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Tar Heels Stomp Out Second-Half Rally from No. 20 Clemson, Extend Home Winning Streak to 59 Games Over the Tigers

Make it 59 consecutive wins over Clemson in Chapel Hill for the 15th-ranked Tar Heels, who nearly let a 15-point halftime lead slip away before closing out the No. 20 Tigers by a score of 87-79. The entire UNC starting five scored in double figures as the Tar Heels were unconscious from three-point range for most of the game—knocking down a whopping 15 of their 31 shots from beyond the arc. Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson was responsible for six of those on the way to a team-high 21 points. Senior point guard Joel Berry knocked down all four of...

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Luck of the Tar Heels: No. 20 UNC Escapes South Bend With 69-68 Victory Over Notre Dame

It took a great deal of good fortune, but the 20th-ranked Tar Heels escaped the land of the Fighting Irish on Saturday with a 69-68 victory over Notre Dame–after guard TJ Gibbs missed a pair of shots around the rim in the final seconds. Needing to cover the length of the court with just over seven seconds to play, Gibbs—who led Notre Dame with 19 points in the game–took the ball into the lane and let out a floater which came up short. He then rebounded the miss and tried again—watching as the ball seemed destined to fall through...

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Tar Heels Hoping Maye’s Career Night Against Boston College Carries Over Into Heart of ACC Play

Late in the first half of UNC’s 96-66 win over Boston College, junior forward Luke Maye found himself wide open behind the three-point line in between the left wing and top of the key. The Huntersville native–sporting a new haircut–hesitated for just a second, took a dribble, then let out his third attempt of the night from beyond the arc. Naturally, the shot swished through the net. Then somewhat unnaturally, the normally reserved Maye—who was already up to 21 points and 10 rebounds by this point—couldn’t help but shake his head back and forth, before throwing his arms up...

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Fresh Starting Lineup Carries No. 20 UNC Past Boston College

Armed with a smaller, more experienced, starting lineup on Tuesday night, the 20th-ranked Tar Heels avoided a three-game losing streak and pummeled Boston College at the Dean Dome by a score of 96-66. Coming off a brutal loss at Virginia on Saturday, UNC head coach Roy Williams decided to move freshman forward Garrison Brooks to the bench in order to start graduate transfer Cameron Johnson—a 6-foot-7-inch wing who spends most of his time on the perimeter. The Tar Heels responded by following a pathetic offensive performance with arguably their best offensive showing of the year. Shifted to the center...

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Defense Leads No. 8 Virginia Past No. 12 UNC, Hands Tar Heels Second Straight Loss

For the first time in nearly two years, the UNC men’s basketball team has suffered back-to-back losses. Coming off a heartbreaking defeat on the road against Florida State this past Wednesday, the No. 12 Tar Heels were held in check Saturday during a 61-49 loss to the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville. It’s no secret that Virginia head coach Tony Bennett consistently fields one of the top defensive teams in the country, but it was painfully clear against UNC (12-4, 1-2 ACC) that the Cavaliers’ pack-line system is capable of containing even the nation’s most elite offenses. The...

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No. 24 Florida State Pulls Off Thrilling Victory Over No. 12 UNC in Tallahassee

Senior point guard Joel Berry did everything he could to will UNC to a huge road victory in Tallahassee on Wednesday night, but the 12th-ranked Tar Heels came up just short in an 81-80 loss to the No. 24 Florida State Seminoles. Berry scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, but the Tar Heels (12-3, 1-1 ACC) came up just short when Kenny Williams’ desperation half-court heave was deflected as time ran out. Williams’ shot would have completed a heroic comeback effort from Berry, who keyed a 14-2 run early in the final period which...

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Berry’s Late Floater Helps No. 13 UNC Escape Wake Forest’s Upset Bid in ACC Opener

A heavily-contested floater from senior point guard Joel Berry with 10 seconds remaining helped the 13th-ranked Tar Heels escape a serious upset bid Saturday afternoon at the Dean Smith Center, as UNC defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 73-69. Having watched a nine-point lead midway through the second half transform into a four-point deficit with time running out, the Tar Heels (12-2, 1-0 ACC) were on the verge of their second straight home loss until head coach Roy Williams made a slight lineup change. Williams inserted graduate transfer Cameron Johnson to play in a small, but experienced, lineup featuring...

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Sharp-Shooting Tar Heels Knock Off Ohio State in New Orleans

Looking to bounce back from a devastating home loss to Wofford this past Wednesday, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels put on a shooting clinic in New Orleans on Saturday—draining 13 three-pointers in an 86-72 victory over Ohio State. While perimeter shooting has been more of a weakness than a strength for UNC in recent seasons, this particular Tar Heel squad is proving to be quite the force from outside. Seven different players made at least one three-pointer against the Buckeyes (10-4), as UNC (11-2) scored nearly half its points via the trey-ball—while shooting 52 percent in the process. Senior point...

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Fletcher Magee Lifts Wofford to Stunning Upset at Dean Dome Over No. 5 UNC

In a stunning upset Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center, junior guard Fletcher Magee led the Wofford Terriers past fifth-ranked UNC by a score of 79-75—snapping the Tar Heels’ 23-game home winning streak in the process. The defending national champions entered the night favored by more than 25 points, but Magee—who leads the NCAA in three-point shooting and is second in the nation in scoring–and the Terriers had other ideas in mind. Led by 27 points from its star player, Wofford (8-4) picked up its first victory over a ranked team in 24 tries all-time. Using a slower,...

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Kenny Williams’ Clutch Three-Pointer Helps No. 7 UNC Complete Comeback Victory Over No. 20 Tennessee

A clutch three-pointer in the final minute from junior guard Kenny Williams capped a wild rally on Sunday for the seventh-ranked Tar Heels in Knoxville, as they came from behind to defeat No. 20 Tennessee 78-73. Prior to Williams’ big shot—which came with 33 seconds left on the clock–UNC had trailed since the game’s opening minutes. The Volunteers bothered the Tar Heels with their defensive pressure early on, building a six-point halftime lead in the process. Fittingly enough, it was a move to increase his own team’s defensive pressure that proved to be the turning point for UNC head...

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