UNC PG Joel Berry Effective in First StartThere was no shortage of pressure involved with Joel Berry’s first collegiate start. With All-American Marcus Paige watching from the sidelines, the sophomore point guard stepped into his role and directed the nation’s top-ranked team to a 91-67 win over Temple. Berry scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-2 from 3) in a team-high 32 minutes. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams Pushing Kennedy Meeks for MoreKennedy Meeks turned in a career performance in No. 1 North Carolina’s 91-67 win over Temple, according to the final stat book. Roy Williams, however, will need a little more convincing. Meeks, both slimmer and more agile than a season ago, scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels blow out Temple in openerThe top-ranked Tar Heels opened their season with a 91-67 win over Temple in the Veterans Classic at Annapolis, Maryland on Friday. It was tough to tell that listening to coach Roy Williams, however. "When we win, I usually let them wear warm-ups for the trip home," Williams said, "but I told them to put on their suits and ties tonight. I told them, 'It's Nate's fault you have to dress up for the way home.'" (Carolina Blue)
UNC-Temple: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams opening comments: "(Fran Dunphy) a quality guy, quality coach. He's a coach's coach, and he's one of my favorite guys in all the coaching profession. He chose to spread it and drive us a little bit because we had the advantage inside and they made it very difficult for us. Over the course of the game, though, I thought we did some good things as well." (Inside Carolina)
Obligatory Brice Johnson Dunk and Scuffle PostHow much was Brice Johnson to blame for the altercation? CBS Sports Network analyst Steve Lappas put much of the blame on Johnson. He asserted that the hang on the rim was unnecessary and that he created contact which provoked a reaction. I am not totally convinced, and even if Johnson is at fault, Alston's decision to push a Johnson in a vulnerable position is indefensible. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Tar Heels Pull Away from Temple 91-67 - HighlightsKennedy Meeks (25 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Brice Johnson (16 points, 10 rebounds) each log double-doubles as the top-ranked Tar Heels downed the Temple Owls 91-67 on November 13, 2015.
Kennedy Meeks scores 25 as No. 1 UNC beats Temple 91-67Kennedy Meeks had 25 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 North Carolina launch a season of lofty expectations with a 91-67 win over Temple on Friday night. Brice Johnson contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Nate Britt scored 15 for the Tar Heels, who took control late in the first half in the opener of the Veterans Classic, a doubleheader at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid ReactionsVery impressive performance by Kennedy Meeks in Carolina's 91-67 season-opening win over Temple. Meeks missed some good looks early but never played outside his abilities, and eventually the same shots that rolled off the rim early found the bottom of the basket. Meeks finished with a career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. (GoHeels.com)
Game Recap: #1 UNC 91 - Temple 67The Tar Heels got good production from their guards in this game despite no Marcus Paige. Berry and Britt were 8-13 combined in the first half, 4-4 from 3 and had 22 points at the break. Berry started at point guard but the Heels were at their best when the two played together. Nate Britt was not much of a slouch either, recording 15 points on 8 shots. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Kennedy Meeks Scores Career-High 25 vs. TempleKennedy Meeks started his junior season in a big way, scoring a career-high 25 points (10/14 FG) to go along with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 91-67 win over Temple on November 13, 2015.
Video: Theo Pinson's 3 Beats Halftime Buzzer vs. TempleTheo Pinson pulls up from deep and nails the triple just before halftime in the season opener against Temple on November 13, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 91, Temple 67View the complete box score from North Carolina's season-opening 91-67 win over Temple in the Veteran's Classic in Annapolis, Maryland on Friday. (View Box Score)
Kennedy Meeks' game expands by losing weightIf one wanted to know the secret to losing weight, North Carolina junior forward Kennedy Meeks might be the right person to ask. Prior to the beginning of his first season, Meeks entered UNC weighing nearly 320 pounds. Fast forward two years, and he has shed approximately 60 pounds — the average size of a 9-year-old boy. (Daily Tar Heel)
Brice Johnson reaches for his potentialBrice Johnson is used to tough love. The forward played at Edisto High School in Cordova, S.C., for his own father, Herman Johnson. And despite the numerous awards he garnered, including Gatorade South Carolina Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior, Brice said his father wasn’t quick to offer praise. (Daily Tar Heel)
10 things to watch in Triangle hoopsThis year, like every year, has the potential to be a banner season in Triangle basketball. That's a literal statement in our case - because (yet another) banner could be hung if things fall into place. The madness kicks off tonight with all three Triangle ACC teams and NC Central starting their seasons. That in mind - here are 10 things to watch in local college hoops this year. (ABC 11)
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