The Tar Heels had one of their worst shooting nights in some time and appeared a step behind the upset-minded Pirates all night.
Here are some notes from UNC's surprising loss.
*Jason Capel and Brian Morrison combined to shoot 3-19 from three-point range. They were 1-9 in the first half and 2-10 in the second.
*The Tar Heels' 35 attempted threes set a school record for one game. In fact, UNC took just 32 two-point shots.
*Carolina turned the ball over 15 times compared to 10 times for the Pirates.
*Scoring by halves: Hampton (37 – 40), UNC (28 – 41).
*Hampton made 14 of 18 free throws in the second half. They missed their first two and last two. From the 2:35 left mark until there was 14 seconds left, the Pirates hit all 14 of their shots from the charity stripe.
*UNC Minutes played: Williams (24), Capel (34), Lang (31), Morrison (25 – fouled out), Boone (33), Scott (10), Manuel (21), Melendez (4), Johnson (12), Bersticker (6).
*With the loss UNC has won 71 of its last 73 home openers and is 85-7 all-time in Chapel Hill openers. Hampton is now 82-86 as a Division I member.
*Hampton lost 61% of its scoring from last season's team that went 25-7 and as a No. 15 seed shocked second-seed Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament.
*Hampton point guard Tommy Adams, who lit up the Tar Heels for 20 points, started on last season for the Pirates.
*This was Hampton's fifth game against an ACC school and first victory. The Pirates are 0-2 against Virginia, having lost by 50 and 46 respectively. HU is now 1-2 against UNC having lost previously in December 1997 (82-69) and December 1998 (86-75). This was UNC's first ever loss to a MEAC team.
*The last time UNC lost a home opener was two years ago when Michigan State beat them in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
*Interestingly and despite his recent claims that he won't play basketball, Julius Peppers is on Carolina's official roster. So is Ronald Curry.
*Carolina freshman Jawad Williams became the 16th Tar Heel to start his first game at UNC. Williams joins these former Heels as starters in their first games: Phil Ford, Mike O'Koren, James Worthy, Michael Jordan, Kenny Smith, J.R. Reid, Pete Chilcutt, Rick Fox, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Ed Cota, Brendan Haywood, Jason Capel, Kris Lang, Joseph Forte and Adam Boone.
*UNC had more players on NBA opening night rosters than any other school in the nation with 14. Next is Arizona with 11, Kentucky and Duke with 10 each, followed by Michigan State (9), Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, UCLA, UConn and Michigan, each with eight.
*Carolina's former players on opening night NBA rosters: Vince Carter, Hubert Davis, Joseph Forte, Rick Fox, Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Michael Jordan, George Lynch, Jeff McInnis, Eric Montross, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Scott Williams and Shammond Williams.
Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.