Notre Dame men's basketball drops season opener at North Carolina

Notre Dame opens the season against North Carolina on Wednesday night

Notre Dame opens the season against North Carolina on Wednesday night

Anthony, the son of former National Basketball Association guard and latest tv analyst Greg Anthony, established the bar substantial for the remainder of his initially (and probable only) time in Chapel Hill, exploding for 34 points, 11 rebounds and five helps in a 76-65 victory in excess of Notre Dame.

The game was the season opener and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Anthony's 34 points were the most for a UNC first-year debut, eclipsing Rashad McCants' 28 points against Penn State in 2002. He finished 12-for-24 from the field, including 6-for-11 on 3-point attempts.

Returning only one starter, the top-10 ranked Heels will have to rely on a number of new faces in the primary rotation - five-star point guard Cole Anthony, five-star center Armando Bacot, graduate transfer Christian Keeling, and graduate transfer Justin Pierce. The last North Carolina freshman with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds was Tyler Hansbrough in 2006.

The Fighting Irish hung around, thanks mostly to the trio of Mooney, Gibbs and Hubb, but the Tar Heels held a comfortable lead - always somewhere in the nine- to 16-point range - as the second-half clock drained and, eventually, ran out on a UNC victory. This is nearly a brand-new North Carolina team, but it should be plenty to take care of Notre Dame by more than just 10.5 points.

In Notre Dame, UNC is getting a significant test to start the season. The Tar Heels played an ACC game in an opening game for the first time since the 1967-68 season.

In the end, it will be too much talent on the Tar Heels' end of the court.

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