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UNC Basketball: One Game at a Time

I’m pretty sure some level on anxiety has crept into every individual person that’s involved with Carolina basketball to some degree. Hey, I don’t blame you. The last several games have been nothing short of disappointing even when the Heels have won. The team doesn’t look together, they don’t play with passion at times, and there is no undisputed leader.

Unfortunately, as fans there isn’t much we can do about the lack of fire and ability to win the big game. It would be convenient if we could change the setting to the “freshman” playing level much like you can in video games, but we can’t. The only thing we can / need to do is continue to show support and faith in Coach Williams and his staff. These guys are among the nation’s elite and certainly have a plan to correct the problem. We hope.

I think the initial reaction post Texas was something to the effect of, how are we going to beat NC State or Duke if we can’t beat Texas? Or, we have to have 20 wins otherwise it’s the NIT again! Patience. Let’s not over think anything here just yet. The only game we should be concerned about at this point is McNeese State tomorrow afternoon. Sure McNeese doesn’t jump off the schedule as a highlight game, but at this point Carolina needs a win where they can get it especially with little time remaining before conference play.

We are all hoping that the Heels come out angry and fired up after their loss in Austin and ideally, Carolina will win rather convincingly. There isn’t any reason for them not to because the talent level is far superior. What we will be looking for is an increase in intensity. I think we will all feel better if Carolina proves they can put together a complete 40 minute game where they force turnovers, hit some threes, hold down the low block and catch the basketball!

A 9-3 record is not bad at this point in the year even though our expectations rise above that. I’d like to remind everyone that the 2010-2011 squad finished non conference play at 10-4 before storming the ACC. The NCAA is not even close to being out of reach, but nonetheless the importance of each game hasn’t diminished. McNeese will be a great chance to repent before bigger games come up, but we just need to remember that this team can only move one game at a time. No need to look ahead to the future when you haven’t fully proven yourself in the present.

Mark my words, North Carolina will get their ducks in row. I have full confidence in them. I just want everyone to understand, including the players, that this process should be handled one game at a time.

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