Game Wrap-Up: Tar Heels put beat down on Demon Deacons


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UNC 87, Wake Forest 62

Box Score

If you need to take something away from the Wake Forest blowout let it be the above picture.

That was taken moments after Marcus Paige drove to the basket and was knocked to the ground drawing a foul on an and-one. Quickly the rest of the Tar Heels on the court circled Marcus, pulled him to his feet and were as ecstatic and exhilarated by the play as they have been all year. Sure it was a win against an overmatched opponent, but North Carolina may have found a bit of swagger.

Look at another version of that scene and try to disagree.

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Takeaways

  • For the first time in 2012-2013, both James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock both reached 20 points. Balanced scoring is great and everything, but if UNC can rely on consistent output from those who are supposed to carry the workload then we’ll feel better going forward. As we talked about last night though, we are hoping JMM doesn’t lose his new found steez.
  • Speaking of balance, Roy Williams had 11 players in double-digit minutes last night. Don’t expect that number to always be so high, but the way we see it, UNC has nine players who can legitimately have that type of role in any given game. Needless to say, that’s a deep rotation for this late in the season and a stat not many other teams can claim.
  • He didn’t have a game like he did against Virginia Tech, but Marcus Paige continues to get better. That’s all we have to say about that.
  • On the topic of getting better, P.J. Hairston unexpectedly played and contributed after recovering from both a concussion and the flu. Desmond Hubert however was slowed by the same flu bug. Not that you could tell look at his stat line. It was the same as always.
  • For the second game in a row the Heels were able to keep the opposing team’s biggest threat in check. Travis McKie came in averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds. McKie finished with 5/3 with 3 TOs.

Superlatives

  • Player of the Game: James Michael McAdoo (20 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 4 stls) This could have easily gone to Reggie but the four steals and second game of high percentage shooting gives the nod to JMM. Also, he’s showing emotion!
  • Play of the Game: The Marcus Paige drive to the hoop and subsequent response from the rest of the team.
  • Unexpected Stat: Marcus Paige led the team in rebounding, all of which he grabbed in the first half.
  • That’s That Ish We Don’t Like: J.P. Tokoto’s four TOs.