything. It's Personal' - NCCU's LeVelle Moton On Coaching In NCAA Tourney http://wunc.org/post/its-everything-its-personal-nccus-levelle-moton-coaching-ncaa-tourney <p><strong>Updated Saturday March 22, 2014:</strong></p><p>LeVelle Moton's Twitter profile says it all:</p><p><em>"Basketball is what I do, not who I am. Child of God, Hattie Mac's Baby boy. Head Coach At North Carolina Central University."</em></p><p>Moton seemed destined to be the head coach at NCCU. He grew up in Raleigh, and lived with his mother in a housing project. He was a McDonald's All American Nominee at Enloe High School, was Wake County Player of the Year, and was selected for All State.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:14:09 +0000 Carol Jackson, Phoebe Judge & Eric Mennel 32483 at http://wunc.org 'It's Everything. It's Personal' - NCCU's LeVelle Moton On Coaching In NCAA Tourney The NCAA Tournament Takes On A Distinct Triangle Flavor This Year http://wunc.org/post/ncaa-tournament-takes-distinct-triangle-flavor-year <div>Four North Carolina universities -- all located in the Triangle -- have earned bids to this year's National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament. &nbsp;The highest seed is Duke. &nbsp;The Blue Devils are third in the Midwest region. &nbsp;But the Atlantic Coast Conference runner-up will open tournament play against Mercer University at PNC Arena in Raleigh on Friday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>North Carolina Central University is making its first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. &nbsp;The Mid Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champions are seeded 14th in the East region. &nbsp;They will put a 20-game win streak on the line against third-seed Iowa State Friday in San Antonio. &nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:13:42 +0000 Gurnal Scott 32177 at http://wunc.org The NCAA Tournament Takes On A Distinct Triangle Flavor This Year ESPN, Washington Post Honor Dean Smith On His 83rd Birthday http://wunc.org/post/espn-washington-post-honor-dean-smith-his-83rd-birthday <p></p><p>Former UNC-Chapel&nbsp;Hill men's basketball coach Dean Smith's 83rd birthday was last week, and several major news organizations have marked his life and legacy with extraordinary articles. Smith has dementia now, and that makes both of the articles we'll highlight here so moving.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:51:44 +0000 Carol Jackson 31791 at http://wunc.org ESPN, Washington Post Honor Dean Smith On His 83rd Birthday The Unexpected NBA MVP Of 1994 http://wunc.org/post/unexpected-nba-mvp-1994 <p>Daniel Vermeer grew up in Iowa with a passion for basketball. When his academic studies took him to Nepal, he discovered an interesting influence of American cable television: local love for the Atlanta Hawks.</p><p>"So you can imagine," says&nbsp;Vermeer, "[I'm] in this little hut in Kathmandu, watching TV and an Atlanta Hawks game came on.&nbsp; With these enormous guys, jumping through the roof, slamming the ball..."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:06:25 +0000 Carol Jackson, Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 31553 at http://wunc.org The Unexpected NBA MVP Of 1994 Duke's Jabari Parker Bakes Sweet Treats For Super Fans http://wunc.org/post/dukes-jabari-parker-bakes-sweet-treats-super-fans <p></p><p>http://youtu.be/18guoG8OAck</p><p>There's a group of students at Duke&nbsp; called The Crazies. They are the kids who get all decked out and painted up and sit in the most coveted spot during basketball games at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Crazies are the uber fans. They camp out for 6-8 weeks in order to be in the front row when Duke plays UNC at home.</p><p>So, imagine you're a Crazy. You've got your face paint in your back pocket and your wig and body paint at the ready. You've been camping in a tent for weeks. How cool would it be if the following happened?</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:19:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 31503 at http://wunc.org Duke's Jabari Parker Bakes Sweet Treats For Super Fans UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day http://wunc.org/post/unc-duke-rivalry-heats-back-after-snow-day <p>Last week's winter storm canceled the men's basketball game between fierce rivals North Carolina and Duke.&nbsp;<br /><br />Meetings between coaches, athletic directors and the Atlantic Coast Conference resulted in the contest being rescheduled for this Thursday night in Chapel Hill.&nbsp; That means both teams will be playing four games in eight days.&nbsp;<br /><br />The Tar Heels beat Pittsburgh over the weekend while the Blue Devils got past Maryland.&nbsp; Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told Sirius-XM it's a challenging week.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:48:45 +0000 Eric Hodge 30695 at http://wunc.org UNC-Duke Rivalry Heats Back Up After Snow Day UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video] http://wunc.org/post/unc-coach-dean-smith-recieves-presidential-medal-freedom-video <p></p><p>At a ceremony at the White House Wednesday, President Obama awarded former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.</p><p>The president bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on a class of recipients including civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem.&nbsp; Smith was lauded not just for his many athletic achievements, but also for his impact on the community he calls home.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:21:31 +0000 Eric Mennel 26135 at http://wunc.org UNC Coach Dean Smith Recieves Presidential Medal Of Freedom [Video] Hoop-Shooting Grandmothers Pound The Paint http://wunc.org/post/hoop-shooting-grandmothers-pound-paint <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size:11pt">You might think basketball is a young person&rsquo;s game, but one group of aging athletes aims to change that perception. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:46:02 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 23419 at http://wunc.org Hoop-Shooting Grandmothers Pound The Paint Bringing The Buzz Back: Charlotte Seeks To Be The NBA's Hornets Again http://wunc.org/post/bringing-buzz-back-charlotte-seeks-be-nbas-hornets-again <p>Charlotte's NBA franchise has begun the journey toward re-embracing the past.<a href="http://www.nba.com/bobcats/bobcats-sports-entertainment-applies-change-teams-name-hornets">&nbsp; Bobcats owner Michael Jordan announced Tuesday that his team is on its way to being known as the Charlotte Hornets</a>.<br><br>Jordan said he has informed the league of his decision and feels the NBA's Board of Governors will approve the name change when they convene in July.&nbsp; He says this is only the first step. Wed, 22 May 2013 13:49:29 +0000 Gurnal Scott 15766 at http://wunc.org Bringing The Buzz Back: Charlotte Seeks To Be The NBA's Hornets Again