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Off the cuff: UNC coach Roy Williams played 10 guys who played at least 11 minutes. He said he likes to build depth early in the season by letting that many play.

But don't expect that many Tar Heels to play as the competition gets tougher and the Heels start league play.

"The rotation will tighten up," he said. "I'm comfortable playing eight or nine guys - I don't have a problem with that."

Garrison Brooks, a starter, got in foul trouble early and only played 12 minutes. Brandon Robinson, playing just 11 minutes, got his career high in points with 11.

If no one gets injured and the Heels stay out of foul trouble, it appears that Brandon Huffman will see his playing time diminish from last season. He was not in the 10 players who played at least 11 minutes.

With the rapid rise of Leaky Black, Andrew Platek's playing time has diminished this season as well.

The 10 who got the most playing time in this one were in order: Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams, Luke Maye, Coby White, Seventh Woods, Nassir Little, Sterling Manley, Leaky Blake, Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson.

Kenny Smith's son K.J. might not play a lot but he looks comfortable, confident and in control when he gets in late in games. After scoring five in the previous game, he drained a three from the right corner with less than two minutes to go. On the run, he later whipped a left-handed pass across court on target to a teammate. He would be a star at a smaller school.


I admit. I get fired up over free biscuits - but not buy one, get one free biscuits. I get more fired up seeing seldom seen subs get the Tar Heels over the century mark.

Having once been a basketball scrub, I appreciate seeing the subs play well and score. They outscored Tennessee Tech 12-4 over the last three minutes.

It was truly a team effort - a team win. This is the kind of game that brings a club closer together. That cameraderie - that sense of team - will pay off later in the season.

I can't remember the last time any team had 14 players that scored in a single game. Only twice last season did the Heels have six players in double figures either.

All in all a fun game for Tar Heels fans.



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UNC uses 2 big runs to win going away
North Carolina, which let most of a 16-point halftime lead dwindle, responded with a pair of scoring runs to pull away from Saint Francis 101-76 in Chapel Hill. (11/19)

After the Red Flash cut a 52-36 halftime lead to 58-52 in the first four minutes of the second half, the Tar Heels went on an 11-0 run to go up 69-52. UNC's Kenny Williams, who hasn't shot the ball well so far this season, started the run with a three from the right corner. Once Brandon Robinson, who had a career-high 11 points, hit a pair of free throws, the Heels were in control again, up by 17.

A couple of minutes later, Carolina went on a 15-3 run to work the margin up to 24 points at 90-66. Seventh Woods' floor generalship combined with Nassir Little's offense led that charge.

Little, who scored seven of his 19 points during the stretch, put down a lob from Woods and was fouled to highlight the run.

"We had a couple of nice stretches," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Seventh, during that one stretch in the second half, was really good."

Woods, who early in the game committed a couple of turnovers, dished out seven assists and never turned the ball over again.

Coach Williams said Carolina's 18 turnovers was the most discouraging thing about the game. He also pointed to fouls and putting Saint Francis on the foul line as negatives.

That kind of play isn't going to fly as the compeition gets tougher, he said. "If we play like we did in some stretches, (the upcoming games are) going to be unpleasant for us.

Carolina, now 5-0, play Texas on Thanksgiving night and then play either Michigan State or UCLA in the Las Vegas Invitational. Then, on Nov. 28, the Heels travel to Michigan.

In addition to Little's 19 points and Robinson's 11 points, three other Tar Heels scored in double figures. Cam Johnson led the way with 20 points while Coby White added 16 and Luke Maye chipped in 11 to go with 10 rebounds.

Box score

UNC's Nassir Little shoots over a Saint Francis defender. (UNC Sports Information photo)

Fun, fun, fun as Heels team wins by 50
It was a team win, a team blowout. Fourteen North Carolina players scored, with six in double figures, as the Tar Heels wore out Tennessee Tech 108-58 in Chapel Hill. (11/16)

With the game in control after a 17-2 run that put the Heels up by 25 in the first half, the largest cheers came late in the game with the subs in. Freshman Leaky Blake drained a three from the left corner to get the Heels within a point of the century mark. And then Brandon Huffman slammed home a one-handed dunk to make it 101-54 to send the crowd into a frenzy.

