CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The opening minutes of North Carolina’s 87-61 loss to Miami looked eerily similar to the start of the Tar Heels’ overtime win against Virginia Tech last weekend.
The Hurricanes (19-3, 10-0 ACC) reeled off nine straight points before the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4 ACC) translated a strong defensive possession into a layup for guard Reggie Bullock on the other end — UNC’s first points of the game.
But unlike last Saturday, the Tar Heels couldn’t come back from the early deficit and instead saw the game steadily slip out of reach behind a lights-out performance by Miami.
Here are some notes from UNC’s weekend walloping in Coral Gables.
- The Hurricanes set a program record with 15 made 3-pointers Saturday.
- Miami has never been ranked higher than No. 8.
- Miami’s 54-percent shooting clip was the best against UNC this season.
“We didn’t have many answers for them,” coach Roy Williams said.
Miami’s dominance began early when senior forward Kenny Kadji knocked down a 3-pointer less than 30 seconds in to the game.