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From UNC sports info ...
• The loss snaps Carolina’s 10-game winning streak here in the Maui Invitational. Villanova beat the Tar Heels, 77-75, on Nov. 22, 1995, in the championship game in UNC’s previous defeat in Maui.
• This is the first time in six appearances that the Tar Heels will not be playing in the championship game.
• UNC scored 18 points in the first half tonight. That is the fewest in a half since Jan. 27, 1996. The Tar Heels trailed Wake Forest, 32-18, at the half in the Smith Center, but rallied for a 65-59 win.
• Butler’s largest lead was 29 with 11:56 to play. The Tar Heels then went on a 40-17 run over the next 10:54 to cut the Butler lead to six.
• Sophomore guard P.J. Hairston led Carolina in scoring for the first time this year as he netted 15 points, all of which came in the second half.
• Hairston has scored 47 points in 49 minutes of action on the current three-game road swing (Long Beach, Mississippi State and Butler).
• Carolina was out-rebounded for the first time this year. The Tar Heels entered the game with an average rebound margin of plus-14, but the Bulldogs out-rebounded UNC, 39-29.
• Butler had 12 of its 18 second-chance points in the first half. UNC had zero second-chance points in the first half, grabbing just one offensive rebound in the first 20 minutes. Butler’s 18 second-chance points are the most by an opponent this year (previous was 13 by Florida Atlantic).
• The Tar Heels shot a season-high 83.3 percent from the free throw line for the game, but only attempted 12 free throws, none in the first half.
• Butler’s 12 three-pointers are the most by an opponent this year. The Bulldogs shot 59.1 percent from the floor in the second half, including 7 of 9 three-pointers.
• Carolina will play in the third-place game on Wednesday against either Chaminade or Illinois at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
• Carolina is 1-0 all-time against Chaminade – a 115-70 win on Nov. 24, 2008. The Tar Heels are 4-4 all-time against Illinois, with the Illini winning the last two meetings in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Illinois won the last meeting, 79-67, in Champaign-Urbana on Nov. 30, 2010.
Looks like Heels will get Chaminade, which is getting waxed vs. Illinois
Defensive pressure and playing like they are behind 20 the whole first half. With the backcourt depth and small forward depth 40 minutes from hell! Getr Done!!!!!!!!!
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