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Defensive intensity sparks the Heels

NC State averaged 84.5 points per game, but that was before they traveled to Chapel Hill. The North Carolina Tar Heels brought the intensity on defense and smothered the Wolfpack offense holding them to just 56 points. "Defensively, we came out with a lot more intensity than we have in past games," UNC forward Justin Jackson said. (Carolina Blue)

UNC breaks multiple records vs NC State

UNC and NC State have played 231 times, but this North Carolina Tar Heels win against the NC State Wolfpack was one for the ages. Carolina's offensive explosion and defensive prowess broke multiple records. Carolina's 51 point victory over NC State was the second largest margin in series history. (Carolina Blue)

Theo Pinson's return adds to Tar Heels' options

Of all the positive developments North Carolina carried out of Sunday’s 107-56 thrashing of N.C. State, perhaps none was as encouraging as the return of Theo Pinson. The junior wing, who broke his right foot in October and had it surgically repaired later that month, made his first appearance of the season, coming off the bench for 13 minutes. (Fayetteville Observer)

Justin Jackson setting the nets on fire for UNC

The Tar Heels shot 52 percent from the field against NC State, scored nearly 1.3 points per possession and had 10 different players score at least five points. At the top of the scoring column, of course, was none other than the team’s leading scorer: Justin Jackson. Jackson, canned six three-pointers in just 23 minutes of action. (ACC Sports Journal)

Marvin Williams and the 10-Year Degree

Marvin Williams was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Being drafted that high meant that the 19-year-old would bank around $10.5 million. Most people that age would take eight figures’ worth of salary and kiss college goodbye forever. Williams did not. He continued to pursue his degree. “It took me 10 summers,” Williams told Basketball Insiders. (Basketball Insiders)

Joel Berry Named ACC Basketball Player of the Week

North Carolina junior guard Joel Berry II has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Player of the Week. Berry averaged 25 points and four assists in UNC wins at Clemson and against NC State. Berry had 19 points and a game-high tying five assists in just 23 minutes on Sunday as he led the Tar Heels’ 51-point win over the Wolfpack. (The ACC)

Danny Green's shooting resurgence is making the Spurs difficult to defend

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Danny Green. Last year’s shooting struggles brought speculation regarding his future. Green’s defensive efforts were still there, but offensively the Spurs offense suffered. But Green has answered the doubts. He’s posting a career high in his three-point shooting (46.3) and efficient field goal percentage (64.6). (Pounding the Rock)

NC State plays with zero pride, gets embarrassed at UNC

NC State was buried very, very quickly by North Carolina—down 14-4 by the first television timeout—and not only didn’t respond, but didn’t seem to care to, either. It snowballed badly from there (it is winter, after all!), as the Pack shrank away from the challenge rather than stepping up to it. (Backing the Pack)

Theo Pinson’s Return is More Important than You Might Think

Looking beyond the box score is necessary to see just what type of impact Theo Pinson’s return will have. He is probably UNC's best defender given his combination of length and quickness. Pinson will usually fill a role that requires defending the opposing team’s best perimeter threat, something he will need to do well as the Tar Heels enter the heart of ACC play. (Hero Sports)

UNC Rises to No. 11 in AP Poll Following Historic Beatdown of NC State

UNC may have needed every one of Joel Berry’s 31 points to beat Clemson in overtime last Tuesday, but after a historic 51-point blowout win over NC State on Sunday it’s clear the Tar Heels are still among the nation’s most dangerous teams. As a result, UNC moved up three spots in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday–going from No. 14 to No. 11. (Chapelboro.com)

Joel Berry, finally healthy, had plenty to feed his passion

A fully healthy Joel Berry is dangerous enough, but there was plenty to feed his passion Sunday. Some of the pregame talk was that he would be on the short end of his first matchup against Wolfpack freshman Dennis Smith Jr. That helped him produce a particularly spirited effort. Berry admitted he had some satisfaction in getting the better of it against Smith. (Raleigh & Company)

Theo Pinson adds versatility to UNC lineup

North Carolina's Theo Pinson had to sit out the first couple months this season after breaking a bone in his right foot during fall workouts. But now that he’s returned, Pinson can be the spark the Tar Heels need as they seek another run to the Final Four. In Sunday’s 107-56 thrashing of NC State, Pinson showed just how much he can improve this UNC squad. (ACC Sports Journal)

Fans troll NC State after blowout loss

UNC dominated NC State in less-than-dramatic fashion. It was the largest margin of victory for UNC against any ACC opponent ever. The game was ever in question and college basketball fans alike took to Twitter to troll the Wolfpack on their blowout loss. (Carolina Blue)

Joel Berry Excels in Point Guard Duel

On Sunday, Joel Berry scored 12 of UNC’s first 31 points in building a 24-point lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. It was then that Dennis Smith checked out with three points and three fouls. The Tar Heels took a 33-point lead by halftime before securing their largest win ever against an ACC opponent. Roy Williams noted Smith's foul trouble. (Inside Carolina)

Throwing a knockout punch

107-56. It’s hard to remember a more thorough beatdown of an ACC opponent during the Roy Williams era. The 51-point margin of victory against NC State is the highest against a conference team since Williams returned to Chapel Hill. And, according to my “performance above expectation” metric, this was UNC’s second-best ACC showing of Williams’ tenure. (The Secondary Break)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
#15 Notre Dame0
at #10 FSU0
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Colson 15.8 ppg, 1.8 apg; Bacon 17.8 ppg, 1.8 apg;
#16 UVA0
at Boston College0
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Perrantes 12.1 ppg, 4.1 apg; Robinson 20.2 ppg, 3.2 apg;
at Wake Forest0
Wednesday 8:00 PM
Newton 15.1 ppg, 4.0 apg; Collins 15.8 ppg, 0.5 apg;
Georgia Tech0
at Virginia Tech0
Wednesday 9:00 PM
Lammers 15.1 ppg, 1.9 apg; LeDay 16.2 ppg, 1.5 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(15) Notre Dame5-016-2
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State4-116-2
(12) Louisville3-215-3
(16) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
(18) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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