Notebook: Maryland beats No. 1 UNC, 82-80

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Going deeper into Maryland's upset of No. 1 North Carolina, 82-80.

Vasquez 3, Lawson 0

When these two have met up the past three years, it's been a thriller. And it's been Vasquez on the victor's side each time.

In their senior year of high school, Vasquez and Lawson met for the first time. Vasquez's Montrose Christian team upended Lawson's Oak Hill team the high school game of the year. Oak Hill had won all 40 of its previous games that season before Montrose beat the Warriors on an Adrian Bowie buzzer beater. Vasquez and Lawson exchanged words and some shoves during the fourth quarter, effectively starting a rivalry that carried over into the ACC.

Last year, Vasquez got the best of Lawson again, as Maryland beat North Carolina at Comcast Center, 89-87.

And then tonight.

"He just can't beat me," Vasquez said. "He's a great player, no doubt. He's going to be in the League sooner or later and it's just something I'll never forget. He's a great player and I love competing against him."

‘Like a stick of butter in the microwave'

According to Bambale Osby, that's how it feels to beat the No. 1 team at its place.

When the game ended, Osby fell to the ground and covered his eyes. Teammates around him jumped up and down, embraced, bumped chests. But Osby was on the ground, trying to figure out if what had just happened… really happened.

"It didn't feel real, man," Osby said. "‘Did this really just happen?' You know what I mean? I mean playing in your backyard when you're like 5 or 7 and you're like, ‘Man, I want to play the number one team in the country. I want to play Carolina at Carolina and come here and beat them. I can't describe how I feel. It's like a stick of butter in the microwave. It just melts down."

UNC living on the edge

North Carolina barely escaped at Georgia Tech earlier in the week, holding off the Yellow Jackets on a Danny Green free throw, 83-82. Georgia Tech was 7-8 coming into that game and it should have been an easy win for the No. 1 team.

Before that, UNC needed a Wayne Ellington buzzer beater to leave Clemson with a win. Facing Maryland tonight, North Carolina came out in a sort of malaise, almost like it wasn't expecting the Terps to be that good. Maryland jumped out to a 17-11 lead and led at the half, 41-35.

"Well, I haven't done a very good job with this basketball team the last couple of weeks," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "We've been living on the edge, and it caught up with us today. Particularly in the first half Maryland was so much more aggressive, so much more competitive than we were."


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