Saturday, November 26, 2011


North Carolina's 5th game of the year had the same outcome as the previous 4, a Tar Heels win. The game was never really in doubt as Carolina established themselves at both ends of the court holding South Carolina to only 62 points while putting up 87 themselves. Harrison Barnes was his usual self scoring 21 points followed by sharpshooting freshman P.J. Hairston who connected on 5/8 3's for 19 points. Jon Henson continued his solid start putting up 18 points and grabbing 8 rebounds while once again shooting over 50% controlling the paint. Henson only had 1 block uncharacteristically but his length and presence alone changes shots that don't show up in the box score.

The player that made a lot of that scoring possible, both on the break and in the half court sets is Kendall Marshall, one of the best point guards in the country. Marshall only scored 4 points in his team leading 32 minutes but he controlled the game, kept the tempo in North Carolina's favor and dished out 14 assists and most importantly only had 1 TURNOVER!

The season could very well come down to how well the Tar Heels can control the tempo and make outside shots. Down the line the better teams that can match up inside are going to pack it in and make Carolina make shots and if this game is any indication, they will. Hairston putting in five 3's is HUGE for a team that needs a shooter and at this point he's coming off the bench. That's some big pop from one of your first subs and the other big substitution is heralded freshman James McAdoo who hasn't quite put up big numbers but is still adjusting to the college game and has a long career ahead of him. Many think he will end up a big-time player and if he opts to come back for his softmore year, he'll slide into that leadership/rebounding/scoring role that should develop more as the year rolls on.


+Joshua Hastings