One: North Carolina lost against a very good NC State team. I repeat North Carolina lost to a very good NC State team. They have two first round picks in their starting lineup with Brown and Leslie. Scott Wood is going to make a living spotting up from downtown and Richard howell is going to get a shot to be a rebounder for some team. Add TJ Warren and Rodney Purvis to the mix and you have six players who will be playing in the NBA at some point. The issue I have with losing Saturday is the number of mind numbing mistakes UNC made over and over. Good North Carolina teams lose occasionally on the road, but Saturday not only did NC state beat us we the Tar Heels made it easier with silly turnovers and missed lay ups. NC State is the more experienced talented team, but the Tar Heels can pull off a win in Chapel Hill if they can erase the mental errors.
Two: Roy Williams replaced Bobby Fraser with Ty Lawson as the starting point guard and he switched from junior LDII to Kendall Marshall two seasons ago. I am a big Dexter Strickland fan, but in ACC play for whatever reason his production has diminished. Strickland is in the starting line up to help set the tone of the game, but his lack of scoring is limiting McAdoo and Bullock’s opportunities. Either Strickland needs to sit allowing Hairston to join the line up or Strickland should start at the point guard still bringing in Hairston to start. Against good teams this squad needs to get out to better starts offensively and the line-up UNC begins with is just getting the job done. Strickland had six assists against NC state with zero turnovers. Paige had three turnovers and was physically outmatched by Brown.
Three: North Carolina had fourteen turnovers at NC State and many of those mistakes led to points for the Wolfpack. What was disappointing about the turnovers was the casual manner that they occurred. There were too many lackadaisical turnovers in a game where there was so little room for error. Turnovers will happen in Roy’s face paced offense and the ones you can live with are trying to make a play. Dribbling off your leg or just not paying attention is inexcusable.
Four: Reading the message boards you would have thought I was coaching the Tar heels instead of Roy Williams. Fan is short for fanatic, but saying it is time for Roy to go is just plain foolish. The man has brought two national titles to Chapel Hill. He had a little help from some very talented players, but how many national titles are won with mediocre talent? The answer is a resounding zero. At least Roy is still coaching and not letting Joe Holiday take the lumps sitting out with a bad back.