Jan 18, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks (3) and forward J.P. Tokoto (13) ad forward Brice Johnson (11) react in the first half at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Cavaliers


The North Carolina Tar Heels are set to play the Virginia Cavaliers tonight in Charlottesville. After dropping their first three games in ACC conference play, the Tar Heels finally grabbed a in-conference win against Boston College on Saturday.

Now, just two days later, North Carolina looks to build a small winning streak and grab a victory on the road against a strong Virginia team.

Virginia hasn’t defeated any ranked teams this year, but are showing to be consistent and a NCAA Tournament contender. They’re 4-1 in conference play and they won’t make it easy for the Tar Heels to get their 2nd ACC victory.

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  • Bryant Douglass

    And we’re live! Leslie McDonald will start tonight. No word just yet on who will start at center.

  • Bryant Douglass

    McDonald, James, McAdoo, Paige, and Tokoto are your starters tonight!

  • Bryant Douglass

    Tipoff is just a few minutes away! Be sure and follow us on Twitter too! @KeepingItHeel

  • Bryant Douglass

    Carolina wins the jump!

  • Bryant Douglass

    McAdoo hit a nice deep FG! 7-3 Heels!

  • Bryant Douglass

    UNC turns the ball over! Sloppy ball handling.

  • Bryant Douglass

    North Carolina meet Joe Harris. Joe Harris meet North Carolina.

  • Bryant Douglass

    McAdoo scores his 1,000th career point! Virginia leads 11-9 with 15:50 left in the first half.

  • Bryant Douglass

    McAdoo gets fouled again, he’s going to the line for two free throws!

  • Simeon Jackson

    In the discussion, let’s go Heels!

    • Bryant Douglass

      Awesome! thanks for joining me Simeon! Heels are looking solid so far!

      • Simeon Jackson

        Absolutely, happy to be here. We’re playing big so far! I like it

        • Bryant Douglass

          McAdoo is playing tough. I like that. Been wanting to see him play strong all season.

    • Bryant Douglass

      Comments should update live and refresh automatically!

  • Simeon Jackson

    Second time in a row UNC post player passes out of a double team —-> Second time in a row we get easy points

    • Bryant Douglass

      Putting Joe Harris into foul trouble is key! How about Anderson forcing contact to get the foul…gotta give him credit LOL.

      • Simeon Jackson

        absolutely, we’ve got to take that guy out of the game w foul trouble

        • Bryant Douglass

          Rebounds are already showing how bad we need to make get them.

  • Bryant Douglass

    North Carolina is hanging right on Virginia’s heels!

  • Bryant Douglass

    Anderson is fouled, he will shoot for two!

  • Bryant Douglass

    UNC retakes the lead. It is 16-15!

  • Simeon Jackson

    Our defense isn’t doing too bad, even with UVA hitting big shots. Just keep weathering the storm…keep it close and keep getting easy buckets

    • Bryant Douglass

      They’ve just quit as you type that…

      • Simeon Jackson

        I know right!

        • Bryant Douglass

          Don’t get why they struggle to get rebounds…

  • Bryant Douglass

    LESLIE MCDONALD makes a beautiful three with time running out on the shot clock.

  • Simeon Jackson

    #BankIsOpen #BlockParty

  • Bryant Douglass

    Virginia 22 – North Carolina 21 at the 10:00 timeout!

  • Bryant Douglass

    UNC needs to quit making fundamental mistakes…

  • Bryant Douglass

    Nice grab by Nate Britt…unfortunately it was an airball. How come we can’t make this kind of noise at Dean Dome? I never hear the fans getting this intense…

  • Simeon Jackson

    Even though it was an air ball….I really don’t mind Paige slashing and taking floaters. He’s got to be aggressive

    • Bryant Douglass

      He’s just slowed down offense production. The Paige at the first of the season is no where to be found.

      • Simeon Jackson

        I know. He’s a pass-first, pure PG and now Roy needs him to be big on offensive production

  • Bryant Douglass

    At the 7:20 timeout, Virginia leads North Carolina 26-23!

  • Bryant Douglass

    This could be closer than I thought tonight.

    • Simeon Jackson

      Agreed this is a scrappy team we’re against….took dook to the edge at cameron

      • Bryant Douglass

        Virginia is underrated, but I think this is a team UNC should be able to beat.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Carolina grabs the lead again. Good blocking and rebounding the last few possessions.

