Positives and Negatives: Despite Struggles, UNC Tar Heels Beat Shaw Bears 81-54

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Positives and Negatives: Despite Struggles, UNC Tar Heels Beat Shaw Bears 81-54
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The usual open-court dunk from McAdoo.

Yikes.

That wasn't an easy escape for the Tar Heels in their first and only exhibition.

UNC struggled shooting in the first half, and Shaw was able to hang with their fast tempo. North Carolina was hanging on to a 37-33 lead at the half, and even I was beginning to question this team's future.

Then the second half came.

Roy Williams must have gone against his doctor's orders and lit a fire under their backside in the locker room. It was a different team that hit the floor when they came out.

Their defense played pretty well all night, but they came out relentless in the second half. Steals, blocks, rebounds—they were doing it all. Most importantly, shots started to drop on the other end, too.

It's all about rhythm for North Carolina. Once they start running the floor and getting those transition dunks, everything just starts to click.

Ten minutes into the second half and it was hardly even a game anymore.

Carolina went on to win 81-54.

By the looks of the score, one would think there weren't a lot of negatives to speak of. That was not the case, and I have a few bones to pick in the first edition of my game-by-game series: "Positives and Negatives."

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