Wednesday's game saw UNC overcome a brutal first half behind the heroics of freshman point guard Cole Anthony, who posted a record-breaking stat line of 34 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists to lead Carolina to a 76-65 victory. The Tar Heels shot just 31% and located on their own down by 1 to Notre Dame heading into halftime. UNC coach Roy Williams doesn't mind going to an in-state mid major school for a game, a year ago the Tar Heels played at Wofford and Elon.
"We understand it's because the Tar Heels were in town", McGrath said.
That came after Brooks managed 10 points in the only other double-digit output amid Anthony's opening-night show.
Shykeim Phillips and Jaylen Sims led the Seahawks with 12 points each, and Sims pulled down 12 rebounds.
It is hard to have a more impressive college debut than North Carolina freshman Cole Anthony.
The No. 9 UNC Basketball (1-0) will travel to Wilmington on Friday to take on the 1-0 UNC Wilmington Seahawks in the team's first road test of the season. They also lost Coby White (16.1ppg, 4.1apg), Luke Maye (14.9ppg, 10.5rpg) and Cameron Johnson (16.9ppg, 5.8rpg) from a team that lost in the Sweet 16.
UNC said Anthony is now the only freshman in program history to go for at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive games.
"I always loved playing here", said Pierce, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his college career in the game. It was a good sign for the Tar Heels after Anthony accounted for 43.5 percent of his team's points against Notre Dame.
There's seriously no just one else who arrived beneath severe consideration for participant of the video game, but Andrew Platek and Garrison Brooks also had sound video games. They finished 16 of 30, which is 53.3 percent.
"We know they're a very talented team, it'll be a tough game to get ready for in two days". Pierce and Anthony combined to shoot 2-for-11 from the free throw line. One thing that head coach Roy Williams will have to attempt to build is a bench. He went back to the locker room and did not return.
Anthony - an eyeglass-wearer off the court - started the game wearing a pair of prescription goggles but ditched them during the first half because he said they affected his depth perception.
"Sometimes, I used to say, Tyler Hansbrough carried us", Williams said of about the former national player of the year. North Carolina had 18 turnovers and 12 of them were committed by players making their regular-season debuts at UNC.
The Tar Heels, on the other hand, have several senior players including graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce, as well as Brandon Robinson, who's now sidelined with a right ankle injury. The Tar Heels have better talent and will be a lot more physical then the Seahawks. And he had his first career double-double.
It's not what you wanted to see from a team that just had a big second half in the win over Notre Dame.