Kennedy Meeks

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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No. 18 Duke Shoots its Way Past No. 8 UNC Down the Stretch, Wins 86-78

Cameron Indoor Stadium played host to the latest thriller in the UNC-Duke rivalry on Thursday night, which once again came down to who wanted it more in the final minutes. For the fifth time in the past six meetings, however, Duke found a way to pull out the victory—defeating the No. 8 Tar Heels 86-78 thanks to a perimeter shooting barrage that included 13 made three-pointers. Heavily criticized guard Grayson Allen scored 25 points and hit seven threes to lead an impressive performance by the 18th-ranked Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4 ACC). ACC Player of the Year candidate Luke Kennard added...

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No. 12 UNC Holds Off Notre Dame, Picks Up Win in Greensboro Coliseum

The emergency water shortage in Chapel Hill forced a pair of familiar foes—UNC and Notre Dame—into playing Sunday’s game at the Greensboro Coliseum. Home to the ACC Tournament for many years, the famed building added a tournament-like atmosphere to this midseason top 25 showdown, as 12th-ranked UNC held off the No. 20 Fighting Irish down the stretch for an exciting 83-76 victory. Six Tar Heels scored in double figures for the game, with Justin Jackson scoring a team-high 16 points and point guard Joel Berry filling the stat sheet with 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Both Jackson and...

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UNC Escapes Hot-Shooting Pitt’s Upset Bid at Final Seconds

UNC junior point guard Joel Berry said last week that the toughest obstacle to defending the team’s ACC regular season title is grinding through the middle of the league schedule. The strength of the conference from top to bottom is enough to create a bump in the road for any team—no matter how talented. The Tar Heels nearly found that out the hard way at the Dean Dome on Tuesday, overcoming a red-hot shooting performance to edge out the last-place Pitt Panthers 80-78. A frantic finish saw Pitt’s Jamel Artis hoist up what would have been the Panthers’ 14th made...

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Miami Pulls Off Stunning Double-Digit Victory, as No. 9 UNC Stumbles on the Road

If Thursday’s blowout win over Virginia Tech showed what UNC is capable of when everything clicks offensively, then Saturday’s 77-62 loss at Miami gave fans a glimpse of what can happen when it all goes wrong. The Tar Heels opened the game with an 11-2 run, but that’s about the only good thing to happen during a first half that could easily be considered among the worst UNC has ever played under head coach Roy Williams. Miami came out of the initial media timeout looking like a completely different team—reeling off a 37-11 run to close the half. UNC...

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No. 9 UNC Displays All-Around Dominance in Win Over Virginia Tech

Now all alone atop the ACC men’s basketball standings, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels flexed their muscles and played like it Thursday night at the Smith Center—dominating Virginia Tech from both the inside and the outside on the way to a 91-72 victory. UNC drained a season-high 14 three-pointers in the rout—on a staggering 30 attempts–while also punishing Virginia Tech on the glass. Joel Berry scored all 15 of his points on five makes from beyond the arc, while Justin Jackson added five threes of his own and led the team in scoring with 26. Senior forward Kennedy Meeks may...

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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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