Roy Williams & Player Quotes and AudioRoy Williams: "Well it's a W. First half we were very active defensively, about as active as we've been at any time this year. I like that part of the last 8:22 they didn't score in the first half. And that was really the basketball game. I didn't like the way we started the second half but we are trying to get better every day and see if we can do some things." (Tar Heel Blog)
Source: Tar Heels will play Cincinnati in Belk BowlThe Belk Bowl formally announced Saturday that Cincinnati will represent the America Athletic Conference in its annual game at Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 28. Although the ACC representative won’t be announced until Sunday at 8:45 p.m., when the league’s entire postseason lineup is revealed, a source with knowledge of the selection process indicated that it will be North Carolina. (Wilmington Star News)
Video: Roy Williams Post-UNCG Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams answers questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 81-50 win over UNCG Saturday.
Video: Marcus Paige Post-UNCG InterviewNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige discusses the Tar Heels' 81-50 win over UNCG with Jones Angell following the game Saturday.
Defense Dominates UNCGThis time it was Wes Miller, a beloved former Tar Heel, who brought his UNC-Greensboro squad into the Dean Dome, and they were shown the door in emphatic fashion as the Tar Heels built a 30-point halftime lead on the way to an 81-50 triumph. The win was largely built around UNC's strong defensive effort in the first half, as the Tar Heels put together a 33-5 run. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 81 UNCG 50Overall, this was a solid effort given the questions about UNC's effort against teams like UNCG, UAB, etc. Both Roy Williams and the players indicated there was concern about being sure the effort and intensity level remained consistent regardless of the opponent on the floor. They largely passed the test in this one with an even bigger one coming next Saturday when Kentucky comes to town. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: James Michael McAdoo with the steal and breakaway dunkNorth Carolina's James Michael McAdoo jumps the pass, gets the steal, and then finishes with the big dunk against UNCG in UNC's 81-50 win.
North Carolina beats UNC Greensboro 81-50James Michael McAdoo had 13 points to help North Carolina beat UNC Greensboro 81-50 on Saturday night. Brice Johnson scored a game-high 14 off the bench as the Tar Heels followed their road upset of No. 1 Michigan State with an easy home win. North Carolina blew the game open with a 25-1 run to close the first half in the first meeting between the in-state programs. (ESPN.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto with a huge dunk vs UNC GreensboroNorth Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto with a huge dunk thanks to a nice drive and assist from Marcus Paige.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC GreensboroKennedy Meeks continues to play his way up the Carolina rotation. The freshman was the first Tar Heel off the bench against UNCG and showed the usual impressive arsenal of post moves. In addition to his scoring ability, his passing is a weapon. He's showed an impressive knack for the post-to-post passes, and against UNCG, he threw two straight bullet backdoor passes in the second half. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 81, UNC Greensboro 50View the complete box score from North Carolina's 81-50 win over UNC Greensboro in Chapel Hill Saturday: (View Box Score)
Video: Bryn Renner Interviews ACC Fans About Bryn RennerNorth Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner joined the ACC Digital Network for an afternoon of fun at FanFest before the ACC Championship Game. Find out what happened when Bryn asked ACC fans if they knew anything about...Bryn Renner!
