Observations from UNC-Miami

Staff writerJanuary 26, 2011 

— For North Carolina, the start to Wednesday’s game at Miami – when it fell behind by 14 points in the first half -- was much like its Tuesday night flight: really, really bumpy. The Tar Heels’ chartered jet encountered scary turbulence while trying to land. "Just experienced the scariest plane ride ever… really didn't think we was going to make it! #ThankGod,” sophomore Leslie McDonald tweeted Tuesday night. “I still have my barf bag in my pocket,’’ sophomore Dexter Strickland added. "Thank God for landing this plane safely,’’ freshman Kendall Marshall added on his twitter account.

• Junior Justin Watts, who sprained his right ankle last week vs. Clemson, did not play Wednesday.

• UNC entered the game averaging 5.5 blocks per contest. Only six UNC teams have averaged 5 swats or more per game over an entire season.

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