James Michael McAdoo knows there’s no such thing as an easy win in the ACC. Not this season. Not after upsets of Duke and N.C. State in the last few weeks and not after North Carolina opened its own conference slate with back-to-back losses.
So even though the Yellow Jackets (10-7, 0-5 ACC) came to the Smith Center on Wednesday night without a single win in the ACC, and even though a matchup with N.C. State looms Saturday, McAdoo and the Tar Heels didn’t take them lightly.
UNC (13-5, 3-2) opened Wednesday night’s game with vigor and intensity, jumping out to a 30-17 lead and building on that cushion in the second half to close out the 79-63 win.
“We can’t have any letdowns, especially against good teams like Georgia Tech — any team in the ACC,” said McAdoo, who scored 14 points and tallied nine rebounds. “Every game you play, a team can beat you by who knows how much if you don’t show up ready to play.”
It all went smoothly for the Tar Heels — or so the final score would seem to indicate. But true to form, the Tar Heels allowed Georgia Tech to very nearly make a game of it.