Morning Heel: February 28th

Welcome to another addition of the Morning Heel! We have a couple of links for you this morning about the Tar Heel Basketball team, the Lady Heels and the Diamond Heels. Make sure you tell them who sent you, and share any links you would like to see in a future Morning Heel in the comments below.

UNC Basketball: Why Leslie McDonald Will Be ‘Heel’s Biggest Postseason X-Factor

“The ultimate pinnacle of the 2013-14 North Carolina season may be determined by a single player who has yet to bring his A-game more than a couple times all season. The biggest X-factor for the future of the Heels is senior Leslie McDonald.
The term “X-factor” gets overused because it usually is not applied correctly in context.
Wednesday night against NC State, Marcus Paige made his case for being the ACC Player of the Year. He is not an X-factor on this North Carolina team—he is a star.”

From Todd Salem of Bleacher Report

Carolina Baseball Meets North Florida In Final Non-Conference Series

“The No. 17 North Carolina baseball team, 4-3 on the season, will look to build off the momentum of its 12 run outing against Appalachian State, embarking on a weekend home series with North Florida, also sporting a 4-3 record.
The Tar Heels will be starting sophomore Trent Thornton on the mound Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. in Chapel Hill while junior Benton Moss has been moved to a Saturday start.”

From Matt Oakes of

Women’s Hoops Falls At Notre Dame

“North Carolina ran out of options against second-ranked Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish took the seventh-ranked Tar Heels out of their offense with a tough defense, holding them to 39 percent shooting en route to a 100-75 victory on Thursday night.
“They knew the plays we were running,” North Carolina associate head coach Andrew Calder said. “They understood what we were trying to accomplish in each play — the first option, the second option. We were having to go to third and fourth options in some of those plays. They just took us out of what we were trying to do.””


UNC Basketball: Ranking the Tar Heels’ 5 Biggest Wins in 2013-14 So Far

“North Carolina has had an up-and-down season to say the least. Ranked 12th in the AP’s preseason poll, the Tar Heels have been in and out of the rankings since November after shocking losses but also have stunning wins over five ranked teams.
After capping off a nine-game winning streak Saturday, including a dramatic win over No. 5 Duke, North Carolina shows potential to be a serious threat come March.”

From Taylor Dutch of Bleacher Report

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