The North Carolina Tar Heels, a team ranked 12th in the country, is really searching for answers this early into the season as they get stunned at home by the Belmont Bruins 83-80.
The Tar Heels look like an overrated team as their record is now 2-1 without P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald as I expect them to be near the bottom, or out of the top-25 when the polls come out.
“It’s what it is,” Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams noted about Hairsto and McDonald being out via ESPN.com. “Everybody’s trying to do their best. We’re trying to move along.”
The Tar Heels, entering the season, are clearly lacking the offense they envision under Williams. I know they scored 80 points today, but they were terrible on the perimeter as they shot 28 percent from three-point land.
Don’t even get me started on the Tar Heels’ free-throw shooting. It’s amazing that the Tar Heels attempted 48 free throws in the game on 45.8-percent shooting. To me, watching the game, it was obvious that the Tar Heels got some home cooking from the refs, which makes it funny that they still lost.
The Tar Heels still have a lot of young talent with sophomores, and freshmen such as Nate Britt, Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson who will bring some inexperience, allowing teams they are supposed to beat to stay in the game.
Good luck to the Tar Heels as things stand right now because they are going to need it.
A Williams’ coached team has never really been great on defense, and now that the offense is showing some weakness, they have to figure out who they are as team quickly, because it may be too late when conference play comes around.