This is an odd to say about a heavily publicized Tar Heel. But North Carolina's Kendall Marshall is one of the least appreciated players in the ACC.
Has nothing to do with his rare scoring outburst against N.C. State. It has to do with what he does best -- pass.
We love scoring. We'll say that a guy scored 18 and don't consider that it took him 21 field goal attempts to get those 18 points. We like rebounding, especially if a player yells when he grabs a rebound. We like steals. We really like blocks. We kind of like defense.
But passing is the least appreciated facet of basketball, which is why Marshall doesn't have to score to be effective. He is outstanding at getting his teammates the ball where they want it and when they want it.
Marshall's 22 points against the Wolfpack Tuesday, on only eight field goal attempts, was a heck of a bonus. But a bonus is all it was. As long as he hits an occasional jumper, he's fine as a scorer. It's his ability to enable his teammates to score that distinguishes him.
GREAT to see the Tar Heels and Wolfpack become rivals again. Healthy contempt was always there, but competititive match-ups were not. Tuesday was competitive. Welcome back Pack.
IS there any doubt that if the Charlotte Bobcats get the No. 1 pick in the draft they'll invest it on Kentucky's 6-10 Anthony Davis?
There is no doubt. None.
THE problem with Virginia Tech's swoon -- the Hokies are 4-9 in the ACC, 15-13 overall -- is that we'll miss one of the rites of spring. I love it when Tech's Seth Greenberg complains about his team's annual NCAA tournament snub. He's indignant and self-righteous and hurt, and hell hath no fury like a coach scorned, even one that plays a schedule as soft as his.
Maybe he'll do it if the Hokies are snubbed by the NIT.