Meadowlands: Halftime Stats and Observations

By David Scott - March 25, 2007

While the foul shooting discrepancy was getting much of the attention in the backroom of the arena, the real story of the first half is the rebounding edge that the Heels are enjoying, 22-11, including a 10-4 edge on the offensive boards.

Lightly-used frehsman Alex Stephenson has come of the Heel bench to grab six rebounds (3 on both ends) in eight minutes of play. His season-high is eight boards. In fact, the UNC bench has been tremendous all around with 24 points from the reserves to just five bench points from GTown . The Hoya bench has just two rebounds, while the Tar Heel reserves have stepped up with 10.

Georgetown has eight blocks on the game (four form Hibbert) and the Hoyas also have 14 assists on their 19 field goals. The Hoyas have outscored the Heels 28-20 in the paint and the Heels have turned four Hoya tirnovers into ten points (UNC has four turns as well that have been turne dinto four points).

. . . Obviously Georgetown needs to get to the line more in the second half and we're guessing that will happen and the free throw edge will even out a bit. But realistically, with Hibbert playing just 14 minutes and after getting doub led up on the boards, the Hoyas should be happy to just down six at the break.

Posted by David Scott at 06:21 PM on March 25, 2007

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