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  • shwineka 2:40 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Maui Invitational – We couldn’t have been more wrong Part 2 

    We detailed the magnitude of our ineptness at predicting the Maui Invitational after UNC shot the lights out from three and destroyed Mississippi State. Then Thanksgiving happened and a tryptophan-induced coma caused us to miss wrapping the whole tourney — which undoubtedly turned out different than we predicted.

    UNC, we thought, would put up a sloppy W over the Butler Bulldogs and face Illinois in the final. What happened was Butler unleashed a shooting clinic and led the Heels by 29 before a too-little, too-late comeback effort sparked by P.J. Hairston. Yes, P.J. HAIRSTON.

    Let’s get right to the formula and give you some takeaways from the tourney, as well as the return of SUPERLATIVES!

    Takeaways

    • Roy is still fiddling with the lineup. We saw him start Desmond Hubert in the first two games, then start Joel James in the second half, then start Brice Johnson at the 4 against Chaminade. It seems that Paige, Strickland, Bullock and McAdoo are locked in, while that final starting spot is up for grabs. We like Brice Johnson the best of the three options we’ve seen. He brings a ton of energy and can score even with that wiry frame.
    • P.J. Hairston is stepping up. Hairston’s struggles last year have been well documented. He shot poorly and made dumb mistakes on the floor. This year he looks like a completely different player. He’s been averaging more than 10 ppg, and as we mentioned above, he put the team on his shoulders for a stretch in the Butler game. At one point in the second half, he put this sequence together, being the only contributor for the Heels in this span: Hairston 3-pointer; Hairston 3-pointer; Hairston drawn foul, two free throws; Hairston drawn charge. The 40-year-old Man Child has finally been awakened, we hope.
    • Teams are double-teaming James Michael McAdoo, like, all the time. It really frustrated him against Butler, and when he’s being taken out of the game, UNC struggles. The Heels have been shooting outside shots at a blistering clip, but the offense doesn’t get open looks without running through the post first.
    • About those 3-pointers. UNC is averaging more three-point attempts per game than Duke. Yes, you read that right. Through six games UNC has taken 134 attempts, and Duke has taken 118. This is obviously part of the game plan as the main culprits (Paige, Bullock, Hairston, McDonald) are all doghouse-free. For the first time in what seems like forever, it appears UNC will get a lot of its scoring from outside.
    • The freshmen are playing like freshmen. There have been some really nice moments for all of them. Paige has knocked down some shots, Johnson has been all around the rim, James has had some thunderous dunks and Tokoto leaped over a Mississippi State player so high for a rebound that he wasn’t called for over-the-back. Still, there has been a lack of focus and some dumb, freshmen-like turnovers to mix with the good. On the whole it seems like a really good class that just needs experience.
    Superlatives
    Player of the Tournament: P.J. Hairston – P.J. took up the slack when McAdoo was struggling and has improved his shooting touch and aggressiveness. While we wouldn’t have thought this before the season, his absence against Indiana will really hurt the Heels.
    Stat of Note: UNC has taken 134 3-point attempts, averaging 22.3 per game. Roy’s teams usually average around 15 per game.
    Lack of Mac Attack: JMM only recorded one Mac Attack during the tourney (backcourt steal into dunk). He needs to bring back his signature move in a big way tonight.

     

     
  • bwineka 2:45 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Ol’ Roy: The Wayne Ellington Edition 

     

    Once again proving that he’s just an all-around nice guy, Roy Williams sent this text to Wayne Ellington after his 25 point outburst for the Memphis Grizzlies against the Miami Heat Sunday night. From Wayne Ellington’s Instagram feed:

     
    • Jay Rhodes 8:02 pm on November 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Carolina family, like none other.

  • shwineka 4:21 pm on November 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tudor Files 11.7.12 


    Caulton Tudor is a columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. According to his bio, he’s been writing for North Carolina papers for more than 30 years. If you’ve ever been around a sports desk, you know that the most senior guy in the room usually has his own column, and you are not allowed to question his column. Caulton is that guy at the N&O. Good thing we don’t work in newsrooms anymore! These are the Tudor Files……

    Caulton is paying attention to basketball again! It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our buddy in Raleigh. Other than a quick “I have no idea who will win the NCAA tourney” column, he’s been mostly focusing on football. Maybe he’s been focusing on football a bit too much, though? This one was just phoned in.

