Lucas: Coming Out FlatOh Roy Williams, you tough little nut. There’s a belief about Williams that he has so much success against N.C. State because he gets so emotional about the rivalry. He lived through the era when the Wolfpack regularly beat the Tar Heels, and even now—it’s now a good forty years later—he still has painful memories of those days. Sometimes, that emotion helps. (GoHeels.com)
Talking Points: Deep Heels too much for PackUNC's squad runs deep. If you hadn't figured that by now, it was abundantly clear as the Tar Heels defeated NC State 67-55 with limited production out of Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson. Kennedy Meeks was the biggest factor. The big man got after NC State's foul issues and subsequent tentativeness in the paint for a game-high 23 points and six rebounds. (GoHeels.com)
No. 5 UNC lifted to home win thanks to Kennedy Meeks' huge second halfUNC got a nice fight from in-state foe NC State on Saturday in Chapel Hill, but Roy Williams' team got the 67-55 win, which means the Heels will remain a top-five team in the polls come Monday. The reason for the win was mostly Kennedy Meeks, who had 23 points, added six rebounds and had three blocks. Eighteen of Meeks' points came in the final 20 minutes. (CBS Sports)
Video: Roy Williams Post-NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 67-55 victory over NC State in Chapel Hill on January 16, 2016.
Video: Kennedy Meeks, Tar Heels Lockdown NC State, 67-55 - HighlightsKennedy Meeks scored a game-high 23 points in his return to the starting lineup as the Tar Heels improved to 5-0 in ACC play with a 67-55 win over NC State on January 16, 2016.
Recap: UNC 67, NC State 55Kennedy Meeks led North Carolina with 23 points and six rebounds in his return to the starting lineup. Joel Berry had 14 points and four assists. UNC's depth was on full display with the Tar Heels getting just 15 points from the trio of Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson and Brice Johnson but still able to grind out a 12 point win against a rival in desperate need of an ACC win. (Tar Heel Blog)
No. 5 UNC beats NC State 67-55 for 5-0 ACC startKennedy Meeks scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime to help No. 5 North Carolina pull away from rival NC State 67-55 on Saturday. Joel Berry II added 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-2), who improved to 5-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2000-01 season. It was Meeks' second game back after missing seven games due to a knee injury. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - NC StateTremendous job by Nate Britt and Joel Berry defending the ACC's leading scorer, Cat Barber. Barber did not make a field goal in the second half and finished 4-for-11 for the game for nine points. Barber was visibly frustrated with both the flow of the game and his teammates midway through the second half, and he had essentially checked out by the end of the game. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Kennedy Meeks Shines vs. NC State in First Start Since InjuryKennedy Meeks was huge against the Wolfpack, scoring a game-high 23 points (10-16 FG) to go with 6 boards and 3 blocks as the Tar Heels topped NC State on January 16, 2016.
Box Score: North Carolina 67, NC State 55View the complete box score from North Carolina's 67-55 win over NC State on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
UNC basketball rolling with six double-figure scorersIt used to be that Marcus Paige quickly had to find his shot to get UNC's offense moving at full speed. The fifth-ranked Tar Heels aren't quite so reliant on Paige these days. UNC enters Saturday's game with NC State boasting an uncommonly balanced attack ranking among the nation's best, a big reason why the preseason No. 1-ranked team is unbeaten so far in ACC play. (NCAA.com)
Video: UNC guard Joel Berry II steps into leadership role after Marcus Paige's injuryNorth Carolina guard Joel Berry II explains how he has grown as a player after Marcus Paige's injury and a five-turnover game against Georgia Tech. (Sports Illustrated)
Justin Jackson By The NumbersThat Justin Jackson hasn’t entirely lived up to the expectations of the fans and himself, going by his personal stated missions back in the fall, isn’t exactly news to anyone. Jackson’s production at this point has been below what was reasonably expected and in accordance with his talent and skill levels. Some of his issues have been pretty obvious, such as perimeter shooting. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Tar Heels-Wolfpack rivalry: Looking back at 4 big upsetsNorth Carolina enters Saturday's meeting with rival N.C. State looking to keep its spot atop the ACC standings. Meanwhile, N.C. State heads to the Smith Center hoping to pull off an upset that would at least temporarily alter the trajectory of its season. If conventional wisdom holds this afternoon, the deep, experienced Tar Heels, ranked fifth in the country, will tack a fifth game on to N.C. State's losing streak. (Fayetteville Observer)
Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs NC StateThe Tar Heels return to action after a week long break looking to move to 5-0 in the ACC against an NC State team that is literally heading in the complete opposite direction. Roy Williams said Friday that junior center Kennedy Meeks had a "good" practice and barring any setbacks would likely return to the starting lineup. Prediction: UNC 101, NC State 58 (Tar Heel Blog)
|at #7 Louisville||88|
|Lydon (Syracuse) 17 pts; Mitchell (Louisville) 25 pts;|
|at #21 Notre Dame||64|
|Heath (Georgia Tech) 12 pts; Colson (Notre Dame) 20 pts;|
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|(8) North Carolina||13-3||25-5|
|(19) Florida State||11-5||23-6|
|(21) Notre Dame||11-5||22-7|