Lucas: JanuaryHere's what you have to remember in January. It's completely fine to assess how the team played on a particular Saturday. There's nothing wrong with saying North Carolina needs to shoot the ball better or be tougher defensively. What tends to get people in trouble in January is when they take the result of one game, and then extrapolate it to the rest of the season. (GoHeels.com)
Virginia defense delivers ‘big old butt kicking’ to reeling Tar HeelsThe Tar Heels had played Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena four times in the previous five seasons heading into Saturday’s game, with seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson having made two trips each. They’d heard noise, dealt with the tempo and faced that suffocating pack-line defense before. And yet, they still haven’t figured out a way to deal with it. (North State Journal)
Turnovers Doom UNC in Loss to VirginiaIt wasn’t that No. 12 North Carolina committed a season-high 19 turnovers in Saturday’s loss to No. 8 Virginia. It was the makeup of each miscue, many of which hinted at inexperience from its underclassmen or a lack of poise from its veterans against a good defense. UNC, which has been proficient in turning defense into offense, did the exact opposite. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams' Message in the Locker Room After UVA Loss"I think it was a message of competing," forward Cameron Johnson said. "We need to compete and we need to just play harder than the other team...We have to control what we can control." Effort and competing is a common theme raised by coach Roy Williams in all of North Carolina's losses, especially following the defeats to Michigan State and Wofford. (Inside Carolina)
Turner's Take: EffortThere are 15 games left in conference play; the Tar Heels have plenty of time to make up ground. The question is, will they show the initiative and put in the effort to actually do it? Saturday’s loss at John Paul Jones Arena was not entirely unexpected; North Carolina has not won here since 2012. What was troubling was the little stats that added up to that 61-49 loss. (Argyle Report)
Video: UNC Players Post-Virginia Locker Room InterviewsNorth Carolina fell 61-49 at No. 8 Virginia on Saturday afternoon, losing in Charlottesville for a fifth consecutive time as a parade of turnovers led to 25 points for the Cavaliers and a host of other mistakes contributed to the Tar Heels’ second consecutive loss. Here is what Joel Berry, Cam Johnson, Luke Maye and Theo Pinson had to say after the game: (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Tony Bennett Post-UNC Press ConferenceVirginia basketball coach Tony Bennett speaks with the media following the Cavaliers' 61-49 win over North Carolina on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Defense Leads No. 8 Virginia Past No. 12 North CarolinaFor the first time in nearly two years, the UNC men’s basketball team has suffered back-to-back losses. Coming off a road loss against Florida State this past Wednesday, the No. 12 Tar Heels were held in check Saturday during a 61-49 loss to the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville. The Tar Heels converted on just 29.6 percent of their shots from the floor. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Virginia Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 61-49 loss to Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday.
Spenser Dalton: Thoughts on North Carolina vs. VirginiaGames like this never cease to amaze me. Absolutely nothing goes right for the Heels, Virginia plays extremely well on top of that, and the Heels suffer an UGLY road loss. Lots to say about this one. From a stat perspective, the most glaring are UNC’s 19 turnovers and Virginia’s 25-3, I repeat 25-3, advantage on points off of turnovers. Virginia’s defense was stifling. (Thoughts From a Walk-On)
Hall's 16 lead No. 8 Virginia past No. 12 UNC, 61-49Devon Hall scored 16 points and No. 8 Virginia held No. 12 North Carolina to its second-lowest point total of the season in the Cavaliers' 61-49 victory on Saturday. The Cavaliers won their sixth in a row and sent the Tar Heels to consecutive losses for the first time since February 2016. Joel Berry II led North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) with 17 points and Kenny Williams had 11. (Associated Press)
Video: UNC vs. Virginia Game HighlightsGame highlights from North Carolina's 61-49 ACC road loss to Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. VirginiaYou can't go to Charlottesville, commit a season-high in turnovers, and expect a victory. That's what happened to the Tar Heels on Saturday, as they coughed the ball up 19 times on the way to a 61-49 defeat. Carolina was simply too casual with the ball against the tenacious Virginia defense. Carolina has now lost two straight games for the first time since February 2016. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: Virginia 61, North Carolina 49View the complete box score from North Carolina's 61-49 ACC road loss to Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville. (View Box Score)
Roy Williams, Kenny Williams Pre-Virginia Press Conference NotesAfter Joel Berry and Kenny Williams played 35 and 34 minutes, respectively, against Florida State, Roy Williams referenced their playing time as one of his concerns. "I want them to have their legs, and it also means I'm not giving their backups enough minutes," Williams said. "Some coaches are very comfortable playing five or six guys. I'm just not doing that." (GoHeels.com)
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