One: NC State had five guys in double figures versus UNC as the Wolfpack scored 91 points. Lost in the pregame talk was freshman TJ Warren. Warren was arguably NC States most valuable player outside Lorenzo Brown scoring 19 points on 9-12 shooting. Scott Wood is a nightmare to guard behind the three, but Warren’s play could be the key to making it to Atlanta.
Two: Marcus Paige obviously needs a year in the strength and conditioning program, but what was more disappointing than the lack of success he had guarding Brown was the number of times he could finish at the goal. If we turn back the clock another young lefty had trouble finishing at the goal after a great start relieving Larry Drew II. Kendall Marshall down the stretch his freshman year specifically the rematch with Duke had trouble finishing in the lane. We know what a full off season did for Kendall.
Three: Look when you are down 28 points with twelve minutes to go the expectation is not to come back and win. The number of tweets and blog posts saying Roy blew it down the stretch are just ridiculous. Sure PJ Hairston should play more, but honestly before he came back in at the under eight mark were you that impressed with the starters play? If you were you have not followed UNC basketball very long.
Four: James Michael McAdoo is an excellent basketball player and will play at the next level. If last night showed the scouts anything it is that JMM is not a complete player ready for the next level. It also shows how important a point guard is on a team and that a great one can elevate a post player’s status. JMM needs a back to the basket move or he needs to be able to hit a three pointer. Since he is 0-2 behind the arc this I am thinking the odds is better with him improving with his back to the basket.