Bullock, McAdoo In A Groove

Bullock, McAdoo In A Groove

by Megan Mortekker, GoHeels.com

CHAPEL HILL - Great things come in pairs, and as North Carolina bested Wake Forest Tuesday night, that pair was junior guard Reggie Bullock and sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo.

Combining for 43 points, the two accounted for nearly 50 percent of the Tar Heels' final tally in the 87-62 triumph.

"Last summer I said they needed to be big for us every night," said head coach Roy Williams. "And they were big for us tonight, to say the least."

Bullock ended with 23 points and McAdoo put up 20, making it the first game in which each notched 20 or more points.

"When both of our shots are falling it really helps us both," said the Norfolk, Va., native. "We can feed off of each other's energy, where one takes over for a little bit of the game."

The pair balanced each other out both physically and mentally. Bullock's 80 percent accuracy from beyond the arc pushed McAdoo to find the open lane and assert himself offensively.

Using every possession to fuel the next, McAdoo powered through to the rim with intensity, while his counterpart on the perimeter exuded a quiet confidence that enabled Bullock to pull up for smooth shots.

"I know I'm going to get my shots," said Bullock. "I know McAdoo is going to get his shots. It's all about us being tough to guard."

The Demon Deacons' defensive challenges did not stop at Bullock and McAdoo. Redshirt junior Leslie McDonald and sophomore P.J. Hairston, in his first game since suffering a concussion against Boston College Jan. 29, made Carolina a triple threat from three-point land.

Alongside Bullock, McDonald and Hairston contributed two three-pointers each to spread UNC's offense. With Hairston and McDonald back in the lineup, Bullock noted, the Tar Heels are able to stretch the defense thin, decreasing the pressure on McAdoo inside.

With better spacing, Carolina was able to get the ball to 10 different Tar Heels for baskets in the first half. For Williams, this is a sign of good things to come. 

"I've always said the best teams have more than one or two guys that can score," said Williams. "And I think we've got a lot of guys that can shoot the ball. I like a lot of guys to score." 

McAdoo was in agreement, simply adding this:

"That's just Carolina basketball, everybody can play here."