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Lights out shooting shines in seventh-straight win, but Heels have more to do
Long-range shooting powered North Carolina's 91-72 win against Virginia Tech. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels (19-3, 7-1 ACC) took 30 three-point shots and made a season-best 14. But even after the seventh-straight win securing the outright top spot in the ACC, UNC didn't seem quite satisfied.
UNC shows Hokies why it’s the country’s best rebounding team
This is a North Carolina team that believes in second chances...and then some. The No. 9 Tar Heels are the most dominant rebounding team in the country, and you’ll have no trouble convincing Virginia Tech after a 91–72 victory at the Smith Center on Thursday. UNC came into the game leading the nation in rebounding, offensive rebounds and rebound margin.
North Carolina flexes too much muscle for Virginia Tech
Entering Thursday, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team had played three straight games that were not decided until the waning minutes. There was no such drama this time. Ninth-ranked North Carolina showed why it is the best rebounding team in the nation, dominating the Hokies on the glass and cruising to a 91-72 victory at the Smith Center.
Justin Jackson's elevated game makes North Carolina title contender
The current era in college basketball looks down on juniors and seniors still sticking to their teams. They are expected to move on the NBA and star in the league. Justin Jackson is a throwback player in that sense. He has steadily improved his game since heading to Chapel Hill as a freshman and now looks like an NBA Draft lottery pick.
No. 9 UNC Displays All-Around Dominance in Win Over Virginia Tech
Now alone atop the ACC men’s basketball standings, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels flexed their muscles and played like it Thursday at the Smith Center—dominating Virginia Tech from the inside and the outside in a 91-72 victory. UNC drained a season-high 14 three-pointers in the rout—on a staggering 30 attempts–while also punishing Virginia Tech on the glass.
Tar Heels' 3-point shooting shaping up to be a new concern for foes
The scouting report on slowing North Carolina's offense just got a little bit tougher. After watching Carolina drill a season-high 14 3-pointers in its 91-72 win over the Hokies, it's time to rewrite the game plan. It was the most 3-pointers the Heels have made since having 15 against Mississippi State in the 2012 Maui Invitational. Six different players made 3s.
Only hot takes for Tar Heels were from three
UNC beat Virginia Tech 91-72 to take a one-game lead on the rest of the ACC, but my job isn't to tell you about the game. I've been asked to write a "hot take article" to help get us some traffic. It's all about the clicks in this business. The clicks and the views. And so far, this season, Carolina has been dominated in that category by a wide margin.
Lucas: One To Remember
One of the most fun things about attending a Carolina Basketball game in the Smith Center is picking out the former Tar Heels in the crowd and reminiscing. Thursday night, against Virginia Tech, there was Antawn Jamison, Phil Ford, Lennie Rosenbluth, Sean May, Eric Montross, and Desmond Hubert. Each comes with their own set of memories.
Amid trend of upsets, Tar Heels lean on hard lessons they've already learned
Ninth-ranked North Carolina, which lost to the unranked Yellow Jackets to open conference play, avoided a similar fate against the Hokies putting together one of the season’s most complete efforts and backing up their status as the ACC’s current top dog. “It’s the middle of the season, teams get lackadaisical,” Tar Heels center Kennedy Meeks said.
UNC's Winning the Specialty Stats
The Tar Heels rolled past Virginia Tech for their seventh-straight victory and into sole possession of first place in the ACC by dominating the statistical categories that are little more than footnotes at the bottom of box scores. For the game, UNC took 22 more field goal attempts (73-51) and outscored VT 20-6 in second-chance points and 11-5 in points off turnovers.
UNC-Virginia Tech Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Theo [Pinson] rolled his ankle. We’ll see what it is but we didn’t want to push it putting him back in. I sent after him to come out there and sit on the bench thinking everyone would cheer like crazy for him. I’m not a very good director because that was the same time Justin [Jackson] made the big three and then I put all the walk-ons in, so nobody realized."
UNC-Virginia Tech Postgame Notes
The Tar Heels are now 19-3 overall, 7-1 in the ACC and 11-0 at home this season. UNC scored 85 or more points for the seventh consecutive ACC game. UNC had never done that in more than five straight ACC games in its history prior to this stretch. Justin Jackson led UNC in scoring for the 10th time this year with 26 points, his 10th 20-point game of the season.
Video: UNC Players Post-Virginia Tech Interviews
Several North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 91-72 win over Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill on Thursday. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson
, Kennedy Meeks
, Joel Berry
, Tony Bradley
The Primary Break: UNC-VT Quick Takes
Quick statistical nuggets from UNC’s 91-72 victory over Virginia Tech. Both UNC’s 14 made 3s and 30 attempted 3s were season highs, topping the 12 and 27 against NC State. Justin Jackson’s 26 points pushed him past 1300 in his career. He moved by York Larese, Joe Forte, George Karl, and Kevin Madden, and now ranks 42nd on UNC’s career leaderboard with 1303.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Virginia Tech Press Conference
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 91-72 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday in Chapel Hill.