UNC Basketball

Defense at Length

The combination of improved depth and athletic length has No. 6 UNC primed to elevate its defensive standing from a season ago, as evidenced by the Tar Heels’ 112-34 smothering of Division II Belmont Abbey on Friday. “I told them in the locker room that we have a chance to be much better defensively this year than we were last year,” UNC coach Roy Williams told reporters. (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: Gifted

Before he ever took the podium on Friday night after Carolina’s 112-34 exhibition shellacking of Belmont Abbey, you had a pretty good idea what Roy Williams was going to say. The first words from the head coach: “We’re much more gifted naturally than that team.” That’s Williams’ go-to phrase when his team is noticeably more talented than the opposition. (

Roy Williams Belmont Abbey Postgame Quotes

J.P. Tokoto had six assists tonight, what makes him such an effective passer? Roy Williams: "Six assists and zero turnovers. That's even better. I talk to him all the time that he has the best eyes of any guy on our team right now about seeing things, but sometimes he fails to see the defensive player." (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Top Crusaders, 112-34

Late in the first half of Friday’s exhibition game against Belmont Abbey, sophomore forward Kennedy Meeks got out into a passing lane and came up with a steal. The entire Tar Heel bench rose to their feet. Meeks dribbled alone and elevated for a two-handed dunk, the final two of eight straight Meeks points. It was a fast-break kind of night for the Tar Heels, who dispatched the Abbey 112-34. (

Video: Roy Williams Post-Belmont Abbey Press Conference

Roy Williams talks to the media following the Tar Heels' 112-34 exhibition win over Belmont-Abbey on November 7, 2014. (View Video...)

Box Score: UNC 112, Belmont Abbey 34

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 112-34 exhibition win over Belmont Abbey Friday night in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)

Video: UNC-Belmont Abbey Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 112-34 exhibition win over Belmont Abbey Friday night in Chapel Hill. (View Video...)

Video: Pinson behind-the-back assist for a Johnson Dunk

Theo Pinson takes the outlet pass and feeds Brice Johnson with a sweet behind-the-back pass for the slam against Belmont-Abbey on November 7, 2014. (View Video...)

Video: J.P. Tokoto Crossover and Dunk vs Belmont Abbey

J.P. Tokoto crosses over on his defender and skies for the tomahawk slam against Belmont-Abbey on November 7, 2014. (View Video...)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Belmont Abbey

There's a hesitation to draw too many conclusions from an exhibition game. But it might be worth noting--if indicative of Carolina's depth and ability to score and defend with multiple bodies--that the Tar Heels have now won this year's exhibition games against Fayetteville State and Belmont Abbey by 53 and 78 points, respectively, after Friday night's 112-34 win over the Crusaders. (

North Carolina basketball preview: The Tar Heels are big and athletic, but can they shoot?

Even with obvious question marks to start the season, North Carolina is a consensus top-10 team because they're big, athletic and have arguably the best returning player in the country. Paige is the engine that will make the Tar Heels go this season, as a primary scorer, facilitator and leader. After a breakout sophomore year, Paige will be on everyone's All-America list. (SB Nation)

College Basketball's Top Freshmen for 2014-15

Justin Jackson, G/F, North Carolina: UNC’s signing class contains three top-30 prospects, all at positions where they will have to fight for playing time at point guard (Joel Berry) and small forward (Jackson, Theo Pinson). Jackson is the highest ranked and may be the best shooter of the group, giving him a leg up on a team that shot 33.6 percent from 3-point range last season. (Athlon Sports)

Roy Williams finds refuge on court

The release of the Wainstein Report last month brought a different kind of question for Roy Williams. Williams has been forced to defend his integrity in being asked what he knew and when he knew it regarding the "paper classes." If all that wasn’t enough, Williams revealed his wife, Wanda, has had two surgeries in the past few months. (

Marcus Paige learns to trust himself

No one outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, needs a reminder that junior point guard Marcus Paige is North Carolina's best player. Paige sometimes does. He's not a fan of being singled out, so when he's spotted walking across campus and asked for an autograph, his response is still not second nature. Let's be clear: Paige is not just another point guard. (

UNC Player Profile: Nate Britt

The main issue facing point guard Nate Britt is that his game isn't a complete package. However he does bring certain skills to the table that will earn him playing time. Obviously he's experienced and understands how to run the offense which gives him a slight edge on freshman Joel Berry. Britt's speed is something no one else on the roster possesses. (Tar Heel Blog)

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