North Carolina guard/forward Reggie Bullock is stuck in a three game slump in which he looks out of sorts. Bullock is struggling badly on the offensive end of the floor in many ways, I stated my belief that Bullock needed to act like an offensive leader and assert himself more, shoot the ball more often and be more proactive as a scorer. He did all those things on Saturday against Virginia Tech and in 41 minutes managed just three field goals.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying this time, Reggie hoisted up 13 shots including eight from beyond the three point line the problem this time was he made only one from three and his other two baskets were layups. I remain confident in my position that shooters need to shoot, the only way to get out of a scoring/shooting slump is to well shoot the ball some more, see it go in a few times, regain confidence again in your abilities and break out of the slump.
An encouraging sign for Bullock, especially on Saturday was his ability to make a positive impact on the game despite his bad shooting. Bullock played terrific defense including a game saving stop on Erik Green one of the best scorers in the nation on the final play in regulation. Reggie also dished out five assists, grabbed six rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige came up big for Carolina and the Heels have enough players capable of doing that here and there when Bullock is struggling, especially when P.J. Hairston returns to the lineup. But they can’t win consistently without Bullock being consistent on the offensive end of the floor. After one more game that UNC should win decidedly against Wake Forest on Tuesday the Heels hit the road to face Miami and Duke back to back in two very important games with conference and NCAA Tournament implications. Make no mistake about it, UNC will not win either one of those games without a sharp Reggie Bullock.