After a first half of poor shooting that saw the Heels only hit 38% from the floor, UNC roared through the second half shooting 61.5%, hitting 5-8 from three and scoring 65 points on the way to an 111-58 win over Division II Fayetteville St. The Tar Heels scored more points in the second half than the Broncos did for the entire game. The starting lineup was Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and freshman Justin Jackson who quickly showed why he was in the lineup.
It was UNC's first exhibition game of the nascent basketball season. The crowd of media in the press room just off the home team's tunnel would have made you think an ACC rival had just been on the floor with the Tar Heels. The release of the Wainstein Report detailing academic malfeasance at the University of North Carolina on Wednesday meant Roy Williams' first media availability since then would bring a few extra journalists to a game that would otherwise not draw much attention. Williams, whose basketball program had seen some players avail themselves of the AFAM paper classes, found himself once again answering questions about anything but the game. Williams held court in the press room for roughly 19 minutes with 15 of those devoted to a statement on Wainstein and questions from the media.
After a difficult week where the Wainstein Report blew a gaping hole in UNC's reputation, the attention can return to the football field where Larry Fedora is hoping further extinguish the dumpster fire from the first half of the season. The task won't be easy as UNC heads to Charlottesville, the site of many Tar Heels losses but none since 2008.
It's an odd time to write a North Carolina basketball preview. After all, there's quite a bit going on off the court at the moment. It's unlikely anything will affect the "on the court" product this season though. So, let's focus on basketball for the purpose of this piece.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons are 2-5 and coming off a very disappointing 30-7 loss to Syracuse. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m. they will attempt to get their first win since September 20th when they take on the Boston College Eagles (4-3), who is coming off a 17-13 loss against Clemson. How do the dudes in #therivalry match up?