North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

McDonald's Tobacco Road rival earns Freshman of the Week
North Carolina's Leslie McDonald earns Athlon Player of the Week honors

When North Carolina’s season started, P.J. Hariston and Leslie McDonald were in NCAA suspension limbo.

McDonald, though, was the clear No. 2 anytime the two suspensions were mentioned. Now that he’s been in the lineup for weeks, McDonald has proven himself one of the key missing pieces for the Tar Heels’ season.

The senior guard led North Carolina with 21 points in Thursday’s 74-66 win over Duke and added 19 points in Saturday’s rout of Wake Forest to earn Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-19

Athlon Sports' preseason basketball rankings

The Athlon Sports College Basketball Top 25 is littered with familiar faces, especially at the top where Kansas has edged Kentucky for the No. 1 spot in our preseason rankings. 

 

The Wildcats are once again loaded with elite freshmen, but this team also brings back three sophomores who played key roles last season — giving John Calipari’s team the type of veteran leadership usually lacking in Lexington. At Kansas, Bill Self has a roster led by junior big man Udoka Azubuike and several key transfers who will be stepping into prominent roles.

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2018

These Tar Heels might just have what it takes to make another run at a national title
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2018

March Madness is officially underway. But there is one traditional college basketball powerhouse that seems to be getting overlooked by bracket fillers and prognosticators alike. That team would be the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

Yellow Jackets host the Tar Heels seeking their second straight win over an ACC Coastal foe
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh was hardly a thing of beauty. The Yellow Jackets were obviously the superior team, but they let the Panthers hang around for far too long.

Ranking the North Carolina Tar Heels' Six National Championships

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2017

Justin Jackson and the Tar Heels could make it back to the national title game
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2017

The departures of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led many to believe that North Carolina would take a step backwards in 2016-17. Fortunately, that has not been the case. The Tar Heels won their second consecutive outright ACC regular season championship, and once again find themselves well positioned as a No. 1 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

 

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