Game Wrap-Up: Heels run on all cylinders in win over Seminoles
UNC 79, Florida State 58
Going into Sunday’s rematch in Chapel Hill between the Florida State Seminoles and North Carolina Tar Heels, UNC had a clear advantage. It was a 12-point Vegas favorite and had begun hitting its stride since moving to a small lineup February 13 to the tune of four straight wins. Still though, wouldn’t it be like the sub-.500 FSU team to come in and ruin the party. The Heels did what they were supposed to with the help of a 20-3 run in the first half to sufficiently stifle the ‘Noles and cruise to a dominating performance. Pair that with the upset of Virginia by Boston College and UNC now sits alone at 3rd in the ACC at 11-5 and a bit closer to that coveted first round bye in the ACC Tournament in Greensboro.
- Reggie Bullock is a hipster. Actually he’s the opposite. Instead of being overhyped or the player du jour, he’s quietly the best player on a team trending upward. How is that you can be the most consistent, highly-skilled and de facto leader of team with as high a stature as UNC and not be talked about (at least in national publications)? I don’t really know but we’re ok with it. He’s like our little secret. A secret that put up 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Dayum.
- The rest of the starters also played great. P.J. Hairston got back to scoring and drew several charges (!), Marcus Paige and Dexter Strickland combined for 13 assists and 3 TO, and James Michael McAdoo shot 10-15 from the floor.
- The Heels should have gotten to the free throw line more. When you’re connecting on your jump shots though and have a lead built up you aren’t going to be pressing it hard down low. They’re going to need more than 10 FT attempts moving forward to beat better teams.
- We’d be more upset at the rebounding number (31) but the actual rebounding was decent. Only seven offensive boards lowered that number but shooting over 55 percent from the field doesn’t leave you a ton of chances. We’ll take that shooting accuracy any day.
- Player of the Game: Reggie Bullock (20 pts, 10 rebs, 5 asts, 1 blk) Reward the man.