Before we get into the Quick Hitters, a little reminder to lift the Tar Heels’ spirits:

Anyway, on with the Quick Hitters from North Carolina’s 93-83 loss to Duke in the ACC Semifinals:

  • Well, it wasn’t a Kendall Marshall broken wrist, but Joel Berry going out of this game with 4 fouls with 15:04 left had the same effect. Berry is as indispensable to this team as Marshall was in 2012. When Berry went out, the Heels were up 56-48. Duke tied the game less than five minutes later and then it was anyone’s game.
  • Justin Jackson is in something of a shooting slump, going 20-60 from the field in his past four games, including just 6-22 tonight.

  • Carolina did an incredible job in the first half of getting the ball inside and dominating the points in the paint. Kennedy Meeks started the game shooting 6-6 and had 10 of the Tar Heels first 12 points.
  • Although Carolina dominated the paint it was negated by Duke’s “frees and threes”. Duke made 33 free throws to Carolina’s 14 (+19 for Duke) and 10 three-pointers to Carolina’s five (+15 for Duke). Overcoming a 34-point deficit in those two areas is a tall order whether Joel Berry is in the game or not.
  • Isaiah Hicks has had three strong games in a row, scoring 21, 19, and 19. A lot of that scoring has come from the free throw line where Hicks has shot 23-24 in those three games, including making his last 18 straight.
  • Theo Pinson had eight assists in this game, including six in the first half. That gives him 21 assists in the past three games.
  • Similar to last night against Miami, the Tar Heels executed poorly just before halftime. The Tar Heels were up 13 with 1:46 left in the first half and Duke got the lead down to seven. A big swing came on an ill-advised Brandon Robinson three-pointer which turned into an and-one for Jayson Tatum on the other end.
  • I thought Duke’s lack of depth and the minutes played in the past couple days would affect them in a more noticeable way against the deeper Tar Heels. If anything, it was Carolina who wilted down the stretch.
  • I won’t point out specific plays or referees, but this game suffered from several questionable calls both ways.
  • I’ll say this – if Duke is going to be healthy and play like this, they could be the Duke team we’ve expected to see all year. I would not want to be in their bracket in the NCAA Tournament. There are just too many offensive weapons.

 

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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.
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I’m a UNC writer for Armchair All-Americans. I grew up in Atlanta knowing that I was going to be the next Maddux or Glavine. Unfortunately, I never hit six feet tall, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 90 m.p.h. on the radar gun, or 50 home runs. So I decided to do my sports from my armchair and behind a computer screen. My favorite all-time sports moment? 1992. NLCS. Game 7. Sid Bream. Look it up. Worst sports moment ever? Two words: Kris. Jenkins. I live in the bustling metropolis of Webb City, MO, where ministry is my full-time job. I spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Maggie, and my two children, Pax & Poppy.
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