Tar Heels use errors in Texas loss as motivation in 96-72 win against TulaneNorth Carolina’s 96-72 win against Tulane displayed a No. 11 Tar Heel team focused on bettering its weaknesses, especially those on display in the 84-82 loss to Texas, rather than a team concerned with filling the void of injured Kennedy Meeks. UNC held Tulane to 37.9 percent shooting in the first half, then allowed the visitor to shoot 55.9 percent in the second half. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Defense Holding Back Johnson-Hicks DuoFollowing UNC’s test run without Kennedy Meeks in the lineup on Wednesday, Brice Johnson accurately described his pairing with Isaiah Hicks in the frontcourt. “With Isaiah in there, it’s like having another one of me in there,” Johnson said. That statement is true on several levels. Both forwards are long and athletic, capable of soaring dunks and towering alley oops. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: GenerationsShammond Williams loves, really loves, North Carolina basketball. He loves Dean Smith. He loves the blue. He loves the Smith Center. Before he got into coaching, you could find him playing pickup with the current team every single summer. Not just the years when it was cool to come back. He was always there. That’s what happens at Carolina, and that’s what makes it Carolina. (GoHeels.com)
Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams on starting Joel James: “I knew I was going to start Joel (James) because he’s a senior, he deserved it, and he’s done some good things. I didn’t even look but I probably felt like Isaiah may even play more minutes...he really blasted him 19 to 18. But, Isaiah does a better job guarding the screen on the ball because he’s quicker but Joel was a force in there defensively." (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Tulane Postgame NotesCarolina shot 50 percent from the field (36 of 72). That is the fourth straight game and seventh time in 10 games this year UNC has shot 50 percent or better. Four different Tar Heels either set or tied their career highs in assists. Marcus Paige moved out of a tie with Dennis Wuycik for 29th place in UNC career scoring. Paige now has 1485 points. Wuycik had 1469. Donald Williams is 28th with 1492. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Tulane Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams talks on the Tar Heels' 96-72 win over Tulane in the Smith Center on December 16, 2015.
Video: Shammond Williams on Return to Smith CenterIt didn't fully hit home for Shammond Williams until the postgame interview. Walking out of the opposing team's huddle and sitting on the opposing team's bench Wednesday night at the Smith Center was surreal for the former Tar Heel standout who is now an assistant coach at Tulane. But when the game was over, and he was asked about the experience, the emotion poured out. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Brice Johnson's 25 & 10 Help Heels Run Past Tulane - HighlightsBrice Johnson scored a career-high 25 points to lead six Tar Heels in double figures as North Carolina defeated Tulane 96-72 on December 16, 2015.
Brice Johnson leads No. 11 North Carolina past Tulane 96-72Brice Johnson had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 11 North Carolina beat Tulane 96-72 on Wednesday night. Marcus Paige added 16 points and Justin Jackson had 13. The Tar Heels won their first game without injured big man Kennedy Meeks and bounced back from a last-second loss at Texas. Joel Berry II had 12 points and Isaiah Hicks finished with 11 for UNC. (Associated Press)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - TulaneIt was nice to have Shammond Williams back in Chapel Hill, especially coming right on the heels of Marcus Paige breaking Williams' career three-point mark on Saturday in Austin. Williams is a Tulane assistant. Paige, by the way, felt like he had a quiet game, but he sneakily had 16 points, seven assists, two steals and zero turnovers. That's a pretty good "quiet" game. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Shammond Williams & Marcus Paige Meet at Center CourtTulane assistant coach and former Tar Heel Shammond Williams presents Marcus Paige with a commemorative basketball after Paige broke Williams' record for career three-pointers in UNC history.
Box Score: North Carolina 96, Tulane 72View the complete box score from North Carolina's 96-72 win over Tulane Wednesday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Preview & Prediction: #11 UNC vs TulaneTemporary life without Kennedy Meeks begins tonight with UNC welcoming Tulane to Chapel Hill for the first time since UNC avoided an 0-3 start with a triple overtime win over the Green Wave in the 1982-83 season. This is not a game UNC should have trouble winning but it wouldn't be surprising to see an uneven outing given the loss of Meeks. Prediction: UNC 89, Tulane 66 (Tar Heel Blog)
Plenty of sites unaffiliated with ACC schools offer coverage of local teamsIf you were a fan of one of the Triangle’s ACC schools in the 1970s or before and wanted to read coverage of your favorite teams, you mostly were limited to the stories daily newspapers published. There are now fewer of those newspapers and many more places to read coverage online. Tar Heel Times is excellent at providing the best links and tweets about all UNC sports in a timely fashion. (Raleigh & Company)
Roy Williams loves UNC footballIt's no secret that UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams is a North Carolina man. Williams, his 13th season as the Tar Heels' head man and many more as an assistant to Dean Smith, is no stranger to UNC sports. He grew up near Asheville and graduated from UNC. Williams has enjoyed the success of the UNC football team this year. (Carolina Blue)
|at Virginia Tech||71|
|Blossomgame (Clemson) 13 pts; Robinson (Virginia Tech) 10 pts;|
|at Georgia Tech||69|
|Henderson (NC State) 21 pts; Stephens (Georgia Tech) 11 pts;|
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|(8) North Carolina||11-3||23-5|
|(19) Florida State||10-5||22-6|
|(21) Notre Dame||10-5||21-7|