Last season Wofford went into #5 North Carolina and stunned the Tar Heals with a 79-75 victory. With North Carolina and Roy Williams willing to go on the road to Wofford for the first game of the 2018-2019 season there was one thing on everyone’s mind, could it happen again? North Carolina has been subject to early season upsets, in 2015 the Tar Heals went on the road as the #1 team in the country and loss to Northern Iowa. Then lost at Texas as the #3 team in the same season. In 2014 they lost to an unranked Butler team as the #5 team and later lost to Iowa at home as the #12 team in the country. And in 2013 the Tar Heals lost at home to Belmont and at UAB while ranked #12 and #16 respectively. Its only fair to think that Roy Williams was making a mistake to go into Wofford but the Tar Heals came out on top as they won 78-67.
Wofford hung with the Tar Heals for the entirety of the game but only shot 38.1% from the field. The smaller team fought and scrapped away picking up 13 offensive rebounds and forcing North Carolina into 16 turnovers. With a poor shooting night and their star Fletcher Magee only shooting 30% from the field and 19% from three while still scoring 21 points for the Terriers wasn’t enough.
The Tar Heals shot 50% from the field and assisted on 20 of their 29 made field goals made all the difference for the team as they battled a stellar Wofford team. Luke Maye led the way with 24 for the Tar Heals. Garrison Brooks added 20 and Cam Johnson knocked in 17 while shooting 5-7 from behind the arc.
North Carolina will hope to ride this win as they travel to play at Elon on Friday and Wofford will look to pick things up as they travel to play at High Point on Saturday.