Written by Adam Lucas1. Carolina avoided Thanksgiving disaster by defeating Portland, 89-81. The Flyers used a versatile offense and assisted on 22 of their 28 field goals to make the game tighter than expected. credit to RJ Daviswho didn’t have a great day overall but led the Heels with five assists, drilled a clutch jumper with 24 seconds remaining to create breathing room and then drilled a few free throws with 18.4 seconds remaining.
2. Nance’s house He showed a tendency early in his Carolina career to be ocean-veined. He was consistently good Thursday, hitting five of his eight three-pointers, many of them in important second-half breaks. He had a key 20 points in the second half when the Star Tar needed it most.
3. The crime was largely from Nance’s Caleb Love Produce. The Tar Heel duo combined for 51 of Carolina’s points. They were helped in those final 20 minutes by nine second half rebounds Armando Pacote, with six of those who came on the attacking glass. Those slabs were part of the Tar Heels’ first dominant effort on the glass of the season, as they held a 37-22 advantage.
4. Thursday’s game had a very strange flow. Carolina raced to an 18-8 lead but then saw that swell fade when the Hubert Davis He started using his seat. And while it is true that reserves were not productive in the first 20 minutes (A Di Marco Dunn Three points were UNC’s only bench points in that period, as they trail Portland 13-3 in that category). 11 days. The final bench point score was 25-3 in favor of the Flyers. Di Marco DunnAnd the Buff Johnson And the Tyler Nickel The reserves were the only players to play in the second half, bringing them together by five minutes.
5. Love’s 23 points pushed him past the 1,000-point mark, giving him 1,020 points for his career. This puts him the Tar Heels’ 80th to pass 1,000, and the leading scorer in college basketball. Louisville has the second most 1,000-point club members, with 69. Love easily passed the mark in the first half, when his 16 points was largely why the Tar Heels had a 40-38 advantage at the break. Young either scored or assisted on 10 of Carolina’s 16 field goals in the first half, and the hyper-involved Love had all three of Carolina’s first half steals.
6. Tyler Robertson was one of the most important parts of Portland’s offense early in the season, leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game. leaky black He directed the defensive job on Thanksgiving and was very effective in the first half, limiting Robertson to just one field goal attempt. The pitcher was marginally better in the second half, hitting four of 11 shots. More importantly, Carolina held him off the free throw line, where he made 24 attempts in a game against Portland State earlier in the season.
7. CAROLINA WAS A GOOD FREE DRAW TEAM OVER THE LAST SEASON PLUS, BUT THE CHARITY STRAP WAS A PROBLEM THURSDAY. The Tar Heels missed five consecutive free throws in a key stretch late in the second half, helping to keep the Flyers close. Armando Pacote He finally broke the streak by sinking the second of two attempts out of timeout. Carolina finished a meager 13-22 from the streak (59.1%).
8. Bacot’s 11 points and 13 rebounds double-double tied Antawn Jamison with 51 for his career at Carolina, second-most by a Tar Heel all-time. Billy Cunningham leads this category with 60.
9. THE LOCAL 10AM TIP TIME NEEDED SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO THE TRUE TAR HEL’S BASKETBALL ROUTINE. The program usually includes a pre-game meal four hours before the start of the game, but breakfast at six in the morning was not very attractive to college students, so it was modified to seven in the morning. Remember, last year’s Carolina vs. Baylor game in the NCAA Tournament started at 11 a.m. So the heels have some recent history with even earlier beginnings. However, this was the first start anyone could remember in the program’s history.
10. As expected, there was a lot of Nike-related celebration surrounding the event. All teams attended a Wednesday night celebration on the Nike campus that included a behind-the-scenes tour of the campus, and commentary from some key basketball figures including Roy Williams.
11. Williams was, of course, also in attendance at the MODA Center on Thursday. This led to a steady procession of picture seekers in the half hour before the match. The life of a semi-public figure is by no means ordinary. Imagine taking dozens of selfies with strangers before 10 am on Thanksgiving.
12. Carolina is now waiting for the winner from Villanova-Iowa to see who plays tomorrow at 2:30 PM PT (5:30 PM ET). In either case, the last meeting will not be pleasant. Carolina’s last meeting with Iowa was a last-second 85-83 loss in the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Their last game with Villanova was in the 2016 NCAA Tournament game, and we’re not going to talk about that.
13. 5:30 p.m. Eastern start time is a busy day for Carolina athletics. Tar Heel Football is, of course, hosted by NC State at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, a game that will be played on all of the regular Tar Heel Sports Network outlets. THSN’s basketball broadcast will be available through the Varsity app, the GoHeels website and app, and on 102.5 FM locally.