March 28, 2017

For Drifton Padgett, more is always better.

The Nash Central sophomore has seen plenty of curveballs from coaches in the batting cage during practice, and he’s been on a tear ever since. That recent hot stretch at the plate extended to Tuesday’s game against visiting Northern Nash.…

Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors

March 28, 2017

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s Luke Maye can’t go to class without getting a standing ovation nor walk across campus without getting stopped by people requesting to take a photo with him.

All because of one shot — one that lifted the Tar Heels past Kentucky to reach the…

NC State freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. declares for NBA

March 28, 2017

RALEIGH — North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA.

The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this year and is projected to be a potential…

Advantage: Tar Heels

March 28, 2017

Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week.

They also don’t think it will matter once the games begin.

“You can play in the national…