Wrap-up: Heels do what Blue Devils couldn’t
UNC 89, Florida State 69
We’re not going to dwell on this game a lot. The box score speaks for itself, and everybody in college basketball is looking forward to the show down on Wednesday. We’ll hit some points though.
- Kendall Marshall and the rest of the team didn’t seem to be fazed by the behind the scenes action that broke at the end of last week. Picking up where they left off, the Heels won their third straight by a margin of 20 or more points.
- The backcourt duo of Marshall and Dexter Strickland logged a combined 71 minutes due to the now lack of depth in that position, but also contributed 20 assists to six turnovers. And I’m sure you know 16 of those belonged to Marshall, natch.
- Four players (John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Strickland, Harrison Barnes) scored 15 points or more and led the barrage of points on the Seminoles. An otherwise stingy defense allowed its most points against this year and Barnes continued his emergence leading the team again in points with 17.
- The free throw shooting reverted back to early-season lows. The Heels shot just 13-21 for an abysmal 61.9 percent.
- Justin Watts also saw action for the first time after missing the last several with an ankle sprain. Nice to see him back.
- Player of the Game: Kendall Marshall (9 pts, 16 asts, 3 stls) – Any game where you set a record means you get POG honors.
- Stat Stuffer (AKA the Danny Green award): Barnes (17 pts, 10 rebs, 1 ast, 1 blk) – Could have easily gone to Dex, but seeing Harrison pull down 10 rebounds is nice.
- Play of the game: How about the drive by Marshall to the basket, only to flip the ball over his head all the way out to a wide open Henson? Henson of course knocked down the long J, which was only a foot away from being a three.