Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr TarHeelIllustrated.com Staff
This is it.
The last week of the regular season for college basketball
fans. North Carolina only has two games remaining, the
first of which comes in the form of Maryland at the Comcast
Center Wednesday night.
The Tar Heels will have the honor of being the Terrapins last
home ACC foe before departing to the Big Ten.
Over the years Maryland was often known as the northern
most school in the ACC, at times, seen as going against the grain of
the more southern conference members.
The addition of Boston College gave Maryland the chance to look
up at someone on the map for a change and their departure comes
right as the ACC has added additional footprints in the Northeast
section of the country, with the additions of Pittsburgh and
For years, Maryland's home arenas, whether it be Comcast or Cole
Field House, have housed some of the rowdiest fans in the entire
nation. Those fans get especially fired up when taking on a
Tobacco Road challenger.
This being the last opportunity for Terps fans to ring their
fists and chant (possible) vulgarities during an ACC telecast should
make for one of the best atmospheres this basketball season will
The Last Go-round
There will be no more ACC home games for Maryland after Wednesday
There have been many political discussions about why that is but
the fact remains that Maryland is leaving behind a conference for
which it was charter member back when the ACC was established in
The flood gate of emotions will be wide open and ready to drift
through the arena as Maryland's players take their last warm-ups,
the national anthem is sang for the last time and the ball is tipped
off one last time.
Obviously these emotions will be readily apparent to Maryland's
players as they will, no doubt, have been showered with stories of
yester-year as the school closes out this chapter in its history.
Whether those emotions help or hurt Maryland remain to be seen.
They looked pretty good against Duke earlier in the year and the
post-game quotes made it pretty evident that it was a big deal to
North Carolina will need to prepare for the best punch they'll
ever get from the Terps and match them step-for-step in the
As the season finale against Duke looms for UNC, if ever there
was a trap game, this is it.
Shortening The Rotation
UNC's 79-58 victory over Florida State was the fourth straight
game that UNC Head Coach
Roy Williams didn't allow a seventh member of this team reach
As the season has progressed, Williams, obviously, tweaked his
line-up so that it would produce better offensive numbers.
It's not that Williams doesn't trust his younger players, like
Brice Johnson and
Desmond Hubert, it's just that this isn't the point in the
season where he can allow them to have the dreaded "learning
Williams knows who he's bringing to the dance and what kind of
number they can perform.
If UNC doesn't want an early exit and would like to build
momentum going into next season, when they will likely be one of the
deepest teams in the nation, these are the guys that are going to
have to get it done.
Bullock didn't get the same amount of pre-season accolades that
teammate McAdoo got, but he's been UNC's best and most consistent
player this season.
Bullock dropped 20 points and garnered 10 rebounds against the
Seminoles Sunday afternoon. He also contributed five assists
and hit on four three-pointers.
Bullock has stepped up for the Tar Heels in multiple ways this
He's been the leader of the team, none more evident than when he
called that player's only meeting earlier in the year.
He's also helped alleviate one of Coach Williams' biggest
reservations about moving to a smaller starting line-up: Rebounding.
Bullock has pulled in 10, 9 and 13 rebounds in the last three
games respectively. He's the highest rebounding guard in the
ACC at 6.2 rebounds per game.
His scoring output is obviously important but it's his talents on
the glass and his leadership among younger teammates that has been
most valuable this year.
North Carolina (21-8, 10-5) vs. Maryland
Date: Wed, Mar 6,
2013 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue:
Comcast Center (17,950) TV:ESPN Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 128/XM 192) Series: UNC leads
Head Coach - Roy Williams
(278-76 at UNC; 696-177 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 19
Last starting line-up for North Carolina
(against Florida State)
F - Jame Michael McAdoo G/F - Reggie Bullock G - P.J. Hairston
G - Dexter Strickland G - Marcus Paige
Points: 77.8 PPG (14th
Rebounds: 40.1 RPG (9th
Assists: 17.8 APG (2nd
Field goal percentage: .446
Scoring: James Michael
McAdoo (14.8 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.2 PPG)
Michael McAdoo (8.0 RPG) Reggie Bullock (6.2 RPG)
Assists: Marcus Paige
(4.6 APG) Dexter Strickland
Head Coach - Mark Turgeon
UM; 287-182 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 68
Points: 71.1 (89th overall)
Rebounds: 41.3 (3rd
Assists: 15.2 (32nd
Field goal percentage: .470
Scoring: Dez Wells (12.0
PPG) Alex Len (12.0 PPG)
Rebounding: Alex Len (8.1 RPG)
Charles Mitchell (5.6 RPG)
Assists: Pe'Shon Howard (3.9 APG)
Dez Wells (3.2 APG)
Last starting line-up for Maryland (against
C - Alex Len F - James Padgett G/F - Dez Wells
G - Pe'Shon Howard G - Nick Faust
Maryland at a glance Location: College Park,
Maryland Nickname: Terrapins, Terps Colors: Red, White, Black &
Gold Conference: ACC Arena: Comcast Center
(17,950) 2011-2012 Record: 17-15
(6-10) Last Game: W 67-57 vs. Wake
Forest on Mar 2, 2013 in Winston-Salem Last Game vs. UNC: L 65-52
on Jan 19, 2013 in Chapel Hill More on the Terps: Schedule
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