Jan 5, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Nate Britt (0) drives the ball inside during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Tar Heels need motivation for No. 2 Syracuse

OPINION | Sure, the North Carolina Tar Heels have a game against the defending conference champions the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday. Sure with the sloppy playing from the month of December that carried into the new year the Tar Heels need to prepare for Miami. However, Carolina needs to put a priority on defeating the second ranked Orange of Syracuse sooner than later.

There is no better time for North Carolina to “restart” their season and get the fire lit behind this team. Sure just a win against Miami can do a lot of good for this team, but they need something big to get the fire in the bellies lit.

Not only does defeating No. 2 Syracuse spark a fire for North Carolina, but going to Syracuse and defeating them on the road would be a huge win.

North Carolina shows a lack of motivation and enthusiasm on the court. It was evident that they lack motivation against Wake Forest. After they built the slightest bit of motivation, it came crumbling down after a questionable foul called on Leslie McDonald.

So not only does North Carolina need motivation, they need a leader to keep them motivated through out the entire game. They can’t let things they don’t go in their favor distract them from the progress they’ve made on the court. Carolina must continue to charge on and play tough, physical basketball.

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  • Jamie Lowe

    “a questionable foul called on Leslie McDonald.” He elbowed that kid in the face on purpose.

    • Bryant Douglass

      I assume you also feel it’s okay Cavanaugh had every right to wrestle McDonald on the floor even after McDonald had no possession of the ball?

      • Jamie Lowe

        You are changing the subject. You called the foul on Leslie questionable. He elbowed the kid in the face on purpose. There is no question it was a foul on him because he can’t control his temper. His selfish act hurt the team. How the kid ended up on him doesn’t matter. Leslie has to stay in control of his emotions and not do something so stupid.

  • John McLure

    Had they called a foul on the Wake player for diving on top of Lez, none of the rest would have occurred… That was a 5 point turnaround…..