Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

Ever wonder who’s Carolina’s best defender or why Harrison Barnes got so much better in the second half of the season? Stats guru Adrian Atkinson drops by to dish on what the numbers say from last season. Plus, he’s got a surprise in store for who was the team’s +/- loser. And Dook sucks this week because its bench is getting mighty crowded with wash-outs.

Pick up Adrian’s annual publication Tar Heel Tip-Off this fall at Harris Teeter, Barnes & Noble or online at maplestreetpress.com

Well, this is just plain madness.

NBAdraft.net has put together its mock draft for 2012, and it has Harrison Barnes and James McAdoo going second and third. McAdoo, who has yet to play a minute in college, is projected to go higher than Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger or Duke’s incoming phenom Austin Rivers.

Can this be for real? We know people are high on  McAdoo, but are they this high? If he’s even half this good, Carolina should have no problem winning the national title next season.

As for Harrison Barnes, we’re not even certain he’ll go pro after this year. His returning to school after last season seems to suggest that he’s about more than making quick money in the NBA. He’s in this for the long term and, as he’s always said, he values leaving a lasting legacy at Carolina. And that may mean a national title.

The coach addressed his future while playing this week at a charity golf tournament. Sounds like he could be around for another ten years at least — or long enough to win two more titles, at the rate he’s going.

“As long as my health holds, I’d like to go another six to 10 years at least, but I am enjoying the dickens out of it,” he said.

“I am 60 years old now. Coach (Dean) Smith stopped at 66. He told me he didn’t want me to stop that early, so that’s the reason I picked the number six. I picked 10 … no reason, round numbers. I don’t want to be out there at 71 or 72 if I don’t have my health.”

Photographer Graham Terhune has posted a few portraits of the team that he took down at the Dean Dome. Since this is the offseason, I guess the guys have to be in street clothes. It’s kind of cooler that way.

Over on ESPN, Andy Katz has posted his preview of the 2011-12 season, and he’s got the Heels solidly on top.

The Tar Heels return a foursome of players that will be hard to match by any other team, save Kentucky, with Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. Adding James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston to an already-deep roster makes the Tar Heels a loaded crew for next season. UNC coach Roy Williams is in a position to win his third national championship since 2005, which would tie him with UConn’s Jim Calhoun and behind only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke on the active title list.

Butter gets down

May 11, 2011

Check out this amusing video of Dexter Strickland trying to teach Kendall Marshall how to dance. First, Butter gets a rep for not being able to dunk. Now he’s gonna be known as the guy who can’t dance.

Whoa. This is a huge shock. Gary Williams is reportedly retiring from Maryland after 22 seasons. The coach took a lot of heat last year when his team struggled, ultimately finishing 7-9 in the conference and failing to make the NCAA tourney. Still. Williams has a national title, and he consistently recruits NBA-quality or near players. Terp fans better be careful what they wish for. I smell a Herb Sendek situation. The coach that comes in may help them appreciate the coach that went out.

Hey, maybe Maryland could hire Sidney Lowe. He’s already got a lot of red sportwear.

If you do, you’ll be greeted with a recording of Tyler Hansbrough reading “Chicken Little.”
The reading is all part of a partnership between the Indiana Pacers and the local library to get kids to read. Previously, Dahntay Jones read “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” Josh McRoberts tackled “I Am Not Going To Get Up Today,” Roy Hibbert recited “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and Paul George did “Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!”
How does Hansbrough do? Let’s just say Ty might no’t have a future in reading audio books, were he to have a career-ending injury.

If you’d rather not call the hotline, you can listen to the complete recording here.

As he proved a few times in the now-concluded series against the Bulls, Tyler Hansbrough is a beast. He is probably one of the most physical, hard-charging players out there. Take a look at this pretty great highlight video rounding up many of his hustle plays and hard dunks when he still wore a Carolina uniform. Watching it proves once again what we’ve always said: Tyler is the greatest guy in the world to play with, but if he were on the other team, you would hate him more than anything. We’re glad he’s our guy.

Now it’s Will Graves’ turn. The former Heel, who’s playing over in Japan, dabbles in hip-hop occasionally. He’s just released a song honoring his late grandfather, who Will says was the reason he went to Carolina. Take a listen here.

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