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Notes from the Butler game

  • 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!!!!!!!!!