Through three games in ACC play, North Carolina Basketball has a 2-1 record. While struggling mightily in the loss to Georgia Tech and the OT win against Clemson, the Tar Heels looked like world-beaters in a 51-point win against NC State. The Tar Heels’ inconsistent play has many wondering which team is the one that will show up come March.
The biggest wild card with this UNC team seems to be turnovers. In the ugly loss to Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels coughed up 20 turnovers—the most they’ve had in a game all season. In the next game against Clemson, UNC racked up 18 turnovers and squeaked by with a narrow overtime victory. If it weren’t for Joel Berry II and his 31 points, the Tar Heels could easily be sitting at 1-2 in ACC play.
However, in the last game, a completely different Carolina team showed up. The Tar Heels blasted NC State by a score of 107-56. The game was decided when UNC opened up a 30 point lead in the first half. UNC pressured the Wolfpack with relentless defense, forcing 26 turnovers. The Tar Heels had only 12 turnovers in this game, a notable improvement from the previous two games against Clemson and Georgia Tech. UNC was much more efficient overall in this game, as they shot 50 percent from the field and made 12 three-pointers. This Carolina team looked like the one that throttled the field in Maui. This Carolina team looked like the one that can contend for a national championship.
Which UNC team will be the one that shows up for the rest of the season? We’ll find out soon. The Tar Heels are at Wake Forest tonight and host No. 9 Florida State in what will be a showdown between two of the ACC’s top tier teams.
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