Game Wrap-Up: Belmont Bruins beat Tar Heels with barrage of 3s


UNC 80, Belmont 83

Box Score

The Belmont Bruins weren’t exactly gracious guests for the 400th game in the Dean Dome, but maybe it’s just that the Tar Heels were extra accommodating hosts.

What was pretty much on the books as a give-me win for UNC in the opening rounds games of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament turned into an embarrassing loss for the home team. I mean, it’s not that embarrassing seeing as how Belmont is an NCAA-caliber squad. But it’s definitely embarrassing in the way that UNC shouldn’t have dropped an early season game at home to them.

JMM Face

Takeaways

  • End of game scenarios. Apparently UNC hasn’t practiced these. It showed.
  • Foul shooting? Atrocious. Like, realllllly bad. JP Tokoto alone missed 12. Solace? Still better than State.
  • Marcus Paige has proven adept at stepping up to the scorer’s role. His 17 didn’t lead the team but he continues to look for his shot and his shooting from outside has been on point (for the most part, 1-3 isn’t awful). He also got others involved with 5 assists (should be 6 for his missed shot to James Michael McAdoo putback dunk).
  • It’d be nice if Roy Williams would institute a defense that better defends the 3. He won’t.
  • The two most impressive players on the floor for UNC Sunday night were also the two most efficient. James Michael McAdoo was 8-17 from the field with 13 rebounds and 3 steals. The pogo stick that is Brice Johnson seemed to be everywhere with 14-9 on 6-7 shooting.

Superlatives

Player of the Game: James Michael McAdoo (27 pts, 13 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk, 3 stls) He continues to impress as “the guy.”

Danny Green Award (Stat Stuffer): Brice Johnson (14 pts, 9 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls) JMM’s line was better but Brice did his in 14 less minutes.

Freshman of the Game: NONE If we had to choose it’d be Kennedy Meeks, but really they were all a non-factor. Reason for the loss? We’re not going to say that but it doesn’t help.