College Basketball

Lady TarHeels advance to sweet sixteen over Michigan St. 2014
University of North Carolina Athletics

Hall of Fame University of North Carolina Women’s College Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell and her staff have been placed on paid leave as UNC-CH sorts through complaints by parents. The Washington Post reports the suspension emerged after a meeting between administrators and parents of current players who alleged Hatchell pushed injured team members to play through the pain, that players were not given proper medical care, and that she made racially insensitive comments to the team.

This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins
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A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a "great big warning light to the basketball world."

Buried beneath the hype: The Blue Devils, Tar Heels and entire ACC is currently chasing UVA in the standings.
Jeff Tiberii

Duke has supplanted Kansas atop the new AP Top 25 poll after its dominating win against Kentucky, giving the Blue Devils a record number of appearances at No. 1.

photo of Levelle Moton and a referee in action
Courtesy of LeVelle Moton

College basketball is part of North Carolina’s lifeblood, and team allegiances are not taken lightly. Yet the head coach of North Carolina Central University’s men’s basketball team is deeply respected by both those who wear the Eagles jersey and those who compete against it.

North Carolina's Theo Pinson sits in the locker room after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Villanova, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Houston. Villanova won 77-74.
Eric Gay / AP Photo

North Carolina lost the National Championship in heartbreaking fashion last night.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II, right and head coach Roy Williams laugh during a news conference
Charlie Neibergall / AP Photo

Carolina is headed to the NCAA basketball tournament final. The Tar Heels beat Syracuse Saturday. Tonight, this number one seed will take on second-seeded Villanova.

Carolina head coach Roy Williams praised his players and said he was ecstatic.

"These guys up here were sensational, and I couldn't be having a more fantastic ride than I'm having right now," said Williams.

Tar Heels are one win from the program's sixth NCAA title.

North Carolina's Justin Jackson dunks.
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In men's college basketball, eighth ranked North Carolina clinched the regular season ACC title with a road win over rival Duke, 76-to-72.  The Tar Heels led throughout the game, although the Blue Devils kept it close most of the way.