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Virginia Stymies Tar Heels, 53-43
Kyle Guy scored 17 points, London Perrantes had 13 and No. 23 Virginia used a small lineup to neutralize No. 5 North Carolina's size in a 53-43 victory Monday night. Guy connected on five 3-pointers for Virginia (20-9, 10-7 ACC) and Perrantes hit three, continuing to emerge from a shooting slump that contributed greatly to a four-game skid for the Cavaliers.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Virginia
The 43 points scored in Monday's 53-43 defeat are the fewest UNC has ever scored under Roy Williams. And it felt like the Tar Heels earned it, as it was one of the most sputtering offensive performances (albeit against a quality defense) of the last 14 seasons. Give London Perrantes credit for playing some of the best defense the Tar Heels have seen this year against Justin Jackson.
Box Score: Virginia 53, North Carolina 43
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 53-43 loss to Virginia on Monday night in Charlottesville.
Ol’ Roy and his Tar Heels again beating one-and-done culture
For the second straight year, UNC coach Roy Williams and wily veterans are pushing back against the one-and-done climate. Ol’ Roy has three seniors and three juniors among this year’s playing rotation. They possess less NBA talent than the freshmen who are projected as high first-round draft picks, but the Tar Heels’ experience and familiarity is making the difference.
Justin Jackson Named ACC Basketball Player of the Week
North Carolina's Justin Jackson has been named the ACC Basketball Player of the Week. Jackson led UNC in scoring with 20-plus points in wins last week over No. 7 Louisville and at Pitt, as the Tar Heels clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. Jackson had a game-high 21 points against the Cardinals, and a game-high 23 points at Pitt.
Know Your Opponent: Virginia
Virginia snapped their four-game losing streak Saturday at NC State, but the question of what to expect from the Cavaliers' offense Monday in Charlottesville remains. London Perrantes, who was a combined 5 for 25 from the field in losses to Miami and UNC, bounced back against the Wolfpack with 16 points, 10 assists and just one turnover in 35 minutes.
UNC Jumps Three Spots to No. 5 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25
Convincing wins over then No. 7 Louisville at home and over Pittsburgh on the road this past week were enough to launch the UNC men’s basketball team back into the top five. The most recent AP Top 25–which was released Monday afternoon–had the Tar Heels moving up three spots from No. 8 to No. 5 after clinching at least a share of the ACC regular season title.
Chansky’s Notebook: Happy Birthday, Coach!
Dean Smith’s 86th birthday is tomorrow. A special number, too. The legendary Carolina coach would have been 86 tomorrow, and the best present the Tar Heels could have given him was a win at Virginia tonight. But I can think of why the No. 86 goes very well with Smith’s legacy, beginning with the Dean Dome opening its doors in 1986 with an epic victory over Duke on January 18.
Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook
The unique scheduling created some thorny travel issues. Roy Williams always prefers to come home when he can, and so the Tar Heels returned to Chapel Hill after Saturday’s win at Pitt, getting back to RDU around 5 p.m. A little over 24 hours later, after a Sunday afternoon practice at the Smith Center, they were back at the airport for a Sunday evening flight to Charlottesville.
Justin Jackson Makes His Case
The Pitt Panthers had cut North Carolina's lead to two at 30-28. Over the three minutes that remained before the halftime break, however, Justin Jackson stated his case for ACC Player of the Year. Let’s break down that 10-0, Jackson-led scoring run. It was a quick one, involving just four offensive possessions and four defensive stops for the Tar Heels.
The UNC Business School Student Who Almost Integrated ACC Basketball
Willie Cooper starred on the basketball team at Frederick Douglass High, where the 6-foot-2 forward’s defensive abilities attracted the attention of future Hall of Fame head coach Dean Smith, who at that time was struggling with a losing program at UNC. "One day, at one of the games, some white guys showed up at my high school with a Super 8 movie camera," Cooper says.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls James Worthy Favorite Teammate
The Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s created one of the biggest dynasties in NBA history, winning five NBA Championships with great players like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and one of the best coaches ever in Pat Riley. In a recent interview, Abdul-Jabbar said that James Worthy was his favorite teammate, and it is not necessarily for reasons on the court.
Tar Heels covet rewards of regular season
It’s no wonder that the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season means so much to North Carolina. The Tar Heels keep winning those titles. Already assured of the top seed for next month’s ACC Tournament, North Carolina can claim the outright regular-season crown by winning tonight at Virginia or Saturday night against visiting Duke.
Virginia-North Carolina preview capsule
The Tar Heels, winners of four straight, have clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC Tournament. ... UNC is 7-4 on the road this season, including a 5-3 mark in ACC play. The Heels have a winning road record in 11 of Williams’ 14 seasons.
UNC Basketball At Virginia On Big Monday
Carolina begins the last week of the regular season with its final away game when it travels to Charlottesville, Va., on Monday to play Virginia on ESPN. The Tar Heels are 25-5 overall and have clinched at least a share of the regular-season ACC championship with a 13-3 record in conference play. UNC concludes the regular season at home vs. Duke on Saturday.