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Game blog: Heels take 70-58 win over Yellow Jackets

Posted February 19, 2013

P.J. Hairston (15) looks to pass during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Maryland Terrapins NCAA basketball game, Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

FINAL, 70-58 UNC: James Michael McAdoo ended with 22 points, 11 rebounds and two assists on the night giving the Heels the easy 70-58 win over Georgia Tech.

4:30 second half, 66-44 UNC: The Tar Heels started to roll in the second half against Georgia Tech behind James Michael McAdoo's double-double.

10:15 second half, 55-41 UNC: James Michael McAdoo leads the Tar Heels with 20 points as they are starting to pull away from Georgia Tech in the second half.

16:00 second half, 41-37 UNC: After going 0-7, Georgia Tech finally makes a shot from the line. They have pulled within three of the Tar Heels at the first media timeout of the second half.

Halftime, 36-30 UNC: After pulling a few baskets ahead of the Yellow Jackets, UNC has been able to maintain a short lead over Georgia Tech. James Michael McAdoo has 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Heels.

5:30 first half, 27-21 UNC: Behind 11 points from James Michael McAdoo the Heels pulled ahead of Georgia Tech, 27-21 with just over five minutes to go in the first half.

8:00 first half, 19-19: Georgia Tech and North Carolina are playing a tight game in the first half. The Tar Heels are shooting just 30% to the Yellow Jackets 45.

13:30 first half, 11-10 UNC: The Tar Heels started slow but charged just ahead of the Yellow Jackets after a PJ Hairston lay-up and free throw.


On Tuesday night the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will clash at McCamish Pavilion in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.

On Saturday the Tar Heels erupted in the second half to coast past Virginia, 93-81. The win ended a short two-game slide for North Carolina which is having a mediocre season by its normally lofty standards. The Tar Heels are a solid 17-8 overall but have just a 7-5 mark in league play which has them tied with NC State for fourth in the ACC standings. It is that same Wolfpack team that North Carolina will face next in a rematch of a loss for the Tar Heels earlier this season.

A pair of free throws from Robert Carter Jr. with eight seconds left proved to be the deciding factor for Georgia Tech in its 57-56 win over Wake Forest last time out. The Yellow Jackets haven't been able to get in a rhythm in either direction recently as they have traded wins and losses over their last seven games. Georgia Tech owns a 14-10 overall mark but has just a 4-8 record against fellow ACC teams. When at home the Yellow Jackets have 10 wins in 14 tries, but a trip to face Virginia awaits following this bout.

North Carolina already earned a win this season against Georgia Tech when it posted a 79-63 victory at the Dean Smith Center on Jan. 23. The win was the second straight for the Tar Heels who had lost four in a row previously. North Carolina has controlled the series historically with a 62-24 all-time series lead.

Going into halftime the Tar Heels and Cavaliers were knotted 40-40. In the second half though the Tar Heels shot 55.2 percent from the field, knocking down 7-of-11 shots from beyond the arc and making good on 14-of-18 free-throw attempts to distance themselves from the Cavs.

Though wins haven't come as easily as usual, the Tar Heels have still been plenty potent on the offensive end of the floor. North Carolina is among the top 10 teams in the country in points (78.5 pg) and assists (17.6 pg), while also managing to fit in that rarified air in rebounds (41.2 pg). Defensively though the Tar Heels haven't helped themselves by allowing teams to put in 70 points per game. The one-two combination of James Michael McAdoo (14.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg) and Reggie Bullock (14.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg) power the Tar Heels, while P.J. Hairston (13.5 ppg) has been a valuable asset in the backcourt. No other player on the roster is putting in more than eight points per game though Dexter Strickland (7.9 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Marcus Paige (7.4 ppg, 4.2 apg) have made an impact as passers.

There were nine ties and seven lead changes in the battle between Georgia Tech and Wake Forest on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets shot only 39.3 percent from the floor in the game but held the Demon Deacons to just 29.2 percent, while forcing 17 turnovers.

Low-scoring affairs are nothing new for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets are the worst shooting team in the conference (.417) and the second worst in terms of scoring (64.1 pg). However the Yellow Jackets have managed to remain within striking distance most nights by holding foes to 59 points per game on 37.9 percent shooting. Each of those marks is among the 30 best in the country. Georgia Tech controls the boards relatively well by bringing in the third most per game in the league (37.9). Marcus Georges-Hunt (10.6 ppg) serves as the primary scorer for the Yellow Jackets as he is the only player scoring in double figures. Carter (9.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) has shown flashes of scoring ability, while Mfon Udofia (9.0 ppg) and Kammeon Holsey (9.3 ppg) also hover around double-digit point totals.

When these teams first met this season North Carolina dominated and though the venue will change this time around the result won't.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: North Carolina 72, Georgia Tech 64

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  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Feb 20, 9:56 a.m.

    Now they are running...still lots of time to go though...thankfully GT can't hit from the free... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    Hey Anderson. I worked in Goldsboro back in 07 with the Dept.of Public Instruction as a consult... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Some UNC fans have totally turned me off of late.

