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2018-2019 UNC basketball

The Results (click each game for an analysis)

Tar Heels 78, Wofford 67 See season preview below
Tar Heels 116, Elon 67  
Tar Heels 90, Stanford 72  
Tar Heels 108, Tennessee Tech 58
Tar Heels 101, Saint Francis 76  
Texas 92, Tar Heels 89  
Tar Heels 94, UCLA 78  
Michigan 84, Tar Heels 67  
Tar Heels 97, UNC-Wilmington 69  
Tar Heels 103, Gonzaga 90  
Kentucky 80, Tar Heels 72  
Tar Heels 82, Davidson 60  
Tar Heels 77, Harvard 57  
Tar Heels 85, Pittsburgh 60  
Tar Heels 90, N.C. State 82  
Louisville 83, Tar Heels 62  
Tar Heels 75, Notre Dame 69  
Tar Heels 85, Miami 76  
Tar Heels 103, Virginia Tech 82  
Tar Heels 77, Georgia Tech 54  
Tar Heels 79, Louisville 69  
Tar Heels 113, N.C. State 96  

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2018-19 UNC Season Preview
After some growing pains, experience combined with young talent will win out

This could be one of the most interesting, maddening and ultimately satisfying basketball season for North Carolina fans ever. Coming off a season where the Tar Heels were embarrassed in a second round NCAA game, Carolina has the experience to remember and the talented youth to make the faithful forget about it.

Even though 2017-18 leaders Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are gone, the Tar Heels return a slew of players who have seen plenty of minutes for Coach Roy Williams.

Preseason All-ACC Player of the Year Luke Maye, a senior, leads the way. He has made believers of those who thought in his freshman year that he could be a contributor by his senior season.

The 6-foot-9 forward has been a star each of the last two seasons but seemed to wear down a bit late as he was called on to do more than his share of scoring. He'll likely not have that problem this season.

Kenny Williams, Carolina's starting shooting guard, should be the Tar Heels best deep-range shooter as he comes into his senior campaign with confidence.

Add in a healthy Cameron Johnson, the 6-foot-9 Pitt transfer who can play inside and out, and the Tar Heels look almost set with scorers. Almost.

All they need is someone else who can score from the three or four position. Well, the Tar Heels have got him in newcomer Nassir Little, perhaps the Tar Heels top recruit since Harrison Barnes in 2010. While Barnes was a better shooter than him, Little has Barnes in every other category.

As a wing player, Little has good size at 6-6 and 220 pounds. He's strong, athletic, smart and his already a polished defender. Little has ideal size, strength, and athleticism on the wing, where his 7-1 wingspan will come in handy for the Heels. He joins a team that led the nation in rebounding a year ago.

Little, who got all A's in high school did I say smart?, led his team to back-to-back state titles, averaging 20 points and nine rebounds his senior year. He was the MVP of the McDonald's All-America game as he scored 28 points. He's the real deal the kind of player that will force the going pro watch each season (if he stays).

He should start from the very beginning. Another freshman that figures to start a lot of games this season is dynamic point guard Coby White, who looks to replace the steady influence of Joel Berry. He won't. Not immediately anyway. White is talented but not steady. UNC fans will probably curse the screen at times as he plays faster and more out-of-control than the Tar Heels are used to at the point position. Maybe by season's end, he'll settle in but right now he looks like someone who tries to do too much sometime and as a result will make some mistakes.

Underachiever Seventh Woods, a junior who has had injury issues over the years, hasn't proven to be much of a shooter or scorer. But can he be that steadying influence at point guard that the Tar Heels need? He figures to split time with the hyper freshman White.

The progress of White and Woods will likely determine how far the Heels will go this season.

Experienced returning guards off the bench Brandon Robinson and Andrew Platek can be counted on for valuable minutes.

That leaves the bigs and what they can do to control the boards and provide some inside scoring. Sterling Manley, Garrison Brooks and, to a lesser extent, Brandon Huffman all sophomores - clogged up the middle last season which sometimes turned out to be a negative at times as teams punched it back out and hit threes off the Heels.

Perimeter defense will be a key and with Little on the club, the Tar Heels may go a bit smaller. Brooks had the most minutes of any non-starter last season and he may again this year. Manley is more of a scoring threat inside however and his development will be interesting this season. Huffman, with the addition of three talented freshman, may not play as much as most people thought he would when he arrived at Carolina.

The third freshman recruit is 6-7 Leaky Black, who can play either guard position but who has been practicing mostly at the point. He will one day be an instrumental part of the Tar Heels but barring injuries this year, he'll have to wait.

The Tar Heels are 10 deep and playing time is usually paired down to eight or nine main players but NCAA time.

Carolina has a tough non-conference schedule and will lose some games before the ACC schedule. Duke and Virginia are favored during the conference season so the Heels could pile up some loses.

But this senior-laden team with one or two of the best freshmen in the nation should be a contender come ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament time. My guess is that the Tar Heels will go 30-10 or 29-11 and will fall in the ACC finals but make it to the Final Four, perhaps losing in the championship game. Then again, if the Heels stay healthy, the seniors do what they are supposed to do and Little is as good as he seems, this could be another national championship year for the Tar Heels.

- Clifton Barnes