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Locked On Tar Heels is a daily podcast hosted by Sports Illustrated UNC beat writer Isaac Schade (@isaacschade). Isaac covers the latest news for UNC athletics, with a focus on football and basketball. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.
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Locked On Tar Heels is a daily podcast hosted by Sports Illustrated UNC beat writer Isaac Schade (@isaacschade). Isaac covers the latest news for UNC athletics, with a focus on football and basketball. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.
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    Kevin Concepcion or Paul Billups: Which WR will commit to UNC Football? | Joshua Horton commitment day

    Kevin Concepcion or Paul Billups: Which WR will commit to UNC Football? | Joshua Horton commitment day

    After a flurry of commitments throughout June, things slowed down for UNC Football on the recruiting trail in the July and the first couple weeks of August. But now, there are multiple commitments scheduled for today (Friday, August 19) and in the coming weeks. Several of these young men are Tar Heel leans. Who will actually come to Chapel Hill to play for Mack Brown in college?
    Sports Illustrated’s Director of Football Recruiting John Garcia, Jr. joins host Isaac Schade to unpack several of the upcoming commitments and provide an update on Daevin Hobbs.
    Carolina already has two wide receivers in the Class of 2023 in Christian Hamilton and Chris Culliver. WR Kevin Concepcion is committing today and according to John Garcia, Jr., this comes down to basically a coinflip between UNC and NC State. The second WR committing (on Wednesday, August 24) is Paul Billups who is the stronger Carolina lean and should become a Tar Heel (over Virginia Tech and Michigan State).
    On the other side of the football, the Tar Heels are also in good position for defensive tackle Joshua Horton, who is committing today. Horton will choose from between Carolina, Auburn, and UCF. Horton would join fellow DT Joel Starlings in the class.
    As for Daevin Hobbs, it’s hard to get a good read on the recruitment now that Georgia, Alabama, and others have entered the process. Mack Brown and company will have to keep working hard to retain Hobbs’ services for college.

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    • 33 min
    UNC Basketball: Is TJ Power Carolina's GG Jackson replacement in the class of 2023?

    UNC Basketball: Is TJ Power Carolina's GG Jackson replacement in the class of 2023?

    North Carolina took a big hit when GG Jackson decommitted, reclassified, and ultimately wound up committing to South Carolina. Players of his caliber don’t come along every day. Rather than bemoan the loss, Coach Hubert Davis and his staff have to find a way to bounce back. One of the ways they’ve done so is pursuing other power forwards in the class of 2023 including TJ Power, who, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jason Jordan is a better shooter than Jackson.

    Power has narrowed his college candidates down to North Carolina, Duke, Boston College, Virginia, and Iowa. He currently anticipates making a decision in September, just about a month away. The Tar Heels could certainly use some help in the frontcourt for the 2023-24 class, assuming Armando Bacot doesn’t return for a fifth year.

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    • 34 min
    ARMANDO BACOT: 2022-23 UNC Tar Heels Basketball Roster Preview

    ARMANDO BACOT: 2022-23 UNC Tar Heels Basketball Roster Preview

    It's the 12th week of the 2022-23 North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball roster summer preview series. We have gone through the freshmen (Seth Trimble, Jalen Washington, Tyler Nickel, Will Shaver), the transfer (Pete Nance), the sophomores (D’Marco Dunn, Dontrez Styles), and the juniors (Puff Johnson, RJ Davis, Caleb Love). Last week we started the seniors with Justin McKoy. Next up is Armando Bacot a 6'11", 235-pound center from Richmond, Virginia.
    Bacot had strong and steady showings in his first two seasons as a Tar Heel, but he found an entirely new level in 2021-22. As a junior, Bacot demolished Carolina’s single season rebounding and double-double records.
    Previously, Brice Johnson was the only Tar Heel to grab 400-plus rebounds in a single season. Bacot finished with 511. That total gives him 1,001 rebounds in his career, just the tenth UNC player to ever do so. Tyler Hansbrough holds the all-timer career Carolina record at 1,219, a record well within Bacot’s reach this season.
    It was also Johnson that Bacot unseated in taking the Carolina single-season double-double record. Johnson had 23 in 2015-16; Bacot finished with 31 last season. That total tied David Robinson’s NCAA all-time single-season mark. With 49 career double-doubles, Bacot should easily become the all-time leader, passing Billy Cunningham’s 60.
    Looking ahead, Bacot will once again be a starter alongside the remaining other three of the Iron Five – Caleb Love, RJ Davis, and Leaky Black. Pete Nance projects to be the fifth starter, stepping in for Manek.
    When Bacot needs to be spelled, I expect Nance to shift over to the five and Puff Johnson to come in as the four. There are certainly other combinations that Coach Hubert Davis will employ, but that should be the predominant substitution pattern for Bacot.
    Host Isaac Schade and Coach Pac Kilby take you through Bacot’s game as well as expectations for the upcoming season.

