Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for Michigan (7-0), which led 39-35 at halftime and then shut down the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offense for a while. North Carolina (6-2) came in averaging 96.6 points per game, but Michigan was allowing half that at 48.3. The Tar Heels ended up between those two extremes, but a good deal closer to the lower number. “We couldn’t simulate in practice with our scout team how fast (Coby) White was going to get down the floor, how fast they were going to run with their big guys,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “They got us early, but then we adjusted and we were fine.” North Carolina was sharp offensively early, taking a 21-11 lead, but the Wolverines responded with a 19-4 run that included 10 points by Iggy Brazdeikis. Michigan closed the half on a bright note . Matthews sank a 3-pointer, then 7-foot-1 Jon Teske dove on the floor to secure a loose ball, helping set up a 3 by Poole in the final seconds. “Being able to end the first half on a run like that was huge, because we had momentum going into the locker room,” Poole said. “It definitely got everybody going.” Michigan outscored North Carolina 34-16 in the first 12:13 of the second half. At times, just getting a shot to the rim felt like an accomplishment for the Tar Heels. An alley-oop dunk by Teske put the Wolverines up 49-39, causing North Carolina to take a timeout. Matthews provided an even more emphatic highlight later on, slamming home an offensive rebound while drawing a foul.
‘Guys I’ve coached for 31 years. Right now my coaching sucks’ – Roy Williams pic.twitter.com/QaJrpXtVCA— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 29, 2018
DEADLOCKED Michigan’s victory enabled the Big Ten to salvage a 7-7 split in this season’s ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Wolverines lost to the Tar Heels 86-71 in last season’s edition. GUARD MATCHUP White finished with 12 points and four assists for the Tar Heels, but Simpson, Michigan’s point guard, played his usual tough defense. “We started off strong, but against a good team, if you throw the first punch, they’re going to fight back,” White said. “We threw the first punch and they threw every punch. We played well in the first five minutes and then we didn’t really compete.”
Getting Iggy with it. pic.twitter.com/PWbIQsYsFi— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 29, 2018
BIG PICTURE North Carolina: The Tar Heels were on the road — and they’re certainly not alone in losing big to Michigan this season. Villanova fell by 27 to the Wolverines at home. But this was an ugly night for North Carolina, which started well on the offensive end and still ended up shooting 39 percent for the game.
Iggy showing his ambidextrous – ness. pic.twitter.com/5y0PcT54fV— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) November 29, 2018