Mens Basketball: North Carolina vs Notre Dame - D1SportsNet

GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   Postseason


Mens basketball

North Carolina vs Notre Dame

Despite losing each of their first two road games in ACC play to start the season, No. 20 North Carolina remains confident that its best basketball is ahead.

"It's a long season," senior forward Theo Pinson told the Raleigh News & Observer. "We have to stay together. You go through ups and downs but this can only make us better."

The Tar Heels (13-4, 2-2) will try to earn their first conference road victory when they visit Notre Dame on Saturday evening at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. The Tar Heels are coming off a 30-point win at home over Boston College but have lost two of their past three contests.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame (13-4, 3-1) also has something to prove after losing 60-53 against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. The Fighting Irish played without two of their top contributors, forward Bonzie Colson and guard Matt Farrell, both of whom have been sidelined by injuries.

The duo's absences have led to more prominent roles for players such as sophomore forward Josh Mooney, who posted career highs in points (11) and rebounds (eight) against the Yellow Jackets. Fellow forward Martinas Geben also has stepped forward and is averaging a double-double in conference play with 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds.

"We lost scoring and rebounding," Geben said to the South Bend Tribune in reference to Colson's and Farrell's injuries. "We all need to collectively step into those roles and produce."

The Tar Heels will try to avoid losing three conference games on the road for the first time since 2014. The program has posted a winning record on the road in ACC games in each of the past seven seasons and 11 of 14 years with Roy Williams as coach.

North Carolina is led in scoring by Luke Maye (18.2 points per game) and Joel Berry II (17.6). The Tar Heels have not had two players average 17-plus points for a season since the 1983-84 campaign, when Michael Jordan (19.6) and Sam Perkins (17.6) led the team.

Colson (21.4 points per game) and Farrell (15.9) account for a huge chunk of Notre Dame's offense. Look for the team to turn to T.J. Gibbs (14.6) to provide perimeter scoring while Geben, Mooney and others work down low.

Gibbs earned ACC Player of the Week honors for the first week of January after averaging 20 points and 5.5 rebounds in wins over North Carolina State and Syracuse.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey has instilled a disciplined approach in his team so far. The Fighting Irish average 12.7 fouls per game, which is the best mark in the country.

On North Carolina's bench, Williams will seek his 830th career coaching win. That would pull him even with Mount St. Mary's Jim Phelan for seventh place in Division I history, according to the program. Williams' mentor, Dean Smith, won 879 games during his career.

This marks the 29th all-time meeting. North Carolina holds a commanding 21-7 series edge.


1800AnyLens Contacts
Active Advantage
Aha- Discover Objects for Every Aspect of Your Life. Join our global community of conscious consumers today. Together, we’re making an investment in creativity.
Download IEC Standards
Auto Parts Warehouse
B2C Jewels
Auto Detailing Supplies Inc
Best Hotel Deals - Save up to 75% Off on Hotels
Classic Football Shirts
Day Trade Smart LLC
Stop Paying Full Price at the Dentist - Click to Save
Dollar Tree, Nike, Puma, Jordan, Release Shoes, Jordan New, Nike New, puma new, Puma clyde men, DTLR release, launch calendar, hot kicks,  new sneakers,
Electro Antiperspirant - MIN $100 PER ORDER
College Gear at
Fare Buzz
Frank & Oak
Free Country, Ltd.
Hampshire Labs
HP Commission
Grab a Last Minute Hotel Deals. Get up to $40 Off with Coupon Code HWIZ40*. Book Now
Joe's New Balance Outlet
Feed Your Skin - 15% off first purchase plus free shipping over $30 - 728x90
Kidrobot Toys, Art Figures & Collectibles + Free Shipping on USA orders $75+
TeamSportswear Affiliate Ad mini banner
MAGIX Software
Medical Supply Depot
Licensed sports merchandise from all your favorite NCAA, NFL, NHL & MLB teams! Gifts, game day apparel & more.
NOCO Genius On-Board Waterproof Battery Chargers
Nudwear Lingerie
Oasap Limited
The Perfect Rug - 3 - 728x90
Oxygen Plus - Pure Recreational Oxygen
Pimsleur New Low Pricing MP3
Fresh Ruby Red Grapefruit, Orange, Pear and Apple Gifts
Pure Internet Freedom with PureVPN
Rear View Safety Back Up Sensors
Get your Kicks at
Get the latest kicks, apparel, & accessories at
Smarthome LIFX 'works with' - shop now!
Double VIP Points Every Wednesday
Timex is one of China¡¯s leading e-commerce export site, providing high quality products with best price. With 70,000 items across more than 100 categories, we have served 400,000 people in over 170 countries around the world.Enjoy online shopping
Get huge discount on Weekend Travel Deals! Book now and get extra $15 off with Coupon Code – TLWGA15.
V76 Shop Now USA, LLC