North Carolina's Freshman Guards Building Confidence
North Carolina's three-game ACC win streak came to an end on Saturday as UNC fell 82-75 to Florida State, but the play of its young guards will provide confidence and optimism for this team and also give coach Roy Williams something to build on moving forward. "I thought they handled the pressure," Garrison Brooks said of Caleb Love and R.J. Davis. (Inside Carolina
Art’s Angle: A Good Loss?
UNC made their most 3-pointers of the season, 10, and have 40 in their last five games. UNC had more points than FSU from the floor, with a six-point advantage in 3-pointers, had more assists and fewer turnovers, but lost mainly because the Seminoles hit 26 of 27 from the foul line. As Roy Williams said, “We have to learn how to defend without fouling.” (Chapelboro.com
Tar Heels in NBA: Cole Anthony has best game of season
Attention in Brooklyn was on James Harden’s triple-double in his Nets debut. But in their 122-115 victory over Orlando, Cole Anthony had his best game of the season with season highs in assists, 3-pointers, and steals. After only playing in one of the Detroit Pistons’ first six games, Wayne Ellington has started four of the last six and two straight games. (Tar Heel Tribune
Quick Hitters - North Carolina at Florida State
For the first time all season, UNC has logged back-to-back games of fewer than 15 turnovers (11 vs. Syracuse, 14 vs. Florida State). The Tar Heels’ bench has now outscored the opposing bench in 10 of 13 games this season, 29-17. That trend is likely to continue, given the return of Anthony Harris. Garrison Brooks recorded just one rebound. (All Tar Heels
Encouraging signs not enough as UNC’s modest streak runs out at Florida State
There were encouraging moments and pleasantly surprising developments for North Carolina, but not enough sustained good things to solve Florida State. The Tar Heels’ modest winning streak ran out in an 82-75 loss to the Seminoles Saturday at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Fla., as Florida State secured its 20th straight league victory at home. (Burlington Times-News
UNC's Anthony Harris Makes Impact in Return
On Saturday afternoon, Anthony Harris was back, breathing life into an oftentimes stagnant offense and bringing toughness to a defense in which that trait has been sorely lacking. The 6-foot-4, 196-pound guard only logged nine minutes, but his plus-10 contribution was eight points higher than his next closest teammate (Andrew Platek, plus-2). (Inside Carolina
Roy Williams, Players Post-Florida State Quotes
Roy Williams: "I think we are getting better, I think we are doing some things better. I'm about as frustrated right now as you can possibly be because I just think of the little things that I think we could've done better that would've helped us. But Florida State is really good. They have a coach that's been around for quite a while that's a great, great coach." (GoHeels.com
2021 college football rankings: UNC ranked 9th by CBS Sports, 11th by USA Today
CBS Sports (ranked 9th
): The Tar Heels were one of the most entertaining teams in 2020. It's about to get better in 2021. Quarterback Sam Howell is a Heisman contender. USA Today (ranked 11th
): The progression under Mack Brown has been faster than expected. Entering his third season, the Tar Heels are coming off an impressive Orange Bowl performance.
Video: Former Tar Heel M.J. Stewart Balls Out in Browns Playoff Victory
Former North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart made the most of his first playoff action. In the Browns 48-27 playoff victory over the Steelers on Sunday night, Stewart finished second on the team in tackles (nine), was the only Brown to record a tackle for loss (one), and notched the first of four interceptions of Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. (Inside Carolina
UNC vs. Florida State Postgame Notes
Florida State was 11 for 11 from the free throw line in the first half and 26 of 27 for the game. That was the third-best percentage (.963) ever in a game against North Carolina by an opponent with 20 or more attempts. This was the first time freshmen guards R.J. Davis (16), Caleb Love (11), and Kerwin Walton (14) scored double figures in the same game. (GoHeels.com
Anthony Harris Returns To Lineup, Gives UNC A Spark
When Roy Williams walked over to North Carolina trainer Doug Halverson during the second half of UNC's game at Florida State on Saturday, Halverson was all ears. He leaned forward listening to what the Carolina coach had to say, nodded and then walked over to Anthony Harris. The redshirt freshman was told to get loose, he was going in the game. (Tar Heel Illustrated
Podcast: UNC vs. FSU Postgame with Michael Brooker and Tommy Ashley
North Carolina came close to ending Florida State's 19-game home winning streak with inspired play in stretches. But in the end, the youth of UNC could not get the team over the hump. Former Tar Heel forward Michael Brooker and host Tommy Ashley of Inside Carolina break it down in the postgame podcast.
The return of Anthony Harris is not an instant fix for UNC. After a fall with limited repetitions, his conditioning isn't at midseason form. But with him in the rotation, it's reasonable to feel better about the second half of the season. It's believable that on at least one or two of those nine crucial possessions earlier this season, he might have made a difference. (GoHeels.com
There was a lot to like in Tar Heels’ loss from Harris’ debut to Love’s shooting
There were plenty of positives coming out of North Carolina’s 82–75 loss at Florida State on a day when turnovers again hurt the Tar Heels during key stretches. The biggest positives were the confidence Caleb Love is building with his 3-point attempts finally falling and the energy Anthony Harris brought to the game when he made his season debut. (Tar Heel Tribune
Video: Roy Williams Post-Florida State Press Conference
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 82-75 loss to the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee.