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    NCAA athletes deserve contracts

    Following the Tar Heels victory in the NCAA Championship game, fans from across North Carolina celebrated at home and on Franklin Street. Immediately after the buzzer sounded and confetti floated onto the court, stores were ready for the crowds of ravenous fans with newly designed championship apparel. Countless options ranging from hoodies to championship hats fill Franklin Street’s many boutiques to offer fans a way to capture their jubilation and commemorate the victory. At UNC’s student store, mannequins advertised in a large glass display sport the freshest shirt designs available. As Tar Heel fans tout their apparel around Chapel Hill, the sports community cannot help to notice the revenue being…

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    Duke Blue Devils Dominate ACC Tournament

    This season, the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament saw 15 of college basketball’s greatest teams battle it out on the court of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. At the start of the tournament, many analysts believed that the Carolina Tar Heels would become back-to-back ACC regular season and tournament champions, a monumental feat in the most competitive conference in the nation. However, an impressive four-game run by the Duke Blue Devils allowed Mike Krzyzewski’s team to emerge as tournament champions. In the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils dismantled Rick Pitino’s Louisville team in the second half as the Cardinals were unable to convert at the free throw line.…

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    Carolina men’s basketball excels in non-conference play

    Thus far, the non-conference season for the 2016-2017 Carolina men’s basketball team  has left Carolina fans hopeful for this college basketball season. While a few chinks in the Tar Heels’ armor have been exposed, several unexpected factors have contributed to a dominant non-conference season for the Heels so far. Despite the loss of seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, the depth of the Tar Heel roster is what makes this season so promising. Fans have already seen monstrous performances from nearly every returning player, while the three scholarship freshmen have been surprisingly productive as well. Most notably, freshman center Tony Bradley has confirmed his importance in the Heels’ big man…

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    The 2016-2017 season looks promising for Carolina men’s basketball

    By Karlton Tate and Henry Caron Revenge. The word on the mind of every Carolina men’s basketball player following their buzzer beater loss to Villanova in the NCAA National Championship game last April. While the squad’s season will be significantly hampered by the loss of seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, as well as the untimely foot injury of Theo Pinson, the 2016-2017 Carolina men’s basketball team still have enough pieces of the puzzle left to dominate the ACC and make another run for a championship title. One of the most critical elements to a successful season for the Tar Heels will be the personal achievement of junior guard/forward Justin…

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    Carolina Men’s Basketball: primed for perfection

    By Karlton Tate The strongest Carolina basketball team in recent years, complete with phenomenal big men, a deep bench, and a versatile offense, finally appears equipped to dominate ACC conference play and reach the Final Four. The absence of prominent starters throughout the season thus far has granted increased playing time to various other players and positions on the deep Carolina bench. A metacarpal fracture in senior guard Marcus Paige’s right hand sent him to the sidelines for the Tar Heels’ first six games, giving guards Joel Berry and Nate Britt valuable playing time against low-stakes opponents. Likewise, a bone bruise in junior forward Kennedy Meeks’ left knee forced him…