Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

CBS has an article up providing an early preview of the conference for 2014-15, and things will be a bit different (as seems to be the case every year now) with the departure of Maryland and the addition of Louisville. There will also be several new faces on the sidelines, including Danny Manning at Wake Forest. As to how the teams will finish? Here’s their prediction.

  1. Duke
  2. North Carolina
  3. Louisville
  4. Virginia
  5. Pittsburgh

Seems reasonable enough, although giving Duke the nod when they will once again lean heavily on freshmen seems a little far-fetched. The Blue Devils had Jabari Parker last year and still managed to fizzle.

As for Carolina, the article claims, “Kennedy Meeks could be the X-factor in terms of ACC title contention.” That’s probably true. With the departure of James Michael McAdoo, Meeks is going to have to really put up some numbers down low for the Heels to succeed. The season is only five months away!

Here’s a pretty good pre-draft interview with the former Carolina guard. Gotta say, I’m a bit surprised at how humble and honest Hairston comes off. Maybe he has learned his lesson? P.J. gets asked about his problems at Carolina and what he’s going to tell NBA execs when they question his integrity. His answer is vague but seems truthful. “I made mistakes.” What else can anyone say?
Watch it here.

HARRISON BARNES!

April 21, 2014

The second-year NBA player has definitely had his ups and downs, losing his starting spot and occasionally disappearing. But not in the playoffs. Barnes helped seal Golden State’s victory by blocking a Chris Paul lay-up then coming down the other end and knocking down a 3. He then strutted his butt off. Deadspin has a nice write-up and video.
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The country singer posted a photo on Instagram holding a copy of Duke Sucks with the caption, “Hi I’m Chase Rice…and I’m a Tar Heel.” Not sure where he was or what the occasion was, but we’ll take it. And Chase, get in touch. We can swing a deal where we sell the book at your merch table. Or maybe concertgoers get a free copy with every 9th beer purchased. Just spitballin’ here.
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That’s the rumor. Apparently he tied the knot last week to a UNC volleyball player named Lauren Adkins. This is her.

Congratulations to him, if this is the case. It would also help explain why he decided to enter the draft. Very similar situation to Reggie Bullock, who became a father during his final year at school.

It seems slightly early to be making projections about next year when so many of this year’s crop of marquee players haven’t yet announced whether they’re staying or leaving, but that didn’t stop ESPN. They’ve posted their preliminary look at next season. Arizona is projected to be #1, with Duke at #2. Carolina is #6, mostly on the strength of Marcus Paige and a stellar recruiting class.

Leslie McDonald graduated and James Michael McAdoo declared for the NBA draft, and those are the only two departures Roy Williams has to worry about. In other words, the Tar Heels are going to be good. Marcus Paige came of age in his sophomore year. McAdoo’s departure creates room (and loads of deserved touches) for uber-efficient Brice Johnson. That swap may be addition by subtraction. Then there is addition by addition: Williams has the No. 3-ranked class en route to Chapel Hill, which includes Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry, none of whom ranks lower than third at his respective perimeter position. With Paige running the show, UNC will be within range of national title contention once more.

THBTHD Award Winners

April 4, 2014

On episode 100, we handed out our awards for this past season, and here they are. Congratulations to all the winners. Your fruit basket is in the mail.

BEST DUNK
If you guessed it came from Tokoto, you’d be right. He was really the only one on the team in the running. Every jam of his this season was pretty spectacular, making it hard to settle on just one. That said, the UNC-W flush wins the prize, followed closely by one in the UNC-G game.

There are two candidates in this game, one at the :54 mark, another at 1:05.

BEST ASSIST
Technically, Marcus Paige didn’t get the assist, but his save on the ball made this play against NC State possible.

BEST TWEET
This was another tough category, but in the end, we settled on Brice Johnson’s series of bizarre tweets when Marcus Paige announced he was returning to school.

BEST HAIR
Had to go with McAdoo’s patchy beard that he grew through the Heels’ late-season run.
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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?

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