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Four Corners: Tar Heels Win Big by Going Small


In our latest edition of “four corners” we want to delve into the Tar Heel line up and look ahead to the big match up with NC State.

One: The Tar Heels went small last week against Duke and continued to put up big offensive numbers against Virginia.  North Carolina forward PJ Hairston scored 29 points against the toughest defense statistically in the ACC.  The Tar Heels eclipse the ninety point mark versus a Cavalier team that had yet to allow more than 70 points in a game this season.

Two: The role Roy Williams had PJ Hairston in early in the season appears to be finding a home in Leslie McDonald.  McDonald is looking more comfortable every night on the floor and his shot is falling at better rate than early in the season.   In his past five games the Memphis native is shooting 43% behind the arc and providing the Tar Heels with some offensive punch off the bench.    McDonald looks more like his old self prior to knee injury he suffered before last year.

Three:  To Matt Hamm and Ben Williams we get it.  The smaller line up with PJ starting is working, but do we seriously need another article on it?  The horse is dead so quit beating it.  If this does not work against NC State please promise you will not write any columns about going back to a more traditional line up this season.  I beg of you no more rotation drama on KIH!  If you want to criticize something just go after Roy’s wardrobe and Wimp Sanderson for providing such a display last night in Atlanta. Speaking of Atlanta they say the Varsity is the place to go, but I have been there several times and must say it is way over rated.

Four:  NC State will start Calvin “CJ” Leslie Saturday when the Wolfpack visits Chapel Hill.  Shouldn’t State be given a technical foul right away for having six players on the court?  Just some food for thought.  Also has Mark Gottfried become the biggest cry baby of ACC coaches.  His sideline antics are growing more tiresome than a Dookie slapping the floor.  I doubt the student section at UNC shouts anything toward Tyler Lewis this Saturday.  As quiet as the section was last week I am not sure UNC has a student section.  Bottom line is this Saturday Roy will dress bad, Gottfried will cry and there will be too much red in the Smith Center, but in the end it will come down to the players on the court.

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