  • Simeon Jackson

    Is that Jeff Van Gundy and Jay Bilas announcing this game???

    • Bryant Douglass

      Yes it is. They did an announcer swap for tonight’s game.

      • Simeon Jackson

        I’ve always liked JVG and Jay Bilas isn’t half bad–for a dookie

        • Bryant Douglass

          Bilas is probably the least biased of any former player, current announcer. Jay Williams on the other hand…makes me want to kill him.

  • Bryant Douglass

    1:57 media timeout…Virginia 34 – North Carolina 29

  • Simeon Jackson

    Waiting WAYYYYY too long in the shot clock for a decent look

    • Bryant Douglass

      Should have called for a timeout.

  • Simeon Jackson

    Not the way we wanted to end that half.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Halftime: Virginia 38 – North Carolina 29 | North Carolina hasn’t won a game when they’ve trailed at the half.

  • Simeon Jackson

    we need to come out this half with aggressive play from the guards and play a lot more pack-it-back type of defense. we’re getting out-run in transition and losing easy layups

    • Bryant Douglass

      0-8 when down at halftime.

      • Guest

        Jeeze.

        • Bryant Douglass

          Yeah, it’s a very ugly stat. UNC just hasn’t been UNC the past two seasons.

      • Simeon Jackson

        No greater time than now to turn that around!…..hopefully

  • Bryant Douglass

    Second half is under way! UNC has a ways to go before they get back into the game.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Rebounds…turnovers….rushing shots…

  • Bryant Douglass

    North Carolina ABC stores want to know why their sales have increased…

  • Bryant Douglass

    Meeks is going to the line for two!

  • Bryant Douglass

    15:34 remaining and Virginia has pulled away. They lead UNC 48-36!

  • Simeon Jackson

    Joe Harris is killing us.

    • Bryant Douglass

      It’s sad because he only average 11.3 PPG.

      • Simeon Jackson

        It’s the amount of big-time shots he’s hitting, too. And the fact we keep going under screens on defense.

        • Bryant Douglass

          We continue to leave them wide open.

  • Simeon Jackson

    Our bigs are keeping us alive at this point

  • Bryant Douglass

    Another deep field goal. WHERE IS THE DEFENSE???

  • Bryant Douglass

    Still only down by just 12, guess we’re not out of it…yet…officially.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Virginia is up by twelve 55-43 with 11:32 remaining in the game!

  • john bauman

    We just need stops and buckets. Come on Heels! We can do this!!!

    • Bryant Douglass

      They have no desire, no will power, no motivation. If they don’t start off strong and win the first half…it’s over.

  • Simeon Jackson

    Some blind zebras out today…..

  • Simeon Jackson

    GOOD PASS

  • Simeon Jackson

    if you’re going to foul someone make sure they can’t get the shot off………… basketball 101

  • john bauman

    gosh darn we keep getting it close 11 points, 13 points, and virginia just puts it right back to 15! so frustrating!

    • Bryant Douglass

      No defense…I left that out in my earlier comment apparently.

  • Bryant Douglass

    Nice save by McAdoo there…

  • Bryant Douglass

    Virginia calls a timeout with 8:48 left. Hoos lead UNC 60-49

  • Simeon Jackson

    I have to be honest…..UVA is playing well and getting all the rolls. They’re just on fire.

  • Bryant Douglass

    I’m amused with UVa fans and how when the few times they get called on a foul, they throw this absolute fit.

  • Bryant Douglass

    We’re at the 7:36 time out and Virginia is on the verge of a blowout 64-49!

  • Simeon Jackson

    They are just outplaying us on all facets of the game

  • Simeon Jackson

    STOP GOING UNDER SCREENS, CAROLINA

  • Bryant Douglass

    I nearly can’t watch this anymore. So thankful John is doing the recap.

    • john bauman

      haha i totally agree! this game has been so frustrating!!!

  • Bryant Douglass

    JP Tokoto has fouled out.

  • Simeon Jackson

    Going to focus on the positives going forward……..UVA shot lights out….they got rolls…UNC has had a lot of shots rolling in and out….UNC’s bigs have played incredibly well, considering….Kennedy Meeks will be a force to be reckoned with going forward

  • Bryant Douglass

    Final media timeout of the game and Virginia had this one in the bag 72-53!

  • Bryant Douglass

    FINAL: Virginia 76 – North Carolina 61

  • Simeon Jackson

    Alright fellas, we’ll do this again