If you were a top 25 team playing on Thanksgiving, the chances are that you won the game. #25 Wisconsin defeated Oklahoma, #6 Nevada took down Tulsa, #4 UVA beat Dayton, #19 LSU won over Charleston, and #14 Florida State wiped UAB. Unfortunately for two of the other top 25 teams playing on Turkey Day, they did not have the same fortune.
#7 North Carolina was defeated narrowly by a score of 92-89 in Las Vegas as they lost to a now 5-0 Texas team that is flying under the radar. The Tar Heels drop to 5-1 on the season with a loss.
The main concern in the game for UNC was their defense. Putting up 89 points against an unranked opponent usually results in a victory but this was not the case on Thursday. Nobody could stop Texas guard Kerwin Roach II as he put up 32 points, assisted on 7 points and brought down 6 rebounds in the Longhorns victory.
Texas coach Shaka Smart couldn’t have produced a better game plan for the number 7 team in the country as Texas looked like the more prepared team throughout.
UNC freshman Coby White had 33 points in the losing effort.
For #11 Michigan State, they fared better than the Tar Heels as they won their Thanksgiving day matchup against #17 UCLA 87-67. A star-studded matchup all around was very one sided from the jump as the Bruins never really stood a chance.
The Spartans had the game wrapped up by halftime when they led 51-26. The offensive explosion was led by Cassius Winston as he torched the Bruins defense for 19 points and 7 assists. Winston continues to prove himself as both a leader and a play-maker for an excellent Michigan State team.
The Bruins never could really get anything going offensively and a major part of that was coming from too many players relying on individual efforts. UCLA finished with 8 assists as a team by the time that the final buzzer sounded, a tally that will not win games against quality opponents.
Michigan State improves to 4-1 on the young season and have won 4 straight after an opening night loss to number 2 Kansas. The Bruins were handed their first loss of the year and drop to an identical 4-1.
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