It was another tough loss for the Heels with the game against Wake. So what exactly happened? Where will the Heels finish in the ACC? Also, we’ve got some New Year’s resolutions for the team. In Duke Sucks this week, K shows his true colors in a loss to his “friend.”
As the non-conference season draws to a close, we talk about the PJ Hairston situation a little more, try and figure out what the team’s real personality is, and give a little love to Isaiah Hicks. Also, we’ve got a weird stat we’ve created for Brice Johnson, and in the Duke Sucks segment, Kyle Singler has a new haircut and looks like he should be playing bass for New Order in 1983. Be afraid. Email us at email@example.com
It’s an abbreviated “Andy Is Flying Solo” episode this week as Reed is traveling for the holidays. He tells you what he knows about PJ, discusses Leslie’s return to the court and tries to make sense of the Texas loss and Davidson near-loss. Has Hyde returned or is the team just adjusting to a reworked lineup? Of course you can’t have a podcast without a Duke Sucks segment. This week – Andy warns you about something stinking up the satellite radio waves.
- Losing is never great, but it’s hard to completely hate on this one. The Heels made a nice effort to storm back at the end and just fell short.
- Foul shooting has now gone from an annoyance to a straight-up nightmare. Literally every game the team has lost this season has been down to a terrible percentage at the line. The team finished 51%. They shoot 60% and they win.
- Yeah, we’re biased, but there were some shockingly bad calls in this game, including the one at the end where the Texas player clearly grabbed the basket and helped a shot fall. There were a few other phantom fouls on Tar Heels that were equally bad.
- Really nice to have McDonald back. Who knew he was going to contribute that much? It was pretty clear he took his suspension hard and did actually learn a lesson. He came ready to play and to help the team.
- Someone, anyone, get a rebound.
- Brice Johnson missed a bunch of shots he’d usually make and seemed to have a bit of an off night. He hits those, we win.
- With James out and McDonald in, the rotation was kind of weird. We saw some line-ups we haven’t seen all season.
- The 3-2 zone is pretty great, especially when you’ve got someone like Isaiah Hicks up top, with his long arms and quick feet making passing a chore for opponents.
- If you discount the foul shooting (and at this point, we’re just gonna have to), McAdoo had another nice game. He was aggressive in the right places, didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t often settle for jump shots. He seems to be settling into an identity now, and it’s a good one and one that no one else on the team has.
- Rick Barnes looks really waxy. Anyone else notice that? Seriously, look at him. Waxy. It’s weird.
- And Roy’s jacket finally comes off in the 10th game of the season.
Big news today. Leslie McDonald has been cleared to play, possibly as soon as tonight’s game against Texas. This is obviously huge news. McDonald has struggled in seasons past against quality teams, but literally ANYTHING he can give the team from 3 will be a gigantic help. It’ll keep the defense honest and maybe keep opponents from completely shutting down Paige from long range.
Will Leslie start? Our guess is no. But maybe if he proves himself in his first few games back, he might earn that privilege. No more mouth-guard ads, dude.
As for PJ Hairston, the news is not good. Yahoo is reporting that he’ll leave school and declare for the NBA draft. This has been the rumor all season, that the NCAA basically banned him for the whole year and UNC has been trying to get the punishment reduced. Seems like that won’t be happening and PJ is gone. Ah, well. The Heels are 7-2 without him and would be undefeated were it not some horrific efforts from the foul line, so we’ll take our chances with this team going forward.
This week, Reed and Andy still can’t believe that the Heels went 3-0 against the top 3 teams in the pre-season poll. James Michael McAdoo stepped up against the Wildcats – and so did the home crowd. More “Buy, Sell or Hold” this week as we take stock in the bench players. Duke has come up with the suckiest marketing campaign ever.
- Again, that was kind of unexpected. What a weird season this is shaping up to be.
- The crowd at the Dean Dome sounded amazing. Cheering, standing up, wearing the white T-shirts. Excellent energy.
- McAdoo had a really good game. Took his time, made good drives, took good shots, played within the team. Maybe he’s finally finding his role.
- Alex Poythress done got his ankles broke.
- Rod Strickland’s eyes are still kinda weird.
- It got a little tiresome with Kentucky’s guards driving the lane and just jumping into the defense, hoping something good would happen. More than likely a foul was called.
- The zone has been working pretty nicely for UNC this season. Maybe play it a bit more? Don’t treat it like switching to zone is some sort of failure?
- Another nice game for Jackson Simmons, who continues to make the most of his limited minutes.
- The stats services probably don’t measure it, but McAdoo easily has the highest foul shot arc in the entire NCAA.
This week, Reed and Andy admit that they somehow didn’t see that stunning win at Michigan State coming. Which is the real team? The one that has two wins over the top three or the one that stunk up the joint at home and on the road against lesser teams? If each player in the starting lineup was a stock, would you buy, sell or hold? In the Duke Sucks segment, K has cleared some cap room and Andy makes a prediction on who is next.