GREENSBORO, N.C. – Some halftime thoughts:
We’re halfway to our third straight upset in the ACC tournament first round. The 10th-seeded Tar Heels are outscrapping the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets, following a trend started by No. 9 Virginia (which beat No. 8 Boston College) and continued by No. 12 Miami (which beat No. 5 Wake Forest).
What the Tar Heels lacked in elegance that half, they made up for in effort. After falling behind 13-7, they went on a 17-0 run that was spurred by an assault on the offensive glass. Carolina outrebounded the Jackets 26-18 for the half behind an energetic half from John Henson (four rebounds), Tyler Zeller (five) and Deon Thompson (five).
In the first half, Georgia Tech got another in a series of sketchy performances from its backcourt. Brian Oliver, Iman Shumpert and Mfon Udofia were a combined 0-for-9 from the field, and Tech was 2-of-11 from 3-point range.
There are thousands of empty seats in the Greensboro Coliseum, a solid indicator that the Carolina fans have largely given up this team. Those seats normally would be filled with powder blue.