On Friday afternoon, for awhile vs. UCLA, it looked like Carolina had learned nothing from Thursday night's disappointment against Texas but the second half arrived and the Tar Heels woke up.
The notion of momentum carrying over into the second half is empirically nonsensical, but it sure seems like that's what happened. Within 2 minutes, the game was tied and then after a few see-saw minutes, Carolina hit the nitrous.
Nassir Little exploded for a seismic dunk:
Coby White's three put the Heels up by seven points. Then Kenny Williiams dropped a deep three to push the lead to double digits and the game was decided.
There are plenty of reasons for optimism going forward. White has found another gear and obviously has clearance from Roy to aggressively look to score.
Nassir Little can do things physically that others his size cannot. Coupled with his polished mid-range game and ability to hit the three and he's a talent most teams can't match. That Kenny Williams rediscovered his shooting touch (for a game anyway) after a dismal start to the season would seemingly bode well too.
These Heels don't need Luke Maye to be Superman. There may be points in the season where he needs to be the hero, but so far, that moment hasn't arrived. Vegas could've been dismal had UNC lost two in a row. Instead, they'll head into the ACC-Big 10 Challenge feeling confident, with some newly activated weaponry.