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Off the cuff: The UNC game against Davidson will probably be the least viewed Tar Heels basketball game of the season. Time Warner Cable had the rights to it and showed it on an upper level digital channel. Many sports bars couldn't even get it.

Carolina, with just too many weapons - especially inside, handled a good Wildcat team.


Marcus Paige clipped a page from last year's season as he scored twice as many points in the second half (10) as in the first half (5).

But Paige wasn't concerned about any slow offensive start for him as he was keying on the team getting Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson more involved.

"That’s been one of our keys in the off-season, getting Kennedy [Meeks] and Brice [Johnson] to score consistently," Paige said after the team's victory over Robert Morris. "Tonight you saw what they’re capable of.  I mean, it’s game two, so we still have a lot to go, but they’ve shown that they can do it, and they’re willing to do it.  I mean that’s big for our team."

He added if they keep up the level of production against quality opponents, the Tar Heels (and presumably their fans) will be "pretty happy with that.” 



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The two teams seemed evenly matched early on before the Tar Heels reeled off five points - three on a Theo Pinson three - to earn their first double-digit lead of the game at 36-25.

The Tar Heels led 46-34 at the half with 6-foot-9 Brice Johnson leading the way with nine points. But Johnson picked up four fouls in the second half, fouling out with just those nine points.

Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson picked up the slack in the second half, finishing with 19 and 18 points respectively. But it was the defense that UNC coach Roy Williams focused on after the game.

"They were a difficult matchup for us," he said. "Defensively, it was our best game of the year."

Carolina players blocked nine shots and held the Wildcats to just 11 of 36 from beyond the three-point line.

Jackson, who scored 13 of his 18 in the second half, said, "They love to shoot threes so our biggest emphasis was to not help on the drive but get out to cover the perimeter instead and I think we did a pretty good job."

After Davidson cut a 14-point UNC lead to just eight after a pair of threes, Johnson picked up his fourth foul but Carolina reeled off seven straight points.

Then Jackson scored six of the Tar Heels' next eight points, including a transition 12-foot swish that gave Carolina its largest lead to that point at 63-47.

A Meeks fastbreak dunk put the Heels up 79-60 with just four minutes to play. A minute later, JP Tokoto provided the highlight reel of the game with a one-handed alley oop dunk that gave Carolina its largest lead of the game, 24, at 88-64.

Marcus Paige scored 13 while Tokoto added 10 to join Meeks and Jackson as the four Tar Heels scoring in double figures.

The Tar Heels, now 3-0, travel to the Bahamas to play Butler in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Wednesday at 12 noon.


UNC picks it up in win No. 2, 103-59

The North Carolina Tar Heels, after a lackluster opening win, not only jumped out to an early lead but they kept up the offensive and defensive pressure throughout a 103-59 victory over Robert Morris Sunday night. (11/16)

Carolina's big men controlled the action, mostly on the inside but also on fast breaks, either starting them with outlet passes or ending them with buckets.

Brice Johnson led the way with 23 points, including two fastbreak layins early in the second half when the Tar Heels went on an 11-0 run to extend a 53-35 halftime lead to 64-35.

Kennedy Meeks added 21 points as he controlled the action early. In fact, Meeks equalled his point total from the first game when he scored his 10th point in the first five minutes of the game when UNC jumped out to a 15-2 lead.

The Tar Heels got some play from the outside as well as Marcus Paige hit three triples on his way to 15 points. Freshman Justin Jackson was the other Carolina player in double figures as he chipped in 13.

While JP Tokoto only scored five points but he dished out a career-best 10 assists.

Carolina came away with nine steals and forced 18 turnovers in addition to a 49-31 rebounding edge.

"We were much more active defensively tonight than we were Friday night," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "That seems like a long time ago, but I think that we turned those turnovers and those missed shots into fastbreaks better."

He added that the Tar Heels executed much better against their zone and move around and moved the ball better.

Williams was especially pleased with Johnson and Meeks down low but he seems to be saying that the jury is still out on whether or not they'll be consistent.

"I thought last year those guys had some good games, some really good games now and then, but its got to be on a consistent basis, like Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Tyler Hansbrough and Sean May," Williams said. "Those guys give it to you every night and then its difficult for the other team to play anything."

The Tar Heels, now 2-0, play at Davidson Saturday at 2 p.m.


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Also, check out my articles for the UNC alumni Web site on Carolina's 8-4 win over LSU, the 5-3 loss to Fresno State, the 7-3 win over LSU, the 4-3 victory over Fresno State and the season-ending loss to Fresno State.

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As a student sports editor years ago, prior to the season, Clifton Barnes predicted a national championship for the Tar Heels and indeed they won. In fact he wrote his lede paragraph for the national championship game almost a year early. He regrets that he didn't keep a journal after each game. He kept a journal after each game of the 2007-2008 season and you can reach them here. At the request of readers, he has kept up his journal of each game ever since. He also has written about UNC baseball and wrote an analysis after each 2008 UNC football game.


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