Nov 20, 2012; Lahaina, HI, USA; Butler Bulldogs forward Roosevelt Jones (21) lays the ball in against North Carolina Tar Heels forward Reggie Bullock (35) during the 2012 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. Butler defeated North Carolina 82-71. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball: With Age Comes Wisdom

With age comes wisdom.  Kinda.  I’m less distressed by Tuesday’s loss than I usually am by losses.  Maybe its because my kid’s sleep schedule prevented me from seeing the sub-20 point half.  Maybe its because it was karmic balancing from the previous night’s can’t miss a shot even from the other side of the court performance.  This team reminds me a lot of 2010.  Post Larry Drew 2010.  They’re going to be all right?  Maybe.  It depends on your definition of all right.

I’d feel better if they adapted the gritty determination of the David Noel led team.  That team hung its hat on defense because with a young team, points come and points go.  As the young players learn the offense and become accustomed to the varying defenses they will see throughout the season, the points will stabilize.  But they are still a very young team.  Defense solves a lot of problems.  Not scoring well?  That’s a problem.  Well, maybe.  It’s not a problem if you can stop the other team from scoring too.

“It’s early”  “It’s a young team”  “This loss won’t define them”  And any other number of things we can tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better about a November loss to Butler.  I feel fine.  I’m prepared for whatever this team wants to give us this year.  Like all gifts, I try not to look at the down side of gifts.  For the first time in over 2 years, I can watch a game with no expectations and no national championship hopes weighing me down.  I can’t wait.  I can watch the game of basketball and see a young team get better (hopefully) and come together as a team (hopefully) and see a young team with true enthusiasm celebrate come from behind wins and learn about college basketball (hopefully).  So how do I feel now?  Hopeful.  How you doin?

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