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No. 9 Tar Heels Withstand Bowman’s Big Day, Knock Off Boston College on the Road

For a majority of UNC’s 90-82 road victory over Boston College on Saturday, it appeared the Eagles had the perfect recipe for an upset. First of all, it was a noon start-time. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels also struggled to put the ball in the basket early on. But above all else, Boston College freshman point guard Ky Bowman was nearly unstoppable–pouring in a career-high 33 points. Still, though, UNC was able to come together in the final minutes to clinch its sixth straight win in ACC play. UNC’s star point man Joel Berry has earned every bit of the...

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Roy Williams Notches 800th Career Win as No. 9 UNC Pounds Syracuse 85-68

Two days after he deployed a never-before-seen small lineup to beat Florida State, UNC head coach Roy Williams saw his team return to the style he’s become known for on Monday against Syracuse. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels pounded the ball inside with great success against the Orange’s trademark 2-3 zone on the way to an 85-68 victory at the Dean Dome—a win that gave Williams 800 for his career. With freshman center Tony Bradley out for the second straight game with a concussion, senior big men Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks were again put in a position where they...

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Small-Ball Strategy Guides No. 11 UNC to Crucial Victory Over No. 9 Florida State

With freshman center Tony Bradley out with a concussion on Saturday, UNC head coach Roy Williams was left short on big men for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels’ big-time matchup with No. 9 Florida State. It ended up making no difference, as Williams went with a small-ball approach that ultimately carried UNC to a 96-83 win over the ACC leaders–in front of a raucous Dean Dome crowd. It’s not often when three players combine for over two-thirds of their team’s points and become afterthoughts. But that’s exactly what happened for UNC on Saturday. Point guard Joel Berry hit a number...

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No. 11 UNC Nearly Blows 19-Point Second Half Lead, Pulls Together to Close Out Wake Forest

As if it hadn’t been preached enough already, Wednesday night provided the latest proof that nothing can be taken for granted in this year’s ACC. On the road against unranked Wake Forest, No. 11 UNC let a 19-point lead slip away in the second half—before eventually holding on for a 93-87 victory. All five starters scored in double figures for the Tar Heels (15-3, 3-1 ACC), led by 19 points from junior wing Justin Jackson—whose clutch three-pointer put the game on ice with just over a minute remaining. Point guard Joel Berry added 18 points, while the senior frontcourt...

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Berry Fuels No. 14 UNC’s Thrilling OT Road Win at Clemson

After struggling through each of UNC’s two games last week with an illness—including the shocking loss to Georgia Tech—junior point guard Joel Berry recovered just in time on Tuesday to lead the 14th-ranked Tar Heels to a thrilling 89-86 overtime win over the Clemson Tigers. The Florida native scored 21 of his career-high 31 points after halftime–single-handedly willing UNC back into a game that, early on, looked as if it could turn into a second straight upset loss. With both Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks struggling to convert on numerous second-chance layups in the post—not to mention the Tar...

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Georgia Tech Stuns Lifeless Tar Heels in ACC Opener

Everything looks better when the ball goes in the basket. That’s one of Roy Williams’ favorite sayings any time his UNC squad has a particularly good game. Saturday afternoon in Atlanta, the head coach discovered what the opposite of that looks like–as his ninth-ranked Tar Heels struggled to show many positives during their shocking 75-63 upset at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. On many occasions, statistics aren’t always the best indicator of how a game played out. A bounce here or a bounce there is the difference in the final score more often than not. Then...

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No. 9 UNC Rides Jackson’s Hot Hand to Victory Over Monmouth

By now, the rest of the ACC should be on high-alert. UNC wing forward Justin Jackson has turned himself into arguably the Tar Heels’ most dangerous weapon. The junior poured in 28 points and six three-pointers on Wednesday in his team’s final non-conference game of the year, as the ninth-ranked Tar Heels cruised to a 102-74 victory over the Monmouth Hawks at the Smith Center. Although the game was marred by extremely physical play that resulted in both teams combining to shoot 72 free throws, Jackson provided all the highlights UNC would need. With double figure scoring performances inside...

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No. 8 UNC Pounds Northern Iowa Inside, Avenges Last Year’s Upset Loss

Seeking a bit of revenge against Northern Iowa after being shocked by the Panthers in Cedar Falls last season, the eighth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team did what it does best on Wednesday night at the Dean Dome. Despite a slow start–and an offense that appeared stagnant more often than not– the Tar Heels rode Kennedy Meeks and the rest of their powerful inside presence to an 83-42 blowout victory. Meeks led the Tar Heels with 18 points and eight rebounds as they improved to 11-2 this season with only one more non-conference game left to play. It didn’t come...

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No. 6 Kentucky Outlasts No. 7 UNC in Classic Thriller Behind Monk’s 47 Points

Just months removed from one of the greatest college basketball games ever played, the seventh-ranked UNC men’s basketball team experienced a bit of déjà vu on Saturday during an adrenaline-fueled 103-100 loss to No. 6 Kentucky in Las Vegas. Led by freshman guard Malik Monk’s 47 points—a number that nobody in the entire country has matched this season—the Wildcats outlasted the Tar Heels in a game that might as well have been an early Christmas gift for college basketball fans. Having trailed Kentucky’s talented bunch of youngsters for the majority of the game, UNC stormed back over the final...

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No. 7 UNC Survives Upset Scare Against Tennessee

Following his team’s lackluster 73-71 victory in the Smith Center over the Tennessee Volunteers on Sunday, UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams wasted no time expressing his continued frustrations with how the Tar Heels have played since point guard Joel Berry went down with a sprained ankle. Tennessee entered Sunday with one of the youngest teams in the nation and a roster consisting of just one player taller than 6-foot-7. This is one of the main reasons the Volunteers were picked to finish 12th in the SEC during the preseason. You wouldn’t have been able to tell any...

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