Tonight, one of the most interesting and even matched up games of the NCAA Tournament will take place with No. 8 North Carolina taking on No. 9 Villanova. While the Tar Heel faithful like myself are expecting the Heels to win this one, there are many people that are predicting a Villanova upset. In order to keep that from happening, there are a few things Carolina must do.
James Michael McAdoo: McAdoo has a reputation for having a lazy shot range and continually choosing to shoot from outside of his range. McAdoo has to play smart ball tonight and find a way to use his size to get into the paint to put the ball up. Of course, naturally, he’s got to continue playing solid defense. Rebounds are always a factor in basketball games, and McAdoo usually leads the team in rebounds. The Tar Heels rank fourteenth overall in the nation in rebounds per game.
Three-point shots: Under the small guard lineup, North Carolina has developed a nasty three point game. The last thing any opponent wants to see besides PJ Hairston, Reggie Bullock, and Marcus Paige on the court at the same time, is Hairston, Bullock, and Paige making three point shot after three point shot.
Make the easy free throws: North Carolina has a solid free throw record this season, but it seems their opponents have taken note that McAdoo isn’t that great at the free throw line. McAdoo must practice them and start making more of them.
Roy Williams: Yes, Daggum’ Roy is a key to victory. If the Tar Heels find themselves on the bad end of a run and it doesn’t look to be getting any better any time soon, Roy must use a timeout to keep it from getting out of hand. We all know as much as we love Roy, that he is one of the most stubborn coaches in college basketball. He refuses to call a timeout, and until recently he never would when one needed to be called. Part of it, is the fact he wants to teach a lesson to his players, but is it worth risking an important win? I don’t think so, but then again that’s why I’m on this side of the computer screen and he is on the bench coaching the team!
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