Video: Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks after the Tar Heels' 86-78 victory over Georgia Tech on January 2, 2016.
UNC escapes turnovers, 3-point struggles to defeat Georgia Tech, 86-78In their second ACC game of the season, the No. 7 North Carolina men's basketball team overcame several offensive issues to squeak by a fiery Georgia Tech team, 86-78. The Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-1 ACC) had not beaten UNC (13-2, 2-0 ACC) since 2011, but as the game opened, it was clear that they weren't going to let past matchups dictate their performance. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Joel Berry Scores Career-High 19 vs. Georgia TechDespite a rocky first half, Joel Berry scored a career-high 19 points against the Yellow Jackets, including a couple of clutch buckets down the stretch to give UNC the victory on January 2, 2016.
Recap: UNC 86, Georgia Tech 78A win is a win. ACC play is a grind and this game was a classic example of that. North Carolina faced a decent Georgia Tech team and found itself in a tooth and nail battle before pushing through over the final minutes to grab an eight point win. UNC and Georgia Tech both got off to torrid starts and the game settled into an up and down, back and forth affair. (Tar Heel Blog)
5 observations from Georgia Tech’s loss to North CarolinaBrian Gregory’s concern before the game was finding a way to corral UNC’s multiple scoring options for all 40 minutes. Tech barely hung on in the first half, when UNC started off making 10 of its first 26 field-goal attempts The Jackets led 42-39 at halftime. But after the half, the Tar Heels shot 58 percent and scored 47 points. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Video: Tar Heels Comeback vs.Yellow Jackets, 86-78 - HighlightsNorth Carolina scored on each of its last 11 possessions to take down Georgia Tech in Smith Center, 86-78, on January 2, 2016.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Georgia TechUNC's offensive depth--even without Kennedy Meeks, whose absence is stretching into its third week--was simply too much for the Yellow Jackets to overcome. The Tar Heels put six players in double figures, and got big late contributions from virtually everyone. Tech, meanwhile, was mostly doing it with only Adam Smith and Marcus Georges-Hunt...but ran out of gas at the end. (GoHeels.com)
No. 7 Tar Heels beat Yellow Jackets 86-78 for 2-0 ACC startJoel Berry II scored a career-high 19 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:07 left to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 86-78 on Saturday. Brice Johnson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (13-2, 2-0 ACC), who had fits with the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-1) all game. Marcus Georges-Hunt matched his career high with 25 points for Georgia Tech. (Associated Press)
Video: Joel James Ties Career-High 11 vs. GTJoel James hit double figures for the third time in his Carolina career, scoring 11 points with some big-time buckets in the win against Georgia Tech on January 2, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 86, Georgia Tech 78View the complete box score from North Carolina's 86-78 win over Georgia Tech Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Know Your Opponent: Georgia TechBrian Gregory's Georgia Tech squad has once again had an acceptably successful non-conference campaign that includes top-100 wins over Tennessee, Arkansas and VCU. So can the Yellow Jackets reverse the statistically improbable tide and make a push for postseason play for the first time since Paul Hewitt's heyday? (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels find points and options aplenty with top-ranked offenseNorth Carolina, which plays host to Georgia Tech today, ranks No. 1 nationally in offensive efficiency according to advanced statistical ratings — an elite status further illustrated by forward Kennedy Meeks’ five-game absence (bruised bone in his left knee) and Brice Johnson’s struggles Wednesday night against Clemson. (Burlington Times News)
Preview & Prediction: #7 UNC vs Georgia TechAgainst Georgia Tech, UNC will be challenged to play defense without fouling. As a team, Georgia Tech has an FTR of 33.0 but leading scorer Marcus Georges-Hunt draws seven fouls per forty minutes. Sending an 81% free throw shooter to the line often could prove problematic. The Yellow Jackets don't hunt three pointers, relying more on interior scoring. Prediction: UNC 87, Georgia Tech 68 (Tar Heel Blog)
Georgia Tech has another tough ACC opener in UNCGeorgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory might think he has done something to annoy the people in the ACC offices. Maybe he didn't get a form filled in the right way. Maybe they didn't like his choice in suits. Perhaps he forgot to send someone a Christmas card. (Macon Telegraph)
5 things to know before North Carolina-Georgia TechOf Tech’s 12 pre-expansion ACC opponents (including Maryland), North Carolina is one of three that the Jackets have not beaten in Brian Gregory’s tenure and the one that has by far given them the hardest time. In six games against North Carolina, Tech has lost by an average of 19 points. All have been by double digits, including the 29-point beating last year in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
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|Reed 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg; Perrantes 12.6 ppg, 3.8 apg;|
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|Robinson 19.1 ppg, 3.1 apg; Bacon 16.8 ppg, 1.7 apg;|
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|(19) Florida State||9-5||21-6|