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UNC win vs NC State - Player of the Game: Justin Jackson

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Justin Jackson continues to be UNC’s go-to guy for offense, but the entire team deserves credit for such a great win.

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When everything goes wrong for a team, like it did in UNC’s loss to Georgia Tech, it’s hard to pick a player of the game because there wasn’t a lot to like. When everything goes right, like it did in UNC’s win over NC State, it’s hard to pick a player of the game because contributions were made all over the court.

There was so much to like in Carolina’s blowout victory against the Wolfpack. Theo Pinson didn’t score a single one of the Tar Heels’ 107 points, but he forced four steals, grabbed five rebounds, and made five assists. Luke Maye was within one point and two rebounds of a double-double off the bench. Seventh Woods very likely played the best minutes we’ve seen him play in Carolina blue.

Picking one guy who was the best in a day of greatness like that is difficult, but Justin Jackson is the man who deserves the recognition. He sank six three-pointers on his way to a team-high 21 points. He also had four rebounds and two assists with zero turnovers. That’s important with how sloppy UNC has been with the ball recently.

Everyone in a Tar Heel uniform was pretty impressive against the Wolfpack, but there is something really special about Jackson when he gets hot from behind the arc. He even needed to throw in a heat check here and there to make sure it was possible for him to still miss a shot from long range. Jackson and Joel Berry led the team in minutes with 23 each, which just shows the dominance that Carolina enjoyed Sunday afternoon.

Jackson may have tallied the most points in the scoring column, and his three-point shooting was definitely fun to watch, but the entire team should be really proud of how they played against NC State. It was probably as pretty of a win as you’ll ever see, especially against a quality conference opponent. There were two Carolina runs of 20 or more points to zero points for State. That’s just incredible.

Man, everyone was good though. Berry had 19 points and three three-pointers himself. Isaiah Hicks only picked up one personal foul! Kennedy Meeks had three steals! Tony Bradley had eight rebounds and 11 points in just 14 minutes! Everyone was SO GOOD. Not being able to pick just one player is kind of great in these situations.