Lucas: UCLA Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

By Adam Lucas

1. The Caleb Love game. The Tar Heels are one of eight teams remaining after a 73-66 win over UCLA.

2. Love, who wasn’t good at all in the first half, was simply sensational in the second half. He made 10 of his 16 field goal attempts and five for nine from three-point range, putting up 27 points in the half (the rest of the team had 16). The sophomore guard finished with 30 for the game.

3. Carolina went very three-point heavy down the stretch. Until the possession with under a minute to go, the Tar Heels had taken 14 of their last 15 shots from three-point range and ten in a row. That ended when RJ Davis missed a shot in the lane and Armando Bacot tipped it back in. The Tar Heels scored on their final five possessions and finished the game on a 12-2 run.

4. Gutsy call by Hubert Davis to run a halfcourt set for Brady Manek with 4:30 remaining. At that point, Manek hadn’t made a shot in the half, was largely down on himself, and Carolina was down by two. Manek swished it. Carolina also ran a play for Manek out of a timeout with just over three minutes left. It’s pretty simple: Hubert Davis trusts Manek, who finished 5-for-13 for 13 points.

5. Johnny Juzang is one of the first players in a month or so to have some semblance of offensive success against the defense of Leaky Black. Juzang put up 14, but was just 2-for-8 in the second half.

6. After sharing the ball very well in Fort Worth, Carolina went largely one-on-one by necessity against the Bruins. The Tar Heels had just 11 assists on 27 field goals.

7. Carolina quietly got some good minutes from Puff Johnson in that game. Facing a tough defensive assignment against Johnny Juzang, Johnson largely stayed with him all over the court, especially in a key second half stretch when Hubert Davis sat an emotional Brady Manek. Johnson was credited with two rebounds but was actually responsible for another offensive rebound that he saved under the Tar Heel basket. Davis (who coached a tremendous game) trusted Johnson twice in the second half–once subbing for Bacot and once for Manek–and the sophomore delivered.

8. Armando Bacot passed Ronnie Shavlik (who also owns the first and second spots on that list) for sixth on the all-time ACC single-season rebounding list. Next on that list is Tim Duncan. Bacot finished with his 28th double-double of the season, putting up 14 points to go with 15 rebounds. The single-season record holder in that category for the ACC is Duncan with 29, meaning Bacot could tie him in the next round.

9. Big turnout of Carolina basketball alumni on hand in Philadelphia for the game. An unofficial and probably not complete list includes Tyler Hansbrough, Marcus Ginyard, Jesse Holley, Bobby Frasor, Shammond Williams, Dave HannersMelvin Scott and Walker Miller. Roy Williams, of course, was also in the Wells Fargo Center stands.

10. Carolina will face the nation’s darling, Saint Peter’s, on Sunday at a time TBA for a chance to go to the Final Four.

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