LAST SEASON AT CHAPEL HILL UNC 91, Uk 78 (DEC. 4, 2004)
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 24-6 lead before the second media timeout and never trailed as
they defeated No. 8 Kentucky, 91-78, in the Smith Center on Dec. 4, 2004. The win broke a fourgame
UNC losing streak to the Wildcats.
Rashad McCants led all scorers with 28 points, hitting four three-pointers and 10 of 11 free
throws on the day. Sean May had 14 points and 19 rebounds. No other player had more than seven
rebounds. Jawad Williams grabbed seven rebounds and scored 19 points, connecting on six of 9
field goal attempts.
Kelenna Azubuike led Kentucky with 24 points, hitting four three-pointers and 10 of 19 shots
from the floor.
Carolina held the Wildcats to a 42.9 percent field goal percentage while hitting 49.2 percent of its
own shots. UNC out-rebounded UK 51-30 and attempted 40 free throws to UKs 16, overcoming
20 Tar Heel turnovers.
TWO SEASONS AGO AT LEXINGTON Uk 61, UNC 56 (JAN. 3, 2004)
Kentucky shot 54.8 percent from the floor in the second half, including hitting 12 of 13 shots in
one stretch, and defeated Carolina, 61-56, in Lexingtons Rupp Arena.
With Kentucky up by one point with under a minute left in the game, Gerald Fitch hit a threepointer
to give UK a 60-56 lead with 23 seconds left. Kentuckys Kelenna Azubuike stole the ball
eight seconds later and hit a free throw to seal the game.
Melvin Scott led Carolina with 16 points and Raymond Felton had 11 points and five assists
despite shooting 1 of 7 from three-point territory.
The Tar Heels didnt score a field goal for six minutes in the last 10 minutes of the game but
stayed in the contest by holding Kentucky scoreless for over three minutes.
Carolina committed 20 turnovers in the game. The Tar Heel starting frontcourt of Jawad Williams,
Rashad McCants and Sean May shot just 6 of 23 in the game. The trio combined for 15
points after averaging over 53 combined points per game entering the game.
3 David Noel has scored in double
figures in all four games this season, the
longest such streak of his career. His previous
long was three double-figure games in a
row as a freshman in 2002-03. He had two
double-figure scoring games last season and
three in 2003-04.
3 Wes Miller had eight points, two three-point field
goals and two steals against UC Santa Barbara and set new
career highs in points (11), three-point field goals (three) rebounds
(two), assists (four) and steals (three) against Cleveland
3 Carolina topped 50 percent shooting from the floor in
each of the first three games 55.4 against Gardner-Webb,
54.3 percent vs. Cleveland State and 50.8 vs. UC Santa Barbara
before shooting 45.1 percent against Illinois.
3 Mike Copeland has been to the free throw line eight
times in 14 minutes, easily the highest ratio on the team. His
opposite is Wes Miller, who has yet to attempt a free throw
in 66 minutes of play.
3 Sophomore point guard Quentin Thomas has nine assists
and one turnover in his last two games. He had five
assists and zero turnovers in 17 minutes of action against
Cleveland State. He had four assists and one turnover
against UC Santa Barbara. Thomas has 13 assists against
just 4 turnovers this season, giving him an assist/turnover
ratio of better than 3:1. Last year his assist/turnover ratio
never climbed to 2:1.
3 The loss to Illinois on Nov. 29 ended Carolinas 21-
game home winning streak. UNC has had only seven home
winning streaks of 20 games or more in its programs history.
Only two of those streaks came in the Smith Center the
just-ended 21-game streak and a 25-game streak from March
4, 1992 to Feb. 12, 1994.
3 After Carolina went 19-14 at home in the two seasons
prior to his arrival, Roy Williams is 30-3 at the Smith Center.
3 After not blocking a shot in a game against Gardner-
Webb for the first time in four seasons, the Tar Heels blocked
nine shots in the win over Cleveland State. Seven different
Carolina players blocked at least one shot in the game, led
by two apiece by freshman Danny Green and senior Byron
Sanders. Carolina blocked five shots against Illinois, including
three by Green.
3 When Gardner-Webb shot 50 percent from the field on
Nov. 19, it marked the first time since Nov. 24, 2004 (against
Iowa in the Maui Invitational), that a Carolina opponent had
reached that mark. Only two Tar Heel opponents reached 50
percent from the field last yearIowa and Santa Clara.