    One way or the other, this will be one of those benchmark basketball seasons for folks who believe Roy Williams wins big only when he can hit opposing teams over the head with a fistful of NBA first-round draft picks.

    This will be an important season to Roy’s haters whether or not UNC wins a lot of games.

    The North Carolina men’s basketball coach will begin his 10th season at his alma mater with only one player – sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo – rated as a certain first-rounder in the 2013 NBA draft.

    Junior wingman Reggie Bullock is listed by most of the scouting services as a likely first-rounder and several other Tar Heels are routed as eventual first-round possibilities.

    So to recap, this season is important for people who think Roy Williams can only win with lots of NBA talent. He only has one first-round NBA talent guy this year. But then again, he does have another first-round guy and several others who will be first-rounders…….EVENTUALLY.

    Caulton then goes on to say that because UNC lost so many players, Carolina fans are expecting a season like ’05-’06, when UNC outperformed expectations to make the tournament and win a game. Then comes this:

    But there’s one big difference. That 2005-06 team had freshman Tyler Hansbrough but barely stopped Murray State in its first NCAA tournament game before losing to George Mason.

    Clearly it was a masterful job by Williams, who was voted league coach of the year.

    There are so many things wrong with this passage. His “one big difference” here is describing what the ’05-’06 team did in the tournament. That’s not a difference. This year’s team hasn’t played a single game, let alone a tournament game. It’s kind of impossible to make that comparison. He hasn’t even defined some kind of expectations for this year’s Heels. What is this big difference?

    He then says that after barely beating a mid-major then losing to another mid-major that it was “clearly” a masterful job by Williams. So Roy is a good coach?

    Faced with a similar inexperience after Hansbrough led the 2009 team to an NCAA title, Williams provided his critics with some fodder when his 2010 team failed to land an NCAA bid and stumbled to 5-11 in the ACC.

    OHH, so he’s NOT a good coach? Either way, this season will be important to Roy’s haters.

    With a freshman – Marcus Paige – at point guard and a rebuilt interior, this North Carolina team more resembles 2009-10 than 2005-06. Unless, that is, McAdoo is a new Hansbrough.

    I kind of agree that this year’s squad is a little more like ’09-’10 because it doesn’t have any seniors like David Noel in the post. But this is just a ridiculous way of making a comparison. Larry Drew II, while inexperienced, was a sophomore when he started for ’09-’10. Bobby Frasor started his first game as a freshman…..for the ’05-’06 team. So by Caulton’s own logic, this year’s squad would actually be much more like that team.

    If the recruit rankings are on target, Williams’ talent pool is not overwhelming by past standards. …… No one in the group was rated as a top-25 player, much less top-10. 

    Except that the WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SPORTS has Marcus Paige at No. 22.

    This season will be an adventure for Williams, 62. On paper, he doesn’t have Final Four material. For that matter, he doesn’t really have regional top-four seed material.

    So on paper UNC doesn’t even have material to be in the top 16 teams? AP Preseason No. 11.  Coaches Preseason No. 12. 

    I hate this non-argument kind of column. He’s not saying that Roy is a good coach, though he says there’s some evidence to that theory. He’s not saying Roy is a bad coach, though there is some evidence to that theory. He’s just saying, “HEY GUYS, we’re going to add more evidence as to whether Roy is a good coach or bad coach THIS SEASON.” As if there was a season in which that wasn’t the case.  You could say he’s trying to put more stock in this season because Roy doesn’t have “a fistful of NBA talent,” except that he told us in the very beginning that this team does have a fistful of NBA talent. Dumb.

     

     
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  • bwineka 11:55 am on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: 2011-2012 Year in Review 

    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 tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Sweet Sixteen: Ohio

    Elite Eight: Kansas

     

    We fell into a deep depression last spring after falling to the Jayhawks and never made it around to posting the last weekend of games in the NCAA tournament. Here they are in all their glory, and below is a slideshow of every game from the 2011-2012 season. Check below the fold for the game-by-game recap of ties.

