North Carolina Tar Heels Playing Well As A Team

By Gregory Philson
James Michael McAdoo
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels came into last week with quite the load of ACC games and opponents lined up. The Tar Heels survived in Tallahassee against the Florida State Seminoles after coming back from eight points down and going on to win going away. Then, the Duke Blue Devils came down to Chapel Hill and broke out with an 11-point lead. North Carolina shifted defenses back-and-forth from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 zone, came back and also beat the Devils going away. Finally, on Saturday at the Dean Dome, North Carolina came out against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons more like tjey had a week off rather than less than 48 hours of rest and laid down a beating.

North Carolina has won nine straight games after starting 1-4 in the ACC and now looks like one of the best teams in the conference, if not in all of college basketball. North Carolina is doing this because they are getting contributions from many different sources in a variety of ways.

Whether it is the clutch scoring of Marcus Paige, the all-around game of James Michael McAdoo, or the defense of J.P. Tokoto, someone always seems to provide the energy needed to pull off this kind of streak. Kennedy Meeks is now an absolute beast of a post player now and Leslie McDonald now looks like a player who is confident in every way.

Obviously, all of this will be forgotten if coach Roy Williams‘ Tar Heels do not make a run in the NCAA tournament. However, if North Carolina plays like they have been during the last month, it is hard to think the Tar Heels will suffer an upset. Teams like Florida and Wichita State may be playing as well as North Carolina, but neither team can make an argument that they are playing better. Both have had some close calls over the past few weeks and easily could have lost.

North Carolina is coming into form at the exact right time of the season. When March comes in like a lion, the Tar Heels might be the team with the biggest roar.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC college basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

Read more here.

You May Also Like