Tar Heels upend top-ranked Spartans

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Updated: December 4, 2013

East Lansing, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – There will be a new No. 1 team in
college basketball next week.

The unpredictable North Carolina Tar Heels used a balanced scoring attack in
front of a hostile Breslin Center crowd to knock off the top-ranked Michigan
State Spartans, 79-65, in the marquee showdown of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Kennedy Meeks led five North Carolina players in double figures with 15 points
while J.P. Tokoto added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (5-2), who
never trailed en route to an NCAA-best 13th win over No. 1 ranked teams.

Brice Johnson added 14 points and Marcus Paige and Nate Britt netted 13 apiece
in the surprising upset.

The Spartans (7-1) shot just 36 percent from the floor and saw their 35-game
home winning streak against unranked opponents come to a sudden halt.

Gary Harris had a team-high 17 points, Adreian Payne went for 16 and Keith
Appling added 13 for Michigan State, which has dropped seven straight meetings
against North Carolina.