Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

Yes, it’s the 100th episode spectacular and it also happens to be the end-of-the-year awards show. Who will win best dunk, best assist and of course, the coveted best hair? We also hand out grades to every member on the team. And in Duke sucks, Grant Hill says something weird about why people hate the Blue Devils.

James Michael McAdooHe just announced he’s heading for the NBA.

“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a statement released by the school on Thursday. “I had chances to go after my freshman and sophomore years but was more excited about coming back to school then. Right now I am excited about fulfilling my dream to play in the NBA and do what I have to do to take that next step.”

This is slightly surprising. McAdoo hasn’t quite progressed as far as some thought he was supposed to. His jump shot is still a work in progress, his accuracy from the line is terrible and he doesn’t really have a go-to post move. At the next level, it feels like he’s going to be stuck in that gray zone between a 3 and 4. He doesn’t shoot well enough to play the 3, but then, he’s probably not big enough to play the 4. On the plus side, he’s incredibly strong and athletic. He runs the floor, has a decent handle and never seems to give less than maximum effort. Also, he once had a sweet beard.

As I said on the podcast, returning for his senior year would have perhaps been a bit humiliating for him. After all, this was a guy who was tagged as a top 5 draft pick after his freshman year. For him to stay 4 years would have signaled to everyone that he’s been moving backwards and that his potential didn’t quite pan out.

Best of luck to him in the NBA. He was always fun to watch, though sometimes frustrating. Maybe his best contribution to Carolina basketball was playing a big role in saving this past season. When the team started in an 0-3 hole in conference play, it was McAdoo who refused to give up. He put the team on his back and showed them how it to win games, if not always through scoring, then through effort — getting steals, grabbing big boards, taking charges. He’ll certainly be missed and the team would have been better with him next year.

That said, it’s going to be fun to start imagining what the starting line-up will be next year without him…

Today’s pool

March 31, 2014

Marcus Paige has already announced that’s he’s returning next year. What about JMM? What do you think?

This is too great

March 24, 2014

What great spirit and class these students showed. I doubt it completely killed the pain of the loss, but it had to dull it a little. It’s also interesting that Roy Williams says this season was the most satisfying for him as long as he’s been coaching.

It’s the special post-tournament edition. That kind of stunk, eh? We’ve also got a Duke sucks this week that involves the Blue Devils and their habit of choking at historical proportions.

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  • After two straight subpar outings, the Heels clearly came to play for this one.
  • This was probably among the most stressful games in recent UNC history. Ulcer.
  • Truly inspired play by Paige, McAdoo and Johnson.
  • Four months ago, if someone had told you a tournament game would come down to McAdoo at the line, you would have fainted.
  • Providence was such an annoying one-man team.
  • I don’t think I saw a single pundit who picked Carolina to win this one. Roll on back behind your desks, “experts.”
  • Great to see Meeks return to form.
  • Tokoto had some really beautiful assists. Much credit to him.
  • Should we discuss the Providence coach’s hair? No? OK.

Today’s fun GIF

March 17, 2014

Here’s Coach K drawing a T for throwing his pen during the ACC tournament final. He later said he had no idea why got hit with the tech and said the call was “shameful” and “ridiculous.” He also said throwing the pen wasn’t a reaction to anything. Except that you can see him arguing with the ref, staring him down, then throwing the pen.

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It would probably be best to never talk about that ACC tournament performance again, but we can’t help ourselves. We also look ahead to the Big Dance. Can Carolina squeak past higher seeds and make it to the Sweet 16? Seeing as how we know nothing about first opponent Providence, we’ve got a quiz. Finally in the Duke Sucks segment, we return to something we overlooked last week that has helped Andy decide upon his least favorite Dookie.

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  • If that game had ended with 7 minutes left in the second half, it would have ranked as one of the most lifeless, embarrassing outings in the history of UNC basketball.
  • What is there even to say?
  • Killed on the boards.
  • No energy.
  • No toughness.
  • Awful foul shooting.
  • Kennedy Meeks: nothing.
  • Leslie McDonald: nothing.
  • Officating: awful.
  • Great effort at the end, but that couldn’t overcome the awfulness that was the first 33 minutes.
  • This really does not bode well for the NCAA tournament. The team had better get back on track in a hurry and find someone else besides Paige who can score on a consistent basis, or they’re going to lose in the first game.

Here’s that gif we were talking about on this week’s episode of the podcast. Pretty funny. After UNC beat the Blue Devils, Duke coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie refuses to slap hands with Carolina players. Their reactions are priceless.

 
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