Wrap-Up: North Carolina wins third ACC game over Georgia Tech
UNC 79, Georgia Tech 63
We won’t go crazy on this wrap-up because we did a rapid reaction on the podcast last night after the Yellow Jackets were swatted by the Tar Heels. Yeah, we actually did a podcast BEFORE a wrap-up. Crazy talk.
Let’s get to the juice.
- Two good halves. UNC played like a UNC team is supposed to play. They ran the floor, got a lot of possessions and tried to score at the rim. This was not always the case at the beginning of the season when they were having trouble initiating the offense. It was noted that UNC had its most possessions this year in an ACC game with eight minutes remaining. The Heels also didn’t lapse offensively or let up defensively in the second half like they did against Maryland. Everything seems to be trending up for this team. Dare we say it, we’re CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC.
- In the second half, P.J. Hairston and J.P. Tokoto delivered some massive blows in the form of two sick slams. We’re not sure Tokoto should always be taking nine shots (he was 4-9) but we’ll take it if it gets a W and a monster dunk as a bit of flair.
- Speaking of Hairston, he has been contributing most with his offense and that continued to this game. With a big three of Bullock, Hairston and McAdoo providing the scoring, the rest of the team is playing into roles that make the team a better unit. Paige is facilitating. Hubert is playing some good D. Dexter Strickland is being a threat without taking too many shots. Jackson Simmons (Mr. Simmons from now on) is playing smart. Or maybe it should be, Professor Simmons.
- Carolina now has a winning record in the ACC at 3-2, putting them squarely in 4th, tied with the constantly-being-dethroned Blue Devils. After an 0-2 start, we didn’t see this coming, but damn if it isn’t coming at a great time. If the Heels are able to beat N.C. State on Saturday, admittedly a tough task on the road, they could move up to second place as we approach the mid-point of the conference slate.
Player of the Game: Reggie Bullock (17 pts, 6 rebs, 1 blk, 1 stl) He was a little cold from three (2-7) but was perfect inside the arc and from the stripe. Bullock has emerged as a consistent threat, making it so teams can no longer just double team JMM the whole game and providing an additional offensive spark.
Play of the Game: P.J.’s rim-rocking dunk made Vince Carter’s jersey in the rafters flutter a little bit.
Best crowd moment: RASHAD MCCANTS IN ATTENDENCE! Look at that face.