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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?

By Steve Yanda  |  February 20, 2009; 7:35 AM ET
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As you might exepct, Steve, my thoughts are that the Terps have NO chance against UNC the second time around.

Not that Roy Williams needs my help, but I don't know why Carolina would even consider pressing against us. We did a great job breaking the Clemson press, but when you can't shoot the ball who cares. Give the Terps the outside shot, don't foul and get every stinking rebound from the airballs and bricks.

I know Barno and Lee will write long "factual" comments about why the Terps have such a great chance.

Blah, Blah, Blah... :)

Posted by: petecard | February 20, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

GO TERPS! dug ourselves quite a whole AGAIN! UGH!

8th place with a 9th place recruiting class coming in. sweet!

GARY what happened to our proud program?

hopefully we will make a final four run (i'm not talking to madison sq garden) and i will have to eat my words. seems unlikely to say the least.

Posted by: terpcentral1 | February 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

i'm all in for Coach Williams...but this year, they will lose by 20.

Posted by: Hoops44 | February 20, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

This one could get ugly fast.

Posted by: nmccray | February 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It's tough to win games when you can't shoot or rebound. Carolina by at least 20. We'll get 'em next year. Maybe.

Posted by: TerpHeel | February 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe just maybe if the Terps and Gary could knock off UNC it will silence the anti-Gary sports writers at the WAPO for a while!

Posted by: Jaymand | February 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Go back to covering Marquette.

Posted by: AtlantaTerp | February 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

this is the kind of game we used to turn the gym temperature up to about 90 degrees, use our ball, our refs and give UNC a good old home job of a whipping...

however, this year's cast of characters, in about 99.9% certainty, is incapable of beating someone who is clearly bigger, faster and more talented....I sure wish that .1% would come true though...I hate Carolina.

Posted by: outrbnksm | February 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

We will get spanked. Easy. Our size is still the deficiency, and since we can't shoot, we can only compete for a half, IF THAT. Next year however I'm calling sweet 16 or beyond, as were only losing the amazing, stellar, Dave Neal!

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | February 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

sad as it is to say "the amazing, stellar Dave Neal" has been among the better players on the team.

Posted by: IZZY3 | February 20, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Maryland 83-79 over the Heels. You heard it here first.

Posted by: terpin | February 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The Terps will be ready to play agianst UNC but the Heels have way to much talent for MD too handle-Lawson, Hansborough, Wellington and Green are all potential 1st rd picks and they have some pretty good freshman also-they will lose by 15pts. I think MD will have a better chance playing Duke and if MD plays their best game of the yr and Duke is mediocre there is an upset there! Wake Forest has too many big men we cannot guard !

Posted by: Terptime | February 20, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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