Feb, 18, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Reggie Bullock (35) looks to pass as Clemson Tigers guard Andre Young (11) defends before the game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Admiral Ackbar and the Trap Game

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Admiral Ackbar would be screaming at the top of his lungs about the next Carolina game.  Right?  What constitutes a trap game?  Well, let’s take a look at some key ingredients and see if the Clemson game qualifies.
 
A trap game has to occur either just before or just after a big game.
Ok.  That’s a check mark.  UNC just avenged an early season loss to NC State.  The soon to be avenging of a mid season loss to Duke looms just over a week away, so it doesn’t qualify for that.  But on the back of the NC State game…
 
It’s a game where the outcome seems to be predetermined.
So check this out.  I don’t know if you’ve heard (sarcasm), Clemson has never won in the city Limits of Chapel Hill.  They even tried scrimmaging East Chapel Hill High School (not really.) unsuccessfully.  How much more predetermined can it be?  How much more assured could you be of a win?  “Hey, if we can beat Clemson at home for Kris Lang’s senior year, we’re never losing to them.”  I get the logic, but big check mark on this.
 
The opponent in question is underrated.
Eh.  Maybe.  They’re 8th in the ACC.  Even five hundo on the season.  No real stand-out wins.  However, I’m going to make a great case that Clemson is a sleeping giant.  They lost to Miami by 2.  They lost to State twice by a combined 5 points.  Yeah, they got rolled by Virgina at Virginia.  But this tells me they play to the level of their competition.
 
Younger teams are more susceptible to trap games.
This team is young.  So check this.  Twice.
 
Traps can happen at home, but is more likely to occur on the road.
Thank goodness.  I was thinking we might as well chalk it up as a loss.
 
Here’s the argument against us falling into a trap game.
 
Roy.  We still have him.  He coaches amazingly well.  He will have this team ready to play.  He will make sure the kids are locked in and focused even with the game on the road. I just wish Wayne Ellington was here still.
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