So this has kind of become my thing. I look back at our usually spectacular series history against each opponent and use history to analyze the present if you will. However, honestly I did not write one for the Heels previous game against Wake Forest last night because it almost wouldn’t have been worth it. You see, the Tar Heels all-time record against Wake is 153-65 and this is as of 2011.
Now, on to the actual title of this article. UNC plays #8 Miami (that feels odd to write for a basketball column) on Saturday and we need to appreciate the beautiful history against this squad in order to sufficiently prepare for this contest. So, as of 2011 UNCs record against the U is 16-2. Since then, these two teams have played them in 2011-2012 and Miami won both times (73-56 the first time and 73-64 the second time). With that being said, we have already lost to them this year 59-68. This brings UNCs all-time record against the Hurricanes to 18-3. Let’s take a look at the series history.
Miami (UNC 18-3)
1-13-50 (W- 55-53) Away
1-14-50 (W -65-51) Away
12-6-86 (W- 122-77) Home
2-5-90 (W- 87-74) Home
12-18-99 (W 78-68) Sunrise, Fla., Orange Bowl Classic
12-4-00 (W- 67-45) Home
1-4-03 (L (ot)- 61-64) Away
1-7-04 (W- 89-64) Home
1-22-05 (W- 87-67) Home
1-14-06 (L- 70-81) Home
2-12-06 (W- 80-70) Away
1-31-07 (W- 105-64) Home
1-23-08 (W- 98-82) Away
1-17-09 (W- 82-65) Home
2-15-09 (W- 69-65) Away
3-2-10 (W- 69-62) Home
1-26-11 (W- 74-71) Away
3-11-11 (W- 61-59) Greensboro, ACC Tournament
1-10-12 (W- 73-56) Home
2-15-12 (W- 73-64) Away
1-10-13 (L-59-58) Home
So, what can we say about this? To play devil’s advocate, I will discuss the three losses because a wise old man once said, “unless we learn about our history, we are doomed to repeat it”. With that being said, we must now discuss these three losses to the hurricanes. In 2003, UNC lost to Miami on the 4th of January in an overtime game by a mere three points 64-61.
The Hurricanes had James Jones who scored 21 points against the Tar Heels. The same James Jones that currently plays for the Defending Champion Miami Heat and that won the three point shootout in 2011. Go figure. Couldn’t find a YouTube video for this, too obscure. However, arguably my favorite Tar Heel (that i have personally seen play) Rashad McCants had 14 points on 5-15 shooting and LEAD THE TEAM IN SCORING (no typo) in this game. No more to say about this one.
After this, we proceeded to not lose to the U again until 2006, which might be my favorite Tar Heel team. This team wasn’t expected to do anything at all after losing everyone from the title the year before, but a man by the name of Tyler Hansbrough had something to say about that. This was a great team. But they lost on the 14th of January to these Canes 81-70, Guillermo Diaz and Robert Hite each scored 24 points.
This season marked the first time in seven years the Heels lost. I may or may not have cried during this game (no judgement please). This loss was more about the Heels playing bad then the Hurricanes playing well. Reggie Bullock went 4-16, James Michael McAdoo went 5-14, and P.J. Hairston went 2-7. Today, we need to do much better than this (obviously).
Enough about losing, watch this video of my personal favorite moment in the series.
It would be nice if Leslie could conjure up his inner 2011 tomorrow afternoon. We shall see. Go Heels.