1. Both James Michael McAdoo and his teammates have mentioned this recently, and it's true--it seems like the Tar Heels have figured out how to get him the ball in spots where he feels better about getting into scoring position. He's not a back to the basket player and isn't going to be, and Carolina has figured out a way to let him slice to the basket and either get fouled or try to score. McAdoo finished just 4-of-15 from the field, but he went 8-for-14 at the free throw line and finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. McAdoo has now attempted 48 free throws in his last five games.
2. Although T.J. Warren, as expected, ended the game as NC State's leading scorer, a combination of J.P. Tokoto and James Michael McAdoo did a solid job on the ACC's leading scorer. Warren rarely got the ball in comfortable scoring position, and the Wolfpack's inability to get him on track forced other players--not as well equipped as him--to try and put the ball in the basket. Warren warmed up in the game's final fivei minutes, but during the decisive first part of the game, he was not a factor.
3. Sign of some progress for the Tar Heels: they were able to get a 14-point ACC win without Marcus Paige hitting a single three-pointer...Carolina is 42-for-56 (75.0%) from the free throw line in the last two games...That was the rare 14-point win that could have been much, much worse. Carolina shot just 40.6 percent from the field, and a healthy portion of those misses came in the paint and around the rim...A sign of just how much Carolina turned NC State into a one-on-one team--the Wolfpack had just seven assists on 27 made field goals...Ten different Tar Heels had at least two rebounds on the way to a 52-36 advantage on the boards...Kennedy Meeks played limited minutes (just 13) but was a rebounding machine when he was on the floor, finishing with 10 rebounds, half of them offensive...It's no coincidence that Carolina's offense is starting to look more fluid as the Tar Heels start playing some opponents who are more willing to run the floor.
Adam Lucas is the editor of CAROLINA.