    (More …)

     
  • shwineka 11:29 am on January 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-up: FSU dismantles hapless Heels 

    UNC 57, FSU 90

    Box Score

    For one half of basketball Saturday, it looked like UNC would get a nice road test. Yeah, at the close of half the Heels were down, but Tyler Zeller was playing great and Deividas Dulkys was shooting lights out. Surely FSU wouldn’t be able to keep this up for another 20 minutes right?

    Oh, how wrong.

    Dulkys himself continued the destruction going 8-10 from 3-point range on the day, notching a career high. I know it seems like Tar Heel fans are always complaining about someone going off for a career game against them, but COME ON! It happens EVERY year! I digress.

    Anyway, if you watched you know what happened. Carolina never put it together, and actually played worse in the second half, while Florida State couldn’t miss and scored a season-high 90 points. The questions about UNC’s toughness since Saturday are certainly warranted. What team with national title talent goes out and loses by 33 to an unranked team?

    There have also been many questions surrounding Roy’s decision to take his team off the court with 15 seconds left in the game before FSU students stormed the court. It’s the perfect fuel for a seasoned Roy hater like Pat Forde, but I think Stephen Schramm at the Fayetteville Observer takes a better line. Yeah, storming the court is part of college basketball, but as a coach who’s seen his share of court stormings — including this year at UNLV — Roy was thinking about the fact that it only takes one over-zealous fan or one slip-up before the narrative changes. It was unfortunate that the five players were left on the floor, and it you want to get mad at Roy, I guess I can’t argue why you shouldn’t. But him leaving his subs on the floor on purpose? It doesn’t add up. Even Forde admits that “Generally speaking, he has valued his subs and role players.” It was an honest mistake made in the heat of the moment.

    Takeaways

    • UNC’s 3-point shooting woes have continued since the Miami game. The Heels shot a miserable 4-21 for a 19 percent clip. If you are reading this blog you have a pretty good chance of being able to hit 19 percent of your threes. The fact that they took so many was probably driven by the game score, but there is no reason for Kendall Marshall to take five treys. At least he hit one of them, though, as P.J. Hairston went 0-7.
    • Reggie Bullock got a huge minutes spike. Bullock played 23 minutes to Dexter Strickland’s 21, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. Bullock is a better shooter than Strick, and is a better defender than Hairston, so the jump was probably due to the game’s flow.
    • Tyler Zeller had some intensity. Z came to play and seemed he wasn’t going to let the Heels get routed by himself. Then the second half started. He still ended up with a good line for the game, and he fought well on the boards especially.
    • Maybe that nine-game homestand wasn’t such a good idea. It had to be concerting when players said in December that they sometimes struggled to stay focused against lesser competition. The long homestand couldn’t have helped set up the game Saturday.
    • Kendall Marshall had seven turnovers. For the first time in forever, Marshall had more turnovers than assists (4). When his players aren’t hitting their shots it’s going to affect that ratio, but seven turnovers is too many even if he had notched seven assists. The Heels need Marshall to have a cool head on the road, so this is a little troubling.
    • This was probably one of the worst Carolina games in recent memory. The complete lack of intensity by the Heels was disturbing. Carolina just doesn’t — read: shouldn’t — lose by 30. There was an unbelievable performance by Dulkys, yes, but say you reduce his 3-pointers to a typical 40 percent and it only reduced the Carolina deficit to 21 — still a blowout.

    Superlatives

    Player of the Game and Stat Stuffer: Tyler Zeller (14 pts, 14 rebs, 4 blks, 1 stl) For much of the game he seemed to be the only one that gave a damn. He was out of his mind on blocks and rebounds. It’s too bad none of that carried over to the team.

