Welcome to another edition of Four Corners where we highlight four thoughts regarding the ACC.
1. During the MandMsportshow pregame edition today , Ben Williams and I discussed rebounding margin and how the tar Heels are not winning the rebound margin. This afternoon North Carolina out rebounded Florida state 34 to 18 with 14 of the Tar Heels rebounds coming on the offensive ends. Seldom used reserve Jackson Simmons provided four rebounds all on the offensive end of the floor. The tar Heels effort has been questioned recently, but there was no lack of energy today in Tallahassee.
2. NC State beat Duke at home today to take command of the ACC with a 3-0 start. The Wolfpack have multiple players who can score and are turning into the team we thought they would be at the beginning of the season. Duke was without Ryan Kelly yet even with a healthy Kelly will Duke be able to stop CJ Leslie from NC State who had 25 points today.
3. PJ Hairston scored 23 points to lead UNC hitting 4-9 from beyond the arc, but more importantly Hairston was 5-5 from inside the three point line and was decisive driving to the basket. Hairston could become UNC’s most dangerous threat if can continue to build on today’s performance. No shot was more impressive than his drive and monster dunk at the 15:01 mark in the second half. A confident Hairston is a Tar Heel opponent nightmare.
4. Although Marcus Paige struggled statistically against FSU the offense was noticeably crisper when he was in the game. There was better movement and the Tar heels appeared to get off quality shots whenever Paige was running the show. He continued to play hard and made a couple key stops defensively down the stretch. His five turnovers are disappointing, but he played through fighting the entire game.