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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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UNC Hoping to Avoid a Letdown Wednesday at NC State

By the time the clock hit triple zeroes during the initial meeting on the hardwood between UNC and NC State this season, the scoreboard painted a perfect picture of what had just happened. The Tar Heels thoroughly dominated the Wolfpack at the Smith Center back in January to the tune of a 51-point victory that ranks among the largest in ACC history. As UNC (21-5, 9-3 ACC) prepares to face NC State Wednesday night at PNC Arena, its focus is on forgetting the past–knowing that type of performance is just about impossible to recreate. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve...

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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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Roy Williams, Joel Berry Comment on Grayson Allen Situation

With the college basketball season’s first matchup between UNC and Duke taking place this week, Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams was asked Tuesday for his thoughts on the situation surrounding Blue Devil junior guard Grayson Allen. Allen–an All-ACC performer who was suspended for one game and stripped of his team captaincy after tripping an opponent for the third time in his career–has faced intense scrutiny all season long due to those actions. “It’s been way, way, way blown out of proportion,” Williams told reporters. “I think he’s a wonderful kid, and he, himself, and [Duke head coach Mike...

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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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