Wrap-up: Heels prove slow and steady doesn’t win games, beat Terps


UNC 87, Maryland 76

Box score

Sunday was surprisingly stress-free for a UNC-Maryland match-up. The Terps are never easy but the Heels seemed to hold a double-digit lead the entire game. Besides a short scare that was quickly squashed in the second half, the Heels looks all business and didn’t appear to be looking ahead to Wednesday night’s game against Florida State in Tallahassee.

Takeaways

  • It should be no surprise that an opposing guard lit up the Heels. But even Terrell Stoglin’s 28 couldn’t save the Terps. Stud big man Jordan Williams also had a monster game with 16 points and 19 rebounds, but besides those two the highest scoring Maryland player had 8. Not what you call a balanced night for Gary Williams’ squad.
  • UNC on the other hand had four in double figures and two with over 20. The Heels also showed why they are the #1 rebounding team in the nation pulling down 49 last night, including 20 on the offensive end.
  • Tyler Zeller continues to be a beast. He may not get all the attention, but he does his job every night. He leads the team in scoring and did it again with 25 against the Terps. Thing is, you can’t even tell he’s putting up that many points. Know why, because he makes them look so routine. Working around the basket, hitting free throws. It’s not flashy, but it’s effective.
  • Think about where UNC would also be without the game-changing play of John Henson (7 blocks) or Kendall Marshall (10 assists). Actually, let’s not think about that. It’s too scary.

Superlatives

  • Player of the Game: John Henson (10 pts, 15 rebs, 7 blks, 2 asts) – Yeah Harrison, Tyler and Leslie scored more points, but come on. Come on. John should stare in a new TV show: “When Muppets Attack!”
  • Stat Stuffer (aka the Danny Green award): Henson – Come on.
  • Stat of the Game: Henson’s seven blocks? Marshall’s ten assists? I’m going with John’s 4-4 performance at the charity stripe. That also makes six in a row for The Big Smile. Suckas.
  • Play of the Game: Kendall stupidly saving the ball underneath the Heels’ own basket, only to have it go through the legs of Tyler Zeller to Dexter Strickland and starting a fast break that led to two points the other way.