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Good evening from the Smith Center, where North Carolina will tip off the 2019-20 season vs. Notre Dame at 7 p.m. on ACC Network. 

Brandon Robinson will be out tonight as he recovers from a sprained right ankle, taking away one of the Tar Heels' few players with any ACC experience. That's been the story of the week, as Carolina will likely have four players making their first starts in the Smith Center against the experienced Irish.

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For a little pregame reading, check out five storylines worth watching and comments from Roy Williams in his pregame press conference on Tuesday.

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Check out a pregame radio chat about the Tar Heels with the Gerry V Show on ESPN Radio Charlotte here.

Carolina starters: Cole Anthony, Leaky Black, Christian Keeling, Armando Bacot, Garrison Brooks.

Notre Dame starters: Prentiss Hubb, Rex Pflueger, TJ Gibbs, Juwan Durham, John Mooney.

  • Looks like Anthony will rock the goggles in his Carolina debut:
  • Once favored by 10.5 points, the line has now fallen to -9 for Carolina.


16:43— Goodness, what a difference from Friday night for the Tar Heels on the defensive end. Notre Dame has been forced into one bad shot after another, starting 0/5 from the field. UNC much more active.

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15:54 — Appears the message was received on defense for UNC, but not quite on turnovers. Two ill-advised passes and Armando Bacot stepping on the baseline gives the Heels three in four minutes. Completely avoidable stuff.

Good Keeling: 

9:41 — Roy Williams expressed his concerns about rebounding on Tuesday, but so far, so good for the Tar Heels, as Anthony, Pierce and Platek have complemented the bigs with nine boards. 

4:40 — Garrison Brooks is 1/4 with 3 points, but Roy Williams has to like seeing the big man being more assertive. He's gone from not looking at the basket as a freshman to making decisive moves in the paint.

2:50 — With Notre Dame on a 12-2 run, Williams, unsurprisingly, let his team play through it. Keeling had two quick turnovers, pushing his total to four, and that's clearly the biggest weakness in his game. He could be Carolina's second scorer this season, but his minutes will be cut if the turnovers aren't.

HALFTIME: Notre Dame 31, North Carolina 30



  • Rebounding has been excellent for the Tar Heels, holding Notre Dame to three offensive rebounds, grabbing only 13 percent of their misses. Most importantly for UNC, it got 17 rebounds from guys not named Bacot or Brooks.
  • Offense has not been excellent for the Tar Heels, but that's not unexpected at this time of year. This is basically an entirely new roster and it's pretty clear the chemistry isn't there yet. 
  • Turnovers slowed down a bit from the first few minutes, but 8 is still too many. Notre Dame is good, but it doesn't smother you. Most of Carolina's mistakes have been self-inflicted.
  • Christian Keeling, so far, has been an all-or-nothing guy. The graduate transfer has the potential to be the Tar Heels' second-leading scorer while also leading the team in turnovers. He looked great at times in the first half while also making senseless mistakes.
  • Cole Anthony is the best player on the team, but Garrison Brooks will be the most valuable. There's no one else on the roster that can replicate his defense and leadership, and through 20 minutes, he's clearly more confident in his offensive game.
  • Armando Bacot will make some freshman mistakes, but he's got an old-school game around the basket with an array of post moves. It's going to be fun to watch him work down there.


15:43 — Game is beginning to find a little more flow, finally. It's clear the priority for UNC is now to get Cole Anthony the ball and let him go to work, ending up with either shots for himself or allowing him to create for others.

After briefly going down with an ankle injury, Armando Bacot is set to come back in after the media timeout.

11:49 — UNC leads 48-46 thanks to an outburst from Cole Anthony. The freshman has 9 points in the second half and 7 straight for the Heels. Anthony can play with an edge, and it looks like he got tired of waiting for someone else to set the tone.

9:25 — Anthony is obviously playing great and getting better as the game goes on, but Andrew Platek is delivering one of his most important performances with two huge buckets in the second half, pushing his total to 8 points and 3 rebounds. 

He's defending well and very active.  He's going to be a major rotation piece for Carolina this season.

2:57 — Many people are saying that Cole Anthony is good. More on this developing story later.

FINAL: Carolina 76, Notre Dame 65