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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 UK’s 16, overcoming

20 Tar Heel turnovers.


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 Lexington’s 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. Kentucky’s 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 didn’t 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 Carolina’s 21-

game home winning streak. UNC has had only seven home

winning streaks of 20 games or more in its program’s 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 year—Iowa 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).



Dee Brown’s 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.

Tuesday’s 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.


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 Carolina’s 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 W–L NC UK

1923–24 W 41 20 (Atlanta-Southern Conf. Tournament)

1928–29 W 26 15 (Lexington)

1931–32 W 43 42 (Raleigh-Southern Conf. Tournament)

1949–50 L 44 86 (Lexington)

1959–60 L 70 76 (Lexington)

1960–61 L 65 70 (Greensboro)

1962–63 W 68 66 (Lexington)

1963–64 L 80 100 (Lexington)

1964–65 W 82 67 (Charlotte)

1966–67 W 64 55 (Lexington)

1967–68 W 84 77 (Greensboro)

1968–69 W 87 77 (Lexington)

1969–70 L 87 94 (Charlotte)

1972–73 W 78 70 (Louisville)

1973–74 W 101 84 (Greensboro)

1974–75 L 78 90 (Louisville)

1975–76 W 90 77 (Charlotte)

1976–77 W 79 72 (College Park, Md.–NCAA E Regional final)

1981–82 W 82 69 (East Rutherford, N.J.)

1989–90 W 121 110 (Louisville)

1990–91 W 84 81 (Chapel Hill)

1994–95 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 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 Saturday’s

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.


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 Noel’s 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.


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 UNC’s 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.

Tar Heel

Numbers & Notes

1 Rank of Roy Williams in winning percentage

among active coaches (with at least

10 years experience)

2 Carolina’s rank in NCAA history in alltime

wins (1,860 entering 2005-06)

3 Carolina’s 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

head coach

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

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