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Miami vs North Carolina
Posted January 11, 2013 at 06:05 am 0 COMMENTS Bookmark and Share

 At the beginning of the season, if someone had told me that after a matchup in the Dean Dome between UNC and Miami on January 10th would result in one team being 2-0 in the ACC and the other being 0-2 I would have believed it. I would not have believed that UNC would be staring at an 0-2 ACC record (tied for last in the ACC) while Miami would be sitting in a first place tied at 2-0.

Tonight UNC (10-5, 0-2) dropped their fifth game of the year (second consecutive). Yes, five loses for the team that started the season ranked eleventh in the nation. A heartbreaking 68-59 home loss to Miami is not what the doctor ordered after the Heels lost their ACC opener at UVA earlier this week. But with five minutes left on the clock in a tight battle tonight, the Hurricanes started making shots, and the Heels could’t get anything to fall.

The Hurricanes (11-3, 2-0) had 4 players score in double digits, including 18 points from senior center, Kenny Kadji. Miami beat UNC despite being without big man Reggie Johnson, who has averaged a double double this season, but has been sidelined for six games while recovering from a broken thumb.

The Tar Heels were led my James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock, who scored 14 points and 11 points respectively. Freshman point guard Marcus Paige scored 10 points, as did Brice Johnson.

UNC shot 40% from the field in the game and only 33% in the second half. Miami, who shot 47% from the field, has only beaten the Heels three times in school history, tonight being the first since 2006.

Starting 0-2 in the ACC is sure to cause some to start asking “what is wrong with the Heels?” While a 2-0 start for Miami is making this writer very weary of this Hurricane team. When they get Johnson back, they are going to be a very good squad.

--Rev. Rage