The stress levels are extremely high, but UNC basketball gets it done at Miami

Another nail-biting finish for the UNC basketball program, as they barely escape Coral Gables with a win over Miami.

Jan 30, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) in action against
Jan 30, 2024; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) in action against / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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If you have high blood pressure, or care about your health in general, watching UNC basketball games probably isn't in your best interest.

After building multiple double-digit leads, North Carolina had to grind out a win in Coral Gables against the Miami Hurricanes.

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The Tar Heels started the game how everyone hoped, as they put together a 15-4 run and showcased a lot of energy, which was greatly lacking a few days ago in their loss to Clemson.

However, the Hurricanes were not going down easy, as Nijel Pack put together an insane first half performance to put Miami up one heading into the half.

Once again without Seth Trimble, the UNC basketball program mixed and matched, going a little deeper into the bench then we've seen as of late. The bench struggled, which was a main reason why Miami was able to claw back into the game, as the Tar Heels simply didn't have an answer for guarding Pack.

When the second half began, the Tar Heels caught a huge break, as a technical foul on Norchad Omier provided them with four free throws for RJ Davis, which ended up giving North Carolina another cushion.

Surprise, surprise, that lead wouldn't hold.

After a Elliot Cadeau layup with 4:10 remaining, North Carolina held a 9 point lead, one that looked like it might hold. Miami found a way to make it a two-point game with just over a minute remaining, as things got interesting in Coral Gables.

If it wasn't for a lane violation called against the Hurricanes, the Tar Heels would have had to make one more defensive stand to avoid overtime. Fortunately, the lane violation served as a huge break, as North Carolina will head home with another win.

RJ Davis was outstanding once again, scoring a game-high 25 points. Cadeau knocked down two three-pointers en route to a career-high 19 points, as the freshman guard also recorded eight assists, four steals, and three rebounds.

It wasn't the prettiest win, but hey, winning games on the road in the ACC is certainly a challenge. There's quite a few things we'd like to see the UNC basketball program improve upon, but for now, let's just get our stress levels down and be happy they came out with a victory.

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