Less than a month ago, the North Carolina men’s basketball team looked dead in the water.
After a 74-57 walloping at the hands of Wake Forest on Feb. 11, no one seemed to have an answer for how to fix a UNC team that was falling well under .500 for the first time in Roy Williams' head coaching career.
But after suffering even more heartbreak, in buzzer-beating losses to Virginia and Notre Dame, and in a blow-out demolition at Louisville, UNC has finally started to click. Starting last week with a six-point victory over N.C. State, UNC has pulled off three straight wins against ACC foes in the Wolfpack, Syracuse and, now, Wake Forest.
“Obviously it's a confidence booster, but we’re capable of this,” first-year Cole Anthony said. “We all just really love playing with each other.”
Against the Demon Deacons on Tuesday, North Carolina played like a team on a mission. Led by a standout performance from Anthony, UNC played with a level of efficiency it had not seen all season. The Tar Heels buried a season-high 58.8 percent of shots from beyond the arc and played with cohesion on both ends of the floor on the way to a 93-83 victory.