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Tar Heels To Welcome Wolfpack
Release: 01/07/2017
UNC (13-3, 1-1 ACC) vs. N.C. State (12-3, 1-1 ACC)
When: Jan. 8, 2016 - 1 p.m. 
Where: Smith Center, Chapel Hill
Tickets: Sold Out
Watch: ESPN
Live Stats: GoHeels.com
UNC NotesNCSU Notes 
Rankings: UNC No. 14/No. 16 (AP/coaches); NCSU is unranked.
Series: UNC leads, 153-77 & has won 19 of the last 21 meetings

ACC Home Opener Vs. North Carolina State

• Carolina plays its first ACC home game of the season on Sunday, 1/8, when the Tar Heels play host to NC State.  The game was scheduled for Saturday before icy road conditions forced a rescheduling.

• The Tar Heels are 13-3, 1-1 in the ACC after losing the conference opener at Georgia Tech then beating Clemson on the road in overtime.

• NC State is 12-3, 1-1 after beating Virginia Tech, 104-78, on 1/4.

• This is the earliest (third ACC game) these teams have played since 2007-08, when they met in UNC’s second conference game.

• Carolina lost its ACC opener for the 12th time in history and the third time in the last five years (2013 at Virginia, 2014 at Wake Forest and 2017 at Georgia Tech).

• This is the 10th time in 64 seasons the Tar Heels began ACC play with consecutive road games. UNC previously did that in 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1998 and 2003.

• The Tar Heels are ranked 14th in the AP and 16th in the coaches’ polls.

 

Carolina-NCSU Series

• The Tar Heels lead the series with NC State, 153-77, winning 19 of the last 21 games.  

• UNC has won 25 of the last 28 and 42 of its last 52 games against NC State.

• Carolina is 74-23 against NC State in Chapel Hill, including 24-6 at the Dean E. Smith Center. 

Roy Williams is 30-3 as a head coach against NC State, including a 5-0 record at Kansas and a 25-3 mark at Carolina. The Tar Heels are 12-1 against NC State in the Smith Center under Williams. The loss came on 2/24/15, when UNC scored just 46 points, the fewest it has ever scored in the Smith Center.

• Carolina swept the season series with the Wolfpack 10 times in Roy Williams’ first 13 years as the Tar Heel head coach.

• Carolina swept the season series from the Wolfpack in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2015-16 and took two of three meetings in 2006-07.

 

Last Year vs. NC State

• Carolina defeated NC State, 84-73, at home on 1/16/16, and beat the Wolfpack, 80-68, in Raleigh on 2/24/16.

• The game in Chapel Hill was tied at 29 at the half.

Kennedy Meeks had 23 points, six rebounds and three blocks in the home win. He was 8 for 10 from the floor in the second half.

• Carolina’s three leading scorers entering the 1/16 game (Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson) combined for just 15 points.

• In the win in Raleigh, NC State led 23-10 with 12:08 to play in the first half. UNC ended the half on a 28-10 run and out-scored the Pack 70-45 over the final 32:08.

Brice Johnson led UNC with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Justin Jackson had 17 points, six rebounds and three assists.

• Carolina shot 51.7 percent from the floor and held the Wolfpack to 39.4 percent in the second half.

 

Tar Heel Notes

Scoring/Shooting

• Carolina is averaging 87.9 points per game, first in the ACC and 11th in the nation.

• The Tar Heels averaged 89.6 points in their 14 non-conference games, their highest scoring average prior to ACC play since 2008-09 when they averaged 94.8 points.

• Carolina is 10th in the nation in scoring margin, 11th in points per game and 12th in assists. 

• Carolina is 10th nationally in offensive efficiency and 14th in defensive efficiency (KenPom’s version of points per 100 possessions). 

• Small forward Justin Jackson and point guard Joel Berry II are Carolina’s leading two scorers. The last time UNC’s top two scorers were perimeter players was 1990-91 when small forward Rick Fox (16.9) and shooting guard Hubert Davis (13.3) were UNC’s top two scorers.

• Four Tar Heels are averaging in double figures in all games and in the 13 wins, but in the three losses only Justin Jackson (23.7) and Joel Berry II (13.0) are averaging double figures. The Tar Heels have scored 76.7 points in their three losses (11.2 below season average).

