Slowdown beatdown: Tar Heels step out of fast lane, still pound VirginiaKeeping track of the Smith Center scoreboards became a strange proposition for UNC guard Joel Berry on Saturday. As the 10th-ranked Tar Heels pounded away during a 65-41 pulverizing of No. 14 Virginia, an ACC basketball beatdown mostly performed at the Cavaliers’ preferred deliberate tempo, Berry’s peeks overhead revealed unfamiliarity attached to the numbers. (Burlington Times News)
Contrasting Scoring Halves for UNCJustin Jackson was the Tar Heels’ offense for the first 20 minutes, outscoring his teammates by two points. With one minute remaining in the half, his 18 points matched UVA’s total. And while Jackson was finding success beyond the arc, the Hoos drew a blank, misfiring on all eight of their 3-point attempts. "That’s what Justin does," Joel Berry said. “He’s a scorer." (Inside Carolina)
As Johnson and Paige head into UNC rafters, Jackson continues making his case to join themAmong the ways a player can get his jersey honored by UNC are by being named ACC Player of the Year or by being a first or second team All-American. For Justin Jackson, both of these avenues are still very much in play. With three out of UNC's final four games against fellow league heavyweights, he’ll have enough chances to wow voters for national honors as well. (Fayetteville Observer)
Lucas: They Grow UpIf you’d walked into the Smith Center in the spring of 2013 and pointed to the rafters and told someone, “That’s where Brice Johnson’s jersey will be one day,” they would’ve thought you were delusional. Marcus Paige wasn’t completely sure he could even contribute at this level; now he’s one of the 51 greatest players in program history. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Kid Fan Shows Off Dance Moves During UNC Win Over UVADuring UNC's 65-41 win over UVA, a young fan gets excited and shows off some serious dance moves. Watch the youngster react to some great Tar Heel plays with multiple displays of celebration.
Video: Virginia Coach Tony Bennett Post-UNC Press ConferenceVirginia basketball coach Tony Bennett speaks with the media following the Cavaliers' 65-41 loss to North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Fair to wonder if Virginia has lost confidence after demolition at UNCSaturday had to be the bottom for Virginia. Right? Losing at North Carolina certainly is no stain, or even surprise. But the 65-41 piercing must be disheartening, if not embarrassing. No ACC team has scored so few points this season. Saturday was UNC's 460th game at the Smith Center, and only one opponent, Clemson's with 39 points in 1995, was more unproductive. (Daily Press)
North Carolina Players Post-Virginia InterviewsSeveral members of the North Carolina basketball team spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 65-41 win over Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Here are their video interviews: Kennedy Meeks, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry
UNC-Virginia Postgame NotesVirginia scored 41 points, the second-fewest by an opponent in the Smith Center (460th game). Clemson scored 39 on 2/16/1995. The 41 points are the fewest UNC has given up to Virginia since 1/21/1947 when UNC beat the Cavaliers 63-38. That game was played in Woollen Gym. Roy Williams tied Eddie Sutton for the eighth-most wins among Division I head coaches with 806. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Virginia Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "I have the utmost respect for [Tony Bennett] and his club, and I have never seen his team miss that many shots. We were playing pretty defensively sometimes, and sometimes they got wide-open shots and they just didn’t go in. That happens in the game of basketball. Nobody’s done a better job the last three years in the country than Tony Bennett has." (GoHeels.com)
UNC Honors Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige at Halftime of Virginia GameTwo of the most beloved Tar Heel basketball players in recent memory had their jersey numbers honored on Saturday night during halftime of UNC’s game against No. 14 Virginia. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige–who each graduated following last season–are the 50th and 51st Tar Heel players to have their jerseys placed in the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Center. (Chapelboro.com)
The Primary Break: UNC-UVa. Quick TakesJustin Jackson scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half. On the night, he moved past Brendan Haywood and Deon Thompson into 34th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,415 points. Kennedy Meeks had a huge 13-point, 7-rebound second half. He also blocked three shots in the game to move past Serge Zwikker into 13th place on UNC’s all-time list with 134. (The Secondary Break)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Virginia Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 65-41 win over Virginia on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Video: North Carolina Routs Virginia, 65-41 - HighlightsNorth Carolina forward Justin Jackson scored 20 points (18 in the first half) to lead the Tar Heels to a dominant 24-point win over Virginia in Chapel Hill on February 18, 2017.
UVa scorest fewest points of season in loss at UNCOn a night when UNC was held more than 25 points under its season scoring average, the Tar Heels showed they can play defense, too. Virginia did not make a 3-point field goal until the 35th minute Saturday and shot 28 percent from the field in a 65-41 loss. As if that weren’t painful enough for 14th-ranked UVa, the Cavaliers play Carolina again in eight days. (Roanoke Times)
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