If you want a handy way to measure what UNC is up against, here's one from the Miami game: James Michael McAdoo, Desmond Hubert, Joel James and Brice Johnson played 60 minutes and grabbed eight rebounds.
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In 13 minutes, walk-on Jackson Simmons grabbed five.
We know Miami has a big, experienced front line. Nonetheless: when BC played Miami, Ryan Anderson managed 11 and Joe Rahon pulled in seven.
Virginia Tech's Joey Van Zegeren managed six.
We know UNC's big men are all young, but you'd think they could hit the boards a bit more.
On the bright side, Reggie Bullock did grab seven, but they're counting on him to be one of their top scorers, defenders and now rebounders. It's a lot for anyone.
It wasn't just rebounding of course. Kenny Kadji set the tone with a ridiculously long three pointer, one from JJ Redick range.
At one point during the radio broadcast, Eric Montross said that Miami was leading in every statistical category.
UNC ended up leading in three: offensive rebounding, turnovers (where you win by having less) and fouls. Miami, shooting 54.5%, had many less opportunities (26-40) to gain offensive rebounds.
Marcus Paige had a rough game as well, shooting just 1-9.
All in all, it was a forgettable day for UNC. And consider this: Miami beat Duke by 27 and UNC by 26. How often has that happened?
Still, they've had some escapes. BC lost by just one as did State. Maryland pushed them. Virginia Tech was pesky.
That said, they're clearly on the backside. With FSU, Clemson, Virginia, Wake, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Clemson left, the most likely loss is at Duke.Â It's still unlikely, but Miami could run the table.
Wake Forest has developed a split personality, very capable at home but shaky on the road. We were quite surprised though to see them give FSU a solid spanking, 71-46.
Wake pounded FSU on the boards, 45-25.
As we've said repeatedly, Wake really isn't that far away. Road games are still tough but eventually they'll master that.
What they mostly need is time. It remains to be seen if Wake fans will give it to them.
Like Wake, Georgia Tech has struggled. And it's not like Virginia Tech is a monster.
It is Brian Gregory's first road win in the ACC though the Hokies pretty much gift-wrapped the game.
Erick Green did get his, getting 28 and outscoring the rest of his team 28-26.
On Sunday, State travels to Clemson, which hasn't been a friendly place lately, and takes a three-game losing streak.Â No word yet on whether Lorenzo Brown will be back, but really, State should be able to win without him. They very nearly got Miami on the road and gave Duke a heck of a game.
And in another interesting meeting, Virginia's Justin Anderson, who originally committed to Maryland, will visit College Park where he'll likely get an intense reception. Our guess is that it will be a lot worse than what happened in Cameron this weekend but will get almost no attention.