Since North Carolina adopted a smaller starting lineup last week before its game at Duke, P.J. Hairston, the Tar Heels’ sophomore guard, has received the most attention amid UNC’s successful transition to a new style of play.
During the Heels' 70-58 victory here on Tuesday night against Georgia Tech, though, two players who recently have been overshadowed and overlooked might have benefited most of all from a change that has given the Tar Heels (18-8, 8-5 ACC) renewed hope in what had been a sluggish season.
In the first half against the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 4-9), that player was James Michael McAdoo.
Given Georgia Tech’s defensive acumen, beating the Jackets before they had a chance to become set was important for the Tar Heels. And Dexter Strickland, UNC’s senior guard, helped them do that – especially during the second half.