     
  • bwineka 1:19 pm on December 5, 2011 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 tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    We’ve the purple gradient before. It’s something to say the least.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Kentucky, L 72-73 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    (Photos via N&O)

     
  • bwineka 7:35 pm on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-up: Heels on wrong end of classic game 

    UNC 72, UK 73
    It took us a while to get here. There was mourning. Anger. Resentment.
    But we’ve finally made it to acceptance. It was no easy journey. I’m sure we don’t have to tell you that.
    Saturday’s match-up did live up to all its hype. While Ohio State has a case to be in the conversation (especially after dismantling Duke), UNC and UK are the best two teams in the nation and they showed why. One NBA scout in attendance even said it was the best college game he’s ever seen. I assume that means from a scouting standpoint, but it stills says a lot.
    Even in the loss, you had to love this game. There’s a good chance that, much like last year, this won’t be the only showdown between these two big guns.
    Takeaways
    • Senior-year Tyler Zeller has not been playing like junior-year Tyler Zeller. When these teams met in last year’s NCAA tournament, Z exploded for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Saturday he had 14 pts and 4 TOs. That TO number could have been higher too but he was bailed out several times with UNC players picking up loose balls. Besides a stretch near the end of the first half, Zeller looked as if he had regressed 3 seasons, back to his freshman-year self that broke his hand against this same UK team.
    • Speaking of Zeller’s struggles yesterday, that last play must have been one of the worst executions ever. UNC went to Zeller in the paint, who bobbled the ball and was immediately double teamed. This, of course, had only happened about ten times previously in the game. It didn”t make sense to us why the Heels continued to run this while Harrison Barnes, with a hot hand, sat open on the perimeter. I’m normally all for feeding the ball down low for a closer look, especially with someone like Zeller, whom I usually put full faith in. But with yesterday’s circumstances, this is one of those times I question what Roy was thinking going to the big man. It was a miracle the ball even found its way to Henson for a shot attempt. I won’t start on Henson’s attempted fadeaway with a notorious shot-blocker in front of him, UNC’s lack of awareness to foul when UK came down with the ball, or UK’s picking up the ball and literally running toward half-court with no traveling call before time expired. Below is a photo of UK freshman Marquis Teague after he already picked up the ball after eluding several UNC players and going into celebration mode with time still visible on the clock.
    • We don’t mean to pick on Zeller, but considering how he couldn’t seem to catch a ball all afternoon, it’s kind of hard not too. For the record, John Henson’s 10 pts and 8 rebs on 4-11 shooting did not instill any more confidence in the UNC front court. Neither did James McAdoo’s two air balls and general aloofness. It was ironic that in the biggest game of the year, UNCs seemingly biggest strength, it’s big men, were non-existent why it’s biggest weakness, 3-point shooting, was firing on all cylinders.
    • Let’s talk about that some more. UNC shot the lights out from three. The fearless P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock combined to go 5-9 off the bench from beyond the arc, Kendall Marshall has two nice additions after being left alone and Harrison Barnes went 4-5. This is what makes that last play hurt so much more. Open shooters on the perimeter that have been hitting buckets don’t even get a sniff. 11-19 from three is a thing of beauty.
    • Two areas where UNC excels yet completely sucked at yesterday: points in the paint and transition points. UNC had 14 PIP to UK’s 36. UNC also added only four fast break points. Four.
    • We’ve decided Zeller and Henson did not play great. Barnes, Hairston and Bullock shot well from three, but that’s it. Kendall hit some nice open shots and added eight assists, which, has come to be expected. What about the hero of the Wisconsin game Dexter Strickland? He remains to be one of the most inconsistent and frustrating players UNC has seen. One great — amazing to behold, even — play followed by the dumbest decision or lack of focus you’ve witnessed since you began watching your older brother’s Junior Hornets games. Example: losing that ball out of bounds near the UNC bench on the second half off an inbounds pass. He had light pressure on him. Nothing that should have caused that. He missed a dunk on a break. But then he makes a stellar defensive play or drive to the basket and it makes you forget the other indiscretions. Until he repeats himself in some inexcusable manner. It’s a viscous cycle.
    • UNC did not play to its potential. And that’s not saying that UK can’t play better, but that looked about as well as they’re capable of performing. They shot a good percentage. They played great interior defense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showed up in a big way. Terrence Jones had a great (half of a) game. Doron Lamb continues to be the luckiest player in college basketball. UNC is a better basketball team than what it showed as seven point underdogs in a hostile environment against a top-tier team. For playing at home and supposedly being “so” good, UK could have been better. Bias, I know. And that’s not saying that UK isn’t one of the best teams in the country. But UNC could/should have won that game. It was more their loss than UK’s win. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we found out that Kentucky is not better than UNC. Not in any discernible way that would lead us to think we couldn’t beat them if (read: when) we play them in March or April.
    • This by no means is an excuse for the UNC loss, and I just stated that UNC should have won this game on their own merits, but the officiating could have been more consistent, on both ends. As a UNC fan, I enjoy a fast pace with as few as breaks as possible, but considering the clock ran in the second half from the under-16 media timeout until under the 8 minute mark in such a contested game that included many looks into the post – on both sides – and lots of physicality, I find it very hard to believe there wasn’t one instance that warranted a stoppage in play. And considering we went through eight minutes of game time without a clock stoppage, then get ticky-tack fouls like Marshall’s brush on Teague with under three to go, it’s quite frustrating. I already touched on the strange ending of the game that included UK running the ball out while time was still on the clock, but does anyone else remember Kyle Wiltjer’s only basket? After taking two LOOONG steps toward the lane, Wiltjer went up, bobbled the ball – maybe it was tipped by UNC, maybe not, either way Wiltjer never lost possession – came back down with it to then put it back up for a bucket. That is either an up and down or double-dribble. Doron Lamb bobbled the ball on his way to the basket, then regained it with two hands after taking three steps and tossed in the layup. That’s no legal. Again, I know UNC probably got away with some calls too, but it has to be consistent — especially in a highly contested game that comes down to one point.
    • One of the Heels’ best offensive sources in the game, Harrison Barnes, didn’t play the final six minutes of the first half. So it’s encouraging that the final score was only a one-point difference considering he missed several minutes in which he surely would have been involved.
    • Another encouraging thing to watch was UNC’s response to Kentucky’s runs. Any time UK had a burst to challenge UNC’s lead, the Heels would respond with a momentum-killing bucket. For being in such a hostile environment, they really responded well. It’s funny because at times Carolina did seem sort of rattled, but their performance on the court didn’t seem to correlate. Can’t wait to play this team on a neutral court. It has to happen.
    Superlatives
    • Player(s) of the game: Barnes, Hairston and Bullock – For their combined 9-13 shooting from long range. It was the only offense UNC ever had going.
    • Stat-stuffer: Marshall – Henson could have also gotten this for a decent showing but he was a bit too inefficient. Marshall’s block and steal to go with 8 pts and 8 asts get it this time.
    • Harping award: To The Rafters – Because we’re back on the referees. John Calipari was literally on the court two feet away from UNC and UK players on several occasions and nothing was done about it. C’mon son.
     
