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Men’s Basketball Hosts Appalachian State Tuesday

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GAME 12
• Carolina returns to the Smith Center for its final scheduled non-conference game and the last game before the Christmas break when the Tar Heels host Appalachian State on Tuesday, December 21.
• Gametime is 7 p.m. (ACC Network).
• The Tar Heels are 8-3 overall, 1-0 in the ACC. Carolina’s five-game win streak came to an end on Saturday in Las Vegas with a 98-69 loss to Kentucky.
• Appalachian State is 6-6 after a 92-67 loss at Duke on Saturday. 
• The Tar Heels are 6-0 this season in the Smith Center. The Mountaineers are winless in three road starts at Iona, Furman and Duke.
• The teams have one common opponent this far this season. Carolina defeated Furman, 74-61, in Chapel Hill; the Paladins toppled the Mountaineers, 73-65, in Greenville, S.C.
• Carolina is 175-18 all-time against non-ACC opponents from the state of North Carolina, including wins over UNC Asheville and Elon earlier this season.
• Carolina returns to action after Christmas on the 29th at home vs. Virginia Tech. That begins a 19-game stretch of games through the end of the regular season against only ACC competition.
• Carolina is 31st in KenPom’s overall rankings. The Tar Heels are 16th in the country in offensive efficiency and 42nd in effective field goal percentage.
• Carolina’s strength of schedule is 54th most difficult in the country and third in the ACC (Notre Dame 13, Syracuse 18).
• The Tar Heels led 2-0 but didn’t lead again in the 98-69 loss to Kentucky, its largest against the Wildcats since 1950. Sahvir Wheeler had 26 points and eight assists, Oscar Tshiebwe had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the ‘Cats, while Armando Bacot led UNC with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
• Kentucky out-rebounded the Tar Heels, 44-26, UNC’s largest rebound deficit since a 2009-10 loss to Texas. Kentucky amassed the most points, field goals, rebounds and offensive rebounds by any opponent thus far this season.

CAROLINA VS. APPALACHIAN STATE

• Carolina is 6-0 against Appalachian State.

• The Tar Heels are 4-0 in Chapel Hill and 2-0 in the Smith Center.

• UNC won, 94-70, in the most recent game, in the Smith Center on 12/21/2015. Brice Johnson led UNC with 22 points, Justin Jackson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Joel Berry II added 11 points and a career-high 11 assists.

SMITH CENTER

• Carolina is 442-81 all-time in the Dean E. Smith Center.

• The Tar Heels are 217-18 all-time in the Smith Center against non-ACC opponents.

NOTABLE

• Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson, starters on Carolina’s 2017 NCAA championship team, signed contracts recently to return to NBA rosters. Jackson, who was averaging 22.7 points and 7.7 rebounds with the G-League’s Texas Legends, signed with the Boston Celtics. Pinson was averaging 15.1 points with the Maine Celtics and signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

• Carolina has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the second half in each of the last five games and seven times in 11 games this season.

The Tar Heels have shot 50 percent or better three times in the first half this season.

• The opponents have shot 50 percent or better just three times in the second half, but all three came in UNC losses and in all three the opponents shot at least 64.3% from the floor (.643 by Purdue, .656 by Tennessee and .667 by Kentucky).

• Purdue, Tennessee and Kentucky averaged 93.3 points, shot 54.7% from the floor, 46.7% from three, out-rebounded UNC by 6.7 per game, had 69 assists and 28 turnovers and 28 steals in their wins over UNC. 

• Carolina has made 31 more free throws than its opponents have attempted (167 made by UNC vs. 136 attempted by the opponents). 

• The Tar Heels have made 20 or more free throws four times this season. The loss to Kentucky snapped a string of eight straight wins in games that UNC made 20 or more from the line.

• UNC won five straight starts prior to the Kentucky game, allowing 63 or fewer points in all five games. That was the first time UNC held the opposition to 63 or fewer points in five straight games since 2010-11.

• Carolina’s wins over UNC Asheville and Michigan marked the first time since December 2006 the Tar Heels held the opponents to 53 or fewer points in consecutive games. 

Caleb Love leads UNC in scoring (15.5 ppg), three-pointers (21), steals (16) and free throws (37 for 45). 

• Love has made 21 three-pointers in the first 11 games. Last year as a freshman, Love made his 21st three in the Tar Heels’ 21st game against Louisville on February 20th.

Armando Bacot is second in the ACC in field goal percentage (.618) and rebounding (9.8) and fifth in blocks (18). 

• Bacot leads the ACC and is fourth in the country with seven double-doubles. He has 25 in three seasons as a Tar Heel. Bacot is 18th in the nation in rebounding and 19th in field goal percentage.

• Five Tar Heels are averaging double figures in scoring this season. The last time five Tar Heels averaged 10 or more points was 2017-18.

• Five different Tar Heels also have scored 20 or more points in a game this season. Caleb Love has four 22-point games, Armando Bacot also has scored 20 or more four times, Dawson Garcia has three 20-point games, and Brady Manek and RJ Davis have two apiece.

