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  • admin 3:08 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    What is wrong with UNC basketball? 

     

    Voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels Jones Angell talks with Campus Insiders on what ails UNC.

    Do you agree?

     
  • admin 10:21 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Rafters Podcast s03e05 

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    Benn is sick. Sam is trying to get on the good side of the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The entire Rafters organization is about to take a European vacation.

    But it’s still the best UNC basketball podcast running.

    The Starting Five:

    1. Kentucky rehash

    2. UNCG overmatched

    3. Darren Rovell is an asshat

    4. 10 games in: Impressions

    5. Ohio State at the CBS Sports Classic

     

     

     
  • admin 2:18 pm on December 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: UNCG 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every Roy Williams tie this season.

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    Roy and coaching staff were wearing purple ties against UNC-Greensboro to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and honor Roy’s friend Ted Seagroves. Also, note UNC alum Jackie Manuel and Wes Miller looking good on the Spartans’ bench.

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    The Tie Breakdown:

     

    NCCU, W 76-60 – Light blue tie, no pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

     

    Robert Morris, W 103-59 – Light blue tie with diamond pattern, white pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

     

    Davidson, W 90-72 – Royal and navy blue paisley tie, white pocket square, white shirt, navy suit.

     

    Butler, L 66-74 – Light blue UNC coaches polo.

     

    UCLA, W 78-56 – White UNC coaches polo.

     

    Florida, W 75-64 -  Light blue UNC coaches polo.

     

    Iowa, L 55-60 – Light green tie in first half, light blue tie in second half, white pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

     

    ECU, W 108-64 - Light blue tie, pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

     

    Kentucky, L 70-84 – Light blue tie, pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

    UNCG, W 79-56 – Purple tie, no pocket square, white shirt, grey suit.

     

     

     

     
  • admin 5:24 pm on December 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: What’s Up With Marcus Paige? Is He Still “Mister Second Half?” 

     

    Marcus Paige is great. We know it. His numbers haven’t been there this year. Yet. But when he gets back to form, don’t expect it to only be in the second half.

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  • admin 4:38 pm on December 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Kentucky 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every Roy Williams tie this season.

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    Hate giving John Calipari any credit, but this matchup was not only between two storied programs, but also two sharp dressed men.

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    The Tie Breakdown:

    NCCU, W 76-60 – Light blue tie, no pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

    Robert Morris, W 103-59 – Light blue tie with diamond pattern, white pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

    Davidson, W 90-72 – Royal and navy blue paisley tie, white pocket square, white shirt, navy suit.

    Butler, L 66-74 – Light blue UNC coaches polo.

    UCLA, W 78-56 – White UNC coaches polo.

    Florida, W 75-64 -  Light blue UNC coaches polo.

    Iowa, L 55-60 – Light green tie in first half, light blue tie in second half, white pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

    ECU, W 108-64 - Light blue tie, pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

    Kentucky, L 70-84 – Light blue tie, pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

     

     

     
  • shwineka 2:07 pm on December 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Preview: Kentucky 

    While it’s not the Top 10 matchup we envisioned in the preseason, Saturday’s tilt with Kentucky is still full of intrigue for both teams — and should actually be a pretty good game if you’re asking this blogger. Here’s some reasons to be excited for the Tar Heel’s chances, which you might have already heard if you’ve listened to the latest podcast.

    1) UNC and UK are startlingly similar statistically – say that three times fast. The below numbers come from Stat Sheet.

    • UK scores 1.15 points per posession, while UNC scores 1.13
    • Both teams are shooting around 45 percent from the floor (UNC 44.9%, UK 46.6%)
    • Both teams are 28 percent from three (UNC 28%, UK 27.7%)
    • Both squads are Top 7 in offensive rebounding percentage, but in the bottom half of the NCAA in defensive rebounding percentage (although UNC is much worse than UK in that regard, 190th to 311th respectively)
    • Both are top 20 in assist-to-turnover ratio
    • Both average about 8 steals per game (UK 8.2, UNC 8)
    • In fact, just look at the Radar Chart below from Stat Sheet, which is supposed to give you a general sense of how teams compare:

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    The two graphs are nearly identical. Much has been made of UK’s talent, which in the raw sense is much better than Carolina’s, but production-wise they aren’t much different besides ridiculously high block numbers. We can’t just wash away those block numbers, but we just saw Columbia give the Wildcats a fight in Rupp, so it’s entirely possible that UNC is capable of pulling off the win.

