Quick Hitters from North Carolina’s 103-64 win against Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Let’s just get this out of the way now: Joel Berry did something to his right ankle early in the second half. He checked back into the game at 11:45 and played a few more minutes; more than likely just to test the ankle. He appeared to be moving gingerly. This will be something to watch throughout the weekend. For what it’s worth, TNT’s cameras did catch him jogging up the tunnel to the locker room after the game. Also on the injury front, Brandon Robinson left the game clutching his midsection. No report yet on the injury.

  • Let this sink in: Roy Williams has NEVER LOST IN THE FIRST ROUND of the NCAA Tournament. 27-0.
  • I always like when Chris Webber announces a Carolina game. I wonder if he’s thinking about calling a timeout?

  • The commentators clearly don’t know recent UNC Tournament history. They talked incessantly about it being a thrill for Stilman White just to get in the game. He was the starting point guard for the Heels TWICE in the NCAA Tournament his freshman year.
  • Texas Southern jumped out to 10-8 lead early in the game. Carolina proceeded to go on a 16-0 run to make the score 24-10. Later, after Texas Southern closed to 31-22, Carolina went on a 14-0 run to make it 45-22. The game was all but over at this point. It was encouraging to see Carolina put Texas Southern away. They are focused and dialed in. They held a 30 point lead early in the second half and pushed out to as much as 40 by the end of the game; most of which was achieved by the second unit.
  • A relief: Justin Jackson’s three-game shooting slump was just a blip. He came out and hit five of his first six threes (all in the first half) and finished with 21 points in just 24 minutes. Four of Jackson’s three-pointers came in a span of fewer than three minutes. His fifth three tied him with Shammond Williams for the single-season Carolina record for made threes (95).
  • Isaiah Hicks’ free throw streak ended at 19 after he missed his second free throw of this game. Today was once again the Isaiah Hicks that the Tar Heels have to have to go deep in the Tournament. Hicks played 17 minutes, scored 17 points on 8-12 shooting and only had two fouls. He is the x-factor. If the Hicks we’ve seen lately continues to show up, the 2017 season could end on a happy note.
  • The rebounding numbers tell a big tale: Carolina doubled up Texas Southern 54-27.
  • Strong day off the bench from Tony Bradley (12 pts, 6 reb), Luke Maye (10 pts, 9 reb), and Nate Britt (10 pts, 5 ast, 0 to)
  • Most athletic play of the day: Seventh Woods got beat off the dribble, but recovered to reach around the left side of the Texas Southern player and strip the ball as the player went up for a lay-up.
  • Coach Williams goes to a different level at Tournament time. After two straight games of poor endings to the first half, he used his “use it or lose it” first half timeout to ensure a good shot.

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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.
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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.

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