UNC Basketball: Keys to victory for Tar Heels on the road at UNCW

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CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels directs his team against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first half at the Dean Smith Center on November 06, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

After leaving Game One with a victory over Notre Dame, No. 9 UNC Basketball travels to Wilmington to take on the Seahawks. What do the Heels need to do to win on the road?

The No. 9 UNC Basketball (1-0) will travel to Wilmington on Friday to take on the 1-0 UNC Wilmington Seahawks in the team’s first road test of the season.

After starting the season with an early ACC matchup with Notre Dame, the Heels begin a soft stretch of the season that will see UNC face off against a trio of teams all ranked 216th or worse in the nation according to KenPom, before heading to the Bahamas for Battle 4 Atlantis.

Wednesday’s game saw UNC overcome a brutal first half behind the heroics of freshman point guard Cole Anthony, who posted a record-breaking stat line of 34 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists to lead Carolina to a 76-65 victory. Garrison Brooks (10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks) and Armando Bacot (seven points, eight rebounds, one block) impacted the game on the inside, Leaky Black (five points, seven rebounds, five assists) posted another well-rounded stat line, and Andrew Platek (26 minutes, eight points, four rebounds, two assists) had himself a career night in a pivotal game.

The Seahawks won their season opener against the D-III Johnson & Wales Wildcats in a 103-83 contest that saw five players score more than 10 points, including a 19-point, 3-steal outing from Jaylen Sims.

One of these teams will leave Friday’s game with their first loss of the season. Here’s what UNC needs to focus on to make sure they leave 2-0.

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