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Off the cuff: UNC coach Roy williams said he didn't dwell on the loss to Duke and the players remained focused.

“We did not practice on Thursday, but I went down to the weight room and eleven of our guys were in there on their own," he said. "On Friday, we came in and I showed them two plays from the Duke game and then said, ‘That’s all we’re going to talk about it, it’s behind us now.’ Our focus was on today and we never mentioned the Duke game again.”

Miami coach Jim Larranaga said the Duke loss had no affect on the game and that Carolina is just a great team. "They shot the ball great from the perimeter, they rebounded well, they dominated us, and that hasn’t happened all year long. That was our 26th game and that didn’t happen to us in 25 other games. Normally, we’ve been able to play and compete pretty well, but we didn’t have it today.”

Justin Jackson, who had 15 points and a career-high eight assists, said the Heels aren't taking anything for granted. “It's great to bounce back from a loss, but for us we have to take it one game at a time. So it was a great win for us, and now we have to regroup and get ready for the next one.”

The 25-point margin of victory was North Carolina's largest against an AP Top 25 team since beating No. 13 Michigan State 98-63 in Detroit in December 2008.


Tar Heels 96, Boston College 65
Heels dominate Miami to regain form

After a sobering lost to rival Duke three days earlier that had some UNC fans swearing at and swearing off the Tar Heels and had some "experts" predicting the end for Coach Roy Williams, the Tar Heels dominated a strong Miami team 96-71 to reclaim sole possession of first in the ACC. (2/20)

The Tar Heels made nine of 20 three-point attempts after going one of 13 against the Blue Devils. And six Tar Heels scored in double figures, led by Brice Johnson's 16 and Justin Jackson's 15.

"We caught them on an afternoon when things were going really well for us and not so well for them," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Early in the second half, we made a bunch of shots in a row and I told the guys in the locker room I was happy about that, but I told them I was really pleased because I thought defensively we were more involved – everybody."

Carolina shot 54 percent and led by as many as 38 points. Defensively, the Heels held the Hurricanes to about 35 percent until the Canes hit nine of the last 11 shots to get to 42 percent when the Heels were substituting freely.

''This one had a little more oomph to it because we did lose to Duke and it hurt a lot," said Johnson, who had 15 rebounds. ''We just had to put that behind us and be able to move on.''

The game was actually tied seven times early but the Tar Heels went on a 15-3 run to take a commanding 30-18 after Jackson hit a three with 7:05 left in the first half.

Ahead 42-33 at the half, the Tar Heels went on another run early in the second half to all but erase any chance of a Miami comeback. Nate Britt capped a 16-2 run in the first five minutes of the second half with a three pointer to make it 58-35.

Carolina didn't take its foot off the accelerator until the final five minutes of the game once the Heels had the margin up to 38 at 88-50.

Miami, 21-5 overall and 10-4 in the ACC, had won five straight and were tied with the Tar Heels for first before the game.

The Tar Heels, who travel to NC State Wednesday, now have sole possession of first with an 11-3 record in the ACC and a 21-5 overall mark.


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