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Sunday, March 13th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  7 responses

Barnes Scores 40 in UNC’s Semifinal Victory

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

It took Harrison Barnes the entire season, but he is finally playing like the preseason All-American he was billed as. Barnes had a career-high 40 points on Saturday in North Carolina’s 92-87 ACC semifinal victory over Clemson.

Barnes had been playing well ever since Kendall Marshall took over as the team’s starting point guard, but Saturday’s performance surpassed anything he had done so far this season. The freshman connected on 12-of-17 shots, including 6-of-8 from deep to lead a second half rally for the Tar Heels.

After North Carolina had forced overtime Barnes really took over. He scored 14 of the Tar Heels’ 19 points in the extra session.

Barnes will enter the NCAA tournament as one of the hottest players in the country.

From the Charlotte Observer:

It marked the most points ever scored by a player in an ACC Tournament semi-final; the most-ever by a freshman in the league tourney; and the most from anybody since Wake Forest’s Randolph Childress scored 40 against Duke in the 1995 quarterfinals.

“It feels great to go out there and have a great scoring day – and have a win, as well,” said Barnes, who made 12 of his 17 shots, including 6 of 8 3-pointers. “The biggest thing is, you want to do that and have a ring to go with it. You wouldn’t want to have a great individual performance, and lay an egg in the championship. That’s my train of thought right now.”

For his encore, Barnes will lead the Tar Heels into the ACC title game against Duke. The two teams split the season series, with North Carolina winning the final regular season game against the Blue Devils to clinch the ACC regular season title.

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  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    That championship game is going to be amazing, I really hope they cover it where I am.

  • JTaylor21

    Where are all the doubters now?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    An entire season is half true because he started hitting game winners a little earlier, but now, this is great for him. I still think of him as Luol Deng, that’s not too bad, he has a really nice offensive skillset and he can shoot the ball well, but he doesn’t have that one thing that’s great, like speed or super athletisicm, he does hive nice size and strenght too. Don’t really know about his upside though if you’d compare it with a guy like Perry Jones, who isn’t producing that much but has huge upside.

  • http://zenguu.com Max

    About time he shows some greatness.

  • Art of Deception

    @JTaylor21 barnes is good. i think ppl had doubts (including myself) when nba scouts were saying he’s gonna be the next bryant/durant/james.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    LETS GO DUKE!!!

  • greg

    draft this guy colangelo he will fit perfectly beside derozan and bargnani. unless we can get irving

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