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Nate Britt helps No. 1 UNC beat Fairfield 92-65 in home opener

Nate Britt matched his career high with 17 points and No. 1 North Carolina gradually pulled away in the second half to beat Fairfield 92-65 on Sunday. Joel Berry II added 15 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who led all the way to win their 14th consecutive home opener. But UNC followed its 24-point win over Temple in Friday's opener with an unimpressive showing full of missed free throws and leaky defense. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Fairfield

Carolina focused just long enough in the second half to make the final score--a 92-65 win over Fairfield--look like the blowout everyone probably thought it was going to be. But Roy Williams will get plenty of teaching points from that game, including the Stags' 15 offensive rebounds and Carolina's occasionally overeager three-point shooting. (

Box Score: North Carolina 92, Fairfield 65

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 92-65 win over Fairfield in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Chapel Hill on Sunday. (View Box Score)

UNC Basketball Hosts Fairfield Sunday

North Carolina will play its second game of the weekend and open action in the 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday afternoon when it hosts Fairfield. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. in the Smith Center as top-ranked UNC makes its home debut for 2015-16. The game is part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, to conclude next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 23-24) in Kansas City, Mo. (

Game Preview: #1 UNC vs Fairfield

After an impressive dismantling of Temple in the season opener to take a 91-57 win, the Tar Heels open the home schedule against Fairfield Needless to say the Stags will be vastly overmatched facing a UNC team that even without Marcus Paige showed there was no shortage of weapons. On of those weapons, junior big man Kennedy Meeks, completely dominated the paint in the season opener. (Tar Heel Blog)

Meeks and the Tar Heels Feeling Good So Far Without Paige

Kennedy Meeks’ effort was part of a collaborative team goal to have everyone step up their level of play while senior point guard Marcus Paige remains on the sidelines with a broken hand. “That’s our main focus right now while he’s gone,” Meeks said. “He’s a great player, great leader—we miss him—but as of right now we have to focus on Fairfield next.” (

Previewing Fairfield

No. 1 North Carolina tips off its home slate against Fairfield on Sunday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is at 4 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU. Fairfield dropped its season opener to Yale, 70-57, in the Connecticut 6 Classic on Friday. Fairfield lost despite holding Yale to 37.9 percent shooting, due in part a 47-24 rebounding discrepancy. (Inside Carolina)

Know Your Opponent: Fairfield

Year five of the Sydney Johnson era at Fairfield began much in the same way that year four ended. After the second of two straight 7-win campaigns last season, the Stags were soundly beaten by Yale Friday night to kick off 2015-16. Forward Marcus Gilbert anchors a veteran front court, as the 6-6 senior is back after a third-team All-MAAC junior season. (

Video: Roy Williams, Players Post-Temple Press Conference

Roy Williams along with Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry discuss the Tar Heels' season-opening 91-67 win against Temple in Annapolis at the Veterans Classic. View Video...

No. 1 North Carolina downs Temple, still has to dress up to fly home

Twenty minutes after the final buzzer, inside the winning locker room of the nation's top-ranked team, and every North Carolina player has showered and is now changing into suits. And not sweatsuits. I'm talking suit-suits. They look sharp. But the plan was not to look sharp. "It's your fault we're wearing suits home," Kennedy Meeks playfully said in the general direction of teammate Nate Britt. (CBS Sports)

Former UNC players King Rice, Tony Shaver coach their teams to upsets on opening night

Monmouth, led by head coach King Rice, defeated UCLA 84-81 in Pauley Pavilion on Friday night. William & Mary, coached by Tony Shaver, rolled past NC State 85-68 in Raleigh. William & Mary's coaching staff also includes former UNC player Jonathan Holmes. 

Lucas: Being Elite

Thursday night, former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce, who played football at Navy and went on to play in the NFL before doing multiple tours overseas in the war on terror, spoke to the Tar Heels. “It was great to hear about family and leadership and commitment to a team from people who live it every day,” Kennedy Meeks said. “He talked about being elite, and that’s what our team wants to do this year.” (

UNC PG Joel Berry Effective in First Start

There was no shortage of pressure involved with Joel Berry’s first collegiate start. With All-American Marcus Paige watching from the sidelines, the sophomore point guard stepped into his role and directed the nation’s top-ranked team to a 91-67 win over Temple. Berry scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting (2-of-2 from 3) in a team-high 32 minutes. (Inside Carolina)

Roy Williams Pushing Kennedy Meeks for More

Kennedy Meeks turned in a career performance in No. 1 North Carolina’s 91-67 win over Temple, according to the final stat book. Roy Williams, however, will need a little more convincing. Meeks, both slimmer and more agile than a season ago, scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels blow out Temple in opener

The top-ranked Tar Heels opened their season with a 91-67 win over Temple in the Veterans Classic at Annapolis, Maryland on Friday. It was tough to tell that listening to coach Roy Williams, however. "When we win, I usually let them wear warm-ups for the trip home," Williams said, "but I told them to put on their suits and ties tonight. I told them, 'It's Nate's fault you have to dress up for the way home.'" (Carolina Blue)

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#8 UNC85
at Pitt67
Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;
#10 Duke50
at Miami55
Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;
#18 UVA70
at NC State55
Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;
#19 FSU76
at Clemson74
Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;
Virginia Tech91
at Boston College75
Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;
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(8) North Carolina13-325-5
(19) Florida State11-523-6
(7) Louisville10-522-6
(21) Notre Dame10-521-7
(10) Duke10-622-7
Virginia Tech9-720-8
(18) Virginia9-719-9
Georgia Tech7-816-12
Wake Forest7-916-12
NC State4-1315-15
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