Wrap-up: Heels take care of Tigers


UNC 102, Tennessee State 69

Box score

The Boys did what they were supposed to Tuesday night in Chapel Hill. A team that earlier this year knocked off South Carolina – UNC’s next opponent – didn’t look like much of a threat outside an early lead. And by early, we mean in the first couple of minutes.

As a whole, there’s not much of anything to complain about. Let’s look at some good stuff.

Takeaways

  • The Heels held Robert Covington in check, as he shot only 4-12 from the field for 11points. The team actually kept all scorers at 15 or under which is rare for an overmatched opponent. There’s usually that one guy that likes to go off, especially from three.
  • We said there wasn’t a lot to complain about. Would have liked to see UNC get to the free throw line more. The Heels shot 9-16 from the stripe, and it does make sense that they didn’t draw more fouls. This wasn’t necessarily a banger in the low post.
  • UNC was 11 for 18 from behind the arc, a great number, only helped by Reggie Bullock’s six. P.J. Hairston could have done better than his 2-6, but he did also hit two free throws meaning he was doing more than jacking 3s. Although he was jacking 3s.
  • After Kendall Marshall’s 15 assists, Bret Strelow from the Fayetteville Observer had a post today about Kendall’s chance at NCAA assist records. Very good piece.

Superlatives

Player of the Game and Stat-Stuffer: John Henson – 16 pts, 10 rebs, 6 asts, 4 blks Even more impressive than the 6 assists, 0 turnovers. ZERO!

Bench squad: Reggie Bullock – The man led all scorers and shot 6-7 from 3. C’mon.

Riot team: Starters on the bench – The photos from the end of the game are great. You can’t beat HB in this photo.

Feel-good story of the night: This – Tennessee State’s M.J. Rhett’s mother surprised Rhett in the locker room before the game. Rhett’s mother is a sergeant in the Army National Guard and has been in Iraq since August.