This year’s version of the North Carolina Tar Heels is the true definition of a roller coaster team. North Carolina lost against Belmont, beat Louisville, the third-ranked team in the nation and the defending champions, lost against UAB and last night they beat Michigan State, the top-ranked team in college basketball.
Pay per head services saw that the Tar Heels controlled most of the game at East Lansing behind the play of youngsters Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks, Marcus Paige, Nate Britt and J.P. Tokoto, who all scored in double figures. North Carolina is now 5-2 on the season but they should be 7-0.
Michigan State gave up 16 offensive rebounds, which is not typical of them settled and their shot selection was terrible. The Spartans shot 35.9 percent from the field, including a dismal 7 of 24 from behind the arc. Gary Harris (17 points), Adreian Payne (16 points) and Keith Appling (13 points), who were all temporarily sidelined with injuries, led Michigan State.