GAME 4: JAMES MADISON
• Carolina closes out the first home stand of the season vs. undefeated James Madison on Sunday, November 20, at noon.
• Tip time is 12:02 on the ACC Network (Mike Monaco, Dan Bonner).
• The Tar Heels are 3-0 with home wins over UNCW, the College of Charleston and Gardner-Webb.
• James Madison is 4-0. The Dukes have an average margin of victory of 48.5 points, shoot 54.1% from three, have an average rebound margin of +18.3 and have forced 22.5 turnovers per game. Eight JMU players average at least 6.5 points per game, including four in double figures.
• Carolina is coming off a 72-66 win over Gardner-Webb on November 15. Caleb Love led four Tar Heels in double figures with 20 points, Pete Nance scored 16 of his season-best 18 points in the first half and RJ Davis recorded his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
• Love has scored 17 second-half points in each of the last two games. He totaled 25 vs. the College of Charleston and 20 vs. Gardner-Webb. He leads UNC in scoring at 20.7 points per game, although he has connected on just 4 of 21 three-point attempts.
• Love is shooting 68.0% from two-point range this season.
• Davis has two double-doubles in points and rebounds in his last four starts. He scored 15 points and grabbed a dozen boards vs. Kansas in the 2022 national championship game.
• Carolina is 3-0 for the ninth straight season. The last time the Tar Heels began a season with four straight wins was 2019-20.
LOVE 12 SHY OF 1,000
• Junior guard Caleb Love has scored 988 career points and needs 12 to become the 80th Tar Heel to score 1,000.
• Carolina has an NCAA-record 79 1,000-point scorers, including Armando Bacotwho scored his 1,000th point on 1/29/22 against NC State.
• Louisville is second all-time with 69 1,000-point scorers.
• Carolina is No.1 in the nation in the Nov. 14 Associated Press poll.
• UNC was also No. 1 in the nation in the preseason Associated Press poll.
• The Nov. 14 poll is the 112th time UNC is ranked No. 1 in an AP poll, fourth most in NCAA college basketball history.
• The Tar Heels have been voted No. 1 in the preseason in 1977-78, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1986-87, 1993-94, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2015-16 and 2022-23.
• This was the 10th time the Tar Heels have been ranked No. 1 to begin a season. UNC’s 10 preseason No. 1 rankings are the most all-time, breaking a tie with Duke. UCLA is third with eight, Kentucky is fourth with six and Arizona, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan are tied with three.
• The UNCW game was the Tar Heels’ first as the AP’s No. 1 team since 11/21/15, when it lost at Northern Iowa without injured senior guard Marcus Paige.
• Carolina’s No. 1 ranking in the 2022-23 preseason poll marked the 66th season UNC has been ranked at least once in the 75-year history of the Associated Press poll. In 58 of those 66 seasons, the Tar Heels have been ranked in the top 10 at least once.
• This is the 21st season UNC has been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at some point in the season. It’s the first time UNC is the preseason No. 1 team since 2015-16; the Tar Heels played in the national championship game that year.
• Carolina also was preseason No. 1 in the coaches poll and Sports Illustrated, No. 2 in CBSSports.com and the Sporting News and No. 9 in KenPom.
• This was the 10th time UNC is No. 1 in the first coaches’ poll (1957-58, 1981-82, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2015-16 and 2022-23).
• Head coach Hubert Davis‘s Tar Heels were picked to finish No. 1 in the ACC at the conference’s preseason media day in Charlotte.
TAR HEELS AS NO. 1
• Carolina is 191-31 as the No. 1 team in the AP poll.
• Dean Smith led UNC to 100 wins (100-18) in games as the No. 1 team in the AP poll.
• The Tar Heels were 50-7 as No. 1 under Roy Williams.
• UNC is 3-0 under Hubert Davis ace No. 1.
SERIES VS. JAMES MADISON
• The Tar Heels are 3-0 against James Madison, including 2-0 in NCAA Tournament play and 1-0 in the Maui Invitational.
• All three games were played at neutral sites, although the two NCAA Tournament games were played in 1982 in Raleigh and 1983 in Greensboro.
• This is the first game between UNC and JMU since an 80-79 Carolina victory in Maui on Nov. 24, 1989.
• The Tar Heels trailed Lefty Driesell’s Dukes, 79-70, with less than a minute to play. An offensive rebound basket by Rick Fox and a steal and three-pointer by sophomore Hubert Davis cut the deficit to four with 48 seconds to play. Pete Chilcutt hits a three to pull within one with :10 remaining. JMU turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and UNC point guard King Rice hit an off-balance runner from the top of the key that banked in for the winner at the buzzer.
