UNC Scoring Leader: Justin Jackson (21)
UNC Rebound Leader: Kennedy Meeks (10)
UNC Assist Leader: Joel Berry II (3)
Points Per Possession: Carolina .83 (74 points on 89 possessions), Louisville .74 (63 points on 85 possessions)
• 24-5 overall, 12-3 ACC
• This is the 25th time overall and the 10th time in 14 years under Roy Williams the Tar Heels have won at least 12 ACC regular-season games.
• Carolina has a two-game lead in the ACC standings with three games to play (at Pitt, at Virginia, home vs. Duke).
• Tonight’s win was UNC’s ninth this season over a team in the NCAA top 50, which ties Florida State, Duke and Villanova for the most in the country.
• Carolina has won 17 home games in a row.
• Carolina made only three of its first 18 shots from the floor, then made eight of its next 12 shots.
• Carolina shot only 37.1 percent from the floor – the lowest percentage the Tar Heels have shot in a win this season. The previous low in a victory was 37.7 percent against Davidson on 12/7.
• The win was the 2,197th in UNC history. Only Kentucky and Kansas have won 2,200 games.
• It was the 199th ACC win for the Tar Heels in the Smith Center.
Tar Heel Player Notes
• Justin Jackson led Carolina with 21 points. It was the 16th time this year he has led UNC in scoring (12th time in the last 16 games) and the 15th time he has scored 20 or more points.
• Jackson made four three-pointers – two in each half. It was the 10th time he has made at least four this year (did that once in his first two seasons).
• Jackson has made 78 three-pointers in 29 games this year – 2.69 per game. That is the second-highest figure in the ACC this year and the second-best in UNC single-season history (Shammond Williams made 2.71 per game in 1996-97).
• Kennedy Meeks had his ninth double-double of the season (21st career) with 14 points and 10 rebounds and added two blocks. It was his first double-double since 1/26 when he had 15 and 14 against Virginia Tech.
• Meeks is 10th in UNC history in rebounds with 939. Eric Montross is ninth with 941.
• Theo Pinson tied his career high with 13 points (also vs. Clemson on 12/30/2015). It was the fourth time in 10 games this year Pinson has scored in double figures.
• Joel Berry II scored 15 points, had three assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes. It was the third time this year he had no turnovers (also in 23 minutes vs. Monmouth and 30 minutes vs. Virginia Tech). It equals the most minutes played in his career without a turnover (also 35 minutes without a turnover vs. Virginia in the 2016 ACC Tournament championship game).
Roy Williams Notes
• The win was the 807th of Williams’ career. He passed Eddie Sutton for the eighth-most wins as a Division I head coach in college basketball history.
• Tonight was the 400th home win in Roy Williams’ career. He was 201-17 at Allen Fieldhouse, is now 197-27 at the Smith Center, 1-0 at Carmichael and 1-0 in a designated home game this year vs. Notre Dame at the Greensboro Coliseum.
• Carolina is now 11-2 under Roy Williams in top-10 games (AP) in the Smith Center and 20-16 in all games under Williams
matching top-10 teams.
• 807-214 overall, 389-113 at Carolina, 167-64 ACC regular season, 400-44 at home, 199-27 at UNC home games
• Carolina leads 12-5, including 3-2 since Louisville joined the ACC.
• Carolina is 3-0 in Chapel Hill and 3-0 in the Smith Center.
• Carolina is 3-1 against Louisville when both teams are ranked in th top 10 (AP).
Next Game: Saturday, Feb. 25 at Pitt (Noon, ACC Network)