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Off the cuff: UNC coach Roy Williams said UNC-Wilmington's coach C.B. McGrath is like a son to him. McGrath, who played for Williams and was an assistant coach under Williams, just didn't have the talent to challenge the Heels.

When the Seahawks were shooting well, they were holding their own but Carolina's defensive pressure got to the visitors and there were a slew of turnovers during the 30-3 Carolina run in the second half.

Coach Williams didn't seem to want to talk about the game much afterward. At the beginning of his news conference, he dwelled on the last few seconds when the seldom-used players were desperately trying to get to 100 points with four straight misses from beyond the arc on the same possession. He blamed it on the biscuits.

Close to the end of the news conference, he wanted to talk about watching the news coverage of President George H.W. Bush's funeral for three hours. And he wanted to tell a story about his contact with Bush. Seems Bush once called Williams but he didn't take the call because he has a policy of not being interrupted with talking with one of his players.

At first he thought it was one of his "nutmeg" friends playing a joke but his secretary convinced him it was the former president. Williams called him back. Bush was trying to get tickets for his grandkids to see a UNC game but he said he respected that the coach didn't take his call the first time.

Williams said that Bush set a good example as a kinder, gentler leader.

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It's no real surprise that Michigan beat North Carolina. But for the Tar Heels to just roll over after a decent first half of action is disconcerting.

From the last minute of the first half through the fourth minute of the second half, the Tar Heels were outscored 18-4.

Not only that but late in that stretch and even over the next five minutes, the Michigan players posed and taunted and celebrated in the Tar Heels' faces. There was plenty of time for Carolina to make a comeback but the Wolverines were acting as if the game was already over - in essence it was.

Carolina's 11-0 run to cut the deficit in half at 73-62 ultimately didn't hurt much as the Heels were outscored 11-5 the rest of the way.

Andrew Platek, who only played three minutes in the game, had a chance to cut the deficit to single digits but he passed up an open three from the corner and chose to drive closer for a floater than didn't have a chance.

At the first of the year, most of us felt the Tar Heels had plenty of scorers and than if one had an off night someone else would do the scoring. Problem is that most are having off shooting nights at the same time.

I understand that it doesn't matter how much you score if you don't play defense well but Carolina has to get more consistent on offense as well.

Coach Williams' emphasis is on defense as it should be but the Heels hit only one of 12 shots at one point. Of course they were getting dunked on and shot over for threes on the other end.

We knew Carolina had a tough stretch here and would be hard pressed to win them all - particularly at a streaking Michigan - but there needs to be more fight in this team.

My guess is we'll see that in the future but there still could be two or three more losses even before the tough ACC schedule begins.

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Without White, Heels make UNCW blue
North Carolina, playing without injured starting point guard Coby White, played with more intensity than it did in a loss to Michigan and wore down UNC-Wilmington for a 97-69 home victory. (12/5)

Former UNC assistant coach C.B. McGrath's Seahawks team hung tough for a while, even leading midway through the first half, but a Tar Heel 17-4 lead later in the first half and a 30-3 run in the second half ended any hopes of an upset.

North Carolina, which led by nine at the half despite nine turnovers, cranked up the defense, coming up with 13 steals and forcing 25 turnovers. UNC coach Roy Williams said his team played with better effort. "Our guys were more active, sweated more," he said. "We were better defensively in the second half. Our traps helped us a little bit."

Seventh Woods, playing point in place of White, scored all seven of his points during the 30-3 clinching run. Carolina was only up by seven when Woods scored seven of the Heels' next nine points.

Cam Johnson, who scored eight during the run, led the Tar Heels with 21 points. Freshman Nassir Little scored 14 while Luke Maye and Kenny Williams each added 11.

But the Tar Heels didn't reach the 50 percent shooting mark and were only six of 24 from beyond the arc. "One of these games we're going to shoot really well. I hope it's in my lifetime," Coach Williams said, adding that he feels like this is a good shooting team but isn't showing it.

Ahead 16-6 early, the Tar Heels went cold and the Seahawks hit six of seven shots to take a 24-22 lead with under nine minutes left in the half. That's when Carolina went on the 17-4 run, highlighted by a pair of threes by Johnson and one by Andrew Platek.

The Heels only got to the foul line four times in the first half but their more aggressive play in the second half led to 24 more shots from the foul line. Unfortunately, Carolina was only 17 of 28 from the line.

With the exam break, the Tar Heels, now 7-2, won't play again until Dec. 15 at home against No. 1 Gonzaga. UNC's White, nuring a bad ankle, should be available for that one.

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UNC's Cam Johnson led the Heels with 21 points. (UNC Sports Information photo)

"Nothing positive to say" after Heels loss
UNC coach Roy Williams said he had "nothing positive to say" about his Tar Heels after an 84-67 defeat at Michigan as part of ACC/Big Ten challenge.

North Carolina, which led by as many as 10 in the first half, still held a 35-33 lead with a minute left in the half before the Wolverines drained a pair of threes to take a 39-35 lead. Carolina would never lead again.

Michigan, which hit 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point line, worked the lead up to 12 at 51-39 by the first TV timeout of the second half. Upset at his starters, Coach Williams put reserves in for more than four minutes of game action. By the time the starters were put back in, Carolina trailed by 18 at 63-45.

"They (the starters) stunk it up and so did I," Coach Williams said. "I've coached for 31 years - right now my coaching sucks."

Down 73-51, the Tar Heels did have a little life left as they outscored Michigan 11-0 to cut the lead to 73-62 with 5:27 left. Kenny Williams hit a pair of threes during the run but the Wolverines came right back on a 7-0 run to end any thoughts Carolina had for a comeback.

"This is the most frustrated I've ever been," Coach Williams said, pointing to numerous defensive failures by his team.

Offensively, the Tar Heels shot well in the first half, hitting more than 50 percent of their shots but then shot only 32 percent in the second half.

Two of Carolina's biggest scorers - Cam Johnson and Luke Maye - were a combined six of 19 from the floor.

Coby White led the Tar Heels with 12 points and four assists while Maye and Williams scored 11 each. Garrison Brooks added 10 to round out the double-figure scorers.

Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis led Michigan, now 8-0, with a season-high 24 points.

Carolina, 6-2, return home to face UNC-Wilmington Wednesday night.

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UNC's Seventh Woods works against a Michigan defender. (UNC Sports Information photo)

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Read about any UNC basketball game since 2007-2008
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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.