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Possibly the worst game UNC has played since at least the McGuire era.

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University of North Carolina v Michigan State University
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Michigan State Spartans forward Miles Bridges #22 blocks the shot of North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II #2 in the first half of the game during the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational presented by State Farm at the Moda Center on November 26, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.
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Aside from Duke’s comeback win over Florida, the only other ACC game Sunday night was also in Portland as UNC cratered against Michigan State in the finals of the Victory Bracket in the PK80 event.

The final score of 63-45 doesn’t begin to reflect how badly UNC played.

Here’s another measure: the Spartans had 24 turnovers...and still won by 18.

And here’s one more: UNC had the worst shooting night in the Roy Williams era and perhaps of any recorded game, hitting just 24.6%. Only Theo Pinson was remotely respectable, shooting 6-13, which kind of made him the Mississippi of the game as in thank god for Pinson...because the rest were dreadful.

Luke Maye? 3-13. Joel Berry? 2-11. Kenny Williams? 1-7.

Bill Walton summed it up by saying that UNC looked physically intimidated and that could explain the dozen or more missed layups and perhaps even shooting 5.6% from three point range.

Coach Roy Williams summed it up like this: “Well, it was about as bad an exhibition as I've ever seen.”

He was being kind and in a typical Williams move was much harsher on himself than his players. DBR readers will know to expect suicide jokes from Ol’ Roy this week.

UNC gets a few days to think about it before the ACC/Big Ten Challenge starts up.

Here are the days and pairings. Check ACC At A Glance for more particulars:


  • Maryland at Syracuse
  • Wisconsin at Virginia


  • Northwestern at Georgia Tech
  • Florida State at Rutgers
  • Louisville at Purdue
  • Illinois at Wake Forest
  • Iowa at Virginia Tech


  • Penn State at NC State
  • Clemson at Ohio State
  • Michigan at North Carolina
  • Duke at Indiana
  • Notre Dame at Michigan State
  • Miami at Minnesota
  • Boston College at Nebraska

On Monday we think Syracuse will have a tough time with Maryland because of youth and also because Tyus Battle hurt his back the other night. But Wisconsin will have to work hard to beat Virginia at Virginia.

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