• Tar Heels have scored 20 or more points 15 times in 11 games, including four games in which two players scored 20 or more (Loyola, Brown, Charleston and Elon). Last season, UNC had only seven 20-point performances in 29 games. Freshman Day’Ron Sharpe became the first Tar Heel to score 20 or more when he had 25 against Notre Dame in the season’s 10th game. UNC did not have any games last season when two players scored 20 or more points.

• This is the 11th Tar Heel team to have five players score 20 points at least twice: 1960, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1989, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2018 and 2022. Five of the other 10 teams to accomplish that played in Final Fours.

• Love has scored 22 points four times – against Loyola Maryland, Charleston, Michigan and Elon. The sophomore scored 20 or more twice in 29 games last season.

• Carolina is 6-0 in two seasons when Love scores 20 or more and 7-0 when he makes 50 percent of his field goal attempts (4-0 last season and 3-0 in 2021-22).

• The Tar Heels are shooting 38.9 percent from three-point range, third best in ACC and 23rd highest in the country. 

• Carolina is 13 for 52 (25.0%) from three-point range the last three games. Over the first eight games UNC made 43.3% from three, which had the Tar Heels ranked in the top five in the nation in three-point accuracy.

• Three Tar Heel starters are shooting better than 40% from three – Dawson Garcia (45.8%), RJ Davis (42.2%) and Caleb Love (41.2%).

• Carolina is 42nd nationally in effective field goal percentage (which takes into account the added value of three-point shooting). The Tar Heels’ effective FG percentage is 54.4%, an improvement from 46.4% in 2019-20 and 48.3% in 2020-21.

• By comparison, Carolina’s effective FG percentage in its most recent NCAA championship seasons were 51.7% in 2016-17, 52.8% in 2008-09 and 56.0% in 2004-05.

• Despite a poor performance on the boards against Kentucky, the Tar Heels lead the ACC in rebound margin at plus 8.1 per game and are second in rebounds per game (39.3).

• Kentucky out-rebounded Carolina, 44-26. The 18-rebound deficit was UNC’s largest since 12/19/2009 when Texas had a 60-41 advantage on the boards in a game played at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The Kentucky game was one of the five largest rebound deficits for Carolina in the last 50 years (-19 vs. Texas on 12/19/2009, -19 vs. Iowa on 1/7/1989, -19 at Virginia on 1/12/1985, -18 vs. Kentucky on 12/18/2021 and -18 at Georgia Tech on 2/18/1990)

Leaky Black and Bacot are both more than +100 and lead UNC in plus/minus. Black leads the team at +113 with Bacot at +104 (Black has played in one fewer game than Bacot).

• Black has a positive plus/minus in eight of his 10 games this season (did not play due to illness vs. Purdue). In all eight games in which he had a positive plus/minus, Black was at least +11. His +29 against Michigan is the highest value by a Tar Heel in any game this season.

• The win at Georgia Tech on December 5 was No. 2,300 in Carolina history. UNC is the third team in college basketball history with 2,300 wins (with Kentucky and Kansas).

HUBERT

Hubert Davis named Carolina’s 20th head coach, and first Black head coach, on April 5, 2021.

• Davis is the fourth Tar Heel head coach who also played at UNC, joining Reynolds Cuthbertson, Monk McDonald and Matt Doherty.

• Davis played for Dean Smith from 1988-92, was selected by the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA Draft and played a dozen seasons in the NBA. He was a college basketball analyst at ESPN for seven years and an assistant coach on Roy Williams’ Tar Heel staff from 2012-21.

TEAM CAPTAINS

Junior forward/center Armando Bacot and sophomore guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love were selected team captains.

• Davis and Love are UNC’s first sophomore captains since Marcus Paige in 2013-14.

• The players were selected captains by a vote of their teammates.

2021-22 ROSTER NOTES

• The Tar Heels welcome seven new players to the roster, including three transfers, two freshmen and two former junior varsity players.

• Graduate student Brady Manek made 235 threes and scored 1,459 points in four seasons at Oklahoma. Sophomore Dawson Garcia averaged 13.0 points and 6.6 rebounds an earned Freshman All-Big East Conference honors last season at Marquette. Junior Justin McKoy, a Raleigh native who attended Panther Creek High School in Cary, returns to his home state after two seasons at Virginia.

• Manek’s 235 three-pointers for the Sooners were more than all but two Tar Heels – Marcus Paige (299) and Joel Berry II (266).

• Manek earned his degree from OU in seven semesters. He became the tallest player in Big 12 history to make 200 threes and the first with 200 threes and 100 blocks. The Harrah, Okla., native is the only Sooner to compile 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 three-pointers and 100 blocks.

• Garcia scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds for Marquette against the Tar Heels in February when the Golden Eagles handed UNC an 83-70 loss in Chapel Hill. 

