Kennedy Meeks

UNC Scores Final 12 Points to Fend Off Upset-Minded Arkansas, Advance to Sweet 16

The recipe for disaster was all there for the top-seeded Tar Heels during Sunday’s 72-65 win over No. 8 seed Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. UNC watched a 17-point first-half lead slowly dwindle away thanks to the high-pressure Razorback defense, while stars Justin Jackson and Joel Berry went colder than the North Pole in the winter time. Offensive rebounds became scarce, and turnovers became abundant. Just a day after defending national champion Villanova was sent packing, Arkansas looked poised to hand the Tar Heels a similar fate when it took a five-point lead with 3:28 to play....

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Growth and Experience Motivating UNC Prior to NCAA Tournament Opener

When top-seeded UNC begins its NCAA Tournament run Friday against No. 16-seed Texas Southern, six of its top contributors from last year’s run to the championship game will be back out on the court again for a good portion of playing time. Although Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson won’t be walking through the door, the rest of this veteran Tar Heel squad will finally get a chance to show the nation what folks in Chapel Hill have spent all year paying attention to. While boasting many similarities to last year’s squad—mainly the names and faces—this group of Tar Heels...

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Duke Erases 13-Point Second Half Deficit, Stuns UNC in ACC Tournament Semifinals

For the first 25 minutes of Friday’s UNC-Duke showdown in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament Semifinals, it appeared the top-seeded Tar Heels would pound the Blue Devils into the ground with their inside play. Then point guard Joel Berry went to the bench with his fourth foul and the entire game changed—as Duke rallied from 13 points down to win 93-83. Freshman standout Jayson Tatum led the Blue Devils with 24 points in the game, while First Team All-ACC guard Luke Kennard scored 15 of his 20 points during Duke’s second half comeback. Grayson Allen also added...

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Hicks, UNC Surge Past Miami in Second Half, Move On to ACC Semifinals

Criticized throughout his four-year career as a Tar Heel for an inability to stay out of foul trouble, UNC senior forward Isaiah Hicks stepped up in a big way Thursday in Brooklyn during the team’s 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Hicks led UNC with 19 points in the game, while grabbing six rebounds and committing just one foul. In a bit of poetic justice, the Oxford native did most of his damage offensively as a result of getting fouled himself–sinking all nine of his free throw attempts. He also scored 13 of his 19 points...

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Berry, Hicks Combine to Carry No. 5 UNC Past No. 17 Duke on Senior Night

With Michael Jordan back in town to announce a partnership between his Jordan Brand and the UNC football team, the greatest basketball player of all time told fans gathered at the Dean Dome that, “The ceiling is the roof,” for Tar Heel sports moving forward. Although the statement technically didn’t mean anything, everyone in the arena roared with approval. Jordan’s appearance added another level of intensity to an already electric atmosphere in Chapel Hill on Saturday–as the fifth-ranked Tar Heels used 28 points from point guard Joel Berry to defeat the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils 90-83 on Senior...

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No. 23 Virginia Upsets No. 5 UNC, Holds Tar Heels to Lowest Point Total in Roy Williams Era

With a chance to clinch an outright ACC regular season title Monday night in Charlottesville against No. 23 Virginia, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels put together an atrocious offensive performance in a 53-43 loss to the Cavaliers. Point guard Joel Berry had 12 points to lead UNC in scoring, but was the only player on head coach Roy Williams’ team to reach double figures–as the ACC’s top defense held the ACC’s top offense to half its season scoring average. It was also the lowest point total for the Tar Heels (25-6, 13-4 ACC) since Williams took over as the head...

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UNC Whacks Pitt, Inches Closer to Outright ACC Regular Season Title

The eighth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team came one step closer to repeating as ACC regular season champions on Saturday, going on the road and defeating the Pitt Panthers 85-67. Holding a two-game lead in the conference standings with two games to play, a single win guarantees an outright league title for head coach Roy Williams and company. Junior wing Justin Jackson scored at least 20 points for the 16th time this season, as he led all Tar Heel scorers with 23 on the day–including five makes from three-point range. His biggest help came from point guard Joel Berry–who added...

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UNC Handles No. 7 Louisville in Top 10 Showdown at the Dean Dome, Now Two Games Clear Atop ACC Standings

In a physical battle between the top two teams in the ACC–both in the standings and the AP Top 25–the eighth-ranked Tar Heels defeated the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals 74-63 at the Smith Center on Wednesday night. Junior forward Justin Jackson led the scoring charge with 21 points for UNC (24-5, 12-3 ACC)–including a huge three-pointer that stretched the lead to 15 points with just under five minutes remaining–as the bulk of the team’s scoring came from just four players. Joel Berry and Kennedy Meeks added 15 and 14 points to the winning effort, respectively while Theo Pinson contributed...

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Jackson Leads UNC’s 65-41 Domination of No. 14 Virginia

All week long, the talk surrounding Saturday’s top-15 showdown between No. 10 UNC and No. 14 Virginia at the Smith Center focused on the fact that something had to give in a matchup between the ACC’s top offense and its top defense. Although Virginia did slow the Tar Heels down a bit, Justin Jackson proved to be the perfect antidote for the Cavaliers’ pack-line system—scoring a game-high 20 points in UNC’s 65-41 victory. With baskets coming at a premium, Jackson was able to use his shooting ability to score 18 of those 20 points in the first half—drilling four...

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UNC Bullies NC State in Raleigh, Picks Up Second Straight Blowout Win in the Rivalry

UNC head coach Roy Williams has often criticized his team’s defense throughout this season, but on Wednesday the 10th ranked Tar Heels ran into an NC State team with issues that go much deeper. All night long UNC was able to get anything it wanted at the rim, on the way to a 97-73 blowout victory over the Wolfpack at PNC Arena—the second major blowout against its hated rival this year. Of the Tar Heels’ 97 points in the game, 60 came from inside the painted area. Kennedy Meeks led the charge with 17 points and eight rebounds, as...

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