The UNC men’s basketball program will return to Chapel Hill with their win streak snapped after a 74-73 loss to Georgia Tech.
A no-call would echo throughout social media as the explanation of why the Tar Heels lost, but it was the events leading up to the no-whistle on why. Outside of RJ Davis pouring it on with 28 points, UNC’s offense went flat, with no other Tar Heel reaching double digits in the score column.
It was a game of season lows for UNC, shooting 36.4% from the field and 52.9%(9/17) from the free throw line. On the flip side, Georgia Tech took advantage of the free throws, shooting 88.2%(15/17) from the line.
Another factor was the foul trouble for Elliot Cadeau, who had a game-high +12 in +/-, according to the University’s post-game notes. Cadeau received his fifth foul with under six minutes to play.
Nevertheless, credit to the Yellow Jackets for a masterful game plan, they pushed the pace throughout the night and took advantage of poor shooting by UNC. They also drew up the perfect play to get freshman Naithan George switched on to Armando Bacot, driving for a tough finish. Hubert Davis did answer with a brilliant play to get the ball in RJ Davis’s hands for the game-winner.
However, a no-call turn ends the game and UNC’s win streak. The loss stings, but in a way beneficial, with Duke coming to town Saturday. Not that the Tar Heels need more motivation to send the Blue Devils home with an L, but now off a frustrated loss.