Tar Heels visit the SpartansPosted: December 16, 2014
Over 11,000 people trekked to the Greensboro Coliseum today to watch the UNCG Spartans take on the UNC Tar Heels. While there was plenty of Blue and Gold represented, it was practically a home game for UNC since it is only about 50 miles from campus to campus.
The final score UNC 79- UNCG 56. The Tar Heels led the the whole game, but it was not a beautiful game on either side. If I had to describe this game in three words it would be sloppy, hesitant, and unfocused. Both teams had issues with throwing the ball away and poor passing. UNCG, in particular, didn’t follow through on their shots causing some easy points to be missed- not to mention the free throw misses. The 15 points that the Spartans left out of play at the line would have put them in contention for this game. However, the Spartans did find their game in the second half- scoring 39 points- and began to play with more confidence.
Numbers for the Tar Heels will not blow anyone away- 49% FG, 21% from the three, and 69% from the line. UNCG has plenty of room for improvement (hopefully before we meet Elon on Saturday)- 35% FG, 21% three points, and 42% free throw. That is where the Spartans need to practice- 42% is just not acceptable at the college level.
For the Spartans Kayel Locke led with 17 points. Nicholas Paulos contributed 12, including some late threes that brought the crowd to their feet. Diante Baldwin, who did not start the game, added a respectable 13 from the point guard position. It is nice to have a point guard back on the court and my question for Wes Miller is: why is Baldwin not starting? With the leadership he showed today he should be one of the starting five on Saturday.