CAROLINA (73) vs. TENNESSEE (71)
DECEMBER 11, 2016
UNC Scoring Leader: Kenny Williams 12
UNC Rebound Leader: Tony Bradley 10
UNC Assist Leader: Nate Britt 7
• Carolina is 10-1 overall and 5-0 at the Smith Center this year.
• Carolina rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half (13-28 and 15-30) and an eight-point halftime deficit (36-44). The 15-point comeback is Carolina’s largest since 2/17/14 when UNC rallied from a 21-6 deficit at Florida State to win, 81-75. The eight-point halftime deficit is the largest in a UNC win since 3/12/11 when UNC trailed Clemson, 38-28, but won 92-87 in overtime in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
• The Tar Heels are at least 10-1 in their first 11 games for the fifth time under head coach Roy Williams. UNC was 10-1 in 2004-05, 10-1 in 2006-07, 11-0 in 2007-08 and 11-0 in 2008-09.
• The Tar Heels are now 191-17 against non-conference opponents in the Smith Center, including 103-6 in 14 years under Roy Williams.
• Tennessee scored 44 points on 38 possessions in the first half and 27 points on 39 possessions in the second half. The Vols scored 1.16 points per possession in the first and .69 in the second.
• The 44 points were the most allowed by UNC in any half this year.
• Tennessee shot 65.4 percent from the floor in the first half. That’s the highest in any half by an opponent this year, the highest since Pitt shot 69.2 in the second half at Pitt on 2/14/15 and tied the fourth highest in a half by an opponent in Smith Center history.
• Carolina held the Vols to just 39.3 percent shooting from the floor in the second half. The last time an opponent shot 60 percent in the first half and below 40 in the second was Florida Gulf Coast in the 2016 NCAA First Round in Raleigh.
• The Tar Heels shot 39.7 percent from the floor for the game, the second straight time UNC has shot under 40 percent and won.
• Carolina made a season-low two three-pointers after making 19 threes in the previous two games combined.
• Carolina also shot a season-low 54.2 percent from the free throw line, making just 13 of 24 free throws.
• Carolina out-rebounded the Vols 41-32. The Tar Heels tied their season high with 22 offensive rebounds (also against Chattanooga) and scored 25 second-chance points. UT had scored nine second-chance points.
• Freshman Tony Bradley had his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• Bradley came into the game leading the nation in offensive rebounding percentage. He had seven offensive rebounds today.
• Bradley had seven offensive rebounds. Tennessee also had seven offensive rebounds as a team.
• Senior Nate Britt made a career-high five steals and tied his career high with seven assists. Britt was 4 for 14 from the floor. His previous high for field goal attempts in a game in his career was 10 several times.
• The other time Britt had seven assists was on 12/18/13 against Texas, which was coached by Rick Barnes.
• This is the first time that Williams, Britt and Bradley were the only Tar Heels to score in double figures.
• Brandon Robinson had six points and three assists in 17 minutes, his longest stint since he played 21 against Long Beach.
Head Coach Roy Williams Notes
• 793-210 in 29 years
• 375-109 at Carolina in 14 years
• 392-44 at home in 29 years
• 189-27 at home at Carolina in 14 years
• Carolina is 9-1 against the University of Tennessee, including 3-0 in Chapel Hill and 1-0 in the Smith Center.
• Roy Williams is 3-0 against the Vols, all at UNC.
Next Game: Saturday, December 17, in Las Vegas (T-Mobile Arena) vs. Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic, 5:45 p.m. Eastern, CBS