Showing posts with label Harrison Barnes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harrison Barnes. Show all posts

Friday, January 20, 2012

Harrison Barnes Leads Tar Heels Past Virginia Tech with 27 Points

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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

North Carolina Trio Unstoppable in Win

College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, March 18, 2011

While there were many exceptional performances on Friday, the second full day of the Round of 64, it's hard to compare with effort of this trio of Tar Heels: Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson, who accounted for 84 points in North Carolina's 102-84 win over Long Island.

Barnes scored 24 points and was only the third highest scorer for the Tar Heels, though he did chip in with 16 boards. Zeller led the way with 32 mostly-uncontested points and John Henson had 28, 20 in the first half.

The numbers were career highs in scoring for both Zeller and Henson, and Barnes set a personal mark for rebounds.

North Carolina moves on to face Washington in the Round of 32.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Freshman Barnes Lifts Tar Heels Over Clemson; Will Face Duke in ACC Final

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday saw loads of teams admitted to the Big Dance - too many to mention, in fact - but the most impressive performance of the day came from freshman Harrison Barnes, whose 40 points was the most by a freshman since Tyler Hansbrough did it in 2006 and led the North Carolina Tar Heels back from a huge deficit to force overtime and eventually beat Clemson, setting up a Sunday ACC Tournament final between Duke and North Carolina.

Barnes was simply unconscious, hitting 12 of 17 shots from the floor, including 6 of 8 three-pointers. He also went 10-for-11 from the foul line and snatched away 8 rebounds as the Tar Heels turned away the Tigers, 92-87, outscoring Clemson in OT, 19-14. Barnes' 40 was also a record for scoring by a freshman in the ACC tournament.

The North Carolina rise from the ashes has been extraordinary, to say the least. After losing to Texas and dropping to 7-4 in December, the Tar Heels have gone 19-2 since, including 12-2 in the ACC, winning the conference regular season by beating Duke in their final game, and are currently on a 9-game winning streak at just the right time. A win over the Blue Devils could actually land them a #1 seed in the NCAAs, though a #2 seems the most likely scenario, with the four #1 seeds going to Notre Dame, Pitt, Ohio State and Kansas, though, with Notre Dame losing to Louisville in the Big East semi-final, nothing's for certain.

Later today, the NCAA will release the full field of 68, after the finals of the remaining tournaments - SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Atlantic 10. CBD will be up late putting together our exclusive tourney cheat sheet to make your bracket busting fun and maybe even profitable.