After the tough loss at Assembly Hall against Indiana, the North Carolina Tar Heels sought to rebound against Radford. The Heels took care of business versus the Highlanders on Sunday afternoon. Here are the three things Tar Heel fans learned in that 95-50 home win.
Kenny Williams is Grown
Kenny Williams was placed back into the starting lineup and made most of his opportunity at the two. From the start, Williams made five straight shots to stretch the Tar Heel lead and set his own career scoring stats. From Inside Carolina:
Kenny Williams has scored a career-high 14 points in the first five minutes of the game. 5-of-5 shooting, 4-of-4 from 3.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) December 4, 2016
After being bumped from the starting lineup against Indiana, Williams was back in the starting lineup. He played 25 minutes tonight, compared to just 17 against the Hoosiers. He made the most of his opportunity and hopefully this will be a boost of confidence for the sophomore guard moving forward.
Flashes of the Future
Brandon Robinson to Tony Bradley for the dunk. Seventh Woods at the point. Especially after Joel Berry II went down with an ankle sprain, Tar Heel fans received a glimpse of the Carolina basketball team of the future. Kenny Williams, Tony Bradley, and Seventh Woods all played more than 20 minutes against Radford. As we all know, Coach Roy Williams stretches his bench during the pre-conference schedule. It is important for the Heels to get the youngsters game experience prior to league play.
Efficiency from the Paint
A major criticism after the loss to Indiana was the lack of inside attempts by the Heels. In the first half against Radford, the Tar Heels made about 67 percent of their attempts from the paint. It is important for UNC to re-establish inside scoring, especially against their upcoming opponents. Both Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks were back in double figures. The scoring from outside in the first half was certainly above average. With two experienced big men, and a talented freshman, the Heels need to make a better effort establishing inside scoring. That will allow Berry, Williams, and Justin Jackson to focus on taking quality outside shots.