Lucas: Miami Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

By Adam Lucas

1. The game started at 7 p.m., not 9 p.m. It was sunny. That’s about it for the good news in Coral Gables, as Miami took a 27-point halftime lead that tied the biggest halftime deficit in basketball history. of Carolina, then won an 85-57 victory.

2. It’s hard to even know where to start with those first 20 minutes. Miami dominated the Tar Heels so much it was a complete demolition. Carolina was actually leading, 5-2. After that it was Miami 47, Carolina 17. Sam Waardenburg was exceptional in the first half, collecting 17 points in 17 minutes (one shy of his career high in the first half alone).

3. Carolina, meanwhile, struggled every which way. The Tar Heels shot just 22.6% from the field in the first half, turned it way too much (10 of them, leading to 20 Hurricane points) and couldn’t stop the game. Miami’s Multifaceted Offensive. The Canes took the Heels out of what they wanted to do offensively, and finding a solution after that was very difficult.

4. There were significant problems both in attack and defense. On offense: From the point, Carolina settled too easily for three-pointers and eventually attempted almost half of their shots from beyond the arc (30 of 65 field-goal attempts were on three). Unfortunately, the amount of three-pointers wasn’t due to Carolina being hot from that distance. They only made 20% from three-point range. Carolina is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, but when they don’t come in, it’s been a tough proposition.

5. On defense, Carolina’s approach isn’t really about turnovers. But the Tar Heels only forced four in Miami, which meant almost the entire offense had to be in half court. When the Heels tried to throw traps at the Canes, they were usually beaten for an open jumper. By contrast, Miami had ten interceptions and trailed a whopping 30 points behind Tar Heel turnovers.

6. Armand Bacot played the first part of the match with a heavy wrap on the right hand and thumb area. He eventually threw the wrapper away, but seemed to favor it early. He was more effective in the second half and finished with yet another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, his 13th this season and eighth in a row. Bacot was the only Tar Heel regular to shoot more than 50 percent from the field.

7. A bad night got even worse when Bacot played randomly challenging Miami’s Charlie Moore to the rim with five minutes left in a 26-point game. He hit the ground hard in the tailbone area and lay flat on his back for several minutes. Bacot left the field, but went straight to the end of the bench where he was treated by a sports trainer Doug Halverson. He stayed on the bench for the rest of the game rather than going to the locker room.

8. Give credit to Waardenburg, who finished with a career-high 21 points and shot 5-for-6 from the three-point line and 7-for-9 from the field. Carolina defenders spent most of the evening stealing from Waardenburg to deny a three-pointer – when he wasn’t sweeping them, he just passed the defender out of position for the dunker.

9. The Tar Heels are now down 17, 29 and 28 points this season. There is a common thread in these losses: against experienced, athletic and aggressive teams. At this point, it’s a trend and you should be nervous about teams that fit that description in the rest of the schedule.

10. Carolina is 3-5 from Smith Center this season. The Tar Heels are also desperate for solid NCAA tournament wins. Saturday’s game at Wake Forest, the two games with Duke and the home date with Florida State loom large.

11. It was good to see Nassir Little at the game. It’s hard to believe Little and Coby White — who both watched the Tar Heels in person last week — would be seniors right now. In the amazing facts department: Little turns two younger than Charlie Moore of Miami and a year younger than Waardenburg. Little is in his third NBA season.

12. Johnson puff played for the second game in a row. He missed a few shots but grabbed four rebounds in just four minutes, which tied him for third among Tar Heel rebounders. Another player who made the most of blowout minutes was Dontrez Styles, who shot 3 for 5 and had a few rebounds in 12 minutes.

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