This is a slightly unusual game in that UNC played extremely well for about 32 minutes taking a 12 point lead at the break and extending it to as much as 18 with 10:41 left in the game. Then matters got dicey down the stretch with UNC turning the ball over too much against extended Buckeye pressure and fouling Ohio State on the defensive end. The result was a lead that dwindled from 18 to seven with 1:24 left before the Heels finally closed the door for an 82-74 win.
Just a quick post for the day. The ACC lost both games on Friday night with Clemson losing to South Carolina by 23 and Miami losing to Eastern Kentucky by 28. Miami's loss in particular was a disappointing effort in which they were outscored in the 2nd half 45-19. The loss wasn't exactly of "Chaminade classification" though, EKU was ranked #64 on the NCAAGameSim.com rankings prior to the game (#40 after).
Cleveland State isn’t a bad basketball team. That much was on display at times last night, like when they held us to 8-20 shooting in the first half, or scored 36 points in the second. Unfortunately for them, each of these outbursts on one end were accompanied by slumps (making two of their first 17 shots, allowing 39 to us) on the other. Malcolm Brogdon and Justin Anderson scored 16 each and Anthony Gill added 13 for the ‘Hoos, who committed just six turnovers (10.9% of their possessions) against a team that had been forcing them on more than a quarter of opposing possessions (26.1%) for the season and took advantage of an expected disparity in foul calls (CSU has fouled much more than they’ve been fouled all year) by hitting 21 of 28.