What has happened to Tyler Zeller?Unfortunately for Tyler Zeller, Cleveland coach Mike Brown just can't find him any minutes at backup center. With Andrew Bynum's minutes increasing as the starting center, Anderson Varejao is taking up the minutes at backup center. Zeller is the 11th or 12th man for a coach who doesn't like to play more than 10 guys. Should an injury or illness change that, Brown said he wouldn't hesitate to use Zeller. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
UNC sophomores launch website to aid holiday givingA trio of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has created what they hope is a smarter, faster way to donate to families in need this holiday season. The three UNC sophomores formed CommuniGift, which allows users to adopt and sponsor disadvantaged families, while also purchasing gifts for their own family and friends. (WNCN)
Three to know: UNC-Greensboro at North CarolinaFormer UNC point guard Wes Miller brings in a UNC-Greensboro team that’s facing the Tar Heels for the first time. He brings along fellow former UNC players J.B. Tanner and Jackie Manuel on his staff. Miller was the youngest head coach in Division I in December of 2011 when he was named the Spartans interim coach. That season, he led the team to a Southern Conference North Division title. (Fayetteville Observer)
Preview: North Carolina vs UNC GreensboroThe Tar Heels could use a blowout win. A real blowout, never in doubt, kind of win. Marcus Paige is averaging over 35 minutes per game, which is really high for any college player and even more so for a UNC player in an up-tempo system. The best result for the Tar Heels here is a game that permits Paige to get some rest. UNC should win easily. Prediction: UNC 101 UNCG 72 (Tar Heel Blog)
Head of the Class: UNC Football FreshmenUNC’s freshman class had a tremendous impact on the field in 2013. This season, Larry Fedora’s second in Chapel Hill, is the first in which the entire freshman contingent - redshirt or not - was recruited by Fedora’s staff. It’s not surprising that a new coach would want his players to play in his system. What may be surprising is how well those young players have taken advantage of the opportunities. (GoHeels.com)
Old and New in Football: Branding the BlueWith the regular season finale in the books, Tar Heel fans have a few weeks off in which to look back and reflect on the season that was. While it was far from an ideal finish for a team hoping to build off of the momentum of last season’s unofficial Coastal Division Championship, it was a year that saw a mixing of trends new and old for Carolina football. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC G at UNC: Tar Heels look to build on No. 1 MSU upsetWhen North Carolina last played in the Smith Center, poor defense and 26 missed free throws led to an 83-80 loss to Belmont, the team’s first non-conference home defeat since 2005. But the Tar Heels return to face UNC Greensboro Saturday night (7 p.m., ESPNU) after beating two top 5 opponents for the first time since the 2000-01 season. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Previewing UNCGFollowing a huge win at No. 1 Michigan State, North Carolina returns to Chapel Hill for a six-game homestand to close out the month. First up is UNCG, coached by former Tar Heel Wes Miller. Tip-off at the Smith is set for 7 p.m. on ESPNU. UNCG enters Saturday’s contest with a 4-4 record. The Spartans best outing of the early season came in an 85-84 loss to East Carolina. (Inside Carolina)
Inside The Life Of An NBA Rookie With Reggie BullockReggie Bullock: "Playing in the NBA has been my dream since I first picked up a basketball. The past four and a half months have been a whirlwind as my dream became a reality. I’ll never forget the feeling of hearing my name called at the NBA Draft. All of the hard work was worth it and it felt like I had finally made it. I could not wait to start my professional basketball career." (NBA.com)
Ty Lawson should be "one of the leading candidates" for All-Star, Brian Shaw saysLet the campaigning for Ty Lawson's All-Star bid begin. Nuggets coach Brian Shaw was asked if he thought his starting point guard deserved to be voted in. "Definitely," Shaw said Friday. "You take his numbers and he's right up there at the top. And his team is winning." Lawson is averaging career highs in points (19.3) and assists (8.2), and is tied for a career high in rebounds (3.7) . (Denver Post)
Tar Heels Welcome UNCG, Wes MillerOn Saturday, the Tar Heels will welcome home former letterman Wes Miller (UNC '07), now in his second full season as the head coach at UNCG. Miller took over as the Spartan head coach midway through the 2011-12 season. He won an NCAA championship as a player at Carolina in 2005. Former Tar Heels Jackie Manuel (UNC '05) and J.B. Tanner (UNC '09) are members of Miller's staff (GoHeels.com)
Video: Ty Lawson's AttackTy Lawson, Denver's 5-11 point guard, is leading the league in points created by driving. David Thorpe says his efforts are heroic in keeping the injured Nuggets relevant in the competitive Western playoff race. (ESPN.com)
A Closer Look: UNCGThe Tar Heels venture back home to Chapel Hill after getting a huge road win and momentum boost against No. 1 Michigan State Wednesday night in the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge. Now, Roy Williams welcomes in a friend and a former player, as Wes Miller and the UNC-Greensboro Spartans travel down I-40 to Chapel Hill. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
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