Outplayed for much of the first half, Ohio State trailed by as many as 20 points, and then totally outplayed MI in the second half to erase a 13-point halftime deficit.
Biggest weakness:Ohio State is rather pedestrian at shooting from the outside, which could hurt the Buckeyes should UNC find a way to contain Bates-Diop and first-year forward Kaleb Wesson (12.3 points per game, 58.8 field goal percentage), who have both been effective at scoring close to the basket.
Specifically, Tar Heel basketball players (and other "student" athletes) were allegedly steered toward Department of African and Afro-American Studies courses which did not require regular attendance, offered flexible grading, had lax-to-nonexistent faculty oversight and required them to submit just one paper over the course of the semester.
The Tar Heels rank 204th in three pointers attempted per game (19.2) while the Buckeyes rank 219th in three pointers allowed per game (24.9).
Felton, who struggled in limited minutes in the Wofford loss, hit a 3-pointer on three straight possessions to key a 14-3 UNC run, which started at 6:59 in the first half. "It was a disgusting thing for me the entire game". "Perhaps, the ball going in the basket-as I've always said-makes everything look better". The Buckeyes still lack consistency, but they've shown the ability to put together some really good stretches.
"I've never believed you have to learn to lose something", Williams said with a smile. Ohio State, meanwhile, is ranked just 45th, coming in 52nd in offense and 46th in defense.
Johnson had 10 points, mostly from a 7-for-8 showing at the line, in 17 minutes.
North Carolina clamped down on defense to get back into the game, but the Tar Heels simply couldn't score efficiently enough to regain the lead. "We'll go through some hard moments for sure but I have sensed that people have enjoyed watching this relatively new team forge an identity".
Ohio State received 26 points from star forward Keita Bates-Diop, but wasn't able to keep with up the Tar Heels red-hot shooting pace.
Head coach spotlight: Chris Holtmann is in his first season as the man in charge of the Buckeyes after previously serving as the head coach at Butler from 2014-17.
By responding to Wednesday's upset loss with an impressive performance against Ohio State, UNC appeared more than ready to enter ACC play with a full head of steam.
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