UNC 80 Florida Atlantic 56 - SCACCHoops.com

UNC 80 Florida Atlantic 56

   Posted by Tar Heel Fan at  11/12/2012 5:49:47 AM  |  Follow us on Twitter: @scacchoops
Discuss     Bookmark and Share

I would agree with Roy Williams' assessment of his team. There were definite signs of improvement in various aspects of the Tar Heels' play. Yes, the free throw shooting was beyond awful as was the offense in the first half. UNC bounced back in both areas to post respectable second half totals as the Heels extended an eight point halftime lead into a 80-56 win over Florida Atlantic.

One of the most notable improvements over the last game was the offensive play of Reggie Bullock who scored 16 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Bullock chipped in four assists and three rebounds to round out his day. Williams indicated after Friday's game he wanted Bullock to be more assertive on the offensive end. The junior wing forward answered the call, hitting a three out of the gate and missing only one shot on the day. James Michael McAdoo followed up his 26 point, 14 rebound performance on Friday with 19 points and 11 rebounds in this one for his second double-double in as many games. McAdoo has looked very good with the only complaint being he could be more efficient with his shot. After two games, McAdoo is under 50% from the field and could stand to be better.

In addition to the play of Bullock and McAdoo, Joel James and Brice Johnson both had outstanding games. James had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Johnson scored 12 points and four rebounds. Johnson has been a nice surprise so far this season. It long speculated that James could be an effective contributor but no one was sure about Johnson. His thin frame had a lot to do with that and that might be a factor against better competition but so far he has exhibited some nice skills around the basket.

On the perimeter Marcus Paige was 1-8 from the floor but did have his first six assists as a Tar Heel against three turnovers. The other three perimeter players, Dexter Strickland, P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald struggled to score though the latter pair did finally each hit a three. Strickland had just four points and was 2-6 from the free throw line. Obviously UNC needs more from these three but the season is still young.

At this point, I have chosen not to draw too many conclusions about the team defense. Games against teams ranked in KenPom's mid-200s are not good test cases for how a team performs on the defensive end(this is also true on offense but to a lesser extent.) When judging a defense it is difficult to tell if a team's offensive efficiency is sub-par because of something UNC was doing or because the other team is simply not as good. That being said, UNC has shown plenty of energy and effort on defense including being very active on the boards. Obviously UNC enjoys some size advantages however there are some positive signs on the defensive end that need to bear out when the level of competition improves.

 

This article was originally published at http://tarheelblog.com. If you are interested in sharing your website's content with SCACCHoops.com, Contact Us.

 

Post a Comment About this Article
Entry Link     0 Comment(s)
Subscribe  

There are currently no posts for this NewsBreaker


Post a Comment

Posting As:   Remember Me?
Subject:
Message:

Before submitting this form, please type the color of the second character:


Search
Search
Advertisement
 
Poll
Should the ACC change their FB divs to setup a potential FSU/Clemson title game?
Yes
No
Dont Care


Newsbreakers
You may not like Florida State, but you better respect them
10/31/2014 8:46:11 PM
NCAA Hearing: Current Syracuse Athletes Not Involved in Potential Violations
10/31/2014 7:24:25 PM
Rick Pitino Previews First Louisville Exhibition Game
10/31/2014 2:00:28 PM
2014-15 Syracuse Orange Basketball Preview
10/31/2014 8:09:52 AM
Jamie Dixon talks injuries at ACC Media Day
10/31/2014 8:08:26 AM
Florida State too much for Louisville late, Cardinals fall 42-31
10/31/2014 6:07:53 AM
Virginia vs Georgia Tech: Game Preview
10/31/2014 6:06:04 AM
CBS Sports Top 100 Players List
10/30/2014 2:38:16 PM
Will's Week Ten Predictions
10/30/2014 10:11:55 AM
Syracuse NCAA Hearing: Orange Basketball, Football To Address?Infractions
10/30/2014 10:10:32 AM
Behind the Scenes at UNC Basketball Practice Parts 2 and 3
10/30/2014 10:09:02 AM
Game Sim's college football week 10 predictions
10/30/2014 8:45:47 AM
Backlash for the perceived SEC Bias from ESPN is real and growing
10/30/2014 6:33:29 AM
FSU Practices On The Great Lawn, Leaves After Media Shows Up
10/29/2014 8:15:28 PM
ACC Media Day 2014: Syracuse Videos, Interviews, etc
10/29/2014 8:14:35 PM
Message Board
 
YBN Widget
RSS Feed  
SCACC Hoops has no affiliation to the NCAA or the ACC
Team logos are trademarks of their respective organizations (more/credits)