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Brice Johnson’s memorable performance one for the record books
It was the kind of performance that left people flipping through the record books, searching for how often somebody else had done what Brice Johnson did Monday at Florida State. Johnson finished UNC's 106-90 victory with 39 points and 23 rebounds. Only twice in UNC’s long basketball history had another player finished a game with as many points and rebounds. (Charlotte Observer
Of Billy Cunningham and Brice Johnson
Billy Cunningham practically invented the term “double-double.” He averaged 24.8 points and 15.4 rebounds a game FOR HIS CAREER. Most incredibly, the man recorded double-doubles in 40 consecutive games! No one else in NCAA history has done that. So for Brice Johnson, to put together a game where he can be included in the same paragraph with Cunningham is extraordinary. (WRAL Sports Fan
How does Brice Johnson’s career night rank in UNC, ACC history?
Brice Johnson is only the second Tar Heel ever to record as many as 39 points and 23 rebounds in the same game. Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham did it twice in his college career, hitting for 48 points and 25 rebounds against Tulane on Dec. 10, 1964 and 40 points, 28 boards against Maryland a month later on Jan. 13, 1964. (Wilmington Star News
Kings coach George Karl passes Phil Jackson in all-time wins
Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl passed Phil Jackson in all-time NBA coaching victories on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the 116–104 road victory, Karl took over sole control of fifth place on the NBA’s all-time wins list with 1,156. (Sports Illustrated
Video: Brice Johnson vs. Florida State MixTape
Relive Brice Johnson's career night (39 points, 23 rebounds) against Florida State. Woah!
Video: Special Locker Room Celebration for Brice Johnson Post-FSU
A career night of 39 points and 23 rebounds for Brice Johnson means a special locker room celebration for the Tar Heels in Tallahassee, Florida after the 106-90 win against Florida State.
Still Unpacking The Brice Johnson Game
Whew. It's not every game you see a performance as prolific as Brice Johnson's 39 points, 23 rebound outing versus Florida State. As you might imagine, the game notes sent out by UNC included a variety of career highs for Johnson and as well as other "most since/first time since" nuggets. Let's take a look. (Tar Heel Blog
As ESPN Hypes Ben Simmons, Buddy Hield, Brice Johnson Make Statements for National Player of Year
In recent years, more seasoned players like Creighton's Doug McDermott (2014) and Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky (2015) have won National Player of the Year honors during years when freshmen (Andrew Wiggins in 2014 and Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015) were chosen No. 1 overall in the Draft.Enter Buddy Hield and Brice Johnson. (SNY.tv
Video: Roy Williams Post-Florida State Press Conference
UNC coach Roy Williams fields question from the media following the Tar Heels' 106-90 victory on the road against Florida State on January 4, 2016.
UNC-Florida State Postgame Notes
Brice Johnson is the second Tar Heel ever to score 39 or more points and have at least 23 rebounds in the same game. Billy Cunningham is the only other Tar Heel to accomplish that. According to ESPN, Johnson joins Texas’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin as the only players in the last 20 years with at least 39 and 23. (GoHeels.com
Michael Jordan remains top-ranked athlete in history by Harris Poll
Six years after it asked America who the best athletes of all-time were, the Harris Poll released its most recent results on Wednesday, and there's at least one constant: Michael Jordan. Jordan was once again on top of the survey, followed by Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali, who each moved up one spot from their 2009 rankings. (ESPN.com
"That Was a Man's Night"
So said Roy Williams in the aftermath of Brice Johnson's 39 point, 23 rebound career night against Florida State. As much as Johnson has stepped up his game I don't know if anyone saw this kind of performance coming. Except maybe Brice Johnson himself. The real surprise here is Johnson did it against a sizable front line. (Tar Heel Blog
Video: Marcus Paige Scores 30 vs. FSU
While most of the attention was on Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige also had a big game, scoring 30 points (5-9 from distance) to go with 5 boards and 5 assists in the victory over Florida State on January 4, 2016.
Roy Williams Post-FSU Quotes & Audio
Roy Williams: "I’m worn out. It was a fantastic effort by both teams. I thought we played really, really hard. We didn’t play as intelligently as I like for us to play at times, first six minutes of the second half, they had four old-fashioned three-point plays, where we’re just reaching in and slapping the guy instead of staying in front of the basketball." (Inside Carolina
Brice Johnson leads UNC to 106-90 win over Florida State
Brice Johnson did everything imaginable in No. 6 North Carolina's 106-90 win against Florida State on Monday. The 6-foot-10 forward scored a career-high 39 points while hauling in 23 rebounds in what Roy Williams said was "about as good as any I've ever seen, particularly on the road." Johnson seemed to score and rebound at will against the Seminoles. (Daily Tar Heel