Wrap-up: Thursday hangover haunts Heels versus Gophers


UNC 67, Minnesota 72

Box Score

That picture sums it up fairly well. The Heels hit a brick wall after exploding Thursday night and showed they really are a bunch of underclassmen underneath all that hype and promise. After leading for a large portion of the first half despite shooting a miserable percentage, the Heels were outplayed and out-hustled for the entire game. Plagued by bad decision making, worse shot selection and foul trouble in the post, Carolina made a second half deficit of three seem insurmountable.

Takeaways:

  • Tyler Zeller will continue to lead off the takeaway session until he fails to register a charge in a game. He did so again against Minnesota.
  • After racking up the extra passes and assists against Hofstra, the Heels managed only 13 assists compared to 16 turnovers. Larry Drew II ended with a 3:4 ratio and Kendall Marshall a 4:2, far off from the night before.
  • The Heels dismantled Hofstra’s 2-3 zone but seemed perplexed by a simple man-to-man. No one was able to create separation for open shots and movement on a whole on offense was lacking.
  • Free throw shooting is still dreadful. At 15-25, John Henson alone missed five, the Heels shot 60%. The team has yet to shoot above 60% from the stripe in any of its three games.
  • Harrison Barnes has not scored a FG since the first quarter of the Hofstra game. Wonder what the Dookies are saying about this?
  • Tyler Zeller however continues to be the model of consistency. He once again scored in double digits although he was on the bench more than Roy would have liked after picking up three fouls in the first half.
  • Not a model of consistency, the rest of the team’s scoring. After having at least five players score double digits in the first two games, only two players (Zeller and Reggie Bullock) did so against Minnesota. The bench is proving to be a nice offensive spark though, with Bullock coming off as well as the surprisingly effective Kendall Marshall who hit his second 3 of the year.

Superlatives:

  • Player of the Game: Zeller – (16 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk) Without Zeller’s finesse in the lane we can’t imagine how Carolina’s anemic offense would have scored.
  • Stat Stuffer (aka the Danny Green award): Henson – (9 pts, 12 (5 offensive) rebs, 3 blks) Someone had to get some stats.
  • Don’t knock it til you try it award: To Roy Williams for rocking a Power Balance bracelet. I’m more of a believer if Ol’ Roy trusts in these new remedies.
  • Friendliest people in the Caribbean: Puerto Ricans, because that’s what that commercial keeps telling us. Apparently they do it better down there.
  • Big Z Charge Streak: 3 games