Basketball — 02 February 2016

On Monday, Damion Lee led the Cards to a 71-65 win against North Carolina at home. This was a huge bounce back after a loss to Virginia that made us look awful. Damion Lee decided to get back on his feet after an awful game on Saturday against Virginia, with a 24 point performance. Chinanu Onuaku while playing just 24 minutes, scored 12 points and got 10 boards.

There are a few things to take away from this game. First, Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel have settled down into the season. After a few months, the two freshmen seem ready to play in big games even though they didn’t get a lot of playing time in the UNC game. Also, Ray Spalding has been consistently getting rebounds. All of these players still need to play defense better and Spalding especially because he is out of position a lot. Still, the play by Spalding seems better than Anas was last year. Ray is extremely athletic.

Another thing to take away from this game is the two graduate transfers. Though Lee had a much better game than Lewis, both of them showed what it meant to be a senior (except for one turnover by Trey at the end of the game). Trey hit clutch free throws, and Lee made big shots when it counted.

Overall, the game was awesome (especially Mahmoud’s behind the back pass). We somehow pull out a win on a team that is rolling and now we are definitely contending for an ACC championship.

Now, the Cards are moving on to Boston College, Duke, and Notre Dame. These next few games are extremely important to win to get a top seed in the ACC tournament. The toughest teams left on the schedule are Pitt, Virginia, and Miami. Those are all away games and we haven’t been able to effectively win on the road. We may only get one or two of those so the next three games we need to win.

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Shane Hardin

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