Will the Real Tar Heels Please Stand Up !!?
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Last night the University of North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2) marched right into No. 1 Michigan State and knocked the Spartans off the top spot with a convincing 79-65 victory, moving head coach Roy Williams to a perfect 7-0 verses MSU as head coach at UNC.
At first glance, one might say “Big deal.” UNC has built one of the most storied basketball programs around. Those carolina blue and white uniforms have hoisted 5 NCAA tourney banners into its rafters alongside an ACC record 19 outright regular season championships. This is the program that produced Michael Jordan, among many other professional basketball players and coaches and is currently #3 on the Division I all-time wins list. In short, the Tar Heels are winners.
SportsCenter tweeted late last night,
“North Carolina has 13 wins vs AP No. 1s, most all-time. This is just the 2nd Tar Heels’ victory over top-ranked team while unranked.” (SportCenter’s Twitter account, @SportsCenter)
That’s right, the Tar Heels are currently unranked in what has been a head-scratching, humdinger of a young college basketball season. The Heels have bested MSU and a very good Rick Pitino-helmed Louisville squad, featuring arguably the fastest back court in the country, but have lost against Belmont and University of Alabama-Birmingham. Belmont ??!! UAB ??!! Is this the twilight zone?
Yahoo! Sports‘ Pat Forde summed up the Tar Heels inconsistency:
North Carolina clearly could win any conference in America. Except OVC and C-USA. #weird” (Pat Forde’s Twitter account, @YahooForde)
“We were so bad in our last game against UAB, I didn’t know if we were going to get beat by 1,000.”
The Heels are young and still learning, which leads to occasional let-downs, especially when playing perceived lesser opponents.
For instance, 6’9″ sophomore Brice Johnson is still adding strength and picking up on the nuances of the game to add to his dominate offenseive game.
Tokoto is a high energy player that can fill out the box score in a short amount of time but, is still prone to make turnovers, and make silly plays.
Its still early in the season, but if the Heels are going to make another run for the championship they are going to have to find their identity on the court and show up ready to play, game after game.
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