The Washington Times - February 28, 2011, 12:05AM

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.

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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.

FIRST HALF

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

SECOND HALF

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.

The rundown:

Player @UNC  
Season   
Per Min   
ACC   
Per Min  
1-Bowie 0
+206 0.28 +21 0.06
10-Weijs -2 +51 0.44 -9 -0.75
11-Parker DNP
+37 0.57 -3 -0.30
12-Stoglin -6
+230 0.38 +42 0.13
13-Palsson -6 +82 0.32 -8 -0.06
14-Mosley +2
+210 0.29 +15 0.04
15-Levent DNP 0 0.00 +3 1.50
20-Williams    
+6
+259 0.28 +30 0.06
21-Howard -11
+175 0.32 +54 0.19
24-Tucker -18
+140 0.20 -32 -0.09
33-Gregory -12
+226 0.27 +55 0.12
35-Padgett -8
+79 0.31 -13 -0.16
42-Pankey INJ 0 0.00

Patrick Stevens