3:45 PM ET, March 16, 2013
Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
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P.J. Hairston wasn't the Tar Heels' highest scorer, but he was their most important player Saturday, writes Robbi Pickeral. Blog
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Player of the game: UNC junior Reggie Bullock finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, but he was also key defensively to holding off a furious Maryland comeback that saw the Terps cut their once double-figures deficit to three points with 10 seconds left -- only to have Logan Aronhalt rush, and airball, a deep 3-pointer on their game-tying attempt. Bullock spent a lot of his day defending Terps guard Dez Wells, who had averaged 25.5 points in Maryland's previous two wins. Wells finished with 15.
X factor: UNC sophomore P.J. Hairston's status was in doubt after getting eight stitches between the middle and ring fingers on his left hand Friday, but he started and scored 13 points with that non-shooting hand heavily bandaged. His presence allowed the Tar Heels to stay with their four-guard starting lineup -- a group that is now 8-2 since Hairston was inserted into the opening five. And a group that will play top-seeded Miami in Sunday's ACC Tournament title game.
That was probably the end of Maryland's NCAA tournament hopes. The Terps had injected new consideration into their bubble possibilities by beating Duke for the second time this season on Friday. But with an RPI of 62 before Saturday's game, they probably needed at least one more victory.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-61 (.410)||27-61 (.443)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-21 (.381)||7-21 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-26 (.692)||18-26 (.692)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|