CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA --- With plenty of NBA scouts watching and many more ACC voters present, North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Virginia's Mike Scott wobbled their way to performances Saturday that had both contingents scratching their heads and unimpressed.
With just one week left in the regular season, and to make a final impression on those that will decide who wins the conference's top individual honor, Barnes and Scott painted themselves into a corner. And they did this while UNC senior 7-footer Tyler Zeller was the best player on the court, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds and blocking a shot in the Tar Heels' 54-51 victory at John Paul Jones Arena.
In fact, it was Zeller's drive and dunk that gave UNC enough separation to execute its final game plan of the afternoon, thus sealing the deal before a full house of Wahoo fans. But more on that later.
As for Barnes (3-for-15 overall, 0-5 from 3-point range, seven points) and Scott (3-13, 0-2, 22 minutes because o...