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Lucas: Beyond All Reason

"Never trust people who don't have something in their lives that they love beyond all reason." The way we feel about Carolina basketball doesn't always make sense. We wear our lucky shirts and sit in our lucky seats. We'll stay up late when they go on the west coast in a couple of weeks but what else are you going to do—let the Heels play a game and not watch? Don't be ridiculous. (

Uncertain opener no pain in the neck for young Tar Heels

Roy Williams was admittedly nervous going into UNC’s season opening basketball game against Northern Iowa on Friday. It’s a condition that only got worse when the Hall of Fame coach learned that grad transfer Cameron Johnson wouldn’t be available because of a strained neck suffered in practice earlier in the week. Williams need not have worried, though. (North State Journal)

Luke Maye Elevates Play in UNC's Opener

Theo Pinson made sure to remind everybody again on Friday after Luke Maye scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in UNC’s 86-69 win over Northern Iowa. “When Luke was torching us in every practice, I knew at some point he was going to explode. And I told people, Luke Maye is going to shock everybody. I mean, 26 and 10, first night?" (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Northern Iowa Postgame Notes

Junior forward Luke Maye led all players with 26 points and 10 rebounds. His previous high was 17 points against Kentucky in the 2017 Elite Eight. Freshman Garrison Brooks had 14 points and six rebounds in his first college game and start. The 14 points are the most by a freshman in the season's first game since Harrison Barnes had 14 against Lipscomb in 2010. (

Turner's Take: Game One

Just eight of the 15 Tar Heels who helped cut down the nets remain on the roster, joined by seven new Tar Heels eager to have some fun on their own. And that’s what Friday night was; it was fun. No one ought to make grand pronouncements based on one game. But for game one, this was pretty good. Questions remain, but many questions were answered. (Argyle Report)

Maye, No. 9 Tar Heels Look Sharp in Season-Opening Victory Over Northern Iowa

Although Roy Williams expressed concerns with what he’d seen from his team in practice leading up to Friday’s season opener, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels can take plenty of positives away from their 86-69 victory at the Dean Dome over Northern Iowa. With Joel Berry and Cameron Johnson each sitting out due to injuries, Luke Maye proved he is ready for the spotlight. (

Video: UNC Players Post-Northern Iowa Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina defeated Northern Iowa, 86-69, on Friday night at the Smith Center to open the college basketball season. UNC was without Joel Berry and Cam Johnson, but still led by as many as 30 in the second half. Here are Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Jalek Felton, and Theo Pinson talking about their performances and the Tar Heels' victory. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Roy Williams Post-Northern Iowa Press Conference

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' season-opening 86-69 win over North Carolina on Friday in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Roy Williams Post-Northern Iowa Quotes

Roy Williams: "We’re happy to be playing a game. My team is tired of practice. In the first part of the second half we really played well for about eight or twelve minutes. In two or three possessions in a row we took the outside shot without even thinking of getting the ball inside. Other than that I thought we were good. I thought Luke (Maye) was really good." (Inside Carolina)

Video: Carolina Basketball Tops UNI to Open Season - Highlights

Behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Luke Maye, the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Northern Iowa 86-69 to open the 2017-18 basketball season on November 10, 2017. View Video...

UNC Runs Past Northern Iowa in Season Opener

No. 9 North Carolina rolled past Northern Iowa, 86-69, in Friday’s season opener despite two projected starters being sidelined due to injury. Junior forward Luke Maye led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, while Garrison Brooks and Kenny Williams added 14 and 10 points, respectively. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Luke Maye with 26 points, 10 rebounds vs. Northern Iowa

North Carolina forward Luke Maye had a big game in the Tar Heels' opener against Northern Iowa Friday night. The junior poured in a career-high 26 points and also added 10 rebounds as UNC took out the Panthers 86-69. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Northern Iowa

That was a very unexpected offensive display considering the absence of Joel Berry and Cam Johnson (muscle spasms). The Tar Heels put up 86 points and did it on 50 percent shooting from the field, eventually building a 31-point lead in the second half. Take away two of the roster's top scorers, and an 86-69 victory is a very welcome start to the 2017-18 season. (

Luke Maye helps No. 9 UNC beat Northern Iowa 86-69 in opener

Luke Maye had a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds in No. 9 North Carolina's season-opening 86-69 win against Northern Iowa on Friday night. Freshman Garrison Brooks added 14 points for the reigning national champions, who opened the season without Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry II and Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson due to injuries. (Associated Press)

Box Score: North Carolina 86, Northern Iowa 69

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 86-69 season-opening win against Northern Iowa on Friday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)

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North Carolina: 93
Bucknell: 81
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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Texas Tech75
at Boston College64
Evans (Texas Tech) 29 pts; Bowman (Boston College) 15 pts;
at Wake Forest72
Bundu (Quinnipiac) 11 pts; Crawford (Wake Forest) 17 pts;
Texas Southern67
at Syracuse80
Scott (Texas Southern) 11 pts; Dolezaj (Syracuse) 10 pts;
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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Duke0-04-0
NC State0-04-0
Boston College0-04-1
(11) Miami0-03-0
(13) Notre Dame0-03-0
(9) North Carolina0-02-0
(18) Louisville0-02-0
Florida State0-02-0
Virginia Tech0-02-1
Wake Forest0-01-3
Georgia Tech0-00-1

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