Updated 12:46 a.m.
CHAPEL HILL — Kendall Marshall said he can sense these things – that he develops a feeling before Harrison Barnes does what he did in the second half of North Carolina’s 60-57 victory here on Wednesday night against Wisconsin. But more than a feeling, Marshall, the Tar Heels’ sophomore point guard, can see it, too.
“He gets that look on his face,” Marshall said of Barnes, UNC’s sophomore forward. “He wants the ball. And he wants to make that play. So I feel like our job is to just give it to him.”
The Tar Heels (6-1) midway through the second half at the Smith Center found themselves in a slow, plodding game against the Badgers (6-1), who prefer the pace that way. Wisconsin held a 36-31 lead with 13:19 to play, and the score was the same one minute later.
By the time the Heels had possession with less than 12 minutes to play, they were still down five, and they’d scored all of 10 points in a stretch of offensive futility that lasted more than 16 minutes. Then, Marshall said, Barnes got that look.