UNC 85, Pitt 64: What We LearnedEvery season it's the same. Roy Williams plays with a long bench and some haphazard rotations that drive fans crazy. Then in mid-February a concerted effort is made to tighten the rotation and keep the best players on the floor. If you have February 14th versus Pitt as the game Williams would lock the rotation down, pick up your winnings at the window. (Tar Heel Blog)
North Carolina pushes Pittsburgh closer to bubble in walkover winNo. 9 North Carolina rebounded from a rough two-week stretch to pick up an easy, breezy 85-64 win over Pittsburgh. It was the Tar Heels most dominating performance of the season, as they simply just took control of the game from outset and then ran roughshod over the Panthers. Roy Williams' group scored 16 points in transition versus the Panthers' two. (CBS Sports)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Pittsburgh Press ConferenceUNC coach Roy Williams fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 85-64 win over Pittsburgh in Chapel Hill on February 14, 2016.
Video: Tar Heels Shoot Down Pitt, 85-64 - HighlightsNorth Carolina shot just shy of 60% from the field and racked up 26 assists (on 32 made field goals) in an 85-64 win against Pittsburgh on February 14, 2016.
Video: Justin Jackson Stuffs the Stat Sheet vs. PittJustin Jackson showed off his full skill set against the Panthers, scoring 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 from deep) with 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in the win over Pittsburgh on February 14, 2016.
Recap: UNC 85, Pitt 64There was a question whether this UNC team, which had struggled offensively and been a modicum of inconsistency, would respond to the scare at Boston College. The answer was a clear yes as the Tar Heels used several offensive bursts to knock off Pitt 85-64. UNC had 26 assists on 32 made baskets, was 8-15 from three with five different Tar Heels hitting from beyond the arc. (Tar Heel Blog)
Johnson, Paige help No. 9 Tar Heels roll past Panthers 85-64Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead a dominating offensive performance that helped No. 9 North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 85-64 on Sunday. Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent to stay atop the league ahead of the next renewal of their fierce rivalry with Duke. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - PittWhat a passing (and therefore offensive) performance from the Tar Heels. Carolina handed out 26 assists on 32 field goals on the way to shooting a blistering 59.3 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the three-point line. In all, it might have been the best collective team offensive effort of the season, as it produced a relatively easy 85-64 win over Pitt. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 64View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-64 win over the Pitt Panthers on Sunday in Chapel Hill: (View Box Score)
UNC great York Larese passes awayYork B. Larese of Medford, formerly of Winchester, passed away on February 6, 2016 at age 77....As a 6'4" standout guard at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a three-time All-ACC selection from 1959-61 and a second-team All-America as a senior. Nicknamed "the Cobra," for his singular style of shooting free throws, he shot the ball, with no pause, as soon as the official handed it to him. (Legacy.com)
Three to know: Pittsburgh at No. 9 North CarolinaIt’s been two weeks since North Carolina last played at home, thrashing visiting Boston College 89-62 on Jan. 30. Since then, the Tar Heels’ have faced some trying moments. There were road losses to Louisville and Notre Dame, resulting in a seven-spot drop in the Associated Press poll. (Fayetteville Observer)
No. 9 North Carolina would be nice gain for Pitt's body of workPitt coach Jamie Dixon knows that a lot of people are talking about the NCAA tournament, but don’t count him as one of them. He said there is far too much time left in the season to start worrying about where the Panthers fit in to the field of 68, especially since they can’t control anything about the process other than what they do on the court. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Toughest Player on the Team? Theo Pinson says it's Joel BerryWho is the toughest player on this team? "I will say Joel Berry. He is a dog. If you call him out, there is something about it, he just changes his level of play...It's a different mode when he is on the court. Joel is going to just going out there and show you instead of talking about it." (Carolina Blue)
Will timing be enough when Pitt faces North Carolina?Basketball is a game of matchups, but, sometimes, it’s all about timing. Pitt is hoping to catch its next opponent at exactly the right time because No. 9 North Carolina (20-4, 9-2 ACC) hasn’t played well since the calendar flipped to February. North Carolina is 1-2 this month, and, even though the Tar Heels are coming off a win, it wasn’t a game that inspired much confidence. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
With Pitt next, North Carolina coach aims to keep team focused on playing consistentlyNorth Carolina is No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and has not lost at home this season. The Tar Heels (20-4, 9-2 ACC) are led by senior forward Brice Johnson, who is a finalist for the Wooden Award honoring the top player in the country. But coach Roy Williams is hardly content. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
|(6) North Carolina||14-4||29-7|
|(16) Florida State||12-6||26-9|
|(14) Notre Dame||12-6||26-10|