Quick Hitters from North Carolina’s 84-66 win over Lipscomb in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
- A fun annual reminder: Roy Williams has never lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- Joel Berry’s 14 points move him into 13th (1792) on the Carolina career scoring list. He passed a young man by the name of Mike Jordan (1788).
- Lipscomb made four three-pointers in the first seven minutes of game time and seemed destined to have one of those 15-for-30 games that Carolina allowed twice earlier this season. However the Tar Heels’ perimeter defense locked down in the second half and limited the Bisons (yes, BisonS is what they go by – don’t ask me) to just three more three-pointers in the final 33 minutes of game time.
- Earlier this season I wrote about how Theo Pinson was destined to record just the third triple-double in UNC Basketball history. He still hasn’t done so, but the attributes that make a triple-double possible for Pinson have allowed him to become the greatest playmaker on this team. Against Lipscomb, Pinson got the closest he has ever come, recording 15 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists.
- Cameron Johnson goes from potentially not playing to 12 points and seven rebounds.
- 18 turnovers is a concern that needs to be ironed out before Sunday.
- Carolina absolutely dominated the glass, outrebounding Lipscomb 47-29. Pinson and Sterling Manley each had 10, Luke Maye had nine, and Johnson had seven. 10 of the 15 Tar Heels who played recorded a rebound, and four of the five who didn’t get one only played one minute.
- Manley and Garrison Brooks are continuing to come on. The duo combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. They will have to continue to do so against Texas A&M’s imposing front line.
The Brooks-Manley frontcourt leads 9-2 against Lipscomb, and is now a dominant +33 in its 42 minutes this season (including +22 in 29 ACC minutes).
— Adrian Atkinson (@FreeportKid) March 16, 2018
- Kenny Williams paced the Carolina scoring attack with 18 on an efficient 6-for-8 shooting and 4-for-5 from three.
- All five starters average double-figure points per game and all five scored in double-digits. It’s this type of balance that makes the Heels dangerous every time they step on the floor.
- Johnson and Maye each missed the front end of a one-and-one in the first half. These are the small things that won’t hurt you against Lipscomb, but probably will against a more talented opponent.
- After Lipscomb took a 33-31 lead with 3:51 remaining, Carolina went on a 12-1 run to take a 43-34 halftime lead.
- Shea Rush got a nice steal and run-out dunk in the closing minute of the game.
Roy Williams’ post-game press conference:
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