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But Head Coach Roy Williams says he will always consider Maryland an ACC school. He also says there is no rest for the weary in conference play as the Tar Heels hit the hardwood for the fourth time in the last nine days.
“This is a pretty tough league. Playing three games in a week is not conducive to being fresh I guess,” Coach Williams says.
UNC’s Brice Johnson says the Tar Heels never gave up on the season despite the less than desirable 0-3 start in the ACC. Johnson says his teammates doubled their efforts to rally back to respectability.
“It’s all about everybody in that locker room. We’re the ones that are out there sweating, going to practice every day, going to weights every other day, and battling with each other every day just to go out on that court and produce. At the end of the day, it’s about us,” Johnson says.
Carolina came out with an aggressive mindset against the Wolfpack on Saturday. And Johnson says that’s the brand of basketball we can expect to see more of from the Tar Heels.
“That’s the way we need to play all the time. Coach always tells us we need to get the other team’s big men in foul trouble. At the end of the game, when they need those people, they won’t be in there. That’s the way we need to play. We need to attack at all times,” Johnson says.
Junior forward James Michael McAdoo identifies two keys to Carolina’s success: playing with a sense of urgency and avoiding any lapses in concentration.
“We’re emphasizing lately to play with a sense of urgency for 40 minutes and not having long letdowns when other teams make their runs – just staying together out there on the court and relying on each other,” McAdoo says.
UNC leads the all-time series against Maryland 121-57 and downed the Terps 79-76 in their last meeting a year ago in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Greensboro.
In fact, the Tar Heels have won seven in a row in the series, last dropping a contest to Maryland way back in 2010 after a massive snowstorm in College Park.
The Tar Heels could certainly use a win on Tuesday. UNC will play four of its last six regular season games on the road.