Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
UNC will try to get a winning streak as they head to Atlanta
to take on Georgia Tech on their home court. The Tar Heels are
coming off a blowout win over Clemson that extended a historic
win streak and it was the type of victory that let everyone know
they still have the ability to compete in the ACC.
Maybe not at the elite level, but in all honesty, other than
Syracuse, there might not be an elite team in the ACC right now
and who else has beaten the types of teams UNC has?
The Tar Heels will find a Yellow Jacket team that is actually a
half game behind them in the conference standings. They're coming
off an overtime loss to N.C. State and will be hungry to get a big
name victory to add to their resume.
Let's take a look at some of the storylines heading into
Score one for the big guys.
James Michael McAdoo had maybe his best game of the year
when he went for 22 points and 7 rebounds against Clemson. He shot
9-of-13 from the field and hauled in three offensive rebounds.
Kennedy Meeks got a rare start, although his performance
might get him the line-up more often if he can keep putting up 11
points and 8 rebounds on a consistent basis.
UNC has actually done a decent job in the rebounding department
but hasn't finished the plays around the basket to make the
offensive rebounds worth their effort. Roy Williams talked
about McAdoo's efficiency improvements and what he expects him to do
better on his radio show Monday night.
"He's becoming more efficient. James Michael always rushes things
and I think that he's settled down a little bit there. We talked to
him about shot selection because a guy in his position at 6-8 is
supposed to shoot a great percentage because you're going to get
some dunks too, which he does. He's shot a much better percentage
and has handled the ball effectively," said Williams. "He really has
been very efficient except for at the free throw line and I'm just
that guy that keeps thinking they're going to start going in even
more because his free throw percentage in conference play is about
as bad as I've ever seen. But he's still really played well."
Brice Johnson came off the bench and gave the Heels some
energy but his scoring wasn't there like it usually is (3 points)
but if the trio of McAdoo, Meeks and Johnson can give the effort we
now know their capable of then Williams might have a formula for
success going forward. He went small last year but going big is
definitely how they'll win this year.
team has been consistently inconsistent especially in the effort
department. When UNC goes hard they are a tough out but they really
only give a maximum effort when nobody expects them too.
Right around the time that most people thought Clemson might
finally get a win in Chapel Hill is right around the time UNC's
players were able to get themselves going. The result left many
players feeling great and wanting to do it again.
"It's a positive feeling around the locker room right now," said
Marcus Paige. "Why wouldn't you want to do that every game instead
of having a letup?"
Williams keeps saying that he doesn't feel like he should have to
coach effort but clearly when he gets them motivated, whether it's
through calling them out in post-game press conferences or forcing
them to have 5 a.m. practices, when he gets them going they respond
with games like they had against Clemson.
The problem is, we have no idea how they'll look on the road
against a supposedly inferior team.
Speaking of motivation and effort…
Williams shared an interesting moment on his radio show Monday
night from earlier in the year. The story shed some light on how
he's gotten his freshman big man from Charlotte to give a little
more out on the court.
"He's done some good things. I think I'll go back to the Boston
College game. In fact, I got mad at James Michael because they're
driving us to the basket and we're fouling them on the other end and
then we're getting the ball in the post and everybody's shooting
turnaround fadeaways and avoiding the contact," said Williams. "I
took James Michael out and put Kennedy in the and well I threatened
I was trying to think of a nice way to say it, I told him he got
the ball and didn't take it to the basket, I didn't says I was going
to kill him or anything like that, but if you get the ball and you
don't take the ball to the basket then just come over here and sit
Williams believes that if he can get the most out of Meeks then
Meeks can give the Tar Heels their best chance to become a versatile
and difficult team to deal with.
"He's shot a good percentage in the last three games. He's gotten
better defensively. I think he's worked harder. He was really one of
the bright spots up in Charlottesville and as I've said he's
probably one of the best passing big men I've ever coached," said
Williams. "Rebounding the ball and giving us a challenge for the
other team to defend inside. Last year we went through the whole
season basically not having any inside scoring. Kennedy gives us
vs. North Carolina
Georgia Tech at a glance Location:
Atlanta, Ga. Nickname:
Yellow Jackets Colors:
Old Gold & White Conference:
McCamish Pavilion (8,600) 2012-2013 Record:
16-15 (6-12) Last Game:
Georgia Tech lost 80-78 OT to N.C. State in Raleigh on Sunday. More on the Yellow Jackets: Schedule
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Last starting line-up
F - Kammeon Holsey C - Daniel Miller G - Tre Golden
G - Marcus Georges-Hunt G - Corey Heyward
Statistical Leaders Scoring: Tre Golden (14.3
PPG) Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.8 PPG)
Rebounding: Robert Carter,
Daniel Miller (8.0 RPG)
Assists: Tre Golden (3.4
APG) Travis Jorgenson (2.5 APG)
Points Per Game: 69.5 Rebounds Per Game: 37.4 Assist Per Game: 13.9 Field Goal Percentage: .439 3-pt Field Goal Percentage: .305
North Carolina at a glance Last starting line-up
F - James Michael McAdoo F - J.P. Tokoto F - Kennedy Meeks
G - Leslie McDonald G - Marcus Paige
Statistical Leaders Scoring: Marcus Paige (16.7 PPG)
James Michael McAdoo (14.8 PPG)
Rebounding: James Michael
McAdoo (6.5 RPG)
Brice Johnson (6.4 RPG)
(4.2 APG) J.P. Tokoto (2.7 APG)
Points Per Game:
75.4 Rebounds Per Game: 40.6 Assist Per Game: 15.6 Field Goal Percentage: .458 3-pt Field Goal Percentage: .316