Here are some quick statistical nuggets following Wednesday night’s 97-73 victory over NC State.
- Kennedy Meeks had 18 points and eight rebounds in just 25:51 of court time against the ‘Pack. Adjusting for pace, Meeks is now averaging 20.4 points / 40 minutes and 15.0 rebounds / 40. No Tar Heel since 1980 (i.e., the “pace-adjusted, per-minute” era) has had a pace-adjusted, per-40 20-15 season. Only four UNC players since ’80 have even had 20-13 campaigns (and they’re not exactly lightweights: Antawn Jamison in ’98, Sean May in ’05, Tyler Zeller in ’12, and Brice Johnson in ’16). It’s only been done five times (by three different players) in ACC history since 1980 (Ralph Sampson in ’80, ’81, and ’83, Tim Duncan in ’97, and Zach Auguste in ’16). It’ll be hard to maintain that rebounding rate the rest of the way, but this will be an interesting stat to keep an eye on.
- With a first-half 3, Joel Berry became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points. He had 18 in the game, moving past Tommy LaGarde and Bob Paxton into 73rd place in Carolina history with 1,013. Isaiah Hicks, who has 979 career points, will soon become the 76th member of UNC’s 1,000-point club, giving the current team four of them (along with Justin Jackson and Meeks).
- The expected starting lineup of Berry-Pinson-Jackson-Hicks-Meeks made its first start of the year together, but played only 6:12 together due to Hicks’ foul troubles. It led 14-9 in those minutes, and now has a 34-19 advantage in 13.5 minutes this season.
- Speaking of lineups, the lineup of the night was definitely Berry-Britt-Jackson-Maye-Bradley. That quintet logged a team-high 6:53 together, posting a +/- of +15 in those minutes (23-8). That included an 11-3 first-half run, and a 10-3 second-half one.
- With three steals, Berry moved into a tie for 45th place with Hubert Davis and Jeff McInnis with 108 in his career.
- And, speaking of guys tying Coach Davis’ all-time marks, Pinson moved into a tie for 63rd with Hubert in career assists. He had four in the game, and now has 179 in his Tar Heel career.
- In addition to his four box-score assists, Pinson also had two FT assists (both drawing fouls at the rim). He continues to create a ton of close attempts for his teammates.
- Luke Maye’s driving dunk was the first close shot he’s made off the dribble all season (on only three such attempts). It was his second dunk of the year (and the Heels’ only dunk of the night).
- UNC played its jumbo frontcourt of Bradley-Meeks for 3:27 against NC State (the second straight ACC game—and third overall conference contest—in which it’s seen action). It was again successful from a +/- perspective, leading 11-6 in its brief stints.
- It was a tough night from the field for Jackson, who made just 6-of-16 field goal attempts. All non-Jackson Heels combined to make 61.0% of their shots (36-59), including 68.6% (24-35) for the other four starters.
I’ll be back soon with a detailed breakdown of this one.