The North Carolina Tar Heels are an outstanding collegiate sports program. But their men’s basketball team has always been the pride and joy of the university. This team has won five national championships and has many elite players move on to the NBA (National Basketball Association) such as Michael Jordan and James Worthy who were some of the best players in the NBA of all time. This team lost to an upcoming Butler squad, the former #1 team in the country, Indiana, a Texas squad, having one of its worst years, by 18 points, and Virginia who lost their best player last year and an overall inferior team to the Tar Heels. As UNC begins its ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) play they already have four losses and have to play well to secure a top spot in the NCAA tournament. They will have to face #1 Duke, # 20 North Carolina State, a tough Florida State squad, as well as Maryland and Miami. This team already lost to Virginia, a team they will have to play again, so they will have to get their act together and quickly to save their season.
Roy Williams came over from the University of Kansas to coach the Tar Heels and has been an excellent coach there. This team lost four players to the NBA draft last year, and all the players were drafted in the 1st round. These four players accounted for most of the team’s scoring, assists, and rebounding. The starting three frontcourt players all were drafted as was the team’s point guard. James Michael McAdoo was supposed to be this year’s star player but he hasn’t lived up to that expectation. He has been the team’s best player but very inconsistent and hasn’t always showed on the defensive end of the floor. Reggie Bullock has been a threat from the three point arc throughout the year and he has been a great defender. He recently suffered a concussion so hopefully he can bounce back strong from that. Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland, both coming back from season ending injuries in their junior seasons, were expected to display leadership, but this team lacks it. Freshman Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, J.P Tokoto, and Joel James were supposed to add more to the table and they are underperforming as well. This team hasn’t lived up to its reputation and will have to perform strong to deliver for the North Carolina faithful. Can the Tar Heels righten the ship or will they sink into regularity with other colleges across the country?