ANN ARBOR – Jordan Poole shimmied, took a step back and kicked a 3 with his foot touching the "M" block in the middle of the Crisler Center field. He entered. Why not? That was the last basket during Michigan's 84-67 win over North Carolina, number 11, on Wednesday.
The Wolverines improved to 7-0. They outclass their opponents by an average of 21.7 points per game.
Rookie Ignas Brazdeikis led Michigan with 24 points and Matthews had 21 points. Poole made five and scored 18.
Michigan pushed its lead to 10 early in the second half and never looked back, leading from 22 to mid-second. A race in North Carolina that reduced the margin to 11 made the crowd run out, but the Wolverines continued their best start since the 2012-13 season, when they started at 16-0.
This was North Carolina's first visit to Ann Arbor, as part of the ACC / Big Ten Challenge program. Michigan lost to Chapel Hill last season, 86-71.
Michigan inverted the script by making 11 3 and frustrating a high power attack.
The Tar Heels (5-2) entered the game with an average of 96.6 points per game, the second largest in the country. Michigan had allocated exactly half, 48.3 points per game, the best in the country.
North Carolina made nine of its first 13 shots to take a 21-11 lead. After exceeding the media waiting time of the under-12s, Brazdeikis returned to Michigan 21-13 and started an 8-0 run, capped by an Eli Brooks 3 in transition who gave to UM his first advance.
Brooks then followed the shot with a left-handed shovel and Brazdeikis converted a creative lay-up. Matthews' open flight and Dunk's goal made it 28-23 Michigan, while it was only 5:40, while Crisler Crowd was exhausted.
The roof nearly fell when Michigan closed the semifinals with Matthews' 3-on-1 and Jordan Poole, the latter coming after Jon Teske (7 minutes 1 career) got a loose ball by diving on the floor. Michigan led 39-35.
North Carolina has missed 11 of its last 16 shots in the half. Michigan scored 4 out of 10 fouls in the first half, missing twice the front of a one-and-one match.
The dynamics of Michigan continued in the second half. Simpson's lineup against Teske gave the Wolverines a 49-39 lead, forcing North Carolina coach Roy Williams to take a time out less than three minutes into the half. Another dunk Teske pushed the margin to 12 before a Leaky Black 3 ended the race.
Crisler became so noisy after a dunk handed over by Matthews that players did not hear the whistle signaling that Matthews was also a victim of foul play. The free throw is 56-42 with 14:19 left. Isaiah Livers, Teske and Matthews recorded blocks on a possession, and Matthews let the Tar Heels hear about it.
Poole's Corner 3 pushed his head to 20, 63-43, at 12 o'clock. Two minutes later, his 3 made bubbles around the edge before falling. Michigan led by 22. That was the margin before Cameron Johnson's 3 with 7:05 left fired an 11-0 run in North Carolina. In the blink of an eye, the deficit has been cut in half. 3 of Matthews with 4:38 remaining put an end to the push and put the faithful Crisler at ease.