Revisiting Texas 86, North Carolina 83

Posted December 19th, 2013


Still catching your breath from last night’s 86-83 win over No. 14 North Carolina?


The win came nearly a year to the day since Texas had beaten a nationally-ranked team — the Horns’ 85-67 win over North Carolina, which was ranked 23rd, at the Erwin Center on Dec. 19, 2012.


It’s Texas’ first win over a ranked team on the road since Jan. 31, 2011, a 69-49 win at No. 16 Texas A&M.

Texas improved to 6-3 all-time vs. North Carolina. That includes six wins in their last seven meetings.

Rick Barnes has Carolina’s number. He’s now 5-1 against the Tar Heels as Texas’ coach.

Texas outrebounded the Tar Heels 51-42 — the Longhorns have won the rebounding battle in all but one game this season.

Texas has recorded at leas six blocked shots in 10 of the first 11 games. There were seven blocks Wednesday night.

At least four players have scored in double figures in Texas’ last nine games. Against Carolina, it was Isaiah Taylor (16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals), Demarcus Holland (15 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Jonathan Holmes (15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Javan Felix (12 points, 3 assists) leading the way.

The Longhorns scored 40 points in the paint (UNC had 16) and had 15 points off Carolina turnovers (UNC had 4 points off Texas turnovers). The largest lead was 13 points, in the first half. The final margin was only 3 points, but Texas led virtually the entire game; there was only one lead change.

Texas has won six games in a row. The Horns are 7-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. The lone loss was to BYU at a neutral site (Kansas City).

At 10-1, Texas is off to its best start 11 games in since 2009, when the Longhorns started off 17-0.

Can Texas get to 11-1? Michigan State awaits on Saturday.

The North Carolina/Michigan State back-to-back series started in 2009, when the Longhorns began playing the Tar Heels and Spartans in consecutive games. In the past five years, Texas is 6-2 in those December matchups:

2009: Texas beat North Carolina in Arlington, then Michigan State in Austin three days later.

2010: Texas beat North Carolina in Greensboro, then Michigan State in East Lansing four days later.

2011: North Carolina beat Texas in Chapel Hill. The Horns didn’t play Michigan State that year.

2012: Texas beat North Carolina in Austin, then fell to Michigan State in East Lansing three days later.

2013: Texas beat North Carolina on Wednesday. The Horns host the Spartans on Saturday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m., and it’ll be on CBS.

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