  • shwineka 4:00 pm on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-Up: UNC makes free throws, beats Wisconsin 

    UNC 60, Wisconsin 57

    Box Score

    For most of the game against Wisconsin last night, Carolina seemed to be lacking any sort of direction. The Heels were hustling O.K., and they were actually rebounding alright, but especially on offense, they seemed out of sorts. They made a nice second half run to go up nine points, but then allowed a Badger run to bring the game back close. Wisconsin was luckily shooting dismally from beyond the arc, and so UNC went into the half up one point.

    The second half was more like two vastly different quarters. The Heels came out a little flat and a 12-6 Wisconsin run put the Badgers up five, which doesn’t sound like a ton of points, until you factor in UW’s dreadfully slow pace and typically efficient offense and defense. At the time, the lead seemed more like 10. Things changed, however, about halfway through the half. Dexter Strickland started playing the most lockdown D we’ve seen all season from any Tar Heel, and he was playing it on Jordan Taylor, the preseason All-American point guard for Wisconsin. Taylor couldn’t even get his hands on the ball some possessions. At the same time, while John Henson continued to pull down boards, we had our first Black Falcon sighting of the year. Harrison Barnes’ body language shifted dramatically from a frustrated, hobbled star to a dominant force. He scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help put UNC over the top and able to withstand a late Badgers run. Oh, and how did UNC finally take the lead for good? Free throws, the seeming Achilles Heel of the preseason No. 1 team, weren’t a problem as Carolina hit 16-18 after the break. It was certainly a close game, but a last-second, desperation 3-pointer is what made the final score a 3-point win instead of six.

