It's been 103 days since the UNC men's basketball team's 76-65 home win over Notre Dame in a rare November ACC matchup. But it seems like a lifetime ago.
Nail-biter after nail-biter has left this team wondering what it did to deserve such tough luck, and Monday night's dramatic 77-76 loss, a rematch with the Fighting Irish, was no different. After yet another down-to-the-wire finish, here are the three big takeaways from UNC's 16th loss of the season.
Cole Anthony played more like a true point guard
The first-year lived up to the hype in North Carolina's first meeting with Notre Dame and relied primarily on his scoring abilities to put on a show en route to 34 points, however, Anthony struggled to share the ball and finished with five assists to four turnovers.
On Monday, Anthony proved he has what it takes to distribute the ball effectively for the Tar Heels. UNC's point guard had his best assist to turnover ratio of the season at 6:1, and his six assists were his second most in a game this year behind only the Elon game, when he dished out eight.
North Carolina's offense flowed particularly well when Anthony was able to set junior Garrison Brooks up with easy looks in the post. Half of Anthony's assists came off buckets by Brooks, all of which were inside the paint.
If the young guard can continue to improve on what was a 50:52 assist to turnover ratio heading into Monday night's game, the Tar Heels' offense should see similar growth.