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Tar Heels Scramble Past Yellow Jackets
No. 19 North Carolina routed Georgia Tech in their first meeting on Feb. 21 with a lethal display of offensive efficiency. The Tar Heels delivered a similar result through a different manner on Tuesday, scoring 25 points off 18 Yellow Jacket turnovers. The Yellow Jackets committed seven turnovers in their first 13 possessions in falling behind by seven points.
Roy Williams Post-Georgia Tech Quotes
After you beat Georgia Tech last time, your team had a letdown against N.C. State. How do you prevent that from happening again on Saturday? Roy Williams: "If we have a letdown this time, guys, we don’t have a frickin’ heart. Come on. You’re playing Duke and they beat us last time. It’s the greatest rivalry in all of college basketball. If we get beat, it won’t be because of a letdown."
UNC-Georgia Tech Postgame Notes
The 32-point win was UNC's largest win over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. It was UNC's largest overall win over Georgia Tech since a 92-55 win on Jan. 24, 1987, in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige had a career high 6 steals and hit his 200th career three-pointer. It was the first time all season that the only Tar Heels in double figures were freshmen—15 by Joel Berry II and 13 by Justin Jackson.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 81, Georgia Tech 49
It is unclear how many conclusions can be drawn from this game. Joel Berry has played well in the past two games and is the first guard off the bench ahead of Nate Britt. If his outside shot and overall play is finally clicking it could be a huge boost to an offense that sorely needs perimeter scoring. Likewise, Theo Pinson's return could be a catalyst providing he can give Roy Williams meaningful minutes.
Video: UNC-Georgia Tech Game Highlights
Joel Berry II scores a career-high 15 points to power the No. 19 Tar Heels past Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 81-49, on March 3rd, 2015.
No. 19 North Carolina crushes Georgia Tech 81-49
Just in time for a rematch with Duke, No. 19 North Carolina established some late-season momentum by beating Georgia Tech 81-49 on Tuesday night, completing a sweep of the struggling Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels, who have won two straight for the first time since January, close their regular season against No. 3 Duke on Saturday. Duke beat North Carolina 92-90 in overtime on Feb. 18.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Georgia Tech
So with the 81-49 win, now attention can officially turn to the season finale against Duke. The Tar Heels have clinched no worse than a fifth seed in next week's ACC Tournament and could possibly play their way into the four spot. Worth much more than that, of course, is the chance on Saturday to avenge the overtime loss in Cameron Indoor Stadium from earlier this year.
Box Score: North Carolina 81, Georgia Tech 49
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 81-49 win over Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Tuesday:
North Carolina at Georgia Tech, three to know preview
North Carolina power forward Brice Johnson, who had 16 points in the first meeting with Georgia Tech, leads UNC with averages of 15.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ ACC road games. Overall in league play, Johnson is the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points (0.5 more than Marcus Paige) and 8.6 rebounds (2.0 more than Kennedy Meeks). He has seven double-doubles against league opponents.
Preview & Prediction: #19 UNC at Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets got rolled in Chapel Hill and likely aren't going to allow that to happen again, not on Senior Night. UNC isn't likely to play as well as it did on February 21st which is to say this will be a dogfight. Georgia Tech's defense has largely been very good in terms of limiting opposing teams over offensive efficiency. Prediction: UNC 71, Georgia Tech 64
Art’s Angle: No Comparison
Mike Krzyzewski and Kevin White should resign their posts at Duke for harboring knowledge for almost one full year that Rasheed Sulaimon had been accused of raping two women in two separate incidents. How does that sound? Compare that to “Roy Williams should resign despite repeatedly saying that he had no knowledge of his players taking classes that were mis-taught by a secretary in the AFAM department.”
Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes
Roy Williams on having a winning road record for the ninth time in 12 years: “It is something we are really proud of. You have to be able to play anywhere. I’ve always told them I’d rather go into your house and beat you there than in my own house, but that doesn’t mean we want to give up home court advantage. We haven’t played well on three or four nights at home this year and we have to get that changed.”
Tar Heels could climb higher for bye
North Carolina still has a shot at claiming a top-four seed for next week’s ACC Tournament, a final top-four slot that will otherwise go to Louisville. The Tar Heels are guaranteed a bye through the first day, but the so-called double-bye is only earned by four teams. “If you get it, I think it’s important,” Roy Williams said of one of the four teams with byes into the quarterfinals.
Former Kansas senator initiates Topeka High scholarship fund to honor Dean Smith
Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, a high school classmate of the late college basketball coaching legend Dean Smith, has established a scholarship fund to honor Smith’s memory at the Topeka Community Foundation. That foundation announced Monday that fundraising had begun to finance the scholarship or scholarships to be given to a Trojan or Lady Trojan athlete who is interested in playing in college.
Tar Heels Head To Atlanta For Final Road Game
North Carolina will play its final road game of the season and face Georgia Tech for the second time in two weeks when the Tar Heels meet the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday night in Atlanta. ESPNU will televise the game nationally, and Tom Hart (play-by-play) and Len Elmore (analyst) will call the action. Tipoff is set for just after 7 p.m.