Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook
Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley have played some of their best basketball during the postseason. Brooks put up ten points against Duke's tough front line, and Manley had ten rebounds against Lipscomb in his NCAA Tournament debut . Both will be needed Sunday against Texas A&M's impressive frontcourt. The Aggies have a trio of 6'10" players.
Tar Heels leaning more on their big men
If the first day of March Madness is any indication, Roy Williams might finally have himself a big man, as Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes in the victory over Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. It’s a step in the right direction for a team that needs interior production.
Quick Hitters – UNC vs. Lipscomb
Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks are continuing to come on strong. The duo combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. They will have to continue to do so against Texas A&M’s imposing front line. All five starters average double-figure points per game and all five scored in double-digits. It’s this type of balance that makes the Heels dangerous.
Video: UNC Players Post-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 84-66, at Spectrum Center and is now one game away from the Sweet 16 of the West Region. Here is what Kenny Williams, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, and Cameron Johnson had to say after the game:
Grayson Allen hip trip a blip as Tar Heels flip script to play for 'ship
If only Duke had been as nimble and aggressive on defense as Mike Krzyzewski was at the postgame podium, taking a charge for Grayson Allen, the Blue Devils might be playing for the ACC title Saturday instead of North Carolina. Krzyzewski wouldn't let Allen answer a question about whether his judged-to-be-flagrant hip check of Garrison Brooks was intentional.
Of course Grayson Allen gave Duke-UNC a blood-feud moment
Long before North Carolina collected a 74-69 victory and a berth in the ACC Tournament final, Grayson Allen reminded us what blood-feuds are about: doing whatever it takes to win. With 52 seconds left in the first half, the Duke senior and long-time UNC antagonist stopped at half-court and stuck out his hip as Carolina’s Garrison Brooks was heading up court.
Garrison Brooks brings Southern flair to ACC Tournament in win over Duke
For Garrison Brooks, the soft-spoken 6-foot-8 forward with a Southern drawl, there was never better time to show up on the court than when he did. With Theo Pinson, UNC’s tournament hero to that point, sidelined with two early fouls, it was Brooks who picked up the slack and picked apart Duke’s zone with a 10-point, four-rebound performance in 16 minutes.
Lucas: The Way It Is
When your parents or your favorite TV analyst tell you about how the Carolina-Duke rivalry was even more intense in the 1980s and 1990s, they're talking about games like Friday. They're talking about games that had staredowns, like the Joel Berry-Gary Trent Jr. dust-up. And they mean games that had flagrant fouls, like Grayson Allen's hip check on Garrison Brooks.
Video: UNC Players Post-Duke Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament with a 74-69 victory over Duke on Friday. UNC improved to 25-9 while Duke dropped to 26-7. UNC will play top seed Virginia in the championship Saturday night. Here is what Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Garrison Brooks had to say following the game:
Roy Williams, Luke Maye, Theo Pinson, Joel Berry Post-Duke Press Conference Transcript
Joel Berry on Grayson Allen's flagrant foul hip check of UNC's Garrison Brooks: "I don't have any hatred towards him. We're good friends. We're both from Florida, and we played with each other. But I just told him that you've just got to watch yourself because anything you do like that you know they're going to get on you about. That's why we laughed it off."
Video: Garrison Brooks on Grayson Allen’s Hip Check Trip
North Carolina freshman forward Garrison Brooks responds to reporters' questions about Duke guard Grayson Allen's flagrant hip check trip on a fast break during the Tar Heels' 74-69 win over the Blue Devils in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday: "That's what he does."
Bench Boosts Tar Heels in Brooklyn
Down 12-0 in Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal, Roy Williams turned to his bench and said, "One, two, three, four, five. Go in the game." "That was it," sophomore wing Brandon Robinson said. Robinson, along with Seventh Woods, Andrew Platek, Garrison Brooks, and Sterling Manley entered the game to relieve North Carolina's starting five.
Video: UNC Players Post-Miami Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina outscored Miami by 31 points over the final 33 minutes Thursday en route to a n 82-65 victory in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 25 points. Here is what Kenny Williams, Luke Maye, Pinson, Cameron Johnson, Garrison Brooks, and Joel Berry had to say following the game:
Analyst: How E.J. Montgomery would fit in at UNC
E.J. Montgomery would be a welcomed addition in Chapel Hill. Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman have given North Carolina good minutes, but I think Montgomery, the No. 12 recruit in the 247Sports Composite, is a superior player and would give them a more versatile look in the post. He has unofficial visits set for UNC and Duke next week.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Duke
It's true that Marvin Bagley had a double-double and was generally unstoppable when he got the ball near the rim. But very quietly, Theo Pinson and Garrison Brooks did a solid job of preventing him from getting the ball on multiple occasions. Duke took just two two-point shots over the final 11:30 of the game. That's largely because of the work of the Tar Heels defensively.