Tar Heels Gut Out Gator VictoryThe fatigue of three games in three days eventually showed on the faces and in the body language of the fifth-ranked Tar Heels on Friday, but not before holding off a late Florida charge to secure a second-straight win over a Top-25 opponent. “Sometimes you’ve got to grind it out,” Marcus Paige said. “That’s what I was saying after we came back in before the coaches came in." (Inside Carolina)
UNC-Florida: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: “I thought at times tonight we moved the ball effectively and at times it looked like we had never worked on press offense. We’ve been really a good press offense team for years and years and years, but tonight Billy’s press really bothered us. We turned it over 19 times and that’s way too many, to say the least." (Inside Carolina)
Gators stumble early, lose 75-64 to North CarolinaThe Florida Gators entered the season ranked No. 7 and expected to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. But two weeks into the 2014-15 season, it is clear to coach Billy Donovan and his players a long, bumpy road lies ahead of them. The biggest jolt of reality so far this season came Friday night during a 75-64 loss to North Carolina in the Battle 4 Atlantis. (Orlando Sentinel)
Video: Roy Williams Florida Postgame Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams and players Kennedy Meeks and Marcus Paige spoke to the media following the Tar Heels' win against Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 75, Florida 64UNC picked up right where it left off in its win over UCLA with a torrid start and then held off a determined effort from 18th-ranked Florida to knock off the Gators 75-64 in the 5th place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Kennedy Meeks was dominant inside, posting a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as all five Tar Heel starters scored in double digits. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: UNC-Florida Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 75-64 win over the Florida Gators Friday at the Battle 4 Atlantis:
No. 5 Carolina tops No. 18 Florida, 75-64Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, Marcus Paige added 16 points and No. 5 North Carolina built a big early lead and beat No. 18 Florida 75-64 in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night. Justin Jackson had 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who scored the first 12 points. J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson added 10 apiece for North Carolina. (ESPN.com)
Video: Marcus Paige Switches Hands for the And-1 vs FloridaMarcus Paige breaks the Gator press, draws the contact and switches hands in mid-air to finish the and-1 layup against Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - FloridaThink back to how frustrated you were with Carolina's lackluster defensive effort against Butler on Wednesday. The Tar Heels were equally that good against Florida on Friday, essentially reducing the Gators to just firing away from the three-point line and hoping their jumpers would find the mark. Billy Donovan's club took nearly half their shots (15 of 31) from beyond the arc in the first half. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 75, Florida 64View the complete box score from North Carolina's 75-64 win over the Florida Gators in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday. (View Box Score)
Rising superstar coach Kyle Ralph wins in 4AThe search is over. I've found him, my Next Big Thing in the high school football coaching ranks, and his name is Kyle Ralph, and he's the head coach of newly anointed state champion New Palestine, which overwhelmed New Prairie 77-42 Friday in the Class 4A title game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the most combined points in IHSAA championship-game history. (Indianapolis Star)
Story of UNC student who made prosthetic hand for 7-year-old featured on CBS This MorningCBS This Morning on Monday featured the story of Jeff Powell, a senior in biomedical engineering in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill who recently made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. (UNC.edu)
Carolina Volleyball Clinches ACC Title on Senior NightUNC clinched its first ACC volleyball championship since 2008 with a 3-0 sweep over Wake Forest Friday. The victory capped an emotional afternoon, as UNC honored its four seniors before the match. Chaney LaReau, Lauren McAdoo, Chaniel Nelson and Ece Taner all contributed towards the victory that moved the senior class record to 103-22 during their four years. (GoHeels.com)
Game Preview: #5 UNC vs #18 FloridaGiven UNC's rebounding struggles against Butler, that will continue to be an area of focus. Chris Walker is Florida's best offensive rebounder with a 16..7% rate while Jon Horford collects 18.8% of defensive rebounds. Conversely, Kennedy Meeks has a defensive rebounding rate of 25% and Brice Johnson is at 18.7%. Isaiah Hicks could be the X factor. (Tar Heel Blog)
Countdown to Kickoff: N.C. StateNorth Carolina looks to close out the 2014 regular season with its fifth win in six games by extending its winning streak over rival N.C. State to three games at Kenan Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). UNC is favored by six points in the 104th meeting between these programs. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 65-32-6, and have won 13 of the last 21. (Inside Carolina)
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