CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Caleb Love and Armando Bacot believed North Carolina could play better than it showed in back-to-back losses to ranked teams. The Tar Heels proved it against No. 24 Michigan.
Love scored 22 points to help UNC take control after halftime, and the Tar Heels handled the Wolverines 72-51 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
North Carolina led 29-27 at the half but shot 58% after the break to turn the game into a surprising rout. It was a sign of growth after November losses to now-No. 2 Purdue and against No. 13 Tennessee a day later in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Uncasville, Connecticut. First-year coach Hubert Davis said his team's energy and effort were disappointing in the 17-point loss to the Volunteers.