Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Lucas: Following Directions
The Tar Heels did everything right in these three games in Maui. This group, more than any in recent memory, seems completely committed to doing exactly what their coach tells them. Only two seconds on the shot clock? No problem, the Tar Heels will perfectly execute a late-clock set, with Joel Berry throwing the inbounds pass to Isaiah Hicks for a hoop. (GoHeels.com
Tar Heels Outwork Badgers on the Boards
Roy Williams told his players throughout the preseason that Brice Johnson and his rebounding were not walking through the Smith Center door. No such comments were warranted at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday, as the fourth-ranked Tar Heels controlled the boards from tip to final buzzer in their 71-56 win over Wisconsin. (Inside Carolina
North Carolina tops Wisconsin to win Maui Invitational: Three things to know
North Carolina looks great and maybe like the nation's best team. The Tar Heels never trailed in the Maui Invitational and won their three games by an average of 30 points. Simply put, UNC looks great. And it should not surprise anybody if Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams makes his ninth Final Four, or wins his third NCAA Tournament, this season. (CBS Sports
Tar Heels already look like a finished -- and fearsome -- product
The tests will keep coming for North Carolina (did I mention the game coming up against Kentucky in Las Vegas in a few weeks?), but now we know the Tar Heels won’t be defined by a heartbreaking loss or by the players who are no longer here. On the contrary this team sees a goal, the program’s sixth national title. Carolina sees its objective and is gaining on it. (ESPN.com
Video: UNC Tops No. 16 Wisconsin, 71-56, for Maui Invitational Title - Highlights
Tournament MVP Joel Berry scored a game-high 22 points and Kennedy Meeks had a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as UNC beat No. 16 Wisconsin, 71-56, in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
No. 4 North Carolina rolls No. 16 Wisconsin for Maui title
The Tar Heels have been as impressive as any team in college basketball this season. The only time they were tested came against Hawai’i in a true road game in UNC’s first game in a time zone six hours away. They’re 7-0, they haven’t won a game by fewer than 15 points and Joel Berry is playing like perhaps the best point guard in the country. (NBC Sports
Tar Heels Down Badgers, 71-56, For Maui Title
Joel Berry scored a game-high 22 points and Kennedy Meeks had a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds as fourth-ranked UNC beat No. 16 Wisconsin, 71-56, in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. UNC captured its fourth Maui Invitational title, joining the 1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2008-09 teams (all of which later advanced to the NCAA Final Four). (GoHeels.com
Video: Seventh Woods' Chasedown Block vs. Wisconsin
Seventh Woods commits the turnover, but sprints back for this monstrous chasedown block to prevent an easy bucket in the win over Wisconsin on November 23, 2016.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Wisconsin
That was the most impressive of any of Roy Williams' three Maui Invitational titles at Carolina. The Tar Heels obliterated a solid field at the Lahaina Civic Center, capping it with a 71-56 victory over a quality and veteran Wisconsin club in the final. Of course, those previous two Maui titles (in November of 2004 and 2008) ended in national championship seasons. (GoHeels.com
Box Score: North Carolina 71, Wisconsin 56
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 71-56 win over Wisconsin in the finals of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday. (View Box Score
How Harrison Barnes has quickly evolved from role player to go-to guy
Independent from who he is, where he came from, and his role on the best regular season team in NBA history, Barnes is a young former supporting player growing into a significant role with a new team. This isn’t a completely unheard-of development in NBA history, despite what social media might have you believe. (Dallas Mavericks
North Carolina dominant on the offensive glass
North Carolina’s Roy Williams knows a thing or two about having elite offensive rebounding teams. But this year’s team goes even beyond elite, to head-shaking. According to statistics website KenPom, the Tar Heels have an offensive rebounding rate of 50.3 percent, meaning the Tar Heels have actually grabbed more offensive rebounds than their opponents have garnered defensive boards. (Carolina Blue
The Kenny Williams Effect
The Tar Heels have been significantly more effective on both ends during Kenny Williams’ minutes at the 2-guard. UNC scores about 14 more points per 100 possessions in those minutes and also allows about 22 points / 100 fewer. Diving into the “4 Factors” numbers, it can be concluded that Carolina is much better at forcing turnovers with Williams on the court. (The Secondary Break
Bilas: "Carolina is the best, most complete team I've seen"
ESPN's Jay Bilas is one of the more knowledgable and respective college basketball analysts. He called the UNC vs. Oklahoma State game on Tuesday night and then tweeted this out on Wednesday afternoon: It's early, and a long way to go. But, North Carolina is the best, most complete team I've seen. Right now, I'd have the Heels at No. 1. (Carolina Blue
Three to Know: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Wisconsin
Wisconsin, which returns its top nine scorers from a year ago, is off to a hot start under rookie head coach Greg Gard, who took over for Bo Ryan midway through last season. The game will feature a contrast in styles as fast-paced North Carolina, which ranks 53rd in adjusted tempo, will have to contend with the slower approach of the Badgers, who rank 348th. (Fayetteville Observer