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Justin Jackson lets go of worries, continues bouncing back from slump

In the ninth-ranked Tar Heels’ 85-64 dismantling of Pittsburgh, Justin Jackson was superb. He scored 14 points and hit six of the 10 shots he took, including two 3s. He posted six assists versus one turnover, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. “He needed to see some of those go in,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. (Fayetteville Observer)

ESPN segment fuels Tar Heels' defensive effort against Pittsburgh

“[ESPN's criticism of us] was warranted,” Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige said. “But to see that on national TV and know that we’re so much better than we showed there, and then they turn around and show Virginia playing exactly the type of defense we want to play, it kind of motivated us. It was like ‘Dang, we’ve got to right the ship here. We’re better than this.’” (Fayetteville Observer)

Lucas: Help A Teammate

Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that with Kendall Marshall back in the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon, the most fun part of Carolina’s 85-64 win over Pitt was watching the Tar Heels pass the basketball. Marshall, who was back in town during the NBA All-Star break along with former teammate Tyler Zeller, has his name all over Carolina’s assists record book. (

UNC–Pittsburgh Postgame Notes

Today marked the second game in a row and 16th time this year UNC has shot 50 percent or better. UNC is 15-1 this year when shooting at least 50 percent. Brice Johnson led five Tar Heels in double-figure scoring with 19 points. This was the 10th time this season Johnson has led UNC in scoring. He passed Shammond Williams for 32nd in UNC career scoring with 1,448 points. (

UNC-Pitt Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "More fast break points today than any of the last three games, so that was helpful. We shot the ball in (the basket), but we were more active defensively, with one exception, than we have been in the long time. It reminded me going all the way back to the Maryland game of how active we were defensively today." (

UNC 85, Pitt 64: What We Learned

Every season it's the same. Roy Williams plays with a long bench and some haphazard rotations that drive fans crazy. Then in mid-February a concerted effort is made to tighten the rotation and keep the best players on the floor. If you have February 14th versus Pitt as the game Williams would lock the rotation down, pick up your winnings at the window. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina pushes Pittsburgh closer to bubble in walkover win

No. 9 North Carolina rebounded from a rough two-week stretch to pick up an easy, breezy 85-64 win over Pittsburgh. It was the Tar Heels most dominating performance of the season, as they simply just took control of the game from outset and then ran roughshod over the Panthers. Roy Williams' group scored 16 points in transition versus the Panthers' two. (CBS Sports)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Pittsburgh Press Conference

UNC coach Roy Williams fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 85-64 win over Pittsburgh in Chapel Hill on February 14, 2016. View Video...

Video: Tar Heels Shoot Down Pitt, 85-64 - Highlights

North Carolina shot just shy of 60% from the field and racked up 26 assists (on 32 made field goals) in an 85-64 win against Pittsburgh on February 14, 2016. View Video...

Video: Justin Jackson Stuffs the Stat Sheet vs. Pitt

Justin Jackson showed off his full skill set against the Panthers, scoring 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 from deep) with 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in the win over Pittsburgh on February 14, 2016. View Video...

Recap: UNC 85, Pitt 64

There was a question whether this UNC team, which had struggled offensively and been a modicum of inconsistency, would respond to the scare at Boston College. The answer was a clear yes as the Tar Heels used several offensive bursts to knock off Pitt 85-64. UNC had 26 assists on 32 made baskets, was 8-15 from three with five different Tar Heels hitting from beyond the arc. (Tar Heel Blog)

Johnson, Paige help No. 9 Tar Heels roll past Panthers 85-64

Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead a dominating offensive performance that helped No. 9 North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 85-64 on Sunday. Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent to stay atop the league ahead of the next renewal of their fierce rivalry with Duke. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Pitt

What a passing (and therefore offensive) performance from the Tar Heels. Carolina handed out 26 assists on 32 field goals on the way to shooting a blistering 59.3 percent from the field and 53.3 percent from the three-point line. In all, it might have been the best collective team offensive effort of the season, as it produced a relatively easy 85-64 win over Pitt. (

Box Score: North Carolina 85, Pittsburgh 64

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 85-64 win over the Pitt Panthers on Sunday in Chapel Hill: (View Box Score)

UNC great York Larese passes away

York B. Larese of Medford, formerly of Winchester, passed away on February 6, 2016 at age 77....As a 6'4" standout guard at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was a three-time All-ACC selection from 1959-61 and a second-team All-America as a senior. Nicknamed "the Cobra," for his singular style of shooting free throws, he shot the ball, with no pause, as soon as the official handed it to him. (

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