Your Thanksgiving Plate

Argyle Report is thankful for you, reader. Yes, YOU - well, and Carolina Basketball, who routed Portland in the first round of the "Victory" bracket of the PK-80 tournament, 102-78. 

Though the Heels scored more than 100, Bojangles will not provide biscuits as the game did not occur in Chapel Hill. With that said, the Tar Heels already served a feast. Here's your thanksgiving plate:

Turkey (AKA the main dish): Assists, Assists and Assists

This team passes the ball around. While on par with UNC teams, 22 assists on 39 made-baskets, especially this early in the season with such a young team, is not too shabby. Don't be afraid to sit at the Thanksgiving table with these Tar Heels: they love to share.

Stuffing (the stat line): Theo Pinson

Theo Pinson might not shoot three-pointers as well as some of his teammates, but the senior continues to put up some of the most impressive stat lines in recent-Carolina history. Today, Pinson put up 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists - nearly a triple double. As the season progresses, expect Pinson to finish with stuffed stat lines. 

Sweet Potato Casserole (which should be your favorite, even if it's not): Kenny William's confidence

Everything is clicking for Kenny Williams, who you can read about here. Williams finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3PT) while grabbing three assists, three rebounds and three steals. The junior guard has already hit 11 triples on the season, shooting 62.5 percent from behind the arc - one of the best percentages in the nation.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (Really great in March, but also really great at Thanksgiving): Luke Maye's minutes

As UNC prepared for the season's opening tip, it would be a lie to say I wasn't worried about Luke Maye's transition into a starting role. His shot against Kentucky, one of the most memorable and important shots in Carolina history, showed he could handle the pressure, but could he handle the minutes? Yes, he can. Case closed. 

P.S.: the junior forward is averaging 9.3 RPG and 18.5 PPG, shooting 53.5 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from behind the arc.

Cranberry Sauce (Good, but only if you try it): Andrew Platek

Roy Williams knows how to coach. Whether it's recruiting, player development or in-game tactics, the hall-of-fame coach is playing chess while everyone else plays checkers. Moreover, he recruited Platek for a reason. The 6-foot-3-inch guard has worked his way into meaningful minutes, including a 12-point performance against Portland (4-5 FG, 2-2 3PT). Don't be shocked to see more of the freshman, especially if he continues to play hard. 

Pumpkin Pie (Just when you thought the meal was over): NC State falls

After NC State did the top-10 a favor by knocking off No. 2 Arizona, the team fell in a close battle with Northern Iowa, who UNC blew by in its season opener. Who doesn't love a little bit of early-season transitive property? 

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Happy Thanksgiving, Argylites! Now go take your post-meal nap and get ready for tomorrow. UNC will play either Arkansas or Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. 

 Photo by Smith Hardy

Photo by Smith Hardy