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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin 60-57 on Wednesday night.
Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (6-1), who had to show plenty of fight and toughness to outlast the Badgers in the ACCBig Ten Challenge. Coming off its first loss of the season, North Carolina trailed by five points midway through the second half before going on an 18-5 run that finally put the Tar Heels ahead for good.
Barnes was critical in that run, knocking down two 3-pointers and a jumper. But on a night when their fast-paced attack rarely got out in transition, the Tar Heels only fought off Wisconsin (6-1) after stringing together enough defensive stops and getting enough defensive rebounds to aid their struggling offense.
For the Badgers, almost everything went to plan except for the outcome.
They made the Tar Heels work for their shots. They repeatedly made them defend into the final seconds of the shot clock. And coach Roy Williams grew so frustrated at one point in the second half that he ripped off his suit jacket and yelled at his players.
But North Carolina -- which despite the NBA potential on its front line had been outrebounded three times this season -- responded by controlling the boards behind John Henson, who finished one shy of a career-high with 17 rebounds.
Jordan Taylor had 18 points to lead Wisconsin, which held North Carolina to 42 percent shooting. That included a 6-minute scoreless stretch in the first half, but the Badgers didn't fare any better (36 percent) and couldn't knock down the 3-point shots that would have brought even more tension to the blue-clad crowd.
Wisconsin, which came in shooting 47 percent from 3-point range, missed 20 of 28 shots from behind the arc. North Carolina also shook off its struggles at the foul line by hitting 16 of 18 free throws in the second half.
North Carolina was coming off a loss to UNLV in the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, which also included Barnes playing 30 minutes despite spraining his right ankle in the first half. He missed Monday's practice and Williams didn't sound sure Barnes would be ready for the Badgers, though Barnes made it through a full practice Tuesday evening and was back in the starting lineup to spark the Tar Heels' sluggish offense.
Things won't get easier for UNC. Next up is Saturday's trip to Kentucky, which replaced North Carolina at No. 1.
BEST OF MAXIM
North Carolina's Harrison Barnes is recovering from an ankle injury just as the fifth-ranked Tar Heels try to bounce back from their first loss with a pair of tough nonconference games.
First up is No. 9 Wisconsin on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Then comes a trip to Kentucky, which replaced the Tar Heels at No. 1 after the loss to UNLV on Saturday night.
As mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, I’d like to do some crowdsourcing from the people that have been generous enough to purchase a subscription to this site. Figuring that those folks are better informed than the average college hoops fan, we should take advantage of this knowledge. This evening I’d like to do an initial test of this concept by having the audience predict...
Harrison Barnes adjusted to Wisconsin's defense and stepped up for the Tar Heels with a 14-point second half.
North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes, who sprained his right ankle Saturday, practiced fully Tuesday and "barring unexpected setbacks, he is expected to play versus Wisconsin" on Wednesday, according to a team spokesman.
It wasn't pretty. But when No. 5 North Carolina needed him most, Harrison Barnes provided the spark, says Ben Glicksman, leading the Tar Heels to a 60-57 win over No. 9 Wisconsin.
Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina rally past No. 9 Wisconsin 60-57 on Wednesday night.
Harrison Barnes scored 10 of his 20 points during the decisive second-half surge to help No. 5 North Carolina beat No. 9 Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
In its first game since falling to UNLV on Saturday, No. 5 North Carolina held off No. 9 Wisconsin for a 60-57 win a home.
Despite the victory, it was still a challenging night for the Tar Heels as Wisconsin controlled the pace from the tip. North Carolina was held to just 25 points at the half and took only 45 shots, 19 less than Wisconsin in the game...
Wisconsin had made things difficult on defenses by stretching them thin and then knocking down crushing 3-pointers. The ninth-ranked Badgers just couldn't do the same against North Carolina.
Sure, Wisconsin spread out the fifth-ranked Tar Heels and made them defend until deep in the shot clock in the 60-57 loss Wednesday night. But the Badgers missed 20 of 28 shots from behind...
GOTTA SUPPORT THE TEAMS
Tyler Zeller and Cody Zeller play in the ACC and Big Ten, respectively. As we all know, Tyler is a senior forward for the powerhouse North Carolina Tarheels. The lesser known younger brother, Cody, is a freshman at Indiana. The ACC-Big Ten challenge gave the Zeller brothers’ parents a chance to watch both of their [...]
John Henson and Tyler Zeller complement each other perfectly, bringing different styles to North Carolina's interior defense.
UNC got an inconsistent offensive effort but enough when it counted to go with a solid outing on the defensive end to come away with a 60-57 win over Wisconsin. It wasn’t always pretty. In fact I don’t know how Badger fans watch this crap night in and night out. It is boring and horrid basketball to watch. However UNC played Wisconsin at its own game and won. Yes, it would be...