North Carolina nearly fails early test vs. DavidsonNorth Carolina came up with a series of massive stops to halt a late Davidson run, turning the Smith Center momentarily deafening and setting up an 83-74 win. While the brief buzz was welcome, the reasons for it were nothing to be excited about. Talking to reporters afterward, Roy Williams didn’t mask the fact that the Tar Heels’ effort was unacceptable. (Fayetteville Observer)
Lackadaisical Tar Heels won't last, team searching for intensityWithout Joel Berry for at least another game, UNC knows it is without its most intense player -- the intensity is the area Justin Jackson believes the team missed the most. The need for more drive, however, goes beyond needing to fill a void left by Berry and Theo Pinson. "We had maybe one or two guys who were into it," Jackson said. "We have to step up." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Justin Jackson an offensive bright spot for UNCThe Tar Heels struggled offensively on Wednesday. "It was as frustrating as I ever remember," said Roy Williams after the game. UNC shot just 38% from the field and had 15 turnovers. While the offense struggled, Justin Jackson found a way to flourish. He led Carolina with 27 points, tying a career high, and more than double the next highest scorer for UNC. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Players Post-Davidson InterviewsSeveral North Carolina players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 83-74 win over Davidson on Wednesday. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Luke Maye, Stilman White, Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks.
UNC-Davidson Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: “It was as frustrating as I can remember, but we won. We’ve given them some time off, made practices shorter so we could get a lot of studying done for exams, and that’s no excuse because now we’re going to make all A’s, because we certainly didn’t do much preparation for the game. So I’m excited about what our grade point average is going to be.” (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Davidson Postgame NotesJustin Jackson tied his career high with 27 points and set a career high with seven three-point field goals. The seven 3FGs are the most by a Tar Heel since Marcus Paige's seven in an overtime win at NC State on 2/26/14. Luke Maye had career-highs in points (10) and steals (3) and tied his career best with six rebounds. Stilman White scored a career-high six points. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels take guarded approach, hold off DavidsonDespite three career-best performances for North Carolina players on Wednesday, it was Joel Berry’s absence that loomed largest. The Tar Heels watched a 15-point lead dwindle during a late collapse but made enough plays in the final two minutes to hold off Davidson for a 83-74 victory. “I think we thought it was going to be easy,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Davidson Press ConferenceUNC basketball coach Roy Williams speaks to the media following the Tar Heels' 83-74 victory over Davidson in Chapel Hill on December 7, 2016.
Video: Game Highlights - Justin Jackson Leads UNC Past Davidson, 83-74Justin Jackson scored a team-high 27 points, including 7-13 from downtown, to lead the Tar Heels past Davidson 83-74 in Chapel Hill on December 7, 2016.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. DavidsonThere will be some restlessness about an 83-74 home win over Davidson that got tight at the end. But the Tar Heels also played without two starters, including inarguably their most indispensable player in Joel Berry, and Davidson is a quality team. "I think we thought it was going to be easy," Roy Williams said after the game. "In my opinion, we weren't ready to play." (GoHeels.com)
No. 7 North Carolina holds off Davidson 83-74Justin Jackson matched his career high with 27 points and hit a career-best seven 3-pointers to help No. 7 North Carolina beat Davidson 83-74 on Wednesday. Luke Maye added an early burst by scoring all of his career-high 10 points before halftime for the Tar Heels (9-1), who played without top point guard and No. 2 scorer Joel Berry II. (Associated Press)
Video: Justin Jackson Drains 7 Triples vs DavidsonJustin Jackson paced North Carolina's offense with 27 points, including a career-best seven shots from behind the arc in UNC's 83-74 win over Davidson on December 7, 2016.
Box Score: North Carolina 83, Davidson 74View the complete box score from North Carolina's 83-74 win over the Davidson Wildcats on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Roy Williams on Seventh Woods: "It really is Ty Lawson-like speed"It was a regular midweek, pre-non-conference game press conference, but one thing in particular made the ears of certain media members perk: "His speed is really something. It really is Ty Lawson-like speed." UNC head coach Roy Williams was talking about freshman point guard Seventh Woods and comparing him to former UNC guard and current NBA veteran Ty Lawson. (Carolina Blue)
Former UNC guard Dexter Strickland changes his nameHe was former North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland. UNC fans knew he would pull up for a jumper if a play wasn't developing and just shoot his shot to the point of his "YOLO jumper" becoming a beloved part of Tar Heel Twitter (and yes, he made many, as was part of the charm). Now, that man is Baden Jaxen. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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