The North Carolina Tar Heels haven’t lived up to preseason expectations thus far. But after starting 0-2 in the ACC, Roy Williams’ team has won three straight heading into a highly anticipated match-up against the N.C. State Wolfpack tonight.
This North Carolina team has lacked the depth and maturity to succeed early in the year. The Tar Heels have one of the youngest rosters in the country, ranking 308th in experience. This is also a Roy Williams coached team that has a completely different scheme from years past. The Heels’ have become a perimeter squad, and lack the big man down low that is going to wear an opponent out and get them in foul trouble.
James Michael McAdoo, where you at?
McAdoo was overwhelmed with preseason hype and hasn’t quite turned into the dominant, game-changer that North Carolina fans wanted to see right away. Every good thing takes time, and McAdoo has been producing better during the Tar Heels three-game win streak. I expect him to grow with the rest of the team, and eventually emerge as the leading big man in the ACC.
A victory over the Wolfpack would be monumental for this youthful North Carolina team. They need a statement win, we still have yet to discover their identity. N.C. State is excellent offensively, but as of late, the Tar-heels have played pretty decent defense. This could pay huge dividends for North Carolina tonight.
The key for the Heels’ is to get Reggie Bullock going early. The junior guard has become the face of this 2013 team. Bullock is averaging 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. Over the last two games, he is shooting better than 50 percent.
This will not be an easy task by any means, but I like the Tar Heels to upset the N.C. State on the road. A victory like this could very well alter the course of North Carolina’s season and put the Heels’ back in the national spotlight.
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