While students were away from campus, the North Carolina athletic teams were busy at work.
Featuring a men's basketball upset win over Gonzaga and Sylvia Hatchell becoming the all-time winningest coach in ACC history, here's what you missed after classes let out in December:
UNC kicked off the start of Winter Break with a 103-90 statement win over then-No. 4 Gonzaga, thanks to a 25-point performance from graduate forward Cameron Johnson.
A week later, the Tar Heels took a step back against then-No. 19 Kentucky with a 80-72 loss in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.
North Carolina won its next three games over Davidson, Harvard and Pittsburgh by a combined 67 points. Over the three-game stretch, Johnson continued to assert himself as the offensive leader for the Tar Heels, averaging 15 points and 6.7 rebounds. No. 12 UNC ended the break with a trip to Raleigh to face No. 15 N.C. State on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels defeated the Wolfpack 90-82, for their fourth straight win. Senior forward Luke Maye led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
The women's basketball team defeated UNC Greensboro on Dec. 14 to start its Winter Break. Against the Spartans, Hatchell picked up her 740th win at UNC, passing former Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan for most in ACC history. North Carolina then defeated Rice on Dec. 18. Sophomore center Janelle Bailey led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Two nights after beating the Owls, UNC faced Auburn. The Tar Heels held a two-point lead with 1:20 remaining in the contest, but the Tigers went on a 6-4 run to send the game into overtime.
In the extra period, Auburn outscored UNC 17-12, to win the game 86-81.