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Barnes, Marshall Named ACC Co-Rookies Of The Week

Splitting the vote.

Barnes was the leading scorer in each of North Carolina's ACC wins this past week. The Ames, Iowa, freshman had a game-high and career-best 26 points in Tuesday's 106-74 victory at Boston College. In Sunday's 89-69 win over Florida State, Barnes had a game-high 17 points and a season-high tying 10 rebounds

Marshall had 22 assists and five turnovers combined in North Carolina's two ACC wins this past week. The Dumfries, Va., native opened the week with a seven-point, six-assist effort in a 32-point win at Boston College. In Sunday's 89-69 victory over Florida State, Marshall had 16 assists and nine points against the Seminoles' No. 1 nationally-ranked defense. The 16 assists are a UNC freshman record for assists in any game and the most assists ever by a Tar Heel in an ACC game (includes 948 career regular season and Tournament games).

Undoubtedly a tough call for the media. On one hand you have Harrison Barnes dropping 26 points at Boston College followed by a double-double versus Florida St. On the other hand you have Kendall Marshall who did what no other UNC freshman had ever done in dropping 16 assists vs FSU following a good outing in a win over BC.

Two weeks ago it was Reggie Bullock. Last week it was Barnes. Now you have Marshall being named ROW alongside Barnes. That is all three UNC freshmen being named ACC rookie of the week in as many Mondays. It should shock no one that once the UNC freshmen got locked in this team would come together.