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With Seventh Woods Sidelined, Jalek Felton Starting to Turn Heads for UNC

Wednesday night’s 104-61 victory for UNC over Western Carolina was a beatdown of epic proportions. That much was clear to anyone who saw the Tar Heels take off on a 33-3 run in the first half and drain 16 of their 22 attempts from three-point range. It was also potentially the first of many breakout performances on the horizon for freshman guard Jalek Felton. The nephew of former UNC star Raymond Felton led the team with a career-high 15 points against the Catamounts while racking up another career high with five assists. He also connected on all four of...

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No. 11 Tar Heels Head Into Exam Break With 104-61 Dismantling of Western Carolina

The 11th-ranked UNC men’s basketball team put the early season grinder behind them on Wednesday night at the Dean Dome—completing a stretch of seven games in 14 days with a 104-61 win over the Western Carolina Catamounts. After falling behind 5-0 in the opening minute, the Tar Heels reeled off a 33-3 run over the next 12 minutes to erase any doubt surrounding the outcome, if there ever was any to begin with. During the game-deciding stretch, UNC (9-1) scored 20 consecutive points at one point while holding the Catamounts (3-7) scoreless for over eight minutes. The run was...

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No. 13 UNC Showcases Unselfishness in Easy Win Over Tulane

It didn’t take long for the 13th-ranked UNC men’s basketball to establish dominance Sunday afternoon at the Dean Dome against Tulane, as the Tar Heels built a 20-point lead in the first 10 minutes before cruising to a 97-73 blowout victory. Once again, UNC’s veteran quartet of Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams combined to spark an impressive all-around performance— as the Tar Heels (8-1) shot 66 percent on one end while holding Tulane (6-2) to just 38 percent on the other. Maye continued his All-American campaign with 22 points—his seventh 20-point effort in nine games...

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Tar Heels Shake Off Davidson With Second Half Surge

Holding onto a slim four-point lead midway through the second half in Charlotte against a pesky Davidson squad, the 13th-ranked Tar Heels shifted into overdrive–as they ultimately pulled away from the Wildcats down the stretch for an 85-75 victory. The combination of senior point guard Joel Berry and junior forward Luke Maye proved to be too much for Davidson to handle late in the game. Berry didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the first half, but finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with his four assists. Maye added 24 points and a career-high 17...

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Tar Heels Bounce Back Offensively, Cruise to Blowout Victory Over Michigan in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Three nights removed from the worst shooting performance in program history in a loss to Michigan State, the No. 13 Tar Heels went from ice-cold to red-hot on Wednesday night at the Dean Dome—shooting the lights out in their 86-71 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. All game long it appeared as if the Tar Heels were doing everything in their power to make sure they could forget what happened in their last outing. Junior guard Kenny Williams scored 11 of his 12 points in the first five minutes of action for UNC (6-1), as both squads combined to make...

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No. 4 Michigan State Clamps Down Defensively, Hammers UNC 63-45 in PK80 Title Game

Sunday night’s PK80 Invitational Championship Game in Portland saw Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo pick up his first victory over Roy Williams in eight tries since Williams took over at UNC, as his Spartans put on a defensive clinic in a 63-45 blowout win over the Tar Heels. Bothered all night long by Michigan State’s length and athleticism, UNC struggled to create open shots in one of the worst offensive performances it’s ever had. The Tar Heels (5-1) shot 24.6 percent from the floor—the lowest percentage in program history–in their first loss of the year. With its freshmen...

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UNC Rolls Past Arkansas, Advances to PK80 Championship Game

Portland played host for a rematch from last year’s NCAA Tournament on Friday, when the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team knocked off the Arkansas Razorbacks 87-68 in the Semifinals of the PK80 Invitatational. Junior forward Luke Maye led the way for the Tar Heels, as he poured in a career-high 28 points and 16 rebounds to go along with a team-high five assists. In addition to Maye’s big game, Kenny Williams chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Joel Berry–who was at the center of a controversial call during the final minute of last year’s NCAA Second...

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Williams, Berry Spark No. 9 UNC’s Impressive Road Win at Stanford

Joel Berry and Kenny Williams turned Maples Pavilion into their own personal playground Monday night, as the Tar Heel backcourt duo combined for 49 points in No. 9 UNC’s impressive 96-72 road victory over the Stanford Cardinal. Shortly after draining one of his six first-half three-pointers, a big smile crept across Williams’ face as headed back down court on defense. It was that kind of night for he and Berry both, as the two guards—who have each battled injury issues in the past year–stepped up in a big way to help UNC (3-0) defeat a Stanford team (3-2) coached...

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Tar Heels Fend Off Upset-Minded Bucknell Down the Stretch, Pick Up Victory in Berry’s Return

In a game highlighted by the return of senior point guard Joel Berry, the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team nearly found itself on the wrong end of an upset bid Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center. Instead, the Tar Heels improved to 2-0 this season–after shifting into gear during the final minutes of a 93-81 victory over the Bucknell Bison. Berry, who was returning from a broken right hand, was aggressive in getting to the free throw line all night and tied with Theo Pinson for the team lead with six assists in his first game back. After...

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Young Tar Heels Still Searching For Identity Entering Wednesday’s Game Against an Experienced Bucknell Squad

An impressive victory in last Friday’s season opener against Northern Iowa showed that the ninth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team has enough talent to be mentioned among the top teams in America. What the young, inexperienced Tar Heels–who have been without injured senior point guard Joel Berry for nearly a month–will need time to define, however, is a true identity. This will provide an interesting backdrop Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center, when UNC hosts Bucknell–a team that returned all five starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament squad. Losing three starters and a pair of key bench contributors from...

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