Though his sophomore campaign was sprinkled with some strong performances, Bullock's game against Ohio in the 2012 Sweet 16 made me realize how truly special he was as a player.
The Tar Heels had been without Dexter Strickland since he tore his ACL in January of 2012, forcing Bullock into a starting role. They also lost Kendall Marshall in the Round of 32 against Creighton and John Henson was playing hurt.
The stage was set for the Black Falcon to take over for North Carolina—instead, it was the Silent Assassin.
Bullock did everything you could possible expect from a 2-guard, filling the stat sheet with 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. More importantly, he saved some of his most impressive work for the second half.
The Tar Heels were fighting to keep a lead, and just when it appeared they were about to lay down, Bullock was there to pick them back up.
Through the first eight minutes of the second half, Carolina only had four field goals. But during a timeout at the 11:56 mark, Bullock noticed an Ohio coach saying the Tar Heels "couldn't win without Marshall" (see video).
That's when he stepped up as a leader and put his money where his mouth was.
Bullock drilled a three in their first possession after the timeout. He later knocked down two more in regulation and another to start the scoring in overtime, leading the team to a 73-65 victory.
As a team, the Tar Heels made just 14 field goals through the final 25 minutes of the game. Bullock contributed to more than half of those, with four three-pointers and four assists in that span.
Tyler Zeller had a solid game too, but it's tough to say anyone meant more to the team on this day than Reggie Bullock.
And this is the Bullock we would see more of in the following season.