Here are some thoughts and observations from NC State's 107-56 loss at No. 14 North Carolina in the Smith Center Sunday.
Life Wobbles On
The only highlight from a NC State perspective is that Earth remained in its orbit and did not spiral towards the sun, sending all of its inhabitants to a fiery death.
Joel Berry II was sensational (19 points, 6-10 FG, 3-7 3FG, 4-4 FT, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in only 23 minutes) while Dennis Smith Jr. was saddled with foul trouble early and only scored 11 points. Smith has five rebounds and five assists but committed six turnovers.
Players typically use matchups as motivation and it is likely that Berry wanted to prove his worth, particularly after his "experience" comments in the buildup to the game. He was dominant and made a statement versus the Wolfpack.
It Could Have Been Worse
It is unlikely that the Tar Heels had much, if any, sympathy for NC State. Yet, it would probably also be unfair to say they ran up the score. No North Carolina player played more than 23 minutes. Whoever was in the game dominated the Wolfpack and UNC forced some quick shots at times when simply running their offense would have more than likely brought better results. Carolina also shot only 68 percent from the free-throw line.
Count To Ten And Breathe
1. Field Goal Percentage: NC State 36.5% (23-63), UNC 49.4% (39-79)
2. Three-Point Field Goal Percentage: NC State 30.4% (7-23), UNC 44.4% (12-27)
3. Turnovers: NC State 26, UNC 12
4. Rebounds/Offensive: NC State 36/10, UNC 50/17
5. Assists: NC State 8, UNC 21
6. Steals: NC State 7, UNC 17
7. Second Chance Points: NC State 6, UNC 22
8. Bench Points: NC State 20, UNC 38
9. Points in the Paint: NC State 20, UNC 44
10. Fast Break Points: NC State 14, UNC 25
+/- is the points scored by a team minus the points allowed by a team while a certain player is on the floor.
Dorn Jr.: -30
Smith Jr.: -31
STAT OF THE GAME
FINAL SCORE: No. 14 North Carolina 107, NC State 56
QUOTE OF THE GAME
"For me, I thought in the first half, North Carolina was terrific. Roy [Williams] had them ready to play. They made every shot and it was the perfect storm. They were really good and we were as bad as you could possibly be. I don't know if I've had a team shoot as many air balls, miss foul shots and turn the ball over like we did. At the end of the day, it was them playing phenomenally well and us playing very poorly." -- Mark Gottfried