North Carolina Basketball: Report Card Grades for Maui Invitational 2012

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North Carolina Basketball: Report Card Grades for Maui Invitational 2012
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

It's a good thing this report card isn't just on Tuesday night's performance.

The North Carolina Tar Heels looked like the team to beat when they steamrolled Mississippi State in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The game was never even close, and UNC went on to win 95-49.

Round two was a completely different story.

Unlike Mississippi State, Butler was working with a complete squad of scholarship players. It abused Carolina with its physicality and outside shooting, holding the Tar Heels to just 18 points in the first half.

Butler would extend the lead to as many as 29 points with 11:56 remaining, but the Tar Heels didn't go down without a fight. They pulled within six points after a Marcus Paige three-pointer, but they were held scoreless in the final minute.

While their effort was valiant and showed a lot of character, the nicest word I can use to describe their play in the first 28 minutes is "sloppy."

It was a tale of two stories for the Tar Heels in Maui.

But the Tar Heels would add a third story to that mix on Wednesday night, as they beat down the Chaminade Silverswords 112-70.

After scoring only 18 points in the first half against Butler, UNC was able to match that in just three-and-a-half minutes of play. By the half, it was 62-33 in favor of the boys from Chapel Hill.

There is nothing quite like redemption.

The stats and grades have been updated since playing Chaminade for third place in Maui. The original article was posted after the Butler game.

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