3 The four-game homestand to open the season was only
the second for Carolina in the ACC era (since the 1953-54
season). The only other season-opening four-game homestand
came at the beginning of the 2001-02 campaign.
3 Prior to the 2005-06 Tar Heels, no team in ACC history
had ever lost its top seven scorers.
3 Carolina had lost its top three scorers on two previous
occasions from 1994-95 to 1995-96 (Jerry Stackhouse,
Rasheed Wallace and Donald Williams) and from 1997-98
to 1998-99 (Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter and Shammond
Williams). In both of those cases, Carolina had an experienced,
returning starter at point guard (junior Jeff McInnis in
1995-96 and senior Ed Cota in 1999-2000).
TAR HEEL TIDbITS
ILLINOIS EDGES CAROLINA, 68-64, IN ACC/bIG TEN CHALLENGE
Dee Browns two free throws with 0:13 left to play gave Illinois a 68-64 win over Carolina on
Tuesday night in the Smith Center in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Carolina was led by Tyler Hansbrough,
whose 17 points led the team in scoring for the fourth time in four games this season. Hansbrough
also had six rebounds and two steals. The game was a rematch of the 2005 NCAA championship
game, which was won by the Tar Heels 75-70 on April 4 in St. Louis.
Tuesdays game was tied at 35-35 at halftime before the Fighting Illini came out of the lockerroom
and went on an 11-3 run to start the half for a 46-38 lead. Carolina fought back with a 13-2 run to pull
as close as within three points at 51-48, but Illinois responded with a 10-0 spurt for another 13-point
lead, this one with under eight minutes to play. The young Tar Heels battled back and went on a 12-0
run to pull within two at 64-62 but fell just short in the end.
Illinois hit eight three-pointers in the game, including six in the second half. Carolina shot just 2
of 13 from three-point territory.
Sophomore Quentin Thomas missed the game with a stress fracture in the third metatarsal bone
(the middle toe) of his left foot. Freshman Bobby Frasor and junior Wes Miller combined for seven
points, four assists, two turnovers and three steals to pick up the slack in Thomas absence. The duo
of Frasor and Miller helped limit Brown, a first-team All-America in 2005 and the reigning Big Ten
Player of the Year, to 6 of 19 shooting (including 0 for 6 from three-point range) and five turnovers.
Marcus Ginyard finished with 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting for Carolina, and David Noel had 12
points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes of action.
THOMAS SUffERS STRESS fRACTURE IN LEfT fOOT
Sophomore point guard Quentin Thomas was not available to play on Tuesday night versus Illinois
in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge due to a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone of his left
foot (the third toe on his left foot).
Thomas suffered the injury in practice prior to Carolinas season-opener vs. Gardner-Webb on
Nov. 19. He played in each of the Tar Heels first three games, but has missed practice time and did
not start any of those contests.
Thomas status is day-to-day.
UK-UNC head to head
Tar Heels Lead the Series, 17-10
Year WL NC UK
192324 W 41 20 (Atlanta-Southern Conf. Tournament)
192829 W 26 15 (Lexington)
193132 W 43 42 (Raleigh-Southern Conf. Tournament)
194950 L 44 86 (Lexington)
195960 L 70 76 (Lexington)
196061 L 65 70 (Greensboro)
196263 W 68 66 (Lexington)
196364 L 80 100 (Lexington)
196465 W 82 67 (Charlotte)
196667 W 64 55 (Lexington)
196768 W 84 77 (Greensboro)
196869 W 87 77 (Lexington)
196970 L 87 94 (Charlotte)
197273 W 78 70 (Louisville)
197374 W 101 84 (Greensboro)
197475 L 78 90 (Louisville)
197576 W 90 77 (Charlotte)
197677 W 79 72 (College Park, Md.NCAA E Regional final)
198182 W 82 69 (East Rutherford, N.J.)
198990 W 121 110 (Louisville)
199091 W 84 81 (Chapel Hill)
199495 W 74 61 (Birmingham, Ala.-NCAA SE Regional final)
2000-01 L 76 93 (Chapel Hill)
2001-02 L 59 79 (Lexington)
2002-03 L 81 98 (Chapel Hill)
2003-04 L 56 61 (Lexington)
2004-05 W 91 78 (Chapel Hill)
CAROLINA VS. RANkED TEAMS
Carolina has played one team ranked in the Associated
Press poll this season, losing 68-64 to No. 12
Illinois on Nov. 29 in the Smith Center. Kentucky
is ranked No. 10 in the AP poll entering Saturdays
game in Lexington.
