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Turner's Take: Recalibration

Let’s not overreact. It is indeed a charmed life we live as UNC basketball fans if we’re frantically searching for answers after a loss to the nation’s no. 4 team in November. We’re simply not used to seeing the Tar Heels lose. In hindsight, this was a terrible matchup for UNC. Michigan State has the size to collapse a defense and the perimeter players to make defenses pay for doing so. (Argyle Report)

Box Score: Michigan State 63, North Carolina 45

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 63-45 loss to Michigan State in the finals of the PK80 Invitational on Sunday in Portland, Oregon. (View Box Score)

North Carolina presents another top-10 measuring stick for Michigan State

Michigan State got what it wanted out of the Phil Knight Invitational: a Sunday championship game matchup against the best team in its bracket. Now, it will look to get what it hasn't in the past two seasons: a marquee win against a top-10 opponent. The No. 4 Spartans (4-1) take on No. 9 North Carolina (5-0) on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in the championship game. (MLive.com)

Bill Walton raves about Luke Maye, North Carolina

One of ESPN college basketball announcer Bill Walton’s favorite all-time players is Larry Bird, who Walton played with on the Celtics. So when Walton starts throwing around Bird comparisons, you know he’s impressed. And that’s exactly whose name Walton invoked when describing the hot start for North Carolina’s Luke Maye. (Carolina Blue)

Previewing the PK80 championship matchups

Michigan State vs. North Carolina: Tom Izzo has lost seven straight against North Carolina. So, don’t you think the Hall of Fame coach is due? Michigan State has the goods to beat the Tar Heels now and in March or April. And I’m sure Izzo would like nothing more than to beat one of the Blue Bloods on the way to a PK80 Victory bracket win tonight in Portland. (NCAA.com)

Michigan State basketball to 'measure' itself vs. North Carolina in PK80

The fifth-ranked Spartans and ninth-ranked Tar Heels will meet in the championship game of the Victory Bracket of the Phil Knight Invitational at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Moda Center (ESPN). History hasn’t been kind for MSU against North Carolina. The Spartans are 3-12 against the Tar Heels, with Tom Izzo holding a 2-9 record – four of those losses in the NCAA Tournament. (Lansing State Journal)

Tar Heels Not Surprised by Luke Maye's Start

The college basketball world has been stunned by Luke Maye's production to start the season. But those inside the Smith Center walls saw this coming. Roy Williams referenced the 2017 South Regional as why he's not surprised by the success the junior forward has experienced. After five games this season, Maye is averaging 21.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels take on Spartans in PK80 Final

Other than the loss to Duke, Michigan State has looked dominant this year. The Spartans have the experience, depth and talent to win a national title. But how can you pick against UNC right now? The Tar Heels have looked spectacular, and, much like last year’s Maui Invitational run, the team has already shown strong cohesiveness. Prediction: UNC wins 74-68. (Argyle Report)

Tar Heels vs. Michigan State Sunday Night In PK80

Ninth-ranked Carolina plays fourth-ranked Michigan State in the championship game of the "Victory" bracket in the PK80 Invitational on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN). The Tar Heels are 12-3 against Michigan State, including 7-0 under coach Roy Williams. This is the first meeting since 12/4/13 when the unranked Tar Heels toppled the No. 1 ranked Spartans in East Lansing. (GoHeels.com)

Lessons to be learned from PK80 championship games

North Carolina, Michigan State, Florida, and Duke, the four combatants in the PK80 tournament's championship games, won't begin pursuits of their respective conference titles for another month. Yet, their matchups -- UNC vs. Michigan State and Florida vs. Duke -- will showcase the strengths and flaws of the powerhouses who will close the show on Sunday. (ESPN.com)

UNC vs. Michigan State Preview

Luke Maye continued his hot start in Friday’s 87-68 win over Arkansas, scoring a career-high 28 points and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds in leading the Tar Heels into the PK80 finals. UNC has been effective on both ends of the floor through five games. The fourth-ranked Spartans advanced to the championship game with a 77-57 victory over Connecticut on Friday. (Inside Carolina)

UNC, Duke, MSU, and Florida To Battle In Best NCAA Tournament Outside of March Madness

Only in Portland this preseason will you find such a mix of highly ranked teams. That sets up an MSU showdown with North Carolina. The Tar Heels discovered something for near-perfect Luke Maye to work on – turnovers. Despite Maye’s five turnovers, Roy Williams will embrace them all if Maye gives another 28-point, 16-rebound performance against the Spartans. (Forbes)

Luke Maye putting up historic numbers at UNC, proving he's no fluke

Luke Maye finished against Arkansas with a career-high 28 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and five assists -- which tied a career high. It’s his third double-double of the season, and he has scored 20 or more points in four of UNC's first five games. Maye is now the first UNC player with 100 points and 50 rebounds in the team’s first five games since Jamison in 1996-97. (ESPN.com)

UNC's Small Lineup Yields Big Results

North Carolina played the last 7:33 of the first half against Arkansas on Friday without its two-post lineup and the result was an 18-10 run. UNC's cast of five rotated during that stretch but the consistent components were Theo Pinson at the four and Luke Maye at the five. The Tar Heels made 6-of-8 field goal attempts during that stretch while holding the Razorbacks to 3-of-10. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Arkansas Postgame Notes

Carolina's defense held the Razorbacks without a point on its last nine possessions (seven field goal attempts and two turnovers). UNC shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half for the third game in a row. Junior guard Kenny Williams scored 19 points. He has compiled three of his four highest scoring games in the three games on this west coast road trip. (GoHeels.com)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 104
Western Carolina: 61
Wed, Dec 6 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Tennessee
Sun, Dec 17, 3:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Wofford
Wed, Dec 20, 9:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Ohio State
Sat, Dec 23, 1:30 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at Florida State72
Reynolds (Tulane) 16 pts; Angola (Florida State) 18 pts;
MD-E Shore40
at Virginia Tech93
Bacote (MD-E Shore) 12 pts; Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech) 16 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
Boston College1-08-3
Florida State0-09-0
(11) North Carolina0-09-1
(10) Miami0-08-0
Virginia Tech0-08-1
(9) Notre Dame0-08-2
NC State0-08-2
(15) Virginia0-07-1
Wake Forest0-06-4
Georgia Tech0-04-4
(1) Duke0-111-1

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