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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.

Auburn Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Tigers, Tar Heels meet in a matchup of two explosive offenses that like to pick up the pace
Auburn Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Auburn has proved its run through the SEC Tournament was no fluke. North Carolina has lived up to its billing and dominated as a No. 1 seed. Now the two clash in what could be one of the best Sweet 16 games we see on either Thursday or Friday.

 

The fifth-seeded Tigers have ripped off 10 straight wins to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003. Auburn hasn't reached the Elite Eight since 1986. The Tigers have never reached a Final Four in their history.

 

5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2019

The Tar Heels have everything they need to bring a seventh national title home to Chapel Hill
5 Reasons Why the North Carolina Tar Heels Will Win it All in 2019

March Madness is finally upon us. And the North Carolina Tar Heels are all set to embark on their quest for a seventh national championship when they take on the Iona Gaels in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. North Carolina will do so as a No. 1 seed for a record 17th time on the strength of an impressive 27-6 campaign that includes a share of the ACC regular-season crown.

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

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