North Carolina Looks Impressive Even in Loss

Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

Despite eventually falling to Miami (FL) in the ACC championship today, the North Carolina Tar Heels looked very impressive.  It’s hard to say a team looks good in a loss, but Roy Williams and the Carolina faithful are more than pleased with the effort of their team today.

Carolina knew they were going to be in a battle today because of all the talent Miami has.  Carolina had fallen to the Canes in their two meetings during the regular season and really wanted some revenge.

P.J. Hairston came out and was a man on a mission.  If he can shoot and play as well as he did today, watch out.  He was 6-13 from behind the arc to rack up 28 points.

Reggie Bullock has been playing great down the stretch, but struggled shooting today.  He didn’t let that hurt his play in other areas though as he helped on the boards with seven rebounds and four assists.

That is what you want as a teammate of a player who is having an off game shooting.  You can’t let your shot affect how you play in other areas and that is a bright sign for Bullock and his team.

Marcus Paige and Dexter Strickland continued their flawless play down the final stretch of the season.  As their play has improved, Carolina has looked like a whole new team.  Today they combined for 13 assists and just two turnovers.  Getting that type of play out of your guards is something every team wants.  Paige also added 17 points as he continues to show his scoring ability.

James Michael McAdoo continues to have his consistent double digit scoring games.  All you can ask out of a player is for consistency and that is what McAdoo has been doing.  He hasn’t played as well as everyone anticipated, but he has been consistent with his play.

Overall, Carolina looked great today and have to be confident as they head into the NCAA tournament looking to surprise some people.

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