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Carolina Shows They Belong

The North Carolina Tar Heels fell to the Duke Blue Devils 79-73 at Cameron Inndoor Stadium.

Duke was the favored team, so really it shouldn’t be any surprise. What was surprising was how UNC dominated the first half. John Hensen and Tyler Zeller dominated down low, and Harrison Barnes was shooting well. Duke came out roaring and recieved two huges games from Nolan Smith and Seth Curry. UNC showed their youth in the final minutes trying to keep their poise from the Duke comeback.

Kendall Marshall was named the starting PG by Roy Williams six games ago. Larry Drew III apparently was very upset and decided to leave the team. Behind Marshall, UNC started playing like, well, like UNC again. Barnes  started showing the skill everyone knew he had, Zeller and Hensen have become more dominant down low, and shooters such as Donald Strickland and Leslie McDonald have been making more shots. North Carolina won five in a row before falling to Duke, including dominating wins over teams like Florida State and Boston College.

UNC should be able to go at least 5-2 or 6-1(heck, maybe 7-0!) to finish the stretch of regular season games before tournament time arrives. They finish with a game versus Duke at home on March 5th. UNC will continue to get better playing behind Marshall, and will come together more as a team because of it. Their youth will be their weakpoint, but if this team comes together like a lot of people think they can, they can be a dangerous team come tourney time.

North Carolina is back, baby!


10 responses to “Carolina Shows They Belong

  1. berger987 February 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m sorry, but I think Duke will take em by 15 the next time they play. Duke turned back into Duke in the 2nd half, and the next game, I think you’ll see that in the 1st as well as the 2nd half.

  2. ande22 February 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Last nights game means nothing. If Pittsburgh had come back in the second half of the Super Bowl and won, would it still have meant something for Green Bay that they had won? No. Yea yea, UNC stuck with Duke, leading 14 at the break. A good team holds that lead. A great team trailing by 14 at the break comes back and wins that game. UNC is still an average team, they finally have a point guard so that helps, but they aren’t a contender.

  3. berger987 February 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    especially with the ACC like it is this year.

  4. dmills14 February 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    What I have pretty much said for this article is that UNC no longer is a push-over like last year. This is a team you probably won’t want to face come tourney time. And I don’t think Duke will roll over them. It’ll be another close game.

  5. berger987 February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I wouldn’t care if Xavier drew UNC come tourney time. I mean, it’s a test, but it’s not like I’m shaking in my boots. I guess I misunderstood then. I thought when you exclaimed North Carolina is back, baby!, I thought you meant back to the powerhouse they usually are, not just not a push-over anymore.

  6. dmills14 February 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Haha yeah I guess the back baby didn’t exactly work too well there huh? lol. They aren’t the powerhouse, yet. Not this year. Next year we could see powerhouse UNC. They should get some top recruits and, don’t quote me on this beacuse I’m not 100% sure, they shouldn’t lose much to the draft.

  7. berger987 February 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    From the looks of it on, it looks like Barnes and Henson are going to enter. Idk if you think that’s a lot, cuz i don’t know, but I’m just saying.

  8. dmills14 February 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I doubt Barnes goes in the draft.

  9. dmills14 March 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Told ya so? 🙂

  10. berger987 March 5, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Just because they have duke’s number…

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