Tar Heels oust ACC champion Clemson to reach NCAA Tournament quarterfinals
The Tar Heels are looking to send out their seniors with better form than what those guys experienced during their last game in Kenan Stadium on Saturday.
N.C. State defensive tackle T.Y. McGill knocked North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams out of the game. Days before Saturday’s contest at Kenan Stadium, N.C. State safety Hakim Jones called out Williams as being the sort of signal caller who’d wilt when walloped a few times.
Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while N.C. State's defense overwhelmed rival North Carolina in a 35-7 win Saturday.
Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset.
Brissett threw just 11 passes, through three went for short touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack's defensive front mauled the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4) in a surprisingly one-sided performance against an offense that had been rolling coming into the game.
UNC finished with 207 total yards, 30 on the ground, and didn't score until getting a meaningless touchdown with 1:48 left.
Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, Marcus Paige added 16 points and No. 5 North Carolina built a big early lead and beat No. 18 Florida 75-64 in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday night.
Latifah Coleman scored 19 points and Xylina McDaniel added 15 to help No. 11 North Carolina upset fifth-ranked Stanford 70-54 in an opening-round game of the Rainbow Wahine Shootout on Friday.
North Carolina will taste a different flavor of rivalry today when it hosts N.C. State in its season finale Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 ACC) for years played Duke to wrap up the season but that’s no longer the case as the ACC has shaken up the schedule and UNC will close out with its other neighbor, the Wolfpack (6-5, 2-5), for the first time since 2009.
Both North Carolina and N.C. State have shaken free from a rough midseason stretches to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill with today’s 104th meeting in their long rivalry (12:30 p.m., WRAL), with each determined to ensure itself a winning record and improved bowl destination.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams blamed himself for his team not coming out with more intensity in an upset loss to Butler Wednesday. The No. 5 Tar Heels showed more fire out of the gate in an 78-56 win over No. 22 UCLA on Thanksgiving night in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
The rivalry between North Carolina and N.C. State means different things to different people, especially to those playing the game. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams said he considers N.C. State — not Duke — its biggest rival in football. State and UNC meet at Kenan Stadium Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
Alex Barlow scored 17 points, Kelan Martin came off the bench to score 17 more and Butler hung on to upset No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Roosevelt Jones scored 12 for the Bulldogs (4-0), who topped the Tar Heels in an early-season tournament for the second time in as many meetings. Butler beat North Carolina at the Maui Invitational in 2012, blowing the game open in the first half of that meeting.
A 16-4 run over a 5½-minute second-half stretch was the key for Butler this time, turning a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.
Even with Saturday’s impending rivalry home matchup against N.C. State (12:30 p.m., WRAL), more than football will be on the minds of many North Carolina players Thursday (Nov. 27) as they celebrate Thanksgiving.
The No. 5 Tar Heels (3-0) lost to Butler two years again in Maui and the teams face off in another exotic locale at noon Wednesday (Nov. 26) (ESPN2) in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in Nassau, Bahamas.
UNC beat rival Duke last week, and here comes another big one for the Tar Heels — N.C. State.
Melvin Scott had been both teaching and coaching basketball at Voyager Academy.