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.

UNC ranked No. 11 in both polls
North Carolina, which opened the season with wins over Gardner-Webb and Florida Atlantic, was ranked 11th in both polls released Monday. The Tar Heels moved up one slot in the USA Today coaches poll, and stood pat in the Associated Press rankings. NC State remained the top-ranked team in the ACC, at No. 6 in both polls. Duke moved down one slot in both polls, to No. 9. (

Themes to Victory
With the victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday, the Heels have two games under their belt and seem to be building chemistry as a team. Now they will be heading west to face a few, more talented foes that will surely test the Heels both offensively and defensively. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

ACC Week 12 sneak peek
North Carolina at Virginia: Let’s put it simply: Virginia is hot, and North Carolina is not. The Hoos come into the game on a two-game winning streak, while the Tar Heels have a very short work week to figure out what exactly went wrong in a 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech. And because their division is a total mess, this one could have implications on who ends up going to the ACC championship game. (

Tar Heels take steps in right direction in basketball victory
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams thought his team showed a marked improvement in the second round of its two-game opening weekend by putting away Florida Atlantic 80-56 on Sunday afternoon. “I think we got a heck of a lot better as a team,” Williams said of his 11th-ranked Tar Heels. And there was plenty to like, with a few ugly spots sewn into the rout. (Burlington Times News)

Strelow: Tar Heels improving, slowly but surely
The 11th-ranked Tar Heels are young and inexperienced, so it’s no surprise that they’re making lots of mistakes early in the season. They’re working out some kinks while winning comfortably, like they did Sunday in an 80-56 victory against Florida Atlantic. Roy Williams was particularly hard on Joel James and J.P. Tokoto. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heel Women Rally Past Dukes, 62-58
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored a career-high 24 points and North Carolina rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Duquesne, 62-58, Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena. Krista Gross and Waltiea Rolle added double-doubles for the Tar Heels, who will host Georgetown Wednesday at 7 for a spot in the Preseason WNIT final. (

UNC Basketball: Reggie Bullock Needs to Stay Aggressive Offensively
Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo are the two players head coach Roy Williams has consistently named as the two that need to step up the most as leaders of team. McAdoo has come through in a big way as the Tar Heels new go to guy averaging 22.5 points on 18.5 field goal attempts per game. (KIH)

UNC Basketball: Is UNC’s Roy Williams changing his coaching philosophy?
Anyone who knows Carolina basketball very well is familiar with the way things are done. In particular, seniority plays a big role in an individual’s playing time and whether they have the opportunity (KIH)

UNC Football Recruiting: WR Marquez North Would be Huge for the 2013 Class
Wide Receiver Marquez North of Mallard Creek (N.C.) says that North Carolina and Tennessee lead for his services right now. North’s season was cut short when he underwent season ending surgery (KIH)

North Carolina Basketball: James Michael McAdoo Rounding into Complete Player
James Michael McAdoo took the bull by the horns and rode it all weekend long. The Tar Heels sophomore owned opening weekend and is quickly showing his worth as a leader for UNC and as a future lottery pick. What was once an incomplete game, lacking offensive efficiency in the post, is quickly rounding into form. (Bleacher Report)