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UNC-Wisconsin Notes
Release: 11/24/2016



NOVEMBER 23, 2016


UNC Scoring Leaders: Joel Berry II (22) 

UNC Rebound Leaders: Kennedy Meeks (16)

UNC Assist Leader: Joel Berry II (3)


Maui Jim Maui Invitational MVP: Joel Berry II

All-Tournament Team: Berry, Kennedy Meeks


Carolina Notes

• Carolina won its fourth Maui Invitational title. The Tar Heels have won more games in the Maui Invitational than any school in the nation (18) and are second in titles with four. UNC has won the Maui Invitational in 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2008-09 and 2016-17.

• The Tar Heels are 18-3 in Maui in seven Maui Invitationals (plus 1-0 in Chapel Hill in a mainland Maui game).

• Carolina is 4-2 in Maui championship games. 

• The Tar Heels have won 18 games in the Lahaina Civic Center. UNC has won more games in just 16 other buildings in its history.

• The Tar Heels are 7-0 for the first time since going 13-0 to start the 2008-09 season.

• Carolina is 34-5 in the state of Hawai’i.

• Carolina has shot better than 50 percent from the floor in six of the last seven halves, including three halves when the Tar Heels shot at least 60 percent (shot 60.7 percent in the second half vs. Wisconsin).

• Carolina played four games in Hawai’i on this road trip and trailed for only 16 seconds. Hawai’i took a 2-0 lead and led UNC for 16 seconds before the Tar Heels tied the game and then went ahead to stay. UNC never trailed in Maui.

• Carolina held Wisconsin to 56 points, the fewest ever in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. The previous low was 58 by Chaminade against Providence in the inaugural Maui Inviational in 1985.

• Carolina’s 71 points equal the fewest scored in any game in Maui by the Tar Heels (also 71 vs. Vanderbilt in a win in 1995-96 and 71 vs. Butler in a loss in 2012-13).

• The 71 points are the fewest by the Tar Heels this season.

• Carolina shot a season-high 100 percent from the free throw line (12 for 12), tying the fourth-best single-game performance in UNC history. This was the ninth time in school history the Tar Heels made at least 10 for 10 from the line. It was UNC’s best effort from the line since going 13 for 13 against Duke on 3/7/2015.

• Carolina scored a season-low eight bench points (six by Tony Bradkey and two by Shea Rush). Four players (Berry 22, Kennedy Meeks 15, Isaiah Hicks 14 and Justin Jackson 12) scored sixty-three of UNC’s 71 points.

• Carolina had 31 defensive rebounds and gave up just four offensive rebounds that resulted in only one second-chance point. Wisconsin did not have an offensive rebound until the 12:18 mark of the second half.


Tar Heel Player Notes

Joel Berry II earned MVP honors. For the three games Berry totaled 54 points (18.0), 12 rebounds (4.0), 11 assists (3.7) and seven steals (2.3). He shot 19 of 30 from the floor (.633), 8 of 14 3FGs (.571) and 8 for 8 FTs (1.000). 

• Berry is the third straight UNC point guard to win MVP honors in Maui (shooting guard Joseph Forte in 1999-2000, point guard Raymond Felton in 2004-05, point guard Ty Lawson in 2008-09 and Berry).

• Berry scored a game-high 22 points in the championship, his fourth 20-point game in seven games this season. He made a career-high nine field goals. He was 2 for 3 from three-point range, the sixth time in seven games he made multiple threes.

Kennedy Meeks earned All-Tournament honors. For the three games Meeks totaled 45 points (15.0), 34 rebounds (11.3) and four steals. He was 16 for 25 from the floor (.640) and 13 for 18 (.722) from the line.

• Meeks had a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Wisconsin, the fourth time in seven games he grabbed double-digit rebounds this year.

• The 16 rebounds are the most ever by a Tar Heel in Maui (previous 13 by Deon Thompson, Ed Davis and Sean May).

• Meeks had a double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds) in the first half. It was the first double-double in a half since Brice Johnson vs. Duke on 2/17/16 (18 and 11 in the first half).

Justin Jackson scored nine of his 12 points in the second half. He became the 74th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points.


Roy Williams Notes

• Williams is the second coach to win the Maui Invitational at least four times (Mike Krzyzewski has won five).

• Williams is 16-2 in six Maui Invitational appearances, including 11-1 as UNC’s head coach.

• Williams has won more games (16) in Maui than any other coach.

• The Wisconsin game was his 999th as a college head coach. Williams is 790-209 overall and 372-108 at Carolina.
• Carolina’s next game, at Indiana on November 30th, will be his 1,000th game as a college head coach.

• Williams is 10 wins shy of 800 wins.


Series Notes

• Carolina is 3-1 vs. Wisconsin (all under head coach Roy Williams) with wins in Syracuse, N.Y., Chapel Hill and Maui.


Next Game: Wednesday, November 30, at Indiana (ACC/Big Ten Challenge), 9 p.m., ESPN

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