Yeah, we know, most of these kinds of posts come out BEFORE the new year hits, but with a potential moment-creating game in UNLV occurring on Dec. 29, we couldn’t write our homage to 2012 before that or we’d have missed out on one of the top 10. So before the end of the world!… (Editor’s note: Sam, you imbecile, that already happened, too.) let’s count down the Top Tar Heel moments of 2012:
Roy REALLY IS a nice guy!
Roy 31-ups Calipari on the recruting trail
The Nashville Rankings were good, just not as good as the ones getting the recognition below.
10. Podcast history is made
Or forever tarnished depending on which way you look at it. But yeah, shameless plug, we started a podcast.
9. Dexter Strickland says he’s not concerned with N.C. State
Ha! Dex told CBS that he’s never lost to State so he wasn’t going to be worried about facing them again this season.
8. A new villain has risen
Lots of things went wrong for UNC last season. The worst: Creighton. Of course it has to be a private school that wears blue. Creighton, you have been forever scorned by the Tar Heel faithful.
7. UNC comes back at UVA to pull out win
This was a close game but it proved that the 2011-’12 squad had the toughness to grind out a win – when they were entirely healthy, natch.
6. Carolina avenges loss to Duke by thrashing them 88-70 in Cameron
After a back-breaking loss in the Dean Dome, the Heels returned the favor in Durham in a game that was never in question.
5. UNC Beats UNLV 79-73
This one should be fresh! Just when people were starting to write off this Tar Heels squad as destined for the NIT, it beat a very talented UNLV team by leading practically the whole game and being short one of its best players in Reggie Bullock. Hope springs eternal in 2013.
4. The Rafters released its ‘The Wire’ Power rankings!
Monumental television met monumental sports analogy prowess and produced this.
3. Tyler Zeller named ACC Player of the Year
Tyler Zeller got the deserving nod as ACC Player of the Year after putting up some crazy – and crazy improved at that – numbers in his senior season.
2. Roy Williams gets past health scare and “plans to coach for a while”
Roy had a tumor removed from his kidney, which proved to be noncancerous. Despite the health scare, he said he plans to coach 6-10 more years, ensuring the Heels will have steadfast leadership and recruiting for the foreseeable future.
1. Classic Duke game ends in loss
OK, so it’s not exactly a shining moment of victory, but the Duke game in Chapel Hill, in which Austin Rivers hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Carolina will go down as one of the best in an historic rivalry. So it’s a top moment.