Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Heel, a daily feature here at Keeping It Heel.  Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best UNC news.

James Hurst Returning for Senior Season
Lost in the discussion about the future of running back Gio Bernard was the plan for offensive tackle James Hurst. On Tuesday, the junior put an end to any speculation. “I plan on coming back,” Hurst told InsideCarolina.com. “After this season, looking at everything, it’s not what I wanted to have for my last college football season, so I was planning on coming back and getting better next year.” (Inside Carolina)

Butler 82, UNC 71: The look back
Maybe this sort of thing is to be expected at this point from the Tar Heels. Not the terrible performance during the first half. Not coming out flat. Not playing, as coach Roy Williams observed, without toughness or intelligence. But the reality, though, is that the Heels are an evolving team. They’re going to look good at times. They’re going to look awful at times. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC-Butler Postgame Notes
The loss snaps Carolina’s 10-game winning streak in the Maui Invitational. Villanova beat the Tar Heels, 77-75, on Nov. 22, 1995, in the championship game in UNC’s previous defeat in Maui. This is the first time in six appearances that the Tar Heels will not be playing in the championship game. UNC scored 18 points in the first half tonight. That is the fewest in a half since Jan. 27, 1996. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Basketball: Tar Heels vs Butler Maui Invitational Game Review
The Tar Heels took on Butler in the second game of the Maui Invitational tonight. UNC won in impressive style over Mississippi State on Monday 95-49 while Butler defeated Marquette on a last second buzzer beater from beyond the arc. (KIH)

Catching up with Former UNC and Philadelphia Eagles Receiver Na Brown
I was able to catch up with former Tar Heel and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Na Brown. Na compiled 165 catches for 2,086 yards and 14 touchdowns during his four years at North Carolina. (KIH)

Surprise Butler run continues into Maui final
Rotnei Clarke’s improbable 3-point heave at the buzzer against Marquette on Monday launched Butler into a second-round matchup against the No. 9 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Even more improbable? Clarke and Butler dominating North Carolina for 30 minutes before hanging on for an 82-71 victory Tuesday. (ESPN.com)

UNC Evaluating 2014 5-Star Shooting Guard D’Angelo Russell
North Carolina continues to widen its search for a shooting guard in the 2014 recruiting class, according to Tar Heel Illustrated recruiting analyst Clint Jackson via Twitter.
“UNC has been down twice to see 2014 SG D’Angelo Russell at Montverde Academy (FL). The smooth wing has drawn comparisons to Jeremy Lamb.” (Tar Heel Times)

A closer look: Butler 82, UNC 71
Why UNC lost: Let’s count the ways. The Tar Heels pulled down only one offensive rebound in the first half (at the 11:03 left, when Leslie McDonald grabbed a P.J. Hairston miss, and turned it over). They didn’t shoot a free throw until 13:13 remained in the second half (Hairston hit only one). UNC’s 18 first-half points was its lowest total since 1996. (ESPN.com)

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