Chapel Hill, NC — Two days after Leaky Black was rated a 2-foot foul on NC State Terquavion Smith, the moment lingered on everyone’s mind.
During the second half of the New Cars drive win, Smith would jump the rim on a left side field throw attempt. Black passed the ball and made contact with Smith’s head. Smith had a hard fall on the court and was eventually thrown off the field. After reviewing the video, the officials ruled it to be a Flagrant 2 foul—the harshest option, which would result in an immediate expulsion.
“Flagrant 2 sloppy bug behind him,” Davis said Monday night on his weekly radio show. “None of our players, especially Leaky, do dirty jobs and it was a game of basketball. It was unfortunate the way Terquavion fell hard and got hurt and we’re thankful he didn’t get hurt. Leaky felt terrible about it and it wasn’t a dirty play, it was A basketball game that led to a hard fall. It wasn’t any more than that.”
NC State coach Kevin Keats agreed, telling reporters Monday that he sees no ill intentions.
“I thought it was a good game of basketball,” Cates said during the ACC conference call. “I don’t think Leakey did anything intentional to try to hurt him at all. I thought it was a really good basketball game. I thought he went for the ball or maybe tipped the ball. He was ugly because he came across and basically missed him and hit him on the head, and then obviously just as He fell “.
Fans at the Smith Center and viewers at home saw Smith writhing on the floor, medical staff attending to him for an extended period of time, and his stretched out exit to standing ovations. Then they saw Black kicked out of the game and entered the court.
Black returned to the North Carolina locker room where he stayed with the team’s director of basketball operations, Eric Hoots, and Davis’ wife, Leslie, to provide support for the rest of the game.
“He was really upset,” Davies said. “He was upset that he was kicked out of the game, but his mind and his thoughts were Terquavion And he wanted to make sure he was okay.”
Smith was taken to UNC Hospitals, determined not to have serious injuries, and was released shortly thereafter. Davis obtained Smith’s cell phone number, and Davis and Black communicated on Saturday night.
“I am very happy and relieved about that Terquavion “It feels so much better,” Davis said.
On Caleb Love
“I can’t remember too many players like him, no matter if he’s shooting or missing the ball, he wants the ball in difficult situations. He’s also very confident in his ability to shoot. We had a comfortable lead, and before you knew it, we weren’t behind.” Except for one in the second half against Boston College, and he scored three points and scored nine in the last five minutes of the game, and we won easily because of him and his efforts at both ends of the field.
“I told Caleb I’m really proud of him. The thing I keep telling him is that he’s a basketball player, not just a sharpshooter or a scorer. And there’s a lot of things you can do on the floor that not only benefit you, but benefit the team. I think he’s He can be a great, amazing defensive player. I think he can be an incredible leader. I think we’re undefeated when he has five or more assists a game and that’s how he can distribute the basketball. There are so many ways as a player to make an impact. He has talent and talent that He manages to do that in every match.
“A lot of people don’t remember the shot he got against Duke in the Final Four, he was (3-for-10) out of three. So he’s (2-out-of-9) when he took that shot, and he took it with tremendous confidence. And I felt like I knew it was going in.” “He was the only one who really wanted the ball during that situation that could have been a shot on Mark Williams. That’s the beauty of the gifts Caleb has and I’m glad he’s a member of our team.”
“I don’t think we hit anywhere near the percentage that I think we can shoot all season, but I also don’t think it’s stagnation. Last year we hit the ball better than this year. It is what it is. And for whatever reason we didn’t shoot.” In terms of percentage the same as last season and so it’s something we’re working on all the time.It’s something we’ve talked about in terms of taking the ball and shooting it well.But we also hit the basket better this year,we also hit the free throw line more this year,Armando is better Much this year. And the good thing I love is that when needed this season, we were able to step up and make three.”