Roy Williams teams notoriously peak heading towards March. After Carolina went on the road and defeated rival N.C. State 86-74, it looks as though this Tar Heel team is starting to play their best basketball.
North Carolina looked like the better team right out of the gate in this game as State played chase throughout but could never overcome the deficit. UNC jumped out fast, knocking down three's and scoring in the paint. State would rally but Carolina had an answer every time and they never trailed in this game.
Kendall Marshall had the game of his career scoring 22 points and dishing out 13 assists in the game. Harrison Barnes was aggressive scoring 20 points. Meanwhile, John Henson chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds and Tyler Zeller finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds.
The Tar Heels shot over 50% from the floor and were 10-19 from behind the three point arch. led by Marshall who went 4-5 while Reggie Bullock went 3-6. That kind of outside shooting makes this Carolina squad extremely tough to defend with their dominating interior.
Coach Roy Williams could do nothing but praise his sophomore point guard, "Kendall Marshall was something else, I can sit up here and nitpick all I want, but he was really, really good."
Carolina was able to extend the lead to as much as 18 points with 7:37 left in the game. C.J. Leslie had 24 points for the Wolfpack, a career high, in the loss.
The win moves North Carolina back in sole possession of first place in the conference at 11-2. Either Duke or Florida State will join the Tar Heels after Wednesday as those two teams square off. The 7th ranked Tar Heels move to 24-4 overall and will travel to Charlottesville to take on Virginia on Saturday.
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