The Stanford men's basketball team really never had much of a chance, especially after visiting North Carolina scored 12 unanswered points during a first-half rally that erased any thoughts of an upset after the Cardinal held a lead through the first five minutes of its nonconference men's basketball contest Monday night.
In the end, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels had too much firepower, beating Stanford 96-72, and too much manpower, winning the rebounding battle, 42-32.
The Cardinal (3-2) travel to Portland to take part in the PK80 Invitational, a celebration for Phil Knight's 80th birthday. Stanford's opening game is against No. 7 Florida on Thursday.
Stanford's second-year coach Jarod Haase played for North Carolina's Roy Williams when both were at Kansas.
Joel Berry II scored 29 points to lead UNC. Kenny Williams recorded career highs with 20 points and six 3-pointers, all in the first 10 minutes.
Reid Travis scored 21 points to lead Stanford and freshman Isaac White added 20.
Second-year Cardinal coach Haase played for 15th-year UNC coach Williams at Kansas
"It was a lot of personal things today. This was an emotional day for me, this morning talking about Jerod," Roy Williams said. "It was emotional when I got up on the bench and started down here and then I saw Jerod. I don't think I looked at him a single time during the game."
Stanford was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 and held its first four opponents to an average of 67 points while scoring 75.3. The Tar Heels topped 90 points for the second time in three games.
Stanford remains without the services of Dorian Pickens (left foot) and Marcus Sheffield (right foot), putting three freshmen in the starting lineup for the third straight contest.
"Once the game starts I do think I kind of lose myself in the game and Coach Williams probably does, too," Haase said. "Having Carolina in the building is a special deal."
The Cardinal faced their first ranked opponent after going 0-8 in such games last season. No. 3 Kansas also is on the schedule for a Dec. 21 game at Sacramento's second-year Golden 1 Center.
The Tar Heels did manage to help Stanford record its first men's basketball sellout at Maples Pavilion since a game against Oregon in March of 2015.