North Carolina wins in Tennessee

18 December 2017 21:11:56 GMTPlus11

The North Carolina Tar Heels moved to 10-1 on the campaign on Sunday with a solid victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

The Tar Heels, whose only loss is to Michigan State, had to rally down the stretch before prevailing 78-73 to avoid the upset.

Joel Berry II led the way for North Carolina with 21 points, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams each had 15 and Sterling Manley came off the bench to add 10 to give the Tar Heels their fifth win in a row.

Wednesday, head coach Roy Williams will see his side entertain the Terriers of Wofford College at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, before North Carolina heads down to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, home of the NBA's Pelicans, to play Ohio State this weekend.

It's the annual CBS Sports Classic that also features Kentucky and UCLA, who also meet on Saturday with the teams rotating each season.

North Carolina will face Kentucky next year for example, in what should be a compelling match-up.

The Tar Heels are 3001.00 to win the NCAAB Championship, with Kentucky 3001.00 and Kansas 4.50.

There are rarely good defeats in college basketball, but Tennessee could potentially claim one in the five-point loss to North Carolina.

The Volunteers have already got the better of a useful Purdue this season and their only other defeat was to Villanova.

Kentucky, Texas A & M and a potentially difficult Florida side wait in SEC play, but Tennessee appears to be a legitimate challenger this season.

Wednesday the Volunteers will take on Furman, before traveling to Winston-Salem to take on the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.

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