Cameron Johnson (13) shoots a 3-pointer against Clemson on Jan. 16 in the Smith Center.

Cameron Johnson turns criticism into career high for UNC against Clemson

After Saturday’s win at Notre Dame, head coach Roy Williams gave each player a grade for the game on the team bus. Cameron Johnson received an F and some sharp criticism.

“It’s never fun for your coach to get on you like that and especially after a win,” Johnson said. “I just thanked God every second after that game that we came out with the win.”

“If we would have had that kind of game and lost to them, my F would have felt a lot worse.”

In search of a remedy, Johnson went immediately to the gym when the team arrived back in Chapel Hill from South Bend, Ind. He took shot after shot, paying close attention to detail on his form and on his feet. 

Men's basketball

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Guard Joel Berry II (2) takes a layup against Wake Forest on Dec. 30 in the Smith Center.

No. 20 UNC holds off Notre Dame, 69-68, on the road

The No. 20 North Carolina men’s basketball team must be feeling pretty lucky right now.  After playing a close, back-and-forth affair with a scrappy Notre Dame team for the whole game, the Tar Heels found themselves with the ball, trailing 68-67 to the undermanned Fighting Irish. Just four seconds remained on the shot clock, and 10.9 seconds were left in the game. 

North Carolina guards Joel Berry II (2) and Kenny Williams (24) swarm Wofford guard Fletcher Magee (3) during a Dec. 20 game in the Smith Center.

Introducing UNC's "death lineup"

This is not your typical North Carolina men’s basketball team. In past seasons, UNC has won by using two bruising big men to anchor a talented backcourt. In the system, sometimes the best pass was a shot, with a Tar Heel big ready to swallow up a missed shot from a teammate and turn it into an easy two points.