June 8, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tarheels designated hitter Landon Lassiter (center, 12) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament at Boshamer Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Heel: April 24th


Welcome to the latest installment of Keeping It Heel’s Morning Heel. This morning we take a look at UNC basketball’s ACC schedule for next season, learn about UNC baseball’s playoff chances and read about Quinshad Davis’s expanded role in the UNC offense. Also, the Diamond Heels won last night against Liberty, setting themselves up for the last three series of the year against quality ACC competition.

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UNC baseball bounces back from loss to Pirates with Wednesday win

“The bus from Greenville was silent.
“Ticked off” was the mood as catcher Korey Dunbar described it. Sophomore closer Reilly Hovis went a little further: “We were pissed off.”
“We knew we should have won that game,” said freshman reliever Spencer Trayner, looking back at Tuesday’s 3-2 North Carolina loss at East Carolina.
About 18 hours after their bus pulled back into Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels were back on the diamond again, using that angst against No. 30 Liberty in another midweek game.
And another must-win game.”

From Michael Lananna of the Daily Tar Heel

North Carolina’s 2014-15 ACC opponents

“Should North Carolina win the ACC next season, it probably won’t be criticized — as Virginia was this season — for catching a break in the schedule.
Virginia won the regular season by playing each of the top seven teams in the standings just one time this past season. That won’t be the case for the Tar Heels next season.”

From C.L. Brown of ESPN’s North Carolina Basketball blog.


Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels wide receiver Quinshad Davis (14) catches a touchdown pass as Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) defends in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

WR Davis takes center stage in UNC offense

“There are differences between the two quarterbacks vying for the starting job at North Carolina, receiver Quinshad Davis said.
With Marquise Williams, there’s a familiarity between passer and receiver that stemmed from extensive playing time together throughout last season. When Mitch Trubisky takes over the first-team offense, there’s a bit more of a learning curve, but the ball arrives with ample zip and usually in just the right spot.”

From David M. Hale of ESPN.com

ACC baseball outlook: NC State in trouble, Duke, UNC in good shape to make tournament

“Omaha! Omaha!
Forget the College World Series. N.C. State, in full desperation mode, needs to steal a page out of Peyton Manning’s playbook and call an audible just to make the ACC tournament in Greensboro.
It’s clearly third-and-forever for the Wolfpack. Ten teams will make the tournament. The Pack enters Friday’s pivotal series against Georgia Tech tied for 11th and running out of time – and timely hits.
Nationally ranked Florida State, Virginia and Miami will reach Greensboro. Bottom-feeders Boston College and Notre Dame will not. What remains are nine tightly bunched teams racing toward a moving target, likely 14 league wins, in hopes of securing a spot in the field.”

From Chris Wright of the News and Observer

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