Lucas: Virginia Quick Reactions - University of North Carolina Athletics

Lucas: Virginia Quick Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

Written by Adam Lucas

1. A frustrating night in Charlottesville, where Carolina had some intangibles against her but also failed to deliver a few key plays in a 65-58 loss to Virginia. As usual, the Cavaliers defense is stout – Carolina scored 58 points in this game after scoring 59 in a half earlier this season.

2. Nance’s house He missed his second consecutive full game after missing most of the previous contest prior to that with a back problem. Nance did more Tuesday night than he did Saturday at the Smith Center, getting dressed, stretching and going through a bit of a warmup. Playing on a Tuesday means the Tar Heels get a little longer rest before their next game, as they travel to Louisville on Saturday.

3. Nance’s absence, already significant, became even more significant when Armando Pacote He went down with an ankle injury just 1:18 into the game. This led to Carolina once again shuffling the personnel until the end of the match. They got a huge boost from Galen Washington, who scored 13 points the entire season, proceeded to score 12 in 11 minutes of first half time and finished with 13 for the game. Washington may have fed up and tried to do too much over a few possessions in the second half, but overall it was an outstanding performance and an indication of which player will be most important to Carolina going forward. With Packout out, Carolina was actively running plays for the freshman in a four-point game with ten minutes left in the game. The Tar Heels now face two ACC losses on the road in which the potential ACC Player of the Year didn’t play — but was close enough to win either game without him.

4. How important is Washington? Virginia’s big boost came early in the second half off the ground, as Carolina went without a real last three minutes. The Cavs took advantage of this lineup in a 9-0 run that moved them into a four-point lead. This sequence woke the sleeping John Paul Jones Arena crowd and eventually turned into a 17-2 spurt that gave the home team a seven-point lead.

5. With Carolina facing some adversity in the first half—injuries plus missteps blocking four different two-step tar heels, and in the end RJ Davis With three after a questionable ‘charge’ call by Lee Cassel along the sideline with less than 30 seconds to play –Hubert Davis He was very positive with his team as they bounced back from an early deficit and eventually led by nine points. As the officials were reviewing a play with 8:44 left in the first half, he gathered his team around him only for him to tell them, “I’m proud of you!” At that point, the Heels were relying heavily on younger players in a hostile environment, and the message seemed to resonate.

6. Virginia did well in getting to the paint early, mostly by dribbling, scoring eight quick points in the paint in the first eight minutes. But even without Backout, Carolina’s defense tightened around the rim after that, and the Hoos managed just four points in the remaining paint in the half. During a period when they weren’t shooting well—only 37.5 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from three—limiting their easy chances was important. The Tar Heel defense was not as successful in the second half, and Virginia eventually edged Carolina 32-20 in the paint. That helped Huss score 53.6 percent in the second half.

7. Roller Coaster Game’s Caleb Love. He struggled through the first 35 minutes, but then caught fire late on and hit nearly impossible three-pointers. But then he was beaten by Reese Beckman on a three-point game with less than a minute left, turning the ball over after an inside pass that led to another easy hoop. Love finished 4-for-13 and scored 13 points and had five assists…but also had four turnovers. In a game with low possession, Carolina’s 13 errors as a team was just too much.

8. The free throw line has been an important offensive resource for Carolina this year. Surprisingly, however, it was Virginia who benefited the most from the charity work on Tuesday. While Carolina only went 8-for-12 from the streak (losing Bacot was significant in this category), the Cavaliers made 11 of 19 attempts.

9. IMPORTANT SEQUENCE WITH LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES TO PLAY. Carolina had closed within four points and had the property to cut the deficit even further. But Love missed a drive attempt, and then leaky black He missed three corner pointers.

10. RJ Davis He continued his steady offensive production. He scored a team-high 16 points. But like love, it also had spin-offs, committing four of them. Carolina’s backcourt finished the start with six tackles and eight turnovers. UNC’s turnovers were largely responsible for Virginia’s 10-2 advantage in fast-break points, and in a seven-point loss, Virginia’s eight-point advantage in that category looms large. Bacot’s absence was not responsible for Carolina’s problems with the ball.

11. You’re used to receiving Tar Heels for hitting 100 Smith Center points, of course. Things are a little different in Charlottesville. Promotion inside the arena hits if the Cavaliers score… 67 points.

12. Virginia has now won the quarter-final against Carolina in Charlottesville. The last Tar Heels victory here was in 2012.

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