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For the first time in 2019, Nassir Little looked the part of a lottery pick. Just like we've heard about in storybooks.
On the brink of disaster, North Carolina managed to prevent their third consecutive ACC home loss on the Dean Dome floor (dating back to last year's Senior Night heartbreaker against Miami) by knocking off several second-half deficits in a 75-69 win.
And it was all thanks to a Little power.
UNC's prize freshman (sorry, Coby White, but we're talking about the McDonald's All-American MVP here) finally exploded, starting the offensive return by busting down the baseline and converting the type of possession he's fumbled away repeatedly in the past into a thunderous dunk.
He was finishing things he usually fades away on. The polar opposite of Luke Maye's garish effort that somehow resulted in a double-double, Little's 11 points and 5-of-8 shooting don't come anywhere close to encapsulating just how impressive he was.
With that win, Carolina heads to Miami in far better position than they would've been if they'd remained flat for all 40 minutes on Tuesday.
Keep in mind, North Carolina has started 4-0 in ACC play just once under Roy Williams so 3-1 (no matter how ugly) is a pretty good start for the Tar Heels in conference play.— Bryan Ives (@awaytoworthy) January 16, 2019
While Louisville blew UNC's doors off with a fantastic performance on all cylinders, the type of outing that makes you question how it's possible to plug 80 holes at once, Notre Dame wasn't doing much, and Carolina still took the majority of the game to open up any sort of lead on them.
But Little's energy, perseverance, and power sparked what little lift-off they had. If he's this edition moving forward, Carolina's ceiling gets a little bit closer to the roof.