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Tar Heels fall 85-67 to Texas

Posted December 19, 2012

FINAL: North Carolina opened up the second half with much different intensity but got down too early in the beginning of the game and couldn't mount the comeback. The Tar Heels feel 85-67 to Texas.


FACTS & STATS: Site: Frank Erwin Center (16,540) -- Austin, Texas. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: UNC 5-0, Texas 5-0. Away Record: UNC 1-1, Texas 0-0. Neutral Record: UNC 2-1, Texas 1-4. Conference Record: UNC 0-0, Texas 0-0. Series Record: Texas leads, 4-3.

GAME NOTES: The 23rd-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels hit the road for a mid- week non-conference bout with the Texas Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Tar Heels got back to work this past weekend following a long break for finals and outlasted a tough East Carolina squad, 93-87. With the victory, Roy Williams' squad moved to 8-2 overall and has now won three straight games after dropping two of three contests outside of Chapel Hill.

Rick Barnes' Longhorns have had their ups and downs this season and the result is a 6-4 overall record. Texas was able to end a brief two-game skid, losses to Georgetown and UCLA, with a 75-63 victory over instate foe Texas State this past weekend. It was the 14th straight non-conference win in Austin for the Longhorns.

These two teams are meeting for the fourth straight season. Texas holds a 4-3 series advantage overall, but North Carolina posted an 82-63 victory last season in Chapel Hill, ending a four-game win streak for the Longhorns in the series.

The Tar Heels took a 16-point lead into the break against East Carolina last time out, but had to fight tooth-and-nail over the final 20 minutes to earn a hard-fought six-point victory. UNC showed its scoring prowess, as five Tar Heels notched double figures in the win, led by James Michael-McAdoo's 19 points. P.J. Hairston added 18 points in 20 minutes of work off the bench. Reggie Bullock poured in 14 points, Dexter Strickland recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists, while J.P. Tokoto chipped in with 10 points.

A potent offensive squad, North Carolina is netting an impressive 84.4 ppg, doing so on 46.6 percent shooting. McAdoo has emerged as one of the ACC's top performers and leads the Tar Heels in both scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Scoring depth is apparent, as three others are averaging double- digit points as well, with Bullock putting in 12.2 ppg, followed closely by Hairston and Leslie McDonald with 11.7 and 10.0 ppg, respectively.

It wasn't a strong offensive performance by Texas this past weekend, but despite shooting a mere .397 from the floor, the Longhorns were able to come out with a 12-point victory over Texas State. Javan Felix led the way and had a strong all-around game, netting a career-high 20 points, while doling out seven assists. Jonathan Holmes was equally impressive with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Julien Lewis and Sheldon McClellan chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Scoring points in bunches has not been a strength for Texas, which comes in averaging a modest 63.3 ppg. The main problem has been shooting efficiency, converting just 40.8 percent from the floor overall, including an ugly 29.6 percent from behind the arc. Although he is shooting only 38.6 percent from the floor, McClellan is still tops on the team in scoring at an impressive 15.3 ppg. Lewis boasts of the only other double-digit scoring average at 11.2 ppg. Felix adds 8.7 ppg to the cause, while doubling as the team's primary distributor (5.8 apg).

The Tar Heels certainly have the advantage in terms of offensive weapons in this contest. The Longhorns however get this one in Austin and will try to neutralize UNC's scorers with strong defensive play. In the end though, McAdoo is the difference.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 71, Texas 66

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  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012

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    They need to hit the buffet as well:)

  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012

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    There's no one else I'd rather have behind the bench than Roy. That said, your wife is right IMHO. Roy wants his teams to run and gun, and while most of his players can do that, not all are able to, re: the 2010 team. Roy can be stubborn and rather than adjust his game plan, he expects his players to adjust. I'll give K credit for adjusting his coaching to the talent he has. Roy's not perfect, but I'm glad he's coaching the Heels.

  • StunGunn Dec 20, 2012

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    You're a good fan, THV, you really are. You're right that we have to be patient. As long as the guys give it their all, win or lose, Go Heels!

  • west1117722 Dec 20, 2012

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    Carolina fans need to understand something first these olayers for Carolina are simply NOT THAT GOOD, Bottom line, and what in the world Desmond Hubert is wearing a Carolina uniform is beyound me and Leslie Macdonald has been the most over rated player i ever saw so is PJHairston neither one can shoot, just players that think there good but there not, bottom line

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 19, 2012

    I liked ignoring some of these culls tonight. I'm retired. heh. heh.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 19, 2012

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    I'll worry about my spanking..but right now...you might wanna worry about your own... check da score dude.. *lol*

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 19, 2012

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    Texas isn't even on the rador in being ranked. UNC doesn't play defense. Roy can't expect his team to rally in the closing minutes to win against an unranked dismal Texas team. Roy wins with fast MC D's. He and his entire staff didn't disect a weak Texas offense.

  • WolfPackInDaHouseV.15 Dec 19, 2012

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    that was a good one.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 19, 2012

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    a talented team??? dude, you're a joke. Get real. Tar Holes suck.

  • uncman Dec 19, 2012

    Young, inexperienced teams lose on the road. Fact. I'm a UNC fan and my expectations for this season have always been to compete and play hard. You can't lose 4 first round draft picks and just magically be great the next year. The talent in college bball is too spread now for that to be the norm. Down year for UNC and Kentucky gives all the normal "also rans" that finally have Juniors and Seniors on the floor a chance to win games. We are spoiled by having great interior talent for the past 9 years and we don't have it right now. How about the last 3 point guards being 3 of the 4 or 5 best in UNC history. You can't replace that with a 160lb freshman that expected to be a backup to Marshall this year. Hang with this team and trust Coach Williams. They will take some hard knocks but I think they will be okay by the end of the year. Look for a 10-11 loss season. Go Heels!

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