ATLANTA — Brian Gregory believes North Carolina's new four-guard lineup is making the Tar Heels a team to watch.
James Michael McAdoo scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to end a three-game scoring slump and North Carolina took control with a 12-0 second-half run to beat Georgia Tech 70-58 on Tuesday night.
The Tar Heels (18-8, 8-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won two straight, including a 93-81 win over Virginia on Saturday.
"They're playing their best basketball of the season right now," said Gregory, whose Georgia Tech team lost for the second time this season to the Tar Heels. "You can tell they're playing with a sense of purpose.
"That team, the last third of the season and the ACC tournament, you better watch out."
McAdoo scored in double figures in 21 of the first 22 games for North Carolina before battling a sore back and scoring in single figures in each of his last three games.
The sophomore forward was sharp against the Yellow Jackets. He had 15 points in the first half and scored the final basket in the 12-0 run that gave North Carolina a 59-41 lead with 8:47 remaining. The Tar Heels stretched the lead to 22 points at 66-44.
"I really came in confident," McAdoo said. "Sooner or later, I knew I was going to have a good game.
"Everyone else has been playing so well. I was able to come out with my teammates. They found me, and it was a great overall game."
Reggie Bullock, who had nine points and seven rebounds, said he could see McAdoo's confidence soar.
"He was getting out running, making good decisions," Bullock said. "He was comfortable, and I think it was a real confidence-boost for him."
Leslie McDonald, who had four 3-pointers, had 15 points for the Tar Heels.