UNC Basketball: Tar Heels host jamboree at Dean Dome

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 24: Luke Maye
MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 24: Luke Maye /

UNC hosted a jamboree to benefit North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund on Sunday

The North Carolina Tar Heels played their first exhibition game against Barton College on Oct. 27, winning in the Dean E. Smith Center.

The game gave fans their first look at the 2017-18 UNC team that is hoping to reach the Final Four for the third-straight season.

They will open up their regular season schedule against Northern Iowa on Nov 4. but before that, the team hosted a jamboree on Sunday to help benefit North Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund.

UNC announced the jamboree just a few weeks back inviting East Carolina, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Wilmington to participate in the four-team event.

With those three teams participating, it reunited some former UNC players who are now coaches on those teams.

Wes Miller played under Roy Williams from 2004-2007 and currently serves as the head coach of UNCG. Jeff Lobo is the head coach at ECU and played at UNC from 1985-1989.

UNCW head coach C.B. McGrath is in his first year after serving as an assistant at UNC from 2003-2017.

Check out all three coaches along with Roy Williams and Governor Roy Cooper before the jamboree tipped off.

As for the exhibition games, well the day was broken down into periods. The format was six periods with each team playing each team and the games lasting about 14 minutes long or so.

In their three games, UNC finished 2-1 dropping their contest to UNCG 32-24. The Tar Heels fell behind early in the period 22-14 and just couldn’t recover.

For the first period, UNC went with a starting lineup of Seventh Woods, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, Cam Johnson and Luke Maye via Inside Carolina.

The Tar Heels would switch up their lineup against UNCG by starting freshman Jalek Felton and junior Kenny Williams in place of Woods and Pinson.

For the third and final period, Roy Williams showed off his small lineup going with Felton, Williams, Johnson, Pinson and Maye.

Johnson led all UNC scorers with 18 points on the day with Maye chipping in 15. Freshman Andrew Platek had 6 points in the Tar Heels final period of the day.

The Tar Heels will next be in action against Northern Iowa on Friday, opening up their 2017-18 campaign in the Dean Dome.

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