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  • hiphopobserver 3:14 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Presbyterian 

    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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    I don’t know where to start. There is so much to love about what Roy decided to do on Saturday night against Presbyterian.

    I don’t know who put the birdie in Roy’s head about snazzying up that sling, but man did it look good. It is not quite an argyle pattern but there is definitely some dark diamond designs on this cover. Not that I would ever question Roy’s choice of wardrobe but last game really had me wishing for more.

    Ol’ Roy sure delivered last night. I’m going to go as far as to credit the big win without Ginyard and Strickland on the newfound accessory. You better believe the sling cover will be on all recovering Tar Heels’ Christmas lists this year.

    Speaking of Marcus and Dexter, did you notice the two on the bench last night?

    Must be taking notes from coach.

    One last thing before signing off, big congratulations to Presbyterian freshman Jay Reynolds on getting the start last night. Jay is a family friend and finished the game with 4 rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals. Way to go, Jay.

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

    Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

    Game 9: Kentucky, L 68-66 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket, pre-game pinstriped jacket with pocket square, black arm sling

    Game 10: Presbyterian. W 103-64 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket or pocket square, arm sling with Carolina blue patterned cover

    [Some photos by N&O's Robert Willett and InsideCarolina's Jim Hawkins]

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  • hiphopobserver 4:16 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC Transfer Alex Stepheson Proving his Skills 

    We at Carolina didn’t get to see a ton from Stepheson in his year at UNC but I think we could all agree that he had a great deal of potential.

    After transferring back home to be closer to his family, Alex is going off this year and raising some eyebrows. I had already heard his name mentioned this year as being one of the top front court players in the Pac-10 and this stat from ESPN just solidifies it.

    Time to welcome Alex Stepheson as a major player at USC. The North Carolina transfer scored 22 points and grabbed seven boards in a loss at Georgia Tech.

    Way to go, Alex, you’ll always be a Tar Heel to me.

     
  • hiphopobserver 11:01 pm on December 5, 2009 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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    The Heels did not pull out the win today in the hostile Lexington gymnasium, but, like always, UNC looked better than their opponent.

    Roy again went without the tie because of the sling. I was a little disappointed that he didn’t come out with a strong shirt like he did against Michigan State, but Coach McGrath and Robinson picked up the slack.

    Something I did not pick up on from last game which Roy may or may not have done is worn a jacket in the pre-game. The only reason I think Roy may not have worn one last game would be because his shirt was definitely a stand-alone. Nice to see the return of the pocket square.

    Also, it’s hard to see in the pic above, but Roy’s sling is the Donjoy Ultrasling III. Do I hear endorsement deal?

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

    Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

    Game 9: Kentucky, L 68-66 – No tie, white shirt with no jacket, pre-game pinstriped jacket with pocket square, black arm sling

    [Some photos by N&O's Robert Willett]

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  • hiphopobserver 12:30 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Michigan State 

    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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Can we talk about the big win last night, or what? UNC looked great last night against Izzo and MSU. Know who else looked good? Roy Williams going business casual in the sling.

    I’m assuming to make up for the lack of flavor the tie added Roy went with a Carolina blue tweed shirt that has some cross hatching and forms some plaid patterns across the shirt. I like it. Subtle yet still stood out. Much better than the all-white shirt that was left after Roy took off his tie last game. If you were wondering, the ribbon on Roy is for AIDs as December is world AIDs month.

    Also, in case you needed to know, the shirt, like Roy’s ties, is from Julian’s. Cool fact, in the middle of each plaid square is a hidden Carolina icon. Nice touch of school spirit by the designer. You can some what make out the icon at Julian’s website where you can also buy the shirt for $175. Hey, no one ever said looking good was easy.

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

    Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

    [Photos by N&O's Robert Willett]

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  • hiphopobserver 2:10 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Seth Davis picks UNC to beat Michigan State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge 

    Seth Davis just put up his predictions for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge over at SI.com and has UNC with the win over MSU. He also has the ACC prevailing 6 games to 5. Bold prediction, I’m not as comfortable saying that after watching some of the others in the ACC play this year.

    Here’s what Davis said about the Tar Heels:

    On a neutral court and a 10-game series, I would go with the Spartans. But since the game is in Chapel Hill, I’ll give the edge to the Tar Heels. Michigan State is much stronger on the perimeter, but the Spartans are a short team, and the one thing North Carolina has is a lot of size inside. The big question will be whether the Tar Heels’ defense can hold down Michigan State’s impressive field-goal shooting.

    Prediction:North Carolina 80, Michigan State 76

    I’m hoping for that outcome as well.

