This was about fresher legs in the second half. NC State had foul trouble and could not keep pace with the Heels once the defense started cooking. There is no way of knowing what impact Lowe’s absence had on the Wolfpack players in the second half. I think the depth and defense get it done regardless of who is sitting on the other bench. The rotation again was another interesting thing to watch. Unlike most of the media who seem to think they know better than a coach who has won 80% of his games, Roy shows no signs of moving to an eight man rotation. In fact the split in the minutes at point was really interesting but Quentin Thomas’ play had something to do with that since he made some huge contributions in the first half.
Wright, Ginyard, and Green all had solid games. Wright was a beast pure and simple. Hansbrough was his usual workhorse self and overall the defensive intensity was what it needed to be for most of the game. The hope is this is a UNC team starting to roll and the road game at Maryland against a red hot Terp team will be a huge matchup.