Dec 4, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) drives the baseline against Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) during the 1st half a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina at Michigan State final score: Tar Heels upset top-ranked Spartans, 79-65

The North Carolina Tar Heels are certainly in the lead for the most puzzling group in all of college basketball to begin this season. They’ve lost to Belmont and UAB, but they still have a little of their respect intact because they’ve defeated the defending champion Louisville Cardinals when they were ranked third.

On Wednesday, they were really able to confuse everyone even more, as they defeated the no. 1-ranked Michigan State Spartans on the road, 79-65.

From start to finish, North Carolina looked like clearly the better team as they had an answer for everything the top-ranked Spartans threw at them.

Three Tar Heels starters finished the game in double figures, led by the guard tandem of Nate Britt and Marcus Paige who both dropped in 13 points on the night.

Forward J.P. Tokoto added in a double-double, with 12 points and 10 rebounds on the evening.

With the loss, the Spartans will more than likely not be in that number one slot come Monday, while North Carolina will probably find their way back into the Top 25.


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