CORAL GABLES, Fla. — First, Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague dropped 34 points on the Tar Heels. Then Florida State’s Toney Douglas scored 32.
Sunday, Miami’s Jack McClinton scored a career-high 35 points during third-ranked UNC’s 69-65 victory.
Should this be a concern, despite Carolina’s nine-game winning streak?
“A little bit,’’ forward Danny Green said. “Scorers are scorers; you’re supposed to do a good job as a team stopping them; it’s not one person’s fault. We’ve got to do a better job as a team … we still have some things to work on.”
With senior Marcus Ginyard sidelined for the season with an injured foot, North Carolina still lacks a true stopper. And it doesn’t help that most opponents are trying to give the third-ranked Tar Heels their best shot.
Asked about McClinton, coach Roy Williams said: “We were trying to guard him. Again, we don’t have a lock-down defender on the perimeter. We had guys that were trying hard and didn’t get him stopped. We wanted to hold down his percentage, and we even didn’t necessarily do that. He’s really good.”
FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE: UNC shooting guard Wayne Ellington recorded his first career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) despite wearing a sleeve on his injured right arm to protect strained ligaments sustained against Duke.
“Wayne all year long was trying to do other things, even when he wasn’t shooting very well,’’ Williams said. “His assist-to-error ratio was better, he was defending better, he was rebounding better, he was taking the ball to the basket better.
“The first time we played Miami, I don’t think he scored in the first half, and second half, he takes the ball to the basket, misses, puts it back in and all of a sudden makes seven in a row. The more involved you get, the better off you are.”