CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The subplot revealed by Sunday’s plus-minus data has everything to do with Maryland star Jordan Williams.
When the sophomore was on the floor, the Terrapins actually held an six-point advantage on North Carolina.
Of course, there were those nine minutes (per the box score) when Williams wasn’t on the floor and Maryland couldn’t match up as effectively with the Tar Heels’ size. A minus-17 margin in such a small period of time stands out.
Here’s the breakdown of how North Carolina exploited the stints when Williams, who was effective (16 points and 19 rebounds) despite dealing with a stomach virus, was stuck on the bench.
Left at 12:14 tied 13-13, returned at 9:37 down 20-15 – UNC 7-2 over 2:37
Left at 5:46 down 31-27, returned at 2:32 down 39-29 – UNC 8-2 over 3:14
Left at 0:45 down 41-31, returned after half down 43-31 – UNC 2-0 over 0:45
Left at 12:02 down 62-51, returned at 11:10 down 64-51 – UNC 2-0 over 0:52
Left at 7:53 down 70-57, returned at 6:42 down 74-59 – UNC 4-2 over 1:11
Left at 0:40 down 87-76, score remained same to end – 0-0 over 0:40
So to review, North Carolina held a 23-6 edge in the 9:19 when Williams wasn’t in the game. And that says everything necessary about how much Maryland needed him against the super-sized Tar Heels.
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