Roy Williams is 14-10 as the Tar Heels head
coach against ranked teams, including a 6-5 mark
against Top-10 opponents.
NOELS SCORING ON THE RISE
Senior David Noel has scored in double figures
in all four Carolina games this season after doing so
just twice last season and three times as a sophomore. Noel scored 17 points against Gardner-Webb,
13 against Cleveland State, 14 against UC Santa Barbara and 12 against Illinois. He is second on the
team in scoring this season with 14.0 points per game.
The four consecutive double-figure games are the longest such streak of Noels career. The previous
long was three games in his freshman year. He also did so in two straight games as a freshman
for a total of seven double-figure games in 2002-03.
TAR HEELS PULL AWAY fROM UC SANTA bARbARA, 83-66
Tyler Hansbrough posted his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds as Carolina
defeated UC Santa Barbara 83-66 on Nov. 25 in the Smith Center. Hansbrough has led the Tar
Heels in scoring in all three games this season.
After an 8-0, late first-half run by the Gauchos tied the score at 32-32 with 3:37 left in the first
period, the Tar Heels closed the half on an 11-2 run to take a 43-34 lead into the lockerroom. UCSB
scored the first five points coming out of halftime before Carolina went on a run of 18-4 for an
18-point lead at 61-43. The Tar Heels held UCSB scoreless for 5:54 during that 18-4 run, and the
Gauchos never got closer than 16 points over the last eight minutes of the game.
Carolina shot 50.8 percent from the floor in the game and has done so in each of its first three
games in 2005-06. The Tar Heels out-rebounded the Gauchos, 44-27, and 20 of UNCs boards came
off the offensive glass.
UCSB stayed close in the first half by hitting 8 of 16 three pointers. Twenty-four of the Gauchos
34 first-half points came off of three-pointers. The Tar Heel defense limited UCSB to just two threepointers
in the second half.
Hansbrough led four Tar Heels in double figures in scoring, including David Noel, who finished
with 14 points and eight rebounds. Reyshawn Terry had 12 points and six boards, while Bobby
Frasor had 12 points and six assists.
Wes Miller had his second consecutive strong game, scoring eight points and providing a defensive
spark with two steals.
Freshman Marcus Ginyard was in the starting lineup for the first four games this season. He broke
a bone in his left wrist in July and had been wearing a cast until early November.
Fresman Mike Copeland underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Oct. 16 but returned to
play in the Nov. 12 exhibition win over Catawba. He has played in three games and scored eight points
in nine minutes vs. Cleveland State.
Sophomore Quentin Thomas has a stress fracture in the third metatarsal bone of his left foot. He
missed the Illinois game on Nov. 29 and did not start either of the first three games. He did play in those
first three games, however, and is second on the team with 13 assists this season.
Freshman Tyler Hansbrough has a sprained left big toe that has forced him to miss some practice
time. However, he has started and led Carolina in scoring in all four games so far this season.
Numbers & Notes1 Rank of Roy Williams in winning percentage
among active coaches (with at least
10 years experience)
2 Carolinas rank in NCAA history in alltime
wins (1,860 entering 2005-06)
3 Carolinas rank in NCAA home attendance
(20,522) last season
4 UNC National Coaches of the Year
Frank McGuire, Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge and
Matt Doherty. Roy Williams won the honor four
times at Kansas
5 National titles by UNC 1924 (Helms)
and 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 (NCAA)
5 Final Fours reached by Roy Williams as a
6 Former Tar Heels have been named NBA or
ABA Rookie of the Year
9 Tar Heels have been named National
Player of the Year
13 Former Tar Heels have played in the
NBA All-Star Game
15 ACC Tournaments won by Carolina
16 NCAA Final Four appearances by
Carolina, most in the nation
23 Uniform number of former Tar Heel
guard Michael Jordan (UNC 85)
24 ACC regular-season titles won or shared
by Carolina, more than any other school
32 First-team All-Americas in UNC history,
with 13 consensus first-team choices
35 Former Tar Heels have been first-round
NBA Draft picks
57 Tar Heels have scored 1,000 or more
points, most in NCAA history
64 Tar Heel first-team All-ACC selections,
more than any other school
877 Wins by former UNC coach Dean Smith,
more than any coach in NCAA history
2006-07 Carolina Signees
Name Pos. Ht.
Wayne Ellington G 6-4
William Graves F 6-6
Ty Lawson G 5-11
Alex Stepheson F 6-9
Deon Thompson F 6-8
Brandan Wright F 6-9