• After his first game of the season, UNC guard Leslie McDonald acknowledged he will face an adjustment period in his return. There were some spacing issues at times, and other times McDonald appeared out of synch with the rest of the team - especially on offense. He finished with 15 points, though, and the four 3-pointers he made are already the second-most on the team for the season.
• UNC often has excelled in the post this season, but the Tar Heels didn't match Texas' physicality on the interior. Texas junior forward Jonathan Holmes, who is 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, routinely overpowered the Tar Heels and finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Connor Lammart, the Longhorns' 6-foot-9 sophomore forward, finished with 10 rebounds, too.
• During the final minute on Wednesday night, the Smith Center erupted in a loud "Free P.J." chant. Though McDonald returned, P.J. Hairston, the junior guard, continues to sit out amid NCAA eligibility concerns. He missed his 10th game of the season on Wednesday night, but the school is hopeful to have his situation resolved by Friday. It's unclear Hairston if will play again for UNC.
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