Justin Jackson is averaging 21.6 points in the last five games.

• Three different perimeter players have led UNC in scoring in 13 of the 16 games (Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II have led the team six times apiece and Kenny Williams has done it twice.)

• Forward Isaiah Hicks led UNC in scoring twice (consecutive games against Hawai’i and Chaminade) and forward Kennedy Meeks topped the Tar Heels with 18 points vs. Northern Iowa.

Justin Jackson leads the team with 14 double-figure scoring games. Kennedy Meeks is second with 12.

Justin Jackson has scored 20 or more points six times, including 27 or more four times. Brice Johnson scored 27 or more four times last year en route to first-team All-America honors.

• The last player to score 27 or more points five times in a season was Tyler Hansbrough who did it six times in 2008-09 (he did it 11 times in 2007-08).

• Jackson’s scoring average is up 5.2 points from a year ago (12.2 to 17.4). The last returning starter to improve that much in one season was Marcus Paige, who increased his average 9.3 points from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

• Four Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points in a game this year. Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson have done it six times apiece, and Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks each reached that mark once. 

• The Tar Heels have hit the century mark four times this year. That’s the most 100-point games in one season since 2011-12 when UNC reached that mark four times. The last season with more than four was 2008-09 when the eventual national champions hit 100 nine times.

• Earlier this season, Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson became the 73rd and 74th Tar Heels to score 1,000 career points. Carolina has more 1,000-point scorers than any other school in the nation.

• Meeks is UNC’s active career leader with 1,186 points. Jackson is next at 1,174.

Isaiah Hicks has 844 points (needs 156 for 1,000) and Joel Berry II has 850 points (needs 150 for 1,000).

• The Tar Heels are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 37.7 percent from 3FG in the 13 wins and 41.7 percent from the floor and 31.1 percent from 3FG in the three losses.

• The opponents are shooting 37.9 percent from the floor and 30.6 percent 3FG in Carolina’s 13 wins and 48.6 percent from the floor and 42.0 percent from 3FG in UNC’s three defeats.

 

Rebounding

• Carolina leads the nation in rebound margin (14.0 per game), is second nationally in rebounds per game (45.6) and second in offensive rebounding (16.3 per game). The Tar Heels lead the ACC in all three categories.

• Carolina has 261 offensive rebounds, while the opponents have 347 defensive rebounds. The Tar Heels are getting 42.9 percent of their own missed shots. On the defensive end of the floor, UNC is grabbing 74.7 percent of the missed shots.

• Carolina is second in the country in offensive rebound percentage behind Kent State. UNC is one of seven teams with an offensive rebounding percentage of at least .400.

Kennedy Meeks leads UNC with 65 offensive boards and is third in the country in offensive rebounding percentage (18.1 percent). 

• Freshman Tony Bradley is second with 52 offensive rebounds. He grabs more than 21 percent of the offensive rebounds when he is on the floor.

• Bradley has seven or more offensive rebounds in three games (eight at Hawai’i, seven vs. Chattanooga and seven vs. Tennessee).

• The Tar Heels have scored 20 or more second-chance points in seven games this year: 28 at Hawai’i, 26 vs. Chaminade, 25 vs. Tennessee, 21 vs. Chattanooga, 21 vs. Oklahoma State and 20 vs. Monmouth and Clemson. The opponents have 10 or more second-chance points four times, including 18 by Oklahoma State and 17 by Long Beach.

• Carolina has 50 or more rebounds in six  games this year with a high of 57 vs. Monmouth.

• Carolina has a plus-17 rebound margin in its 13 wins and a plus-1.0 margin in its three losses. 

Kennedy Meeks is averaging a career-high 9.9 rebounds this season. Meeks has double-figure rebounds seven times this year; he did that four times all of last season.

• Meeks has 42 rebounds (14.0) in the last three games, including 30 in the two ACC games (14 at Georgia Tech and 16 at Clemson). The 42 rebounds are the most in any three-game stretch in his career (previous was 36 against Florida, Iowa and East Carolina in 2014-15).

Justin Jackson has led UNC in rebounding four times, something he did twice in 78 games over his first two seasons.

 

Three-Pointers

• Carolina is making 7.0 three-pointers per game, up from 5.6 a year ago. 

