Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Danny Green's shooting resurgence is making the Spurs difficult to defend
It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Danny Green. Last year’s shooting struggles brought speculation regarding his future. Green’s defensive efforts were still there, but offensively the Spurs offense suffered. But Green has answered the doubts. He’s posting a career high in his three-point shooting (46.3) and efficient field goal percentage (64.6).
NC State plays with zero pride, gets embarrassed at UNC
NC State was buried very, very quickly by North Carolina—down 14-4 by the first television timeout—and not only didn’t respond, but didn’t seem to care to, either. It snowballed badly from there (it is winter, after all!), as the Pack shrank away from the challenge rather than stepping up to it.
Theo Pinson’s Return is More Important than You Might Think
Looking beyond the box score is necessary to see just what type of impact Theo Pinson’s return will have. He is probably UNC's best defender given his combination of length and quickness. Pinson will usually fill a role that requires defending the opposing team’s best perimeter threat, something he will need to do well as the Tar Heels enter the heart of ACC play.
UNC Rises to No. 11 in AP Poll Following Historic Beatdown of NC State
UNC may have needed every one of Joel Berry’s 31 points to beat Clemson in overtime last Tuesday, but after a historic 51-point blowout win over NC State on Sunday it’s clear the Tar Heels are still among the nation’s most dangerous teams. As a result, UNC moved up three spots in the most recent AP Top 25 released on Monday–going from No. 14 to No. 11.
Joel Berry, finally healthy, had plenty to feed his passion
A fully healthy Joel Berry is dangerous enough, but there was plenty to feed his passion Sunday. Some of the pregame talk was that he would be on the short end of his first matchup against Wolfpack freshman Dennis Smith Jr. That helped him produce a particularly spirited effort. Berry admitted he had some satisfaction in getting the better of it against Smith.
Theo Pinson adds versatility to UNC lineup
North Carolina's Theo Pinson had to sit out the first couple months this season after breaking a bone in his right foot during fall workouts. But now that he’s returned, Pinson can be the spark the Tar Heels need as they seek another run to the Final Four. In Sunday’s 107-56 thrashing of NC State, Pinson showed just how much he can improve this UNC squad.
Fans troll NC State after blowout loss
UNC dominated NC State in less-than-dramatic fashion. It was the largest margin of victory for UNC against any ACC opponent ever. The game was ever in question and college basketball fans alike took to Twitter to troll the Wolfpack on their blowout loss.
Joel Berry Excels in Point Guard Duel
On Sunday, Joel Berry scored 12 of UNC’s first 31 points in building a 24-point lead less than 10 minutes into the contest. It was then that Dennis Smith checked out with three points and three fouls. The Tar Heels took a 33-point lead by halftime before securing their largest win ever against an ACC opponent. Roy Williams noted Smith's foul trouble.
Throwing a knockout punch
107-56. It’s hard to remember a more thorough beatdown of an ACC opponent during the Roy Williams era. The 51-point margin of victory against NC State is the highest against a conference team since Williams returned to Chapel Hill. And, according to my “performance above expectation” metric, this was UNC’s second-best ACC showing of Williams’ tenure.
Mark Gottfried Post-UNC Press Conference Quotes & Video
NC State coach Mark Gottfried: "I thought in the first half, North Carolina was terrific. Roy had them ready to play, they made every shot, and it was the perfect storm. They were really good, and we were as bad as you could possibly be. We'll move on from this game and get ready to play on Wednesday. We all watched it, and that was a stinker on our part."
Theo on Theo's return
Theo Pinson got his first minutes of the season on Sunday against N.C. State after missing UNC's first 16 games with a broken foot. He injured it during preseason practice, had surgery, and then went through the necessary recovery and rehabilitation. Sunday was a long time coming. "It felt great. I couldn't wait," Pinson told reporters after the game.
Lucas: Snow Day
You know how non-natives always tell us we don’t know what to do when it snows? I think they might be right. I think, now, I understand the way we’re supposed to do it. To paraphrase Elf, here’s how it works. I planned our whole weekend. On the first day, we’ll go sledding and drink hot chocolate and watch movies. And on the second day, we’ll beat NC State by 51 points.
UNC-NC State Postgame Notes
North Carolina's 51-point win against NC State was the largest ever by UNC in an ACC game (against any opponent). Previous was a 103-55 win over Florida State (48 points) on Jan. 24, 1998. The 51-point margin of victory is the second-largest by UNC in series history (52 in 1921). Roy Williams is 31-3 against NC State, including 26-3 as UNC’s head coach.
UNC hands NC State the second-worst beatdown in their series history
Sunday's game between UNC and NC State was rescheduled from Saturday due to inclement weather, but someone forgot to tell NC State when to show up. The Tar Heels throttled the Wolfpack in the Smith Center 107-56, handing them the second-most lopsided victory in the history of the series between the two teams. Here are three takeaways:
Video: UNC Players Post-NC State Interviews
Several UNC basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 107-56 win over NC State on Sunday in Chapel Hill. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson
, Theo Pinson
, Joel Berry
, Isaiah Hicks
, Tony Bradley