Feb. 14, 2006
Tyler Hansbrough has emerged as North Carolina's star this season. But he's been getting plenty of help from the rest of his team.
The 23rd-ranked Tar Heels try for their fifth win in six games Wednesday when they host Georgia Tech.
Hansbrough is averaging 18.0 points and 7.6 rebounds, both of which lead the team. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the week for the seventh time this season on Monday.
Only Georgia Tech's Kenny Anderson, who was named rookie of the week 10 times in 1989-90, has ever won more weekly honors.
Hansbrough scored 25 points in the Tar Heels' 80-70 win Saturday over Miami. However, he scored 16 of those points in the first half and was on the bench during much of Carolina's 13-2 second half run.
Junior Reyshawn Terry scored 18 points despite foul trouble, and freshman Bobby Frasor added 13. Terry has averaged 18.5 points over his last four games.
The Tar Heels (15-6, 6-4 ACC) are 14-4 when Terry scores in double figures and 1-2 when he fails to get 10 points.
"The only thing that's happened good for us is when we keep attacking," coach Roy Williams said. "When it was 56-56, we put the ball in the middle of the court two or three times in a row and got it to the basket."
North Carolina bounced back after a tough 87-83 home loss to No. 2 Duke. A victory Wednesday would move them into a tie with No. 13 Boston College for third place in the ACC. The Eagles host Miami on Thursday.
"Any win in the ACC on the road or at home is big for our conference record," Frasor said.
The Yellow Jackets (10-12, 3-8) beat No. 21 North Carolina State 71-68 on Sunday, snapping an eight-game losing streak - their longest in 25 years. The victory was Georgia Tech's first since an 85-69 win over Centenary.
"When you've lost eight in a row, there's definitely a sense of relief," coach Paul Hewitt said. "We've got to try to keep getting better."
Zam Fredrick scored a career-high 22 points, and has set personal scoring highs in two straight games since losing his starting job.
"Maybe the reduced minutes has made him a little fresher and given him a little more energy because he definitely had some bursts where he was blowing by his man," Hewitt said. "I think it's a combination of him being a little fresher and taking quality shots."
If history is any indication, the Yellow Jackets could have a tough time pulling off another upset. They have not won at the Smith Center since Feb. 10, 1996.
"This is a talented basketball team, and we shouldn't be 3-8 in the ACC, but we are," Hewitt said. "We have to try to do something about it down the stretch, and fortunately, I've been in this situation before when we won seven of our last nine league games three years ago."
The Tar Heels lead the all-time series between the schools 56-19.
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough