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UNC-Pitt Postgame Notes
North Carolina has won 20 games for the 58th time in school history and the 13th time in 14 seasons under Roy Williams. Carolina shot 50 percent from the floor, the ninth time this year UNC has shot 50 percent or better. UNC is 8-1 this year when it shoots 50 percent. Pitt shot 55.6 percent from the floor, the highest percentage by an opponent this year.
UNC-Pitt Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Weird game. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but some way somehow I have to figure out a way to do a better job coaching on the defensive end of the floor. I’ve always taken great pride that we can do some things there. They really shot the ball well, they played well. If Kevin [Stallings] gets that kind of focus they are going to have a nice run."
Video: Roy Williams Post-Pitt Press Conference
North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' narrow 80-78 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
The Primary Break: UNC-Pitt Quick Takes
With 20 points, Justin Jackson moved past Pete Brennan and Rusty Clark into 39th place in UNC history with 1,344. Danny Green’s 38th with 1,368 points. Kennedy Meeks’ three blocks moved him into a tie with Ed Davis for 15th in Tar Heel history with 129. Joel Berry’s five made 3-pointers give him 140 in his UNC career, moving past Jeff McInnis into 17th place all-time.
Video: North Carolina Edges Pitt, 80-78 - Game Highlights
Justin Jackson scored 20 points, Isaiah Hicks added 18 points and 8 rebounds, and the Tar Heels hung on to defeat the Pittsburgh Panthers, 80-78, on Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Pitt
Well, it's a win. Pitt played one of its best games of the season and UNC was somewhat stagnant but still emerged with an 80-78 win. Get used to seeing the zone. Pitt played almost exclusively zone a couple days after Miami went almost all zone. Georgia Tech, of course, also beat the Tar Heels with zone. UNC took 41% of its shots from beyond the three-point line.
Tar Heels Down Pitt For 20th Win
Justin Jackson scored 20 points and No. 12 North Carolina held on to beat Pittsburgh 80-78 on Tuesday night. Joel Berry II had 19 points, Isaiah Hicks added 18 and Kennedy Meeks finished with 10 for the Tar Heels (20-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The league leaders never trailed but also never got comfortable against the last-place Panthers.
Box Score: North Carolina 80, Pittsburgh 78
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 80-78 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
Pitt hangs with No. 12 North Carolina, but losing streak mounts to seven
For a Pitt team mired in a six-game losing streak, progress and hope should be valued, particularly when it comes on the road against a top-15 opponent. Unfortunately for the Panthers, such signs of encouragement don't always end with a win. Guard Cameron Johnson matched a career-high with 24 points, but Pitt fell, 80-78, to No. 12 North Carolina.
No. 12 No. Carolina looks to rebound vs. Pittsburgh
No. 12 North Carolina and Pittsburgh are hurting after their most recent games. It's just that degree of suffering for these teams looks vastly different as they go into Tuesday's ACC matchup at the Smith Center. First-place UNC had its seven-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Miami. "We have some major wounds that need to be healed," Roy Williams said Monday.
Gameday: Pitt at No. 12 North Carolina
Losers of its past six contests, Pitt embarks on perhaps its most difficult two-game stretch of the season with road games against North Carolina and Duke in the span of five days. In the hours leading up to tip-off tonight against the Tar Heels, let's take a look at some facts and figures, as well as TV and radio information, heading into the matchup.
Q&A with Mitch Kupchak
He’s seen them all come and go. He played with some of them, on championship teams in Washington (1978) and Los Angeles (1985). And for 23 years, Mitch Kupchak has been tasked with keeping the Los Angeles Lakers relevant, filled with stars and always on the brink of another title as the team’s general manager.
Do recent losses reveal March weaknesses for UNC men's basketball?
Let’s take a look at North Carolina’s three worst losses — at Indiana on Nov. 30, at Georgia Tech on Dec. 31 and at Miami on Jan. 28 and see what similarities exist between the losses. Then, let’s see if the weakness is a concern in March, when things really start to heat up for the college basketball season.
Know Your Opponent: Pitt
What makes Pitt dangerous is the scoring tandem of Jamel Artis and Michael Young. The senior duo scores almost 53 percent of the team's points, as both average over 20 points per contest. Artis has been especially dangerous, and he can beat you from all over the court. In ACC play he's made 49 percent of his shots from deep. Sheldon Jeter is Pitt's top rebounder.
Marcus Ginyard On The Power of Pinson
If you’ve watched the Tar Heels, and of course if you’re a fan, you can’t help but root for Theo Pinson. He makes it easy to love him. He makes plays and he leaves his heart on the court. He’s been dubbed the “Energy Guy,” “Lightning Rod” and “Stat Stuffer,” among other things. Whatever we call him, he’s got “it.” That something that takes this Carolina squad to elite status.