Credit junior guard Will Graves for the most direct answer on what it will take to get North Carolina out of its current hole: "Get some wins, point blank and simple."
Forward Ed Davis matched a season-high with 16 rebounds, though he did so in an inconspicuous manner as the bigger Tar Heels managed only a 40-39 edge on the glass. Davis, a sophomore, also scored 10 points.
Perhaps the most stunning part of North Carolina's defensive woes was an inability to defend Maryland senior guard Eric Hayes.
He is not known for breaking down defenders, and he was a superb 3-point shooter when he arrived in College Park. Permitting him so many open looks (Hayes was 4-for-5 from the perimeter) was crushing for the Tar Heels.
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After a 14-point outburst at Virginia Tech on Thursday, North Carolina freshman John Henson scored four points in 16 minutes against Maryland. However, he had an impressive drive and dunk, a reminder of the talent that generated so much preseason hype.