As expected, UNC coach Roy Williams gave his reserves extended playing time on Sunday. No starter played more than Kendall Marshall's 26 minutes, and Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo - the first three players off the bench - all played at least 17 minutes.
Hairston entered the game shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range, but since the Tar Heels' loss at Kentucky on Dec. 3, he'd made just 3 of his past 21 attempts from behind the 3-point line. The freshman broke out of his shooting slump and made 4 of his 9 3-point attempts against Monmouth.
UNC held a significant size advantage at every position and that was especially obvious at the beginning of the game, when 5-foot-8 Monmouth guard Jesse Steele matched up against the 6-foot-11 John Henson for the tip-off. Steele didn't jump for the ball, but instead attempted to sprint into the backcourt to steal the tip.