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  • hiphopobserver 12:30 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Michigan State 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with  what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Can we talk about the big win last night, or what? UNC looked great last night against Izzo and MSU. Know who else looked good? Roy Williams going business casual in the sling.

    I’m assuming to make up for the lack of flavor the tie added Roy went with a Carolina blue tweed shirt that has some cross hatching and forms some plaid patterns across the shirt. I like it. Subtle yet still stood out. Much better than the all-white shirt that was left after Roy took off his tie last game. If you were wondering, the ribbon on Roy is for AIDs as December is world AIDs month.

    Also, in case you needed to know, the shirt, like Roy’s ties, is from Julian’s. Cool fact, in the middle of each plaid square is a hidden Carolina icon. Nice touch of school spirit by the designer. You can some what make out the icon at Julian’s website where you can also buy the shirt for $175. Hey, no one ever said looking good was easy.

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half, black arm sling

    Game 8: Michigan State, W 89-82 – No tie, Carolina blue plaid shirt with no jacket or pocket square, black arm sling, AIDs ribbon

    [Photos by N&O’s Robert Willett]

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  • shwineka 9:09 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dickie V, , , UNC Girl, UNC student, Zen   

    No Kissie for Dickie 

    And for your pre-game moment of Zen, watch closely for Dick Vitale getting denied a kiss on the cheek here from a female UNC student. (video from ESPN coverage)

    “It’s sad….really sad.”

     
  • shwineka 5:51 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Legacy Fulfilled, , Big Z, , , , , Durham Herald Sun, , , High Five, , , , , Spartans, , , ,   

    UNC Takes on Michigan State in ACC-Big 10 Challenge 

    (pic from Edthesportsfan.com)

    Tonight begins what could be the toughest two weeks of the Tar Heels’ season. The defending champs are taking on the team they ousted for the title just eight months ago. The headlines back on that glorious April day: “A Legacy Fulfilled” – DTH and “High Five” – Durham Herald Sun, among others.

    The headlines might be a little different tomorrow as the Spartans are the favorites favored about equally tonight, but the test could prove to be a turning point for the Heels. Win or lose, I can’t see the impact of tonight’s result being negative. A win could start a wave of confidence that helps the Heels plow through December. A loss would identify the main weaknesses in a young team, preparing them for their other Top 10 match-ups this month and getting them ready for the ACC season.

    Some think we’ll win, others think we’ll lose. (No link for the lose crowd. After all, who actually picks the Heels to lose?)

    BTW that was the first time I’ve ever used the term “we” when talking about Carolina on this blog. I’ve tried staying away from it, but c’mon. You know you say it, too.

    Here’s a Rafters-worthy prediction:

    The Heels bigs hassle the tiny Spartans side-to-side and up and down the court. MSU shoots a horrible percentage while Big Z, Easy Ed and damn-he-needs-a-sweet-nickname Deon Thompson corral the boards and teasingly hold the ball above their heads. John Henson, who is also in need of a sick nombre, will have a breakout game and play 20 minutes, scoring 20 points. LD will teach Kalin Lucas to respect the wood — as Lucas will be on the floor after his ankles get broken so many times — and UNC will win by 15.

     
  • gonzologist 3:16 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Art Garfunkle, defense, , , , Tarheelblue.com   

    Deon’s Subtle Dominance 

     

    Adam Lucas published an insightful profile of senior forward Deon Thompson on Tarheelblue.com over the weekend. The article discusses the myriad ways in which Deon has played second fiddle during his illustrious career: acting as one half of the Alex Stepheson/Deon Bash Brothers his freshman year, then having to Garfunkle his way for two years behind Psycho T. Deon even gets seconds here on The Rafters due to our extreme love of Ed Davis.

     

    Lucas points out some interesting facts about Deon’s defense, which I’m sure most of us hadn’t noticed:

    “Sunday, he helped harass Nevada standout Luke Babbitt into a 5-for-18 performance, including completely shutting him out from the 10:31 mark until 19 seconds remained–the key part of the game.”

    “It’s not a coincidence that with Thompson out midway through the second half, a six-point Tar Heel lead turned into a one-point deficit in less than 150 seconds.”

     

    That sort of defensive presence is a necessity, especially considering the high volume of turnovers the Tar Heels are consistently coughing up. While Davis and freshman John Henson come up with the most spectacular blocks, Deon continues to execute the less glorious maneuvers – like hedging on screens and closing out perimeter shots – that enstill an underlying defensive toughness. So far this season he has been the Tar Heels’ leading scorer, and is showing some new moves with the same fluidity his game has always exhibited. Here’s to hoping that Deon’s performance thusfar is the prelude of a well-deserved starring season.

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:10 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Seth Davis picks UNC to beat Michigan State in ACC/Big Ten Challenge 

    Seth Davis just put up his predictions for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge over at SI.com and has UNC with the win over MSU. He also has the ACC prevailing 6 games to 5. Bold prediction, I’m not as comfortable saying that after watching some of the others in the ACC play this year.

    Here’s what Davis said about the Tar Heels:

    On a neutral court and a 10-game series, I would go with the Spartans. But since the game is in Chapel Hill, I’ll give the edge to the Tar Heels. Michigan State is much stronger on the perimeter, but the Spartans are a short team, and the one thing North Carolina has is a lot of size inside. The big question will be whether the Tar Heels’ defense can hold down Michigan State’s impressive field-goal shooting.

    Prediction:North Carolina 80, Michigan State 76

    I’m hoping for that outcome as well.

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:37 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Larry Drew II one of 10 sophomores Seth Davis thinks is poised for breakout 

    Tar