Nov 11, 2012 Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams reacts to a call during the first half of a game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWiRE

UNC Basketball: Avoid Overreacting

Overreacting o·ver·re·act·ed, o·ver·re·act·ing, o·ver·re·acts,.  To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.  This is very easy to do when it comes to sports, especially college sports where emotion seems to be so high at all times as fans are more connected to their program and emotionally invested than they are when compared to professional sports.

For fans of the great North Carolina Tar Heels basketball program this can be even easier to do since we are used to greatness year in and year out from our program.  Going into tonight’s game against Long Beach State UNC sets out on a long and challenging road with five games on the road in a 11 day span capped off with a matchup against the nations #1 ranked team Indiana in Bloomington.

Without knowing how the Tar Heels will perform, who will play well and who will struggle one thing every Tar Heel fan needs to keep in mind is that this team needs our patience and support.  Beating a dead drum here, UNC lost over 66% of their offense when Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall left for the NBA.  This team is relying on a group of four freshman and returning players to play a much larger role than they ever have in their careers to succeed, the roads going to be bumpy.

We will find out a lot about this team during this stretch, but not all questions will be answered.  We’re likely to continue to see examples of why James Michael McAdoo is the real deal and why Reggie Bullock can succeed as Robin to his Batman.  Beyond that the rotation is still being figured out, the freshman are still adapting and a couple of key players Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald are still adjusting from major injuries suffered last season.  So no matter what happens, it’s not as bad or as good as it will look at times on the court, so don’t overreact, have patience with this team.

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