• Garcia played AAU ball with fellow Minnesota native and Tar Heel teammate Kerwin Walton.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES

• Carolina was picked to finish third in the ACC by the media at preseason media day in Charlotte on October 12.

Armando Bacot, who earned third-team All-ACC honors in 2021, was selected to the preseason first team. Sophomore guard Caleb Love was chosen for the second team. Love was a member of the ACC’s All-Freshman team last season.

• Bacot and Dawson Garcia are on the preseason watch list for the Wooden Award. Bacot is also on the list for the Naismith Trophy and the Lute Olson Award.

• Bacot, Love and Dawson Garcia are on the Basketball Hall of Fame’s preseason watch lists for their respective positional player-of-the-year awards.

• Love is a candidate for Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award, Garcia for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year award and Bacot for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award.

• Carolina is the only school to win three Bob Cousy Awards (Raymond Felton in 2005, Ty Lawson in 2009 and Kendall Marshall in 2012). Felton and Lawson won as juniors, while Marshall won the award as a sophomore.

TAR HEEL STAFF

• Head coach Hubert Davis is a Tar Heel alum, and so are each of his assistant coaches and members of the basketball staff.

• Assistant coaches Brad Frederick (1996-99), Jeff Lebo (1985-89) and Sean May (2002-05), Director of Recruiting Pat Sullivan (1990-93, 1994-95) and Director of Team and Player Development Jackie Manuel (2001-05) all played for the Tar Heels. Director of Operations Eric Hoots has been on staff for 18 seasons.

• Frederick played on Final Four teams that won ACC championships in 1997 and 1998.

• Lebo is a 20-year head coaching veteran who set 10 UNC records in his playing career.

• May was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2005 NCAA Final Four, scoring 26 points in the national championship game vs. Illinois.

• Manuel was twice named Carolina’s defensive player of the year and was a starter on the 2005 NCAA champions.

• Sullivan was a key contributor on the 1993 national champions and is one of seven Tar Heels who have played in three Final Fours.

• Davis, Lebo, May and Frederick combined to score 4,441 points as Tar Heels. Syracuse is the only school whose coaches scored more points at their alma mater than UNC (Gerry McNamara, Adrian Autry, Allen Griffin and Jim Boeheim scored 5,189 for the Orange).

PRO HEELS

NBA

Cole Anthony, Orlando

Harrison Barnes, Sacramento

Tony Bradley, Chicago

Reggie Bullock, Dallas

Ed Davis, Cleveland

Wayne Ellington, Los Angeles Lakers

Danny Green, Philadelphia

Justin Jackson, Boston

Cameron Johnson, Phoenix

Nassir Little, Portland

Theo Pinson, Dallas

Day’Ron Sharpe, New Jersey

Coby White, Chicago

International source: TarHeelInternational.com

Nate Britt, Yoast United, The Netherlands

Isaiah Hicks, Seoul Samsung Thunders, South Korea

Desmond Hubert, Al Arabi, Kuwait

Brice Johnson, Toyama Grouses, Japan

Christian Keeling, BC Rustavi, Georgia

Justin Knox, Neo-Phoenix, Japan

Ty Lawson, US Monastir, Tunisia

Luke Maye, BAXI Manresa, Spain

James Michael McAdoo, Hitachi Sun Rockers, Japan

Kennedy Meeks, Cholet Basket, France

Marcus Paige, Orleans Loiret, France

Justin Pierce, VfL Kircheim Knights, Germany

Reyshawn Terry, Plateros de Fresnillo, Mexico

Deon Thompson, Leones des Ponce, Puerto Rico

J.P. Tokoto, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel

Jawad Williams, Yamagata Wyverns, Japan

Kenny Williams, Kolossos Rhodes, Greece

I-40 NEAR UNC NAMED FOR SMITH, WILLIAMS

• The North Carolina Department of Transportation formally a request by Carolina Athletics to honorarily name stretches of U.S. Interstate 40 in Chapel Hill for former Tar Heel men’s basketball coaches Dean Smith and Roy Williams.

• The Chapel Hill Town Council approved a resolution to support the request on November 17.

• The DOT will place honorary signs designating stretches of I-40 from exits 266-270 the Roy Williams Highway and from exits 270-273 the Dean Smith Highway.

• “Dean Smith and Roy Williams are two of the greatest to ever have coached college basketball,” says North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “And while their combined five national championships helped make UNC one of the premier basketball institutions in the country, it is their work off the court and in their communities that truly sets them apart. North Carolinians across the state are grateful for their leadership and these honorary road namings will help us recognize them for their hard work and sacrifice.”

• Smith and Williams combined to coach the Tar Heels for 67 seasons (Smith was an assistant coach for three years and head coach for 36; Williams was an assistant on Smith’s staff for 10 years and head coach for 18).

• The pair of Naismith, College Basketball and North Carolina Sports Hall of Famers combined to lead Carolina to five NCAA championships, 16 Final Fours, 16 ACC Tournament titles, 26 regular-season ACC championships, 33 top-10 Associated Press rankings and 1,364 victories.





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