• Carolina has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in nine of the first 16 games. Last year, it took UNC 30 games to record its ninth game with at least 20 three-point attempts.

• UNC is shooting 36.4 percent from three-point range, up from a school-record low of 32.7 percent last season. 

• The Tar Heels have shot 40 percent or better 3FG in seven games and are 6-1 in those six games (lost to Kentucky despite making 9 of 17 3FGs). That includes a 10 for 24 (.417) effort in the win at Clemson.

Justin Jackson leads UNC with 35 threes and is shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, up from 29.2 percent last year.

Joel Berry II leads UNC in three-point percentage at .429 and is second in made threes with 33.

Justin Jackson is 31 for 59 (.525) from three-point range in games where he makes more than one and 4 for 36 in games where he makes none or one.

• Jackson has 35 three-pointers in 16 games. He made 28 in 38 games as a freshman and his 35th in his 40th game (the national championship game in April) as a sophomore.

Justin Jackson has made four or more three-pointers five times this season (four times in the last eight games). Prior to this season, he made four in a game once (vs. Virginia in the 2015 ACC Tournament).

• Thirty-one percent of the opponents’ baskets have been three-point field goals. Twenty-two percent of UNC’s field goals are from behind the arc.

• The opponents have attempted 38 percent of their shots from three-point range. UNC has attempted 29 percent of its field goals from behind the arc.

• The opponents are making 0.5 more three-pointers per game than the Tar Heels. Last year, Carolina made 2.1 fewer threes per game than the opponents.

 

Free Throws

• Carolina has made 289 free throws, while the opponents have attempted 285.

• However, in the two ACC games, the opponents are 41 for 52 from the line, while the Tar Heels are just 19 for 26 from the free throw line.

• Three starters are shooting 75 percent or better from the FT line– Joel Berry II (.929), Justin Jackson (.786) and Isaiah Hicks (.771).

• Berry is second in the ACC and is seventh in the nation in free throw shooting this year at 92.9 percent.

• Berry II has the highest career free throw percentage in UNC history at .859 (158 for 184).

• Berry is 39 for 42 from the line this year – 92.2 percent. UNC’s single-season record is .911 by Shammond Williams in 1997-98.

• Four of UNC’s top five all-time leaders have played for Roy Williams.

 

Carolina’s All-Time Free Throw Pct. Leaders

.859 Joel Berry II, 2014-

.849 Shammond Williams, 1994-98

.847 Marvin Williams, 2004-05

.845 Danny Green, 2005-09

.844 Marcus Paige, 2012-16

 

Miscellaneous

• Carolina has 291 assists and 217 turnovers, while the opponents have 174 assists and 246 turnovers.

• The Tar Heels combined for 24 turnovers over a three-game span against Tennessee (10), Kentucky (9) and Northern Iowa (5), but have committed 55 in the last three games (17 vs. Monmouth, 20 vs. Georgia Tech and 18 at Clemson). Those are the three-highest single-game turnover figures this season for the Tar Heels.

• The 55 turnovers are the most in three consecutive games since UNC committed 57 against Minnesota (16), Vanderbilt (22) and UNC Asheville (19) in November 2010.

• Carolina averages 10.7 more second-chance points per game, 7.5 more points off turnovers and 15.5 more points in the paint than the opponents.

• Nine Tar Heels are averaging 10 or more minutes per game led by Justin Jackson at 30.9 per game.

• Tar Heels have won ACC player of the Week honors three times already this season. Joel Berry II won twice for his play against Tulane/Chattanooga and the Maui Invitational and Justin Jackson won his 34-point performance against Kentucky. 

Three current Tar Heels have played 100 or more college games, including Isaiah Hicks (128), Nate Britt (127) and Kennedy Meeks (120). Justin Jackson is next with 94 games played, but Jackson is second in starts with 91, two behind Meeks.

• The Tar Heels have won seven of their last nine overtime games.

 

Smith Center Wins

• Carolina is 192-53 in the Smith Center against ACC teams.

• Carolina’s win over Monmouth was the 193rd win in the Smith Center over a non-ACC opponent in 208 games. 

• The Tar Heels are 193-15 in the Smith Center against non-conference foes.

Roy Williams is 105-4 in the Smith Center against non-ACC competition.

• The Tar Heels are 385-68 overall in the Smith Center.


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