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Off the cuff: At this point, after a convincing yet not impressive win over an inferior Harvard team, I would normally say that teams tend to play down to their competition. But I don't think it's that. Carolina, despite getting its 10th win in the non-conference schedule, isn't playing great against anyone.

The Tar Heels did look impressive against Gonzaga at home. Maybe playing up to the competition? Not sure but Carolina needs to be much more consistent.

The Tar Heels have lots of guys that can score but they need to shoot better. They shot only 42 percent against Harvard.

And they need to rebound better - they had a mere four-rebound edge on Harvard.

They need to play better and smarter on defense and stop turning the ball over on offense.

Carolina looks really good in spurts - the Heels scored 32 of their 77 points in two four-minute spans in each half. But they must get more consistent.

Sterling Manley sat out the game with knee soreness but he could be ready for ACC play at Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.

Tar Heels 77, Harvard 57
Heels ho-hum their way to 20-point win

Playing against an inferior Harvard team, the Tar Heels didn't have to be at their best and they weren't. Still, North Carolina put five players in double figures en route to a 77-57 win at home, ending non-conference play. (1/2)

Carolina scored 21 points off 22 Crimson turnovers to break open a close game. The Tar Heels trailed 20-19 after the first 12 minutes of the game. After going on a 22-11 run over the last eight minutes of the first half, the Heels took control of the game.

A 16-1 UNC run in the second half doused any hopes that Harvard, playing without two key players who are injured, had of coming back.

UNC coach Roy Williams said his team is nowhere near where he wants them to be. "Not in the same universe, " he said.

"We have big-time basketball in front of us now," Coach Williams said as his team starts ACC play at Pittsburgh Saturday. "We've got to play better."

He wants his team to play smarter. At various times he benched Coby White, Garrison Brooks, Luke May and Seventh Woods for what Coach Williams might call "bone-head plays."

On a positive note, Coach Williams said he liked having five players in double figures and he liked how his team got to the foul line, hitting 19 of 22.

Maye led the Tar Heels with 14 points while White and Cam Johnson scored 13 each. Nassir Little added 12 and Kenny Williams had 11.

North Carolina moves to 10-3 while Harvard, coached by former Duke player Tommy Amaker, fall to 6-6.

Box score

UNC's Luke Maye splits defenders for two. (UNC Sports Information)

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