A hot North Carolina team is set to take on an even hotter Miami (FL) team tomorrow, and get their first shot at their arch rival, Duke Blue Devils, on Wednesday. These next two games are the biggest two games on the Tar Heels’ schedule, and will show what Carolina is made of this season.
They have struggled on the road all year, and will have to take on both Miami and Duke on the road. Carolina has already lost to the Hurricanes at home this year, and are looking for revenge when they tip off tomorrow afternoon.
The Tar Heels enter tomorrow with a record of 16-6 and 6-3 in the ACC. They have won six of their last seven since they lost to a Miami team without Reggie Johnson. Although Carolina is not on the bubble of the NCAA tournament, they are certainly not a lock for the big dance. Two straight losses can definitely slide them to on the bubble or on the outside looking in, with only eight games left in the regular season.
These next two games provide high quality and resume-building opponents. If the Tar Heels can pull off a win or even two wins, they will have done their job. A win over a top-10 team will make their resume strong enough to get into the big dance, as long as they don’t blow it in the end of the season.
They have the talent to beat both teams, but the question is do they play with enough intensity to come out on top. James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock need to continue their strong play, or they may be headed back to the NIT.
Big-time players come to play in big-time games, and we will see who steps up for Carolina in these next two games.