    Same here.

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    You cannot be that turned off. You are on the UNC forum day and night!

  • rherring23 Feb 20, 12:02 a.m.

    With the way the heels have been playing I think they will win this one by 8 after GT makes a... View More

    — Posted by senor wuf

    The Pack put on a show tonight. Leslie had his head in this one. State sealed it in fashion to... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    There is no way anybody has locked up anything at this point. State and UNC each only have 1 wi... View More

    — Posted by Kenan-FlaglerAlumni

    Nobody has anything locked up at this point, but both teams would have to have a total collaspe to miss the tournement. UNC may be a little more on the bubble than State right now, but they will get in partly because of their history. State has some quality wins and a pretty good RPI rating. They beat Stanford, who is not that good, but not a bad team either. They beat UConn who has beaten both Syracuse and ND. They beat UNC-A, while no powerhouse, made the tourney last year, is leading their conference and will probably make the tourney this year. Except for WF and maybe Maryland, all of State's losses have come to ranked or tournement teams, and Maryland is still on the bubble, one of the last 4 out at this point. Both UNC and State are in the Top20 in SOS. So unless either one collaspes and loses 3-4 of their last games, they are in. And even then, they would still be on the bubble. Name the last year the ACC didn't send at least 4-5 teams to the tournement, Right now the top 5 are Miami, Duke, State, UNC and UVa tied for 3rd with State and UNC, but they are fading a little and lost the last head to head match up with both. State and UNC both are probably going to win at least 2-3 of their last 5 games giving them around 20 or more wins on the season, so they should be about a lock at this point.

  • FatherofFour Feb 19, 11:59 p.m.

    With the way the heels have been playing I think they will win this one by 8 after GT makes a... View More

    — Posted by senor wuf

    The Pack put on a show tonight. Leslie had his head in this one. State sealed it in fashion to... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    There is no way anybody has locked up anything at this point. State and UNC each only have 1 wi... View More

    — Posted by Kenan-FlaglerAlumni

    I am not sure why people are stil doubting that State is in the tourney... unless they lose the remainder of their games. They showed that they were a projected 7th seed tonight, before they won the game against FSU. UNC is closer to the bubble, but I think they will get in too. Congrats to all UNC fans for a solid road win tonight. I am looking forward to a good match-up on Saturday. At least there are a few UNC fans worried about State for once in a very long time. That is a small victory in itself I think. Go Pack!

  • randrmomanddad Feb 19, 11:55 p.m.

    With the way the heels have been playing I think they will win this one by 8 after GT makes a... View More

    — Posted by senor wuf

    The Pack put on a show tonight. Leslie had his head in this one. State sealed it in fashion to... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    There is no way anybody has locked up anything at this point. State and UNC each only have 1 wi... View More

    — Posted by Kenan-FlaglerAlumni

    Carolina's loses should be considered also ...loses to Indiana-(road) Butler-(road) Texas-(road) State-(road) Virgina-(road) Miami-( twice) ...some have said Carolina is struggling but for a team that lost 90 percent of its scoring from last year. Their in good shape... GO HEEL's

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 11:35 p.m.

    Now they are running...still lots of time to go though...thankfully GT can't hit from the free... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    Hey Anderson. I worked in Goldsboro back in 07 with the Dept.of Public Instruction as a consult... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Some UNC fans have totally turned me off of late.

    Same here.

  • Kenan-FlaglerAlumni Feb 19, 11:12 p.m.

    With the way the heels have been playing I think they will win this one by 8 after GT makes a... View More

    — Posted by senor wuf

    The Pack put on a show tonight. Leslie had his head in this one. State sealed it in fashion to... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    There is no way anybody has locked up anything at this point. State and UNC each only have 1 win over the Top 25 and both were at home. I would argue that if Carolina wins on Saturday they resumes are even with the edge to UNC if they take care of Duke in the finale.

  • kornfan2448 Feb 19, 11:10 p.m.

    To play and shoot the way the Heels did and come away with a 10+ point road win...I'll take it.... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    The game was downright ugly, but I agree, I'll take a road win any day. They need to play a lot... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    No doubt. Hopefully tonight was State's good game and Carolina's bad game and it will reverse on Saturday. It better, or we won't hear the end of it for a LOOOONNNGGGGG time...lol.

  • still heelman1973 Feb 19, 11:10 p.m.

    Any win on the road is huge for this team. Looking forward to kicking the wussies back to Raleigh on Saturday.

  • Hokies94 Feb 19, 11:09 p.m.

    UNC came to the fore tonight and played a solid game. This was a much needed win to obtain the bid. I think they are in after this one. Go little Heels. My son just called me. I told him to never call me this late. Great road win.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 19, 11:08 p.m.

    To play and shoot the way the Heels did and come away with a 10+ point road win...I'll take it.... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    The game was downright ugly, but I agree, I'll take a road win any day. They need to play a lot better on Saturday. State was really hot tonight.

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