The Tar Heels are in a crucial stage of their season where they will be favored in every game except when the Duke Blue Devils travel to Chapel Hill. The upcoming games are not must wins to guarantee a spot in the NCAA tournament, but winning games you are supposed to solidifies a higher seed in March. The Tar Heels got a much needed win over a Wolfpack team that had plenty of pre-season accolades, but in Chapel Hill fans know that it is how you finish in March that matters much more than what writers think of you in October. This issue of four corners takes a look at key point guard play and the difference between Clemson and the Story of Robin Hood.
One. Clemson plays basketball in a quaint stadium named Little John however unlike the character in Robin Hood the Tigers arena is not a play a clever name. Little John is not known for big time basketball, but the Tiger faithful can be hostile until the Tar Heels stomp their hearts in the last few seconds as has occurred over the years. In case you forgot Tiger fans Wayne Ellington says hello.
Two: Marcus Paige needs to take the player who shows up in the Smith Center with him on the road Thursday. In order for UNC to do anything in the NCAA tournament Paige will need to prove he can hit some shots in a building not named after the Hall of Fame Coach.
Three: Brice Johnson’s minutes may have decreased with the smaller line up but the freshman’s production is remaining close to same and his confidence looks to be improving with each outing. The Tar Heels need his point production in the post and I would look for Johnson’s role to expand slightly toward the ACC tournament to keep James Michael McAdoo from wearing down.
Four: One thing I have never cared to look at or it just did not occurred to me is to see who is officiating North Carolina games prior to tip off. It is something that is out of our control and if the Tar Heels put themselves in a place to let officials determine the outcome then that is on them for not putting an opponent away. I was amazed tonight when I saw the number of twitter feeds commenting on who was officiating prior to start of the game. This is just a pre-game excuse in case your team loses. ACC officiating overall is not consistent and could be viewed as poor, but it is consistent across the board.