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Lucas: Going In

Roy Williams is trying to teach his team something, how to “handle a crowd, hold your poise and shut the crowd up,” as he said on Saturday’s pregame radio show. That’s what December is supposed to be for, and if you look at his history at Carolina, there are multiple examples of squads learning that the hard way. This one needs to improve in that area. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Falter on the Glass

Shaka Smart’s first squad in Austin outrebounded the Tar Heels, 36-27, including a 16-4 edge on the offensive glass. Texas held a 21-7 advantage in second-chance points, which was enough to overcome UNC’s 52.0 percent shooting percentage and 13-6 edge in points off turnovers. “They outrebounded us badly,” Roy Williams told reporters following the loss. (Inside Carolina)

Rebounding Struggles Cost UNC at Texas

UNC is to Michigan State as Texas is to UNC. For the sixth time in seven games during the Roy Williams era, the Tar Heels lose to Texas. That is three straight losses and the second straight game decided by two points. In 2014, Marcus Paige's three at the buzzer was off the mark. This time, Texas made the shot at the buzzer and, fittingly, it came off a defensive rebound. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC-Texas: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes & Audio

Roy Williams "I’ve got to congratulate Shaka (Smart) and his staff and his team. High-level basketball game; that was a big-time game, great atmosphere. They made the plays down the stretch. We made some, but didn’t make enough. Their last four points were off offensive rebounds that their guards got. Two missed shots. They out-rebounded us badly, 36-27." (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Texas Postgame Notes

The Tar Heels committed a season-low six turnovers. UNC went 24 for 28 from the free throw line (.857). It was the fourth time in the last five games UNC has shot better than 80 percent from the line. It was only third loss under Roy Williams in which UNC shoots 50 percent from the field and loses. Texas outscored Carolina, 21-7, in second-chance points. (GoHeels.com)

You Make The Call: Should Texas have beaten North Carolina?

The biggest win in Shaka Smart’s short tenure as the head coach at Texas ended in thrilling fashion: A Javan Felix 15-footer at the buzzer to knock off No. 3 North Carolina. But that excitement wasn’t without controversy. If you’re wondering why Felix was so open there, watch Marcus Paige when the shot went up. Did Paige get fouled? (NBC Sports)

Recap: Texas 84, UNC 82

Defensive and rebounding failure. UNC went to Texas looking for a resume padding road win and instead couldn't get stops when they needed it falling 84-82 on a shot at the buzzer by Javan Felix. UNC had a solid game offensively and hit 24-28 attempts at the free throw line. The defensive end was a different story, and when UNC needed stops it couldn't get them. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Carolina Falls to Texas at the Buzzer, 82-84 - Highlights

Texas' Javan Felix hit the game-winning jumper as time expired to give the Longhorns the two-point victory on December 12, 2015. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 20 points, including 15 in the second half. View Video...

Felix hits at buzzer, Texas beats No. 3 North Carolina 84-82

Javan Felix swished a short jumper as time expired, sending Texas to a wild 84-82 win over No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday, giving new coach Shaka Smart his biggest victory with the Longhorns. Isaiah Taylor's 3-point attempt in the final seconds bounced off the rim and the ball dropped straight to Felix, who calmly put it in. After reviewing replay video, the game officials ruled the basket good. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Texas

That's exactly why you play road games in December. The Frank Erwin Center was the loudest venue the Tar Heels have played in away from home yet this year. That's the Carolina effect; the Longhorn crowd had been criticized earlier this week when they barely put 3,000 fans in the stands for a weeknight non-league game. That wasn't the case Saturday, as it was full and rowdy. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Marcus Paige Becomes UNC's All-Time Leader in Threes

Marcus Paige hits his 234th career three-pointer to set the Carolina record (previously held by Shammond Williams) against Texas on December 12, 2015. View Video...

Box Score: Texas 84, North Carolina 82

View the complete box score from North Carolina's last-second 84-82 loss to the Texas Longhorns Saturday in Austin. (View Box Score)

Know Your Opponent: Texas

Texas is in its first year under former VCU head coach Shaka Smart and his effect on the Longhorns' playing style has been clear. Under Rick Barnes, UT never ranked in the top 150 in defensive turnover percentage, dipping to a low of 350th in the country last season. But this season Texas is forcing a turnover in 22.5 percent of its defensive possessions, good for 35th nationally. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina brings big-time basketball to Texas

The Tar Heels are expecting a tough time against the Longhorns in only their second true road game. “They have players who have ‘been there, done that,’ and came here and beat us in our own building,” coach Roy Williams said. “They have a new coach, and Shaka (Smart) is gradually implementing his system. Neither one of us have our team where we want to be. (Austin American-Statesman)

Preview & Prediction: #3 UNC at Texas

While this isn't quite a homecoming game for Justin Jackson, it is just over two hours from his home in Tomball, Texas. The indicators point to this being a 1-2 possession game. However, if the Tar Heels can keep rolling with the same level of play seen last week in Chapel Hill, it will be more comfortable than that. Prediction: UNC 81, Texas 68 (Tar Heel Blog)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 65
Virginia: 41
Sat, Feb 18 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Louisville
Wed, Feb 22, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Sat, Feb 25, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC @ Virginia
Mon, Feb 27, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
at #18 UVA48
Murphy (Miami) 10 pts; Wilkins (UVA) 10 pts;
Boston College72
at #19 FSU104
Bowman (Boston College) 24 pts; Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 7 pts;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(8) North Carolina11-323-5
(7) Louisville10-422-5
(10) Duke10-422-5
(19) Florida State10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(18) Virginia8-718-9
Virginia Tech7-718-8
Georgia Tech7-716-11
Wake Forest6-915-12
NC State3-1214-14
Boston College2-139-19

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