Lucas: Elon Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics


By Adam Lucas

1. Not a win for the time capsule, but a win, as Carolina beat Elon, 80-63.

2. Caleb Love was by far the most dynamic player on the pitch. Love finished with 22 points, hit four of his seven three-pointers, showed a very good understanding of when to drive and when to shoot from the outside, and also threw a windmill dunk in the game in the first half. -time in the open ground. There weren’t too many Tar Heels who could complete this game in game action. Love also missed a one-handed drive-thru dunk in the second half that would have been a record.

3. Carolina received a very nice energy from Anthony Harris. Entering the game unexpectedly soon after leaky black was dropped with an early elbow, Harris scored six points in the first half and was tenacious defensively. The highlight came at the end of the first half, when he fought on a ball screen to challenge a hold, forced his man off the ball and then got a deflection that led to a flight.

4. Love’s scoring has been evident as he now has four 22-plus-point games this season. He also does a better job of taking care of the ball, as he entered the game eighth in the conference in assists-to-rotation ratio and fifth in assists. Love’s three turnovers were his biggest since the Purdue game, but none of them – except perhaps stepping on the sidelines to receive a pass, an old pet peeve from Roy Williams – was particularly egregious or resembled the same kind of reckless mistakes. this happened sometimes last season.

5. Part of its greater level of comfort may be the way in which Hubert Davis directs the offence. Much like they did in the second half at Georgia Tech, Carolina spent much of the game in the half court executing specific sets. For example, at some point in the second half, Dawson Garcia was guarded by the much smaller Zac Ervin. Davis immediately called for a set that routed the ball to Garcia, who scored.

6. It was two of Garcia’s surprisingly quiet 20 points. The big man took advantage of a frustrating night to Brady Manek— 2 for 8 from the field and 0 for 6 from three-point range, a line he won’t repeat very often — to play 33 minutes, which equals his season-high (Purdue).

7. Another player who had an opportunity was D’Marco Dunn. The freshman saw five minutes in the first half and didn’t have a huge impact on the box score, but those minutes of game speed will be important for his development on the road.

8. leaky black was again in the positive plus/minus category, as he has been in seven of his eight games played this season (the only exception was the Tennessee game, in which he played sick). Black finished +8 on a night where he didn’t attempt a field goal, but contributed a team-high eight rebounds and three assists, in addition to his usual strong defense.

9. Slightly concerning: The Tar Heels didn’t look good on a night when they weren’t shooting the ball as expected. Carolina punished Elon at the free throw line (going a great 27-35 on Elon’s 4-for-7) but only hit 30.4 percent from the three-point line. The Tar Heels need to make sure the offense still works even when outside shots don’t fall.

10. Good to have several of Woody Durham’s family members on hand for the game. Taylor Durham is doing the play-by-play work for Elon Radio, and Wes Durham was calling the game for the ACC Network. Tar Heel fans gave them a well-deserved standing ovation when they were shown on the video board before the game.

11. Highlights of the last two minutes: the fan wearing the Santa costume in the crowd with the “Put Duwe in” shirt (Farris scored a late bucket), and Ryan McAdoo go behind the back on the fast break and almost convert it.


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