Lucas: Quick Castle Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics
Written by Adam Lucas
1. Carolina beat The Citadel on Tuesday, pulling off a relatively easy 100-67 win.
2. The Tar Heels got everything they wanted out of that game. The rookies didn’t have to play big minutes, the reserves took great chances—and were produced on those chances—and Carolina came out healthy. Thirteen different Carolina players scored a goal, ten rebounds, and nine assists.
3. Who are these people who pass the ball a lot? The Tar Heels, who only two games ago had been single-digit assists, had an assist on 13 of 14 field goals in the first half. They finished with 24 assists on a night when it was fun to watch them pass the ball – something you haven’t always been able to say this season. This makes for two consecutive games where the heels share the ball very effectively.
4. As expected, Carolina totally dominated the paint against an outmatched Bulldog team. Armando Pacote He nearly collected a first-half double-double (13 points and eight rebounds) on his way to finishing the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bacot got a sweet hand from the crowd when it was announced that he passed Billy Cunningham for the most double-digit rebounding games in school history (62). This is a record that has stood for sixty years – a significant achievement for Paco. Carolina won the overall recovery battle with a score of 47-31.
5. Hubert Davis She kept the first half closer than it actually was by distributing the minutes around the bench. In a very Roy Williams move, Davis gave four minutes to Dontrez Stylesthree minutes up Galen Washingtonseven minutes up Tyler Nickeland 16 minutes combined for Seth Trimble And the Buff Johnson in the first half. And it worked — Styles put up five points in that time, Washington hit a few silky free throws, and Trimble was a major cog on his happy passing attack. And then, when the margin was only six, the Tar Heel coach pretty much got the starters back and let them push the lead to 15 points at halftime. Every member of the main five had at least a +10 in the first half, with RJ Davis Being a whopping +20 in 13 minutes.
6. Most encouragingly, the patterns were active on the back panels, taking over three primary half panels, one of them offensive. This is the easiest way for him to earn playing time. He finished with nine points and six boards. The next challenge is to replicate this production against a better opponent.
7. PART OF THE PASSING NUMBERS WAS DUE TO ONE OF THE BEST 3-POINT SHOOTERS OF THE SEASON. Carolina hit 14 of 29 from long range, led by four L.J Caleb Love and three of Nance’s house. Tyler Nickel He caught fire late and contributed a career-high 16 points – he will be the subject of a post-game interview on Tar Heel Sports Network, which will be an entertaining listen.
8. The perimeter problems got more attention but the tar heels do a very effective job of getting to the free throw line. They did it again against the castle. The Tar Heels outscored the Bulldogs 21-6 from charity tape.
9. Caleb Love Six assists and it was so much fun watching him pass the ball in the second half. He seemed to be enjoying just as much joy Tyler Nickel Record as he did in his own production. This team might be coming.
10. Greater reaction when Jackson Watkins He hit the biscuit ball, which took the Tar Heels to 100. Reserve took five in the last minute to reach the century mark.
11. In another anomaly to what has been an unusual Tar Heel basketball schedule this year, Tuesday saw the final non-conference home game of the season. However, the Tar Heels still have two big non-conference games, starting Saturday at Madison Square Garden against Ohio State. The second is next Wednesday in Charlotte vs. Michigan in the Jumpman Invitational. The Tar Heels are sure to be battle-tested by the time they enter the full ACC on Dec. 30 in Pitt — the four teams that have defeated Carolina this year are 34-6 combined.
12. Fun fact in the castle: Tuesday’s win put Carolina’s all-time record against the Bulldogs by a score of 20-0. This is the most wins without a loss against any opponent in the history of the program.
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