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:37 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Larry Drew II one of 10 sophomores Seth Davis thinks is poised for breakout 

    Tar Heels aren’t the only ones saying good things about Larry Drew II. Here’s what Seth Davis said today on SI.com:

    Larry Drew, 6-1 point guard, North Carolina

    Fr: 9.6 mpg, 1.4 ppg, 1.9 apg, 23.1 3-pt FG%
    Soph: 24.2 mpg, 7.0 ppg, 6.2 apg, 42.9 3-pt FG%

    Skinny: This is a classic case of preparation meeting opportunity. With Ty Lawson running the point last year, no backup, especially a freshman, was going to get a lot of minutes. Even when Drew was in the games, he looked shaky, but it was hard to tell whether that was because he couldn’t get into a rhythm or he wasn’t that good. Now it looks like it was the former. Drew has proved he can run North Carolina’s offense with efficiency and effectiveness, which is not easy to do with so many newcomers running alongside him. His assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 2-to-1, and his improved field goal percentage reflects his confidence knowing the starting job is his.

    And this was written before his 10 assist, 1 turnover and clutch 3s performance last night. Yeah, he’s going to be good.

     
  • hiphopobserver 12:09 am on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Nevada 

    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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Hope all had a grand Thanksgiving this weekend and caught up on some college sports over leftovers and family time. Roy started things out with some minor surgery but was back in action on Sunday night as the Tar Heels took on Nevada.

    The most interesting part of Roy’s wardrobe tonight wasn’t his tie, which was a simple Carolina blue and white diagonal striped piece, but how Roy went sans tie for most of the game.

    (Roy preparing to remove his tie?)

    To me, Roy without his tie is like Batman without a utility belt, because much of his power seems to be derived from what’s hanging around his neck. I didn’t mind the casual look, however, as Roy went without the jacket all night as well.

    But really, you can wear whatever you like if you have 600 wins under your belt.

    This is all brings up a couple questions. One: Since Roy will be wearing the sling for the next four weeks [we hope not more, Roy seemed to tweak his shoulder during the game], does that mean no jacket or, eek, pocket square for that long as well? Roy never appeared with one tonight and it would make sense. Two: Roy looked to not be feeling the tie underneath the sling, as apparent by him removing it, will he do the same Tuesday against Michigan State, or will he just not wear one? Three: Has Roy ever coached a game without a tie? Do we have documentation?

    And most importantly, four: Do we like Roy without a tie?

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half

    [Photos by N&O's Robert Willett]

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  • hiphopobserver 1:39 am on November 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Gardner-Webb 

    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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    First off, let’s go ahead and give the title of Best Dressed Coaching staff to the UNC bench. Very well done gentlemen.

    Onto tonight’s matchup against Gardner-Webb, Roy matched up a blue and white dotted beauty over a white shirt. One of the more toned down of Roy’s choices thus far this season.

    Roy chose a blue suit and also went big with the contrasting buttons. Sharp look.

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    [Some photos by N&O's Robert Willett]

     

     

     
  • hiphopobserver 5:15 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Where the Heel Did You Go? Jackie Manuel 

    This is a segment I have been thinking about starting for a while now, and when I saw this article today I thought, “Why not today?”

    Let’s all take a trip down memory lane and avoid as many cliches as possible.  The year was 2005 and UNC had just won Roy Williams his first NCAA championship. That June, UNC would make history with four players selected in the first 14 picks of the NBA draft and one more being picked in the second round. One notable exception from that list of draftees was shutdown man Jackie Manuel.

    Jackie has forgone the usual route of playing oversees and now plays with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.

    Last season Jackie averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds and shot 47.9 percent from the field as a starter.

    Over the off-season Jackie has changed up his diet, added close to 20 pounds of muscle and worked to improve his shooting touch. He was an abysmal 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 59.2 percent from the free-throw line.

    Here’s to you Jackie, good luck in Erie and remember you’ll always have a possee in Chapel Hill.

    Read the whole article on Jackie at GoErie.com

     
  • hiphopobserver 3:46 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Coaches vs. Cancer – Ohio State & Syracuse 

    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 accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Well, the finals outcome wasn’t the way we wished it would have been, but Roy was in top form for two days in Madison Square Garden.

    On Friday, Roy brought out what looked to be the same tie for Ohio State that he wore during his ESPN All Access feature: a light-blue with white diagonal stripe.

    Here’s a look from the All Access piece.

    It actually looks like exactly the same outfit. I’m surprised Wanda let Roy leave the hotel that way. I just take that as complete disrespect to Ohio State. I may have been worried about the game, but Roy doesn’t even bother with a new tie for them. I like the subtle insult. Also, ESPN showed the All Access piece during the game which is interesting. Would have thought it was filmed the same day had I not known better.

    Almost forgot to note the pocket square and pinstriped suit. Also really like the vertically striped shirt with white collar. Nice contrast.

    For the Syracuse debacle Roy went back to his standby paisley. Sorry for the lack of good shots, but it’s a navy and Carolina blue large pattern with maybe a hint of accents of a lighter hue.

    Roy wore a paisely in the first three wins before changing it up for the fourth. After revisiting it, we take the first L.

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    [Some photos by Inside Carolina's Jim Hawkins]

     
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