UNC-Maryland: The Good & the Bad

A season that seemed like an impossibility became more of a reality as the Maryland Terrapins handed the North Carolina Tar Heels their worst loss since 1964 in a 112-79 rout on Wednesday night in College Park, Md.

In the process, the Terps set a record for most points scored against the Heels and dropped Carolina to an amazing 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Here is a look at the good and the bad of UNC's loss.


Jason Capel – Capel had another sensational offensive game, tying a career high with 27 points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals. His attitude despite the margin of victory and lousy season has remained positive. If anything, that might be the legacy he leaves with the younger players.

Brian Bersticker – Bersticker scored 10 points in 19 minutes. His defense was poor and he only had three rebounds, but in a 33-point loss, it's hard to find many better performances.

Orlando Melendez – The fifth-year senior played 10 minutes – all in the second half – and had four points, an assist and played decent defense. Most impressive, however, was his attitude and intensity. He could have easily given up on his career after spending so much time on the bench, but Melendez hasn't. Instead he is usually the first player off the bench to greet a teammate coming out of the game, an example of his attitude. He deserved the playing time.


Turnovers/Press offense – Carolina committed 25 turnovers, including 15 in the opening half. Jawad Williams had six and Brian Morrison, Jackie Manuel and Adam Boone each had four. The Heels were too passive and should have attacked Maryland's pressure more. Morrison, Manuel and Boone picked up their dribbles too soon instead of pushing the ball across halfcourt. It appeared as if they were thinking instead of reacting, just like the offense as a whole in the first seven games.

Rebounding – Carolina was outrebounded 43-31 for the game, including 23-11 in the first half. The Heels were often out of position and didn't do a sound job boxing out and were a fundamental mess on the glass.

Defense – Numbers don't lie and the Heels were terrible. Not only did the Terps get numerous uncontested perimeter jumpers but they also had a layupfest all night. UNC did little right on defense.

Playing time – UNC coach Matt Doherty said Morrison didn't play more than nine minutes (seven in the second half) because he "wasn't sharp." Morrison, however, was wearing a tee shirt under his uniform and may not have been feeling well. But even still, Doherty never said this and unless it's true Morrison should have played more.

Free throws – The Heels went to the free throw line just seven times. UNC's free throw attempts are considerably down this year, which is another reason why the Heels just don't seem like the Heels these days.


The Tar Heels will host Virginia on Saturday at noon. The game will be televised by ESPN.

Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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