• Kevin Madden and Fox led five Tar Heels in double figures with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
• This season is the 38th in which the Tar Heels are playing in the Dean E. Smith Center. That is the most years UNC has played in a home venue (played 26 seasons in Woolen Gym from 1939-65).
• The Tar Heels are 454-83 in 537 games in the Smith Center, including 221-18 against non-ACC opponents.
• UNC has won 10 straight at home over non-ACC opponents since a February 2021 loss to Marquette.
• Last season, the Tar Heels went 15-2 in the Smith Center, including 7-0 against non-ACC opponents.
RETURNING TAR HEELS
• Carolina returns four starters from last season’s team that went 29-10 overall, 15-5 in the ACC, was the No. 3 seed in the ACC Tournament, No. 8 seed in the East Regional in the NCAA Tournament, won the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the national championship game.
• The four returning starters include graduate student small forward Leaky Blacksenior forward/center Armando Bacot and junior guards RJ Davis and Caleb Love.
• UNC returns 71.2% of the scoring from a year ago in addition to 58.5% of its rebounding, 82.3% of its assists and 58.5% of its three-point field goals.
• Brady Manek, a fifth-year grad student from Oklahoma, averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, made 98 threes, the second most in UNC single-season history, and led the ACC in three-point percentage (.403). Manek is currently playing professional basketball in Australia.
• Carolina is one of three teams (with Duke and Kentucky) with three players on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50. Armando Bacot, RJ Davis and Caleb Love are among the preseason players to watch.
• Bacot was one of five players named to the Associated Press’s 2022-23 Preseason All-America team. Bacot is joined on the AP team by Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) and Marcus Sasser (Houston).
• Bacot was chosen the Preseason ACC Player of the Year at the league’s media day.
• Bacot also was named a preseason first-team All-America by The Sporting News, The Athletic, CBSSports.com, Fox, Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Dick Vitale, College Hoops Today and Field of 68.
• Davis was named preseason first-team All-America by Lindy’s. He received second-team All-America recognition from Dick Vitale and third team from College Hoops Today.
• Davis was selected to the All-ACC third team at the league’s media day and was also chosen by Lindy’s as part of the No. 1 backcourt in the country with junior guard Caleb Love.
• Love was named to the preseason All-ACC team and a second-team All-America by The Athletic, CBSSports.com, College Hoops Today and Dick Vitale.
• Lindy’s tabbed Love as the top playmaker and most entertaining player in the ACC.
• Field of 68 thing Pete Nance as the No. 2 transfer player to watch. Nance previously played four seasons at Northwestern, where he led the Wildcats last season in scoring, rebounding, three-point percentage and blocks. He scored 1,025 points (9.6 per game) in 107 career games.
• The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame announced preseason watch lists for its positional awards and four Tar Heels were named to the respective lists: Caleb Love (Bob Cousy Award for point guards), Leaky Black (Julius Erving Award for small forwards), Pete Nance (Karl Malone Award for power forwards) and Armando Bacot (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for centers).
• Bacot (No. 3), Love (No. 10), Davis (No. 31) and Black (No. 95) were named among CBSSports.com’s top 100 players.
• Three Tar Heels – Bacot, Davis and Love – are among 20 players on the NABC Player of the Year watch list. UNC is the only team with three players on the NABC list (Baylor has two).
IN THE RECORD BOOK
• Carolina has an NCAA-record 79 1,000-point scorers, including Armando Bacotwho scored his 1,000th point on 1/29/22 against NC State. Caleb Love needs 12 points and RJ Davis needs 186 to reach the 1,000-point mark.
• Bacot set UNC single-season records last year with 511 rebounds, 31 double-doubles, five 20-rebound games (tied), 32 games with 10 or more rebounds, rebounds in an NCAA Tournament and rebounds by a Tar Heel in the Elite 8, national semi-final and national championship games.
• Bacot became the first player in NCAA Tournament history with six double-doubles in one year and tied the NCAA single-season record for double-doubles with 31 (Navy’s David Robinson also had 31 in 1895-86).
• Bacot is third in UNC history in double-doubles (49) and offensive rebounds per game (3.40), tied for sixth in rebounds per game (10.0) and eighth in rebounds (1,025). He is one of eight Tar Heels to average a career double-double (13.0/10.0). Sean May and Bacot are the only Tar Heels to average a double-double over a career in the last 50 seasons.
• Bacot needs three rebounds to pass Antawn Jamison for seventh and 11 to pass Brice Johnson for sixth all-time in rebounds by a Tar Heel.
• Leaky Black has played in 125 games over the previous four seasons. He could break Deon Thompson’s school record for games played (152).
• RJ Davis and Caleb Love are tied for sixth in UNC history in free throw percentage at .837.