    2) Kentucky’s mojo is on the rocks right now

    This one is purely speculative. After the shaky home game against Columbia this week, UK just lost junior forward Alex Poythress (above) for the season to a torn ACL. It also played without freshman phenoms Tyler Ullis and Devin Booker in the Columbia game due to injuries. As of this writing their statuses are unknown for Saturday. This might cause some rotation hiccups if UK is potentially down three significant contributors. Add to that a looming matchup with its arch rival and Top 5 team Louisville, and who knows how these 18-year-old kids are going to respond to a matchup that has lost a bit of luster since the season started. Could it be possible that a ranked UNC team is flying under their radar? Maybe.

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    3) We’ve seen this before. [Roy shrug]

    Remember it was this very same team (minus the freshmen, obviously) that managed to lose to Belmont and UAB last year, but also defeat No. 3 Louisville, No. 1 Michigan State and No. 11 Kentucky. It’s not necessarily the sign of a great team if said team plays to the level of its competition, but that’s where we are so let’s roll with it. Those teams were arguably less talented than this year’s squad, which is a little older and helped by the great freshman class. It would be “such a Carolina move” to pull the upset in Rupp and then promptly drop our next game to UNC Greensboro. For the record, I’d be OK with that.

     

    While Vegas doesn’t love our chances, hopefully the above breakdown has given you a glimmer of hope. The Tar Heels are heading to the land of that sweet, sweet liquid we know as bourbon, but let’s not turn to the bottle just yet.

    BOLD Prediction: UNC 65, UK 63

     

     
  • admin 11:35 pm on December 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Rafters Podcast s03e04 

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    It’s the best UNC basketball podcast back at it again. And this edition is all North Carolina Tar Heels meet Kentucky Wildcats.

    The Starting Five:

    1. ECU

    2. UK

    3. Kentucky

    4. JP Tokoto’s emergence

    5. Kentucky


     
  • admin 12:42 pm on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Highlights: J.P. Tokoto skies in the lane for slam 

    J.P. Tokoto doing what he does best in the 108-64 win over ECU.

     
  • admin 12:30 pm on December 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: ECU 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every Roy Williams tie this season.

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    It’s not like Roy to get beat at his own game, but props to former UNC Tar Heel Jeff Lebo.

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    The Tie Breakdown:

    NCCU, W 76-60 – Light blue tie, no pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

    Robert Morris, W 103-59 – Light blue tie with diamond pattern, white pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

    Davidson, W 90-72 – Royal and navy blue paisley tie, white pocket square, white shirt, navy suit.

    Butler, L 66-74 – Light blue UNC coaches polo.

    UCLA, W 78-56 – White UNC coaches polo.

    Florida, W 75-64 -  Light blue UNC coaches polo.

    Iowa, L 55-60 – Light green tie in first half, light blue tie in second half, white pocket square, white shirt, pinstriped suit.

    ECU, W 108-64 - Light blue tie, pocket square, white shirt, dinner jacket.

     
  • admin 11:12 pm on December 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    The Rafters Podcast s03e03 

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    You should listen to this. It’s a pretty good UNC basketball podcast. Tooting our own horn here but this is strong. Stronger than the Tar Heels shooting abilities.

    The Starting Five:

    1. Battle 4 Atlantis

    2. Iowa – ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    3. Where do the Heels go from here?

    4. What needs to happen to get out of the December basketball slump?

    5. How does North Carolina match up against other Top 25 teams?

     

     
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