Local Bojangles stores offer a buy one, get one free biscuit on days after the Tar Heels score 100 points. For some unknown reason, that really fires up the fans. They also like to see rarely used players score. Walker Miller scored on a half hook and K.J. Smith, son of Tar Heel great Kenny Smith, went in for a fastbreak dunk to finish up the scoring.

The player of the game may have been a player who wasn't one of the six in double figures. Seventh Woods scored just seven but he dished out eight assists and didn't commit an turnover.

"We've got a lot of guys who can score," Woods said. "If I get them the ball, I have a good chance at getting assists."

It was the no turnovers that fired up UNC coach Roy Williams, who mentioned it early in his news conference.

But Coach Williams expected a big win. "We're more blessed so we should win this kind of game," he said of the game against 0-4 Golden Eagles. "But I'm pleased with the way we played."

He wasn't pleased with the way the Heels played against Stanford, particularly on defense. Except for one practice since then, all the practice time was devoted to defense.

"We've got to get better on defense," Woods said. "We're not close to our peak - we've got a lot to learn. Even in a game like this we had some mental breakdowns in the second half."

That said, the Tar Heels forced 22 turnovers and came away with 16 steals. Defense helped UNC get 29 fastbreak points, the most the Tar Heels have had in a game in three years.

Everyone contributed - there were 55 bench points - but six scored in double figures, led by senior Luke Maye, who scored 15 points in just 20 minutes of play. Sterling Manley was next with 13 points. Freshman Coby White scored 11 while Cameron Johnson, Nassir Little and Kenny Williams added 10 each.

The Tar Heels, now 4-0, host Saint Francis Monday night.

Box score

UNC's Seventh Woods puts the MoJo on a defender. (UNC Sports Information photo)

2018-19 UNC Season Preview

Read about any UNC basketball game since 2007-2008
Other old archived headlines:
2012-2013 UNC basketball season preview
2010-2011 season began with Late Nite with Roy

ESPN blows it - What were they thinking?
Read about UNC's 2010 football bowl win
Readers weighed in on Tar Heels' 2009-2010 troubles
Shorthanded Heels get big game from freshmen in opener
Season Review: UNC baseball had one of its best years in 2008
Carolina basketball's run ends after comeback falls short
Tar Heels run out of gas against Fresno State
Season Review: Carolina ends season where it wanted - in Omaha

Flack does it in the clutch again as Tar Heels fight on
Federowicz heroics keep UNC alive in College World Series
Carolina in the College World Series again
UNC is one win away from third straight trip to the World Series

Carolina baseball advances to host Super Regional starting Saturday
Heels defeats UNC-Wilmington 7-3 with five-run inning
UNC's wins over Miami vault Heels to No. 1 in the nation
Carolina baseball reaches 40-game win mark
Tar Heels take two of three from Florida State

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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Heel Prints reviewed each UNC game
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.


Editor's Note: HeelPrints chronicled the UNC basketball, baseball and football seasons for 2008 and 2009. Since the vast majority of comments I get about the site relate to basketball and since this isn't a paying job for me, I decided to limit my coverage and analysis to basketball. Baseball and football will remain archived and if I have comments or opinions I want to make on those or any other sports at UNC, I will make them here on the front page and then archive them in the corresponding sports section. Thanks for all the positive comments I have received about the site. Should I get sponsorship in the future, I will reconsider adding baseball and football again. Ironically, my favorite sports to watch in person are baseball and football. But my first connections to UNC came from watching Dean Smith's basketball teams on TV or listening to them on the radio in the days before all the games were televised. It should come as no surprise that people pay more attention to the basketball coverage. Thanks for your interest in this site.