Friday, January 27, 2012

Life without Strickland OK for Heels so far

UNC's Stilman White. Ethan Hyman photo.
The Tar Heels look like they’ll be OK without Dexter Strickland. One game isn’t exactly a large sample size, but if you’re a UNC fan you have to like how the team compensated for the loss of Strickland in Thursday's win over N.C. State. His immediate replacement, Reggie Bullock, stepped in and played well.

Outside of a few errant shots, Bullock’s transition into the starting lineup was a smooth one. He finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. In a somewhat surprising move, Williams used his bench on Thursday night as much as he had in any game this season.

Five reserves played at least five minutes, and Desmond Hubert played 13 minutes. It’s concerning that P.J. Hairston continues to struggle with his shot – he was 0-for-5 from 3-point range against N.C. State – but UNC still appeared to be surprisingly deep on Thursday night.

Freshman point guard Stilman White played just five minutes, but they allowed Kendall Marshall some valuable time to rest. Marshall played 34 minutes.

-- Andrew Carter


Anonymous said...

this has to make dexter feel great.

"we're ok without you"

they looked better to me.

Stilman in 2012!

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I think that Strickland is a very good player and all, but there is life without him and there are other players that may be more important and better for UNC team