College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, January 19, 2012
In any discussion of the ACC, the obvious center of attention is the North Carolina Tar Heels, the team that appears to be the best in the conference, despite an ugly recent loss at Florida State.
This past Saturday, the Tar Heels were humbled by the Seminoles, 90-57, snapping North Carolina's nine-game winning streak with the worst loss since Roy Williams took over as head coach in 2004.
Any good coach, of which Mr. Williams certainly qualifies, knows that the best way to erase thoughts of a thorough trouncing is to win your next game, which is exactly what the Carolina squad did on Thursday, as they went into Blacksburg, and, after a troubling first half, exploded for 48 second half points en route to a 82-68 victory, their 16th, against just three losses.
Harrison Barnes keyed a 19-0 Tar Heel run with nine of his game high 27 points, as North Carolina turned around a 39-34 half time deficit and cruised to the win in hostile territory.
Barnes made 8 of 14 shots from the floor and added 10 of 12 from the line, contributing six rebounds and three steals to the cause.
With the win, North Carolina moved into a three-way tie in he conference with NC State and Florida State at 3-1. 4-0 Duke leads the ACC.
The Tar Heels have four games - two on the road - before the first of their twice annual showdowns with the Blue Devils on February 8, when North Carolina hosts Duke.