Updated 12:46 a.m.
CHAPEL HILL — Sixteen games into a season that began with grand aspirations, North Carolina’s players had almost become typecast. Harrison Barnes was the scorer, Kendall Marshall the passer, Dexter Strickland the defensive stopper. As a team, the Tar Heels at times faltered defensively on the perimeter.
These had been known characteristics about UNC halfway through the season. But then came role reversals at the Smith Center on Tuesday night during the Tar Heels’ 73-56 victory against Miami.
While Barnes struggled through his worst offensive game of the season, the Tar Heels (15-2, 2-0) received scoring from the unlikeliest of players. Strickland tied his season high with 14 points and Marshall finished with 12 – the most he had scored since UNC’s victory against Washington last season in the NCAA Tournament.