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Off the cuff: Normally, you'd think a Carolina team would easily handle UNC-G at home. But the way this season has gone, Tar Heel fans would do well to not over expect.

After all, the Heels have played well against good teams and fair to poor against so-so or poor teams.

But the Tar Heels didn't disappoint and whipped UNC-G. They went on a 25-1 run in the first half and a 19-6 run in the second half to keep it from being too interesting.

Going into the game, Coach Roy Williams said he didn't talk about scoring or winning or anything like that. "I talked about having more concentration and more intensity and I thought we did that," he said.

And what you expect from a game like this is to improve. "We did improve," Williams said. "We got better and that's our goal right now."

Tar Heels 81, Greensboro 50
Carolina drubs Wes Miller's UNC-G club

UNC-Greensboro, coached by former Tar Heel player Wes Miller, held tough with North Carolina for the first 10 minutes but over the next 10 minutes the Tar Heels turned a four-point game into a 44-14 halftime lead on the way to an 81-50 win at home. (12/7)

UNC-G didn't score over the last five minutes of the first half while Carolina scored 20 points, including 10 from Marcus Paige.

The Heels forced 21 turnovers and for the second game in a row placed five men in double figures. One of those in double figures this time was James Michael McAdoo who has been struggling. McAdoo still struggled at the free throw line but scored 13 points.

"It's the first time in five games he's been in double figures," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "I just don't want James Michael to pressure himself. I told him, 'just be a basketball player and do the best you can do.'"

McAdoo looked like the McAdoo of old, especially during a short stretch in the second half. He scored inside, then scored outside with a high arching jumper and seconds later threw one up and over to Brice Johnson for a bucket.

Johnson came off the bench to lead the Tar Heels in scoring with 14 points. Paige and Kennedy Meeks' 12 points and Nate Britt's 11 points rounded out the Carolina players in double figures.

While North Carolina outclassed UNC-G, Coach Williams says that the Spartans' Miller is going to be "a big-time coach."

The Tar Heels, now 6-2, plays Kentucky next Saturday.


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