Lucas: Bullock's Historic Game
Reggie Bullock's stellar performance against Florida State on Sunday seemed deserving of attention in yesterday's postgame column. It seemed like a very solid game by Bullock. It turns out it was even more than that--it was something that hadn't been done by a Tar Heel in over a decade.
The numbers wizards at StatSheet sent over some history on the achievement, and it's impressive. When he snagged an offensive rebound with five minutes left, Bullock completed the last piece of his 20-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist stat line. Those are more than just nice round numbers. They're figures that no one has reached for Carolina since Jawad Williams on Feb. 10, 2002, against Maryland (Williams had 21/11/5). That means that in a span of 395 games, no Tar Heel had done what Bullock did yesterday.
One other Atlantic Coast Conference player had achieved the 20/10/5 mark this year--Duke's Mason Plumlee. But he did it against a nonconference opponent (Santa Clara). No ACC player had done it against a league foe since Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert had 22/12/11 against Virginia Tech on Jan. 25, 2011. That's the only 20/10/5 game (other than Bullock) since the start of the 2009-10 season, covering a stretch of 762 conference games. In the Roy Williams era, prior to yesterday, there were only seven 20/10/5 games, putting Bullock in the company of the following six players:
Gerald Henderson (watch your nose, Reggie)
Craig Smith (2)
The only one of those players who didn't make first- or second-team All-ACC in the season in which they had their 20/10/5 was Maryland's mercurial Gilchrist.