Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; A North Carolina Tar Heels helmet lays on the field prior to the start of the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Heel: January 4th

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Good morning, Tar Heels fans! We have a couple of links and YouTube videos for you to start your weekend off right. They are mainly focused around Carolina Basketball and the start of ACC play, but we through in a football link as well.

UNC Basketball: What Tar Heels’ Non-Conference Record Will Mean in March

“The North Carolina Tar Heels have wrapped up their out-of-conference slate of games this season. Their next contest pits them against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons—their first ACC game of the year.
With a record of 10-3, it seems UNC is in reasonably good shape looking ahead to March, when RPI, strength of schedule and the eye test become so vitally important. But with big wins and bad losses, it is hard to decipher what to make of North Carolina…”
From Bleacher Report, by Todd Salem

Bold UNC predictions (and the alternative)

“North Carolina’s play fluctuated during the nonconference schedule enough that it is legitimate to question which version of the Tar Heels will show up during Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Given their unpredictability, here are five predictions for the ACC portion of the schedule that takes in consideration the team playing at its best (as in wins over Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky) and at its worst (as in the Belmont and UAB losses…)”
From ESPN’s North Carolina Basketball Blog, by C.L. Brown

Fedora ‘Excited’ About UNC’s Future

“Coach Larry Fedora, who led North Carolina from a 1-5 record to a bowl victory, heads into the offseason hoping to maintain momentum while looking for two new assistant coaches.
In an interview Friday, Fedora said he doesn’t have a timeline for replacing offensive coordinator Blake Anderson and tight-ends coach Walt Bell. Anderson left to become the head coach at Arkansas State, and Bell will be Anderson’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach…”
From Winston-Salem Journal, by AP

UNC Basketball: Tar Heels’ Five Keys to Winning the ACC

“The North Carolina Tar Heels enter the ACC schedule ranked No. 19 in the country with a record of 10-3. While that record seems woefully familiar, this UNC squad is in much better shape heading into conference play than the 10-3 ‘Heels of 2012-13.
The 2013-14 squad already has three wins over AP Top 25 opponents, playing their best ball of the season against those teams. It was just the opposite last season as they were pounded by Indiana and Texas, only picking up one Top 25 win with a victory over UNLV…”
From Bleacher Report, by Rollin Yeatts

Finally, here are the two YouTube videos I promised. The first is a Highlight video from UNC’s football season, and the second was posted on our forum of UNC Basketball’s Non-Conference Highlights.

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