Roy Williams strategy is no secret he likes his North Carolina teams to get out and run, run some more and then run some more. When they are not running he likes the ball to fed into the post and prefers his teams work inside out. If you only watched Carolina basketball this season you would think I was a liar because that’s about the opposite of what this team does. Why you ask? Because this team is not constructed to do what Roy likes to do.
In order for Roy’s strategy to work you need a few things, a dominate rebounding team that consistently hits the glass hard and while this team ranks in third in the nation in rebounding (prior to the UVA game) they are not consistent on the boards. You need a point guard who is quick to get the ball up the floor either the Ty Lawson way of running by everyone or the Kendall Marshall way of advancing the ball with precision passing, this team has neither. Without either of these things it becomes very difficult for them to run and play the type of tempo that UNC fans are used to seeing.
The lack of a post presence is glaring on this team in the half court. James Michael McAdoo is a terrific athlete and had an excellent start to the year but just hasn’t established himself on the block. He plays too fast and almost always plays facing the basket. This team needs a go to guy in the paint and they don’t have one and it’s a major problem in the half court, especially when teams who like to slow things down dictate the tempo of the game as we saw in the Virginia match up. Brice Johnson could be that guy but he hasn’t earned the trust of Roy to get the playing time he needs to fill that role. In time fellow freshman Joel James could be that guy but his inexperience is glaring when he’s on the court and he isn’t nearly ready to be a force this season.
Lastly the defense just isn’t getting the job done, along with rebounding the basketball Roy’s teams rely on creating turnovers and getting in transition and whether it’s a lack of hustle or a lack of communication this years Tar Heels team lacks the necessary execution on that end of the floor to kick start the offense.
All these things add up to one definitive conclusion, this team cannot play the type of basketball we are used to seeing in Carolina. Something has got to change and change quickly, the roster has a ton of talent but they are not playing team basketball and their deficiencies are far more glaring than their talent so far this season.