Catching Up With North Carolina
Here's what the Tar Heels have accomplished in the two and a half weeks since their last meeting with Maryland:
- They've won four games, two of which were on the road.
- They've gotten over the fact Marcus Ginyard, Will Graves and any semblence of backcourt depth won't be coming back this season.
- They've further distanced themselves from two January losses that are appearing more and more like hiccups as the weeks pass.
- They've had their mettle tested while grinding out their last two wins.
- They've gained a 7-foot-0, 220-pound post player in freshman Tyler Zeller, who recently returned from a broken left wrist.
Oh, and their aw-shucks coach has even begun cussing in public.
"We stink at it," Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams said of his team's full-court press defense after North Carolina's 89-80 win over N.C. State on Wedneday.
Then he was asked why.
"If I knew the answer to that do you think we'd still be (expletive) stinking?" he asked.
Williams later apologized and asked that reporters "strike that F-word."
Clearly, North Carolina has a weakness, and clearly, it bugs the head coach. Senior forward Tyler Hansbrough told reporters after the N.C. State win that Williams has been using expletives with greater frequency during practices of late.
What does this mean for the Terps? Well, at the very least it means they should be able to get the ball across mid-court. Then again, they were able to do that Tuesday night against a Clemson squad known for possessing a stingy press defense and that didn't exactly turn out well for Gary Williams's squad.
I'll post Williams's thoughts on facing the Tar Heels again after this afternoon's media availability, but what are your thoughts on how the Terps will fare in round two against the No. 3 team in the nation?
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