North Carolina did the one thing it said it couldn’t do against Virginia – turn the ball over.
No. 8 Virginia’s stifling defense forced 18 turnovers and handed the 12th-ranked Tar Heels a 61-49 loss on Saturday.
Senior guard Joel Berry scored 17 points for UNC (12-4, 1-2 ACC), but the Heels couldn’t overcome their own mistakes.
UVa (14-1, 2-0) scored 25 points off UNC’s turnovers, while allowing only three points the other way.
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The Heels have lost five straight at Virginia and are off to their worst ACC start since the 2013-14 season.