ARLINGTON, Texas - Furious halftime finish here at Jerry Jones' humble abode. Texas scores six points in the final 20 seconds to stretch what had been a pretty tight game into a good-sized lead.
Credit rookie Avery Bradley for a very un-freshman-like heads-up play to ignite the Texas crowd. After Damion James scored on an offensive rebound, Bradley pestered what Carolina figured would be an easy inbounds pass with six seconds left, swiped the ball and scored the layup.
Bradley and fellow Longhorns' frosh J'Covan Brown have been sensational, combining for 22 points. The two hooked up on a pretty backdoor pass -- Bradley having the presence of mind to go backdoor and Brown the ability to slice the sweet pass through about three bodies.
I'll be curious to see if North Carolina can withstand the constant wave of Texas players in the second half. Rick Barnes used 13 players in the first half and each made decent contributions. James scored seven in a row at one point, followed by Gary Johnson going for a five-point swing on his own. Mix in nine points and six boards for Dexter Pittman and the combo of Bradley and Brown and that's a lot to ask of a pretty green Tar Heel team.