Wrap-up: Barnes, Bullock and the Boys bully BC
UNC 106, Boston College 74
A Carolina fan can get used to this. After the show the Heels put on in Chapel Hill on Saturday, we were worried they might get a little too complacent. That was obviously not the case. Instead they continued to show the rest of the conference that they mean business. There’s a lot of things that can be said about the shear dominance we saw on display last night, so let’s start the show.
- Harrison Barnes proved Saturday’s then career best outing was no fluke. For the second straight game he set a high in points (26) and did so while shooting 4-7 from long-range and only committing one turnover (something that has plagued him all year). It has troubled the Rafters all year when people were calling Barnes overrated. The kid was scoring about 13 a game, and as a freshman that’s pretty darn good. Of course he was committing silly turnovers by over-dribbling and taking way too many contested, bad shots. You know why he did that? Because he’s 18. This upswing can be attributed to patience. That and the confidence that comes from watching the ball go through the basket more often and more easily. Wonderful, isn’t it?
- Frosh Reggie Bullock also had another offensive burst off the bench. Shooting at the same clip as Barnes from behind the arc, Reggie had 16 points in 17 minutes. He also added a steal, assist and block. Not a bad outing for anybody and especially being able to pull that from the second team.
- The Rafters has never been apart of the anti-Drew movement, and really despised/despises the whole thing, but having Larry come off the bench is the best coaching move Roy has made in years. Look a his line from last night: 0 pts, 2 rebs, 9 asts and 1 TO. Who cares if he didn’t score any points. He assisted on nine made baskets. Kendall was about the same: 7 pts, 3 rebs, 6 asts and 2 TOs in 20 minutes. This is the kind of backcourt production that was missing at the beginning of the season. Plus, isn’t fun to watch Kendall and Larry on the court at the same time? It is.
- On the topic of turnovers, the team only committed nine as a team.
- UNC did a magnificent job in shutting down guard Reggie Jackson from BC. Joe Trapani had a career high and Corey Raji put in 16, but the Eagles’ leading and most dynamic scorer was hassled all night by the Heels. Being denied the ball and open looks, Jackson finished 2-10 from the floor and 0-fer from behind to arc for six points. Suck it.
- It feels like we haven’t talked about him much in the past few games, but Tyler Zeller continues to be a beast in the post. How does he shoot 6-7 from the floor, go perfect from the charity stripe grab six boards and three steals but seem to have a quiet night? That was about the quietest 18 points possible. Let’s hope the scouting reports in the future fail to mention this too.
- Last night was also the first time since Georgia Tech in 2009 that UNC scored 100 in an ACC game. #therulersback
- Player of the Game: Barnes (26 pts, 6 rebs, 1 ast, 1 TO) – Is this what Barnes delivers for the rest of the year? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but we can hope.
- Stat Stuffer (AKA the Danny Green award): John Henson (13 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 2 blks, 1-1 FT) – John seemed to be involved in every play last night. Either having a touch on the offensive end or disrupting shots on the defensive end. John continues to be a game changer.
- Play of the Game: The Kendall Marshall rebound/outlet pass before hitting the ground to Larry Drew and onto Harrison Barnes with about 6 minutes left in the game. Who cares of Harrison was fouled while trying to finish with a flush, that is the kind of play you get with two point guards on the floor.
- Blue Steel: The boys on the end of the bench got their due last night. Besides getting a solid 2 minutes of PT a piece, they had the honor of pushing the score past the century mark. We also had the pleasure of watching Daniel Bolick show us what he’s been doing on JV all these years with a couple slick dishes. And Patrick Crouch? He had the pleasure of knocking down an open three and being on the receiving end of one of those Bolick passes under the basket.