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Carolina-N.C. State Notes
Release: 02/16/2017


CAROLINA (97) at NC STATE (73)

FEBRUARY 15, 2017




UNC Scoring Leader: Joel Berry II (18)

UNC Rebound Leader: Kennedy Meeks (8)

UNC Assist Leader: Joel Berry II (6)

Points Per Possession: Carolina 1.09 (97 points in 89 possessions); NC State .90 (73 points on 81 possessions)


Carolina Notes

• 22-5 overall, 10-3 in the ACC

• This the 41st time Carolina has won at least 10 ACC regular-season games.

• Carolina has won at least 10 ACC regular-season games for the seventh consecutive year and the 12th time in 14 seasons under head coach Roy Williams.

• This is the first time Carolina has beaten NC State twice in one season by 20 or more points since 1993. Carolina has won the two games this year against NC State by 51 and 24 points. In 1993, UNC won by 33 and 46 points.

• The 24-point margin of victory ties Carolina’s largest over NC State in PNC Arena. UNC also won by 24 in 2006 (95-71).

• This is the first time UNC has scored 90 or more points in consecutive games against NC State since a three-game stretch in 1992 and 1993.

• Carolina scored 51 first-half points. That was the third consecutive half UNC scored 50 or more points against NC State (56 and 51 in the game in Chapel Hill on 1/8). UNC has scored 50 or more points in two other halves in ACC play this year.

• Carolina scored a season-high 42 field goals (previous 39 vs. NC State in Chapel Hill).

• Carolina shot 56.0 percent from the floor, its highest in an ACC game this year and the highest since shooting 57.8 percent in consecutive games in November against Chaminade and Oklahoma State.

• Carolina shot 60.6 percent from the floor in the second half, its highest in a half since shooting 61.1 percent in the second half vs. Virginia Tech on 1/26.

• Tonight was the second ACC game this year in which UNC shot 50 percent or better from the floor in both halves (also at Wake Forest).

• Carolina entered the game leading the nation in rebound margin at 13.1 per game and offensive rebounds with 16.0 per game. Tonight, the Tar Heels grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and out-rebounded the Pack overall by 16 (41-25).

• The Tar Heels scored 27 second-chance points, one less than their season-high 28 at Hawai’i. 

• UNC is now 14-0 this year when it scores 20 or more second-chance points.

• Carolina came into the game leading the nation in offensive rebound percentage (42.4 percent) and grabbed 52.9 percent of its own misses (18 of 34).

• Carolina scored 29 bench points, most since it scored 38 against NC State on 1/8.

• Five Tar Heels scored in double figures and another had eight points. Five different players made at least six field goals.

• Carolina is 6-4 on the road this year, including 4-3 in ACC road games.


Tar Heel Player Notes

Joel Berry II became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points (most in NCAA history). He scored 18 and has 1,013 career points. He joins Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks as 1,000-point scorers.

Luke Maye scored a career-high 13 points and added seven rebounds. It was the third time Maye has scored in double figures (11 vs. Kentucky and 10 vs. Davidson in December). Maye made a career-high six field goals (previous four) in a career-high 11 attempts (previous nine vs. NC State on 1/8).

Theo Pinson made his first start of the season (ninth career start) and tied his season high with 12 points on 6 for 8 shooting from the floor.

Joel Berry II scored a team-high 18 points and had a game-high six assists. It was the seventh time this year he led UNC in scoring (first time since he had 26 vs. Florida State on 1/14).

Kennedy Meeks was 8 for 12 from the floor and had 17 points (10 in the first half) and a game-high eight rebounds. He is 16 for 25 from the floor in the last three games.

Isaiah Hicks returned to the starting lineup after not playing at Duke due to a strained hamstring, but played only seven minutes due to foul trouble. It was his fewest minutes played this season.

Justin Jackson scored 14 points and passed Kris Lang for 36th place in UNC history with 1,395 points.

Kenny Williams did not play. He injured his right knee on 2/14 and will have season-ending surgery next Tuesday (2/21).


Roy Williams Notes

• Tonight’s game was Roy Willams’ 500th game as UNC’s head coach. He is the sixth to coach at least 500 games as an ACC head coach. Williams is 387-113 at Carolina, more wins than any coach in ACC history in his first 500 games. Dean Smith won 377 and Mike Krzyzewski won 367 in their first 500 games. Lefty Driesell (344 wins), Gary Williams (328) and Bobby Cremins (310) also coached at least 500 games as ACC head coaches.

• Williams is 805-214 overall, 387-113 at Carolina, 165-64 in ACC regular-season games and 74-41 in ACC road games.


Series Notes

• Carolina leads, 155-77, and has won 21 of the last 23 games.

• Carolina is 14-4 against NC State in PNC Arena (and 18-4 in the building in all games).

Roy Williams is 32-3 against NC State, including 27-3 at Carolina.

• The Tar Heels are 62-45 against NC State in Raleigh.


Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 18, vs. Virginia at 8:15 p.m. (Dean E. Smith Center)​

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