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    • 39 min
    UNC Tar Heels Basketball Summer Stats Series: MADE THREE-POINTERS

    UNC Tar Heels Basketball Summer Stats Series: MADE THREE-POINTERS

    With Hubert Davis at the controls of the North Carolina men’s basketball team, three-point attempts and makes skyrocketed last season. That trend should undoubtedly continue moving forward, and not just at UNC but all over the nation.
    The 2021-22 season was quite prolific indeed from beyond the arc. Brady Manek (98) and Caleb Love (93) became the first Tar Heel teammates to each make at least 90 threes in a single season. Going a step further, Manek, Love, and RJ Davis (66) became the first Tar Heel trio to each make at least 60 threes in a single season.
    After that trio, though there was a precipitous drop-off down to Kerwin Walton’s 23 threes.
    As a team, this was the sixth UNC team with 700-plus three point attempts, the fourth team with 800-plus attempts, and the first-ever team to attempt at least 900 threes (916 total).
    In a similar vein, this was the most three point makes by a Carolina team (328), and just the third time being north of 300 (2017-18 and 2018-19 being the other iterations).
    Going forward, the Tar Heels return 58.5% of their made threes from last season. There’s a glaring hole left behind by Brady Manek that no one can completely step into.
    Caleb Love will need to replicate his downtown effort while RJ Davis hopefully can make a leap into the 90s as well. Additionally, the hope is that with more volume, Pete Nance can grow his career high 42 made threes last season up into the 60s.
    Can other players take a big step forward? Puff Johnson, Leaky Black, and D’Marco Dunn are prime candidates to help fill at least some part of the Brady Manek void.
    There is certainly a path to the Tar Heels making 300-plus threes again next season.
    This week’s Tuesday Trivia question: Brady Manek and Caleb Love combined to make 191 three-pointers last season, the second-highest combined total for a pair of Tar Heel teammates. What pair had more? How many? And in what season?
     
    The answer:

    Justin Jackson (105) & Joel Berry (88)

    193 total

    2016-17


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    • 39 min
    UNC RB British Brooks out for the season, who's RB1? | Projecting OL starters | NIL news

    UNC RB British Brooks out for the season, who's RB1? | Projecting OL starters | NIL news

    North Carolina’s projected starting running back British Brooks suffered a season-ending lower body injury on Saturday night. This is devastating news for a young man who’s really worked his way up and was finally in position to get his shot after patiently waiting behind the likes of Michael Carter, Javonte Williams, and Ty Chandler.
    After just four rushes in the first 10 games of last season, Brooks had 27 in the final three games, including 15 for 124 yards against NC State.
    Given Brooks’ injury, the other five backs in the mix will have to step up and prove they’re ready to be part of the 2-3 back rotation the coaching staff would like to use.
    The other contenders are junior DJ Jones, sophomores Caleb Hood and Elijah Green, and freshmen George Pettaway and Omarion Hampton.
    Make sure to listen to hear host Isaac Schade’s projections for the starting running back.
    Additionally, the offensive line will look to bounce back under new line coach Jack Bicknell. Hear Isaac’s projections for the starting five as well as why depth will be important in the short and long term.
    Additionally, there are a confusing and overwhelming number of NIL opportunities. Thankfully, Isaac is here to unpack them for you.

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    • 31 min
    Preseason Coaches Poll Is Out - Where's UNC? | Antoine Green injury update

    Preseason Coaches Poll Is Out - Where's UNC? | Antoine Green injury update

    The USA Today Preseason Top 25 coaches poll was released earlier this week and Mack Brown’s Tar Heels were missing from the list. While Carolina missed the top 25, they did appear in the “Others Receiving Votes” category, coming in at 33rd overall. Given the loss of Sam Howell, a new offensive line coach (Jack Bicknell), a new defensive coordinator (Gene Chizik), Antoine Green’s injury, uncertainty at running back, and more question marks, it’s not all that surprising to see the Tar Heels left off. This truth is all the more stark remembering how Carolina’s 2021 season went.
    Speaking of Antoine Green, we learned that he will miss 6-10 weeks following surgery this past Sunday. That time frame would either cause him to miss as few as three games or as many as seven. The rest of the WR room will need to step up to balance out the attention that Josh Downs will inevitably draw; players such as Justin Olson, Andre Greene, JJ Jones, Gavin Blackwell, Ty Chapman, and Kobe Paysour. Also keep an eye out for how Phil Longo utilizes his tight ends, one of the few positions with certainty wrapped around it.
    Host Isaac Schade also unpacks CBS Sports’ ranking of every FBS team as well as the ACC media preseason conference projections.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Ant215! ,

Love

Love this podcast and Isaac does a great job with hosting the show. Love your energy and emotion!! PEACE ✌🏿

G0T@rH33l€ ,

Very Surface Level

Issac comes off as a very nice and joyful guy, but when it comes to actual content and information the podcast is very surface level and is pretty childish. I would like for the podcast to be a little bit more professional and provide more in depth analysis l, rather than the “homer-like,” shallow content that gets published with Issac just spewing off his corny opinions.

JWorkMoore ,

Not for me

He calls double-doubles “dubs-dubs” and said no way Bacot gets 569 rebounds to tie Duncan next year - as if not knowing Bacot had 511 this year. No thanks.

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