- Robbi Pickeral, College Basketball
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ATLANTA -- North Carolina has had to prepare for Terrell Stoglin the Scorer in the past.
For Friday’s ACC quarterfinal game against Maryland, the top-seeded Tar Heels also need to prepare for Stoglin the Rebounder. Stoglin the Assist Man. Stoglin the Teammate.
The ACC’s leading scorer -- playing with a chip on his shoulder after being left off the All-ACC first team -- did a little bit of everything during the eighth-seeded Terps’ 82-60 victory over ninth-seeded Wake Forest on Thursday.
He added seven rebounds and four assists to his team-high 25 points -- and he wants that trend to continue, when his team faces the top-seeded Tar Heels at Philips Arena.
“It goes back to an all-around game," Stoglin said. “I want to be a complete basketball player, and I’m working on it.”
Stoglin admits to being a bit annoyed when he earned second-team All-ACC honors, rather than first (three Tar Heels, by comparison, made the first team). But he said he’s used it for motivation. “I’ve always been overlooked, even when I was in high school," he said. “So I’m going to use to make myself better.”
A chat with coach Mark Turgeon on the plane ride to Atlanta helped, too. According to Stoglin, Turgeon told him it was time to grow up -- that he was about to be a junior, and he needed to be a better teammate.
“I wasn’t a bad teammate, but I can always be better," Stoglin said. “And he just wanted me to do the little things to help my teammates out, make sure everybody was on the same page.”
Those "little things" included passing more. Playing better help defense. Hitting the boards harder.
And, of course, continuing to score (he was 8-for-14 against the Demon Deacons).
All will be key against UNC, which already has beaten Maryland twice this season.
“I’ll do whatever I can do to help us win," Stoglin said. “Whatever it takes.”
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