College Hoops Player of the Day for Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Freshman forward Kennedy Meeks came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points, leading the North Carolina Tar Heels to a 79-65 victory over top-ranked Michigan State.
Meeks played just 18 minutes, but terrorized the Spartans when he was on the floor, hitting six of eight from the field and three of four from the foul line. He also snatched seven rebounds, along with an assist and a blocked shot, helping the 5-2 Tar Heels send Michigan State to its first loss of the season, holding them to 36% shooting.
Michigan State's Gary Harris led all scorers with 17 points, but only three Spartans scored in double figures. North Carolina was more balanced, with five players posting double-digit scoring while also out-rebounding the Spartans, 49-38.
The game was played at the Jack Breslin Student Event Center in Lansing, Michigan as part of the annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge.
The enigmatic Tar Heels upset then-#3 Louisville earlier in the season, but also suffered losses to Belmont and UAB. Unranked, North Carolina may now be deserving of more respect and will see if they're up to the challenge when they face Kentucky, currently #3, on December 14.