    Takeaways

    • Most importantly, the fight seemed to be back after the loss to UNLV. There were stretches of very, very ugly basketball, but sometimes that’s what it takes to get the W, especially in March. Carolina’s non-conference schedule is something of a bear this year, so it’s nice to see the Heels fight through it. The experience will serve them well in ACC play and the postseason.
    • Dexter Strickland is both awe-inspiring and maddening at the same time. Watching him just BLANKET Jordan Taylor was a thing of beauty. Taylor was running all over the floor trying to get open, but after Strickland began guarding him in the second half (Marshall did for most of the first) he couldn’t get Wisconsin’s offense operating at it’s usually efficient pace. He stuck a few jumpers and created a steal leading to his signature one-man fast break. He also inexplicably touch fouled on his way to  four personals and attempted to drive for a layup against four, yes four, Wisconsin defenders — all of which had a size advantage on him. Love what Dex brings to the team, but really wish his decision making was a little more consistent.
    • Barnesbot left the building and Black Falcon entered. As was stated above, Barnes took over offensively in the second half. The mid-range game was working, and he shot 2-3 from beyond the arc. He was also crashing the boards and driving to get fouled, hitting 6-7 free throws. We all know Harrison’s penchant for slow starts, but maybe he got over that with this game. It couldn’t come at a better time with Kentucky looming Saturday. One lapse though, was that Barnes was apparently supposed to be guarding Taylor at the end of regulation, when Taylor got a wide open look for a 3-pointer. Roy understandably ripped Harrison on the other end of the floor. With Wisconsin’s last second heave going in, had Taylor’s shot fallen there would have been overtime.
    • Kendall Marshall definitely did not like the slow pace. He threw some of his patented full-court heaves into the hands of red jerseys on several occasions. The Badgers were getting back faster and in greater number than probably any opponent he’s seen in his college career. Over the course of the game though, he seemed to adjust to that and didn’t commit turnovers late.
    • John Henson had a mandate on the boards. Something tells me that Ol’ Roy had a little chat with the froncourt after UNC had been outrebounded three times this year, and in particular against UNLV. Henson took it to heart in grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds. He ended up a bucket shy of a double-double, but if he loses a little scoring to grab that many boards then the Heels are better for it.
    • Tyler Zeller has disappeared. After dominating — and there really is no other word for it — opponents in prior games, against UNLV and Wisconsin Zeller sometimes seemed out of it. He only took five field goals in the Wisconsin game and six in the UNLV game, and that needs to change. Some of it against Wisconsin was his teammates having a hard time feeding him due to the Badgers D, but for a smooth 7-footer with a nice hook shot to only take 5 shots is criminal. Marshall mentioned that in the second half Barnes “gots that look on his face” and began demanding the ball. Zeller needs to demand the ball more as well. He’s a great scorer, and he should show it.
    • P.J. Hairston injured his wrist and won’t be able to play against Kentucky. This is a blow. Hairston was starting to come on and his shooting will be missed on Saturday.
    • Roy took his jacket off. We haven’t seen this in a while. Between his BB gun comment earlier this week and now the jacket shedding, it’s clear Roy is fired up this season.

    Superlatives

    Player of the Game: Dexter Strickland (9 pts, 2 rebs) He didn’t put up much of a stat line, but his defensive effort on Taylor made all the difference in the dogfight. Without Strickland, UNC loses last night.

    Stat Stuffer: John Henson (8 pts, 17 rebs, 5 blks, 2 asts, 1 stl) The Big Smile regains his thrown. He also notched his first steal of the season, nice.

    Sweet Dime: Marshall’s lob to Zeller. Yeah, he threw a couple of these away, but he connected on a 90-foot, one-armed quarterback bomb in the first half. I taped the game so hopefully I’ll get a video of this up sometime.

     
  • bwineka 11:23 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams rips jacket off against Wisconsin 

    Thanks to the N&O for capturing this.

     
  • bwineka 11:17 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Wisconsin 

    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 tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Roy has favored this combo in the past and it has been serviceable. Always nice to see sans jacket too.

    Pinstriped suit, solid tie, striped shirt, pocket square. F’ing snazzy.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    (Photos via N&O, InsideCarolina)

     
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