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North Carolina defeats East Tennessee State, 78-55

Posted December 8, 2012

FINAL: North Carolina takes a 78-55 win over East Tennessee State. Leslie McDonald and Brice Johnson combined for 26 points off the bench to carry the Heels to the victory.


FACTS & STATS: Site: Dean E. Smith Center (21,750) -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: ETSU 1-1, UNC 3-0. Away Record: ETSU 1-3, UNC 1-1. Neutral Record: ETSU 0-0, UNC 2-1. Conference Record: ETSU 0-0, UNC 0-0. Series Record: North Carolina leads, 5-0.

GAME NOTES: The 20th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels continue a three-game homestand on Saturday, as they play host to the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at the Smith Center.

Roy Williams' squad has had a week off for final exams and hasn't played since last weekend's 102-84 victory over UAB. With the win, North Carolina moved to 3-0 at home and 6-2 overall on the year. The victory also put some distance between the Tar Heels and a humbling loss at top-ranked Indiana (83-59) prior to that.

Murry Bartow's Buccaneers have struggled out of the gate in 2012-13, sporting a mere 2-4 record overall. Playing out of the Atlantic Sun Conference, East Tennessee State comes into this contest with a mere 1-3 road record, including a 70-45 pasting at the hands of James Madison in Harrisonburg on Wednesday.

North Carolina has won all five previous meetings between the two teams, although the last matchup took place back in 1987.

The Buccaneers were not a full strength and it showed against James Madison this week, as without starting point guard Petey McClain, ETSU had very little continuity on the offensive end, resulting in a mere 45 points. East Tennessee State shot a mere .288 from the floor in the game and was guilty of 18 turnovers. Lester Wilson led the way for ETSU with 21 points, but took 23 shots to get there. Rashawn Rembert was the only other Buccaneer to reach double digits, adding 12 points in the losing effort.

McClain isn't much of a scorer (4.0 ppg), but he is a solid distributor (3.4 apg) and is missed in the lineup. McClain is listed as questionable for this contest (ankle). The team's lone offensive threat is Wilson with the arrests of Marcus Dubose (15.5 ppg) and Sheldon Cooley (9.5 ppg) a couple of weeks ago. The 6-foot-4 Wilson has now had to carry the scoring load and has done his best in that regard, shooting .453 from the floor, including a better .476 from behind the arc (20-of-42) en route to 19.7 ppg. Unfortunately, there is little else in terms of proven offensive commodities, with Hunter Harris (7.3 ppg) and Rembert (6.8 ppg) representing the best of the rest.

Leslie McDonald had a career game against UAB last time out, as he netted 24 points and dished out five assists (both career-highs) in an offensive shootout with the Blazers. McDonald, who converted 7-of-11 from the floor, drained five 3-pointers in the win. Reggie Bullock finished with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, followed by P.J. Hairston's 16 points. James Michael McAdoo recorded a double-double, his fourth of the season, with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Dexter Strickland just missed a double-double of his own with 11 points and nine assists. Brice Johnson finished off the top scorers with 11 points of his own.

North Carolina is obviously a dangerous offensive team and comes into this contest averaging 84.1 ppg (eighth nationally), on a solid .466 shooting. McAdoo has been the most impressive Tar Heel this season, averaging team-highs of 15.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Bullock adds 12.3 ppg and has been lights out from long range, knocking down almost half of his 3-point attempts (19-of-39). Hairston (11.6 ppg) and McDonald (9.9 ppg) are also capable snipers, combining with Bullock to account for 50 of the team's 63 3-pointers to date. Further offensive depth comes in the form of Johnson (9.1 ppg) and Strickland (8.9 ppg).

The Buccaneers were out-gunned prior to the losses of key personnel. Without being at full strength, ETSU is likely to be overwhelmed by North Carolina's arsenal. This one should be well in hand for the home team by the intermission.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 85, East Tennessee State 41

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 9, 2012

    It's so easy to see right through you transparent Carolina fans! Your team lost a lot from last year, your team blows, and has done nothing except beat the creampuffs you've faced. The good teams beat the pants off your team, and you know this is about to get ugly.

    Enjoy the cupcakes. That's about all you'll get to enjoy this year. LOL

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Dec 9, 2012

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    Nope. They've made the NIT or NCAA tournament in four of the last five years.

    How about ETSU?

    THAT is the only cupcake here. Cleveland State is a solid team. Not a force, but no cupcake, either. State just made them LOOK like one. :)

  • fouroaksboys Dec 8, 2012

    ONLY ONE WORD SPELLS THE ACC IN FOOTBALL AND IN SOME BBALL THAT IS THAT IT IS AWFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!! FIRE SWATFORD AND YES I SAID SWATFORD AND WE WILL HAVE A BETTER ACC!

  • fouroaksboys Dec 8, 2012

    well i know im diehardt unc fan but unc fans we ARE NOT GOOD! we are learning but as for being anywhere near the top tear of a weak acc we are in the middle of the pack at best we are awful shooting the ball awful free throw shooting, awful on defense but learning is whats its all about ill give this unc team 11 L'S this year the least ill take the nit this year if it means duke losing it all next year!

  • RD n NC Dec 8, 2012

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    Dont sell yourself short, you`re more than proof mobile homes have
    nothing to do with it.

  • heelsforever Dec 8, 2012

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    Thumbs up to you db.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Dec 8, 2012

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    Yawn!!

  • heelsforever Dec 8, 2012

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    You look ridiculous. Find new elfin tune to play.

  • Sassie Licks Penis Dec 8, 2012

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    Dear sir,

    You have responded to a troll post of which you were not the intended target. Lurk more before posting again.

    Thx,

    Mgmt.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Dec 8, 2012

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    Cleveland State? Cupcake city this year.

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