In the first seven minutes of the last night’s game against Miami, the Tar Heels were scoreless and trailing 14-0. By the time the buzzer sounded approximately two hours later, North Carolina walked off the court with an 82-65 victory. That 31 point swing does not happen without the one, and only, Theophilus Alphonso Pinson.
Theo Pinson continued his late season emergence using multiple driving scoop layups, a pair of three pointers (THREEO! AMIRITE!?), and one massive two-handed dunk down the middle of the lane. That jam was so vicious, Miami players actively moved out of the path of Hurricane Pinson as he exploded above the rim. See below for your viewing pleasure.
As has been the case over the last month, Pinson was heavily involved in all facets of the game. On a night that saw Luke Maye shoot a shocking 1-15 from the floor and Joel Berry II continue his struggles on 4-14 shooting, Pinson was the play-making, scoring, rebounding, energizer bunny that allowed UNC to tally their nation-best 13th “quadrant 1” win.
Theo finished with 11 rebounds and a career high 25 points on a hyper efficient 9-12 from the floor (2-2 3PT, 5-6 FT). It was his eight consecutive game reaching double digit points, and his 6th double-double of the year (5 with points-rebounds, 1 with points-assists). He added three assists and three steals to round out his stat line.
If he keeps playing like this, Pinson is going to mess around and play his way into the NBA draft.
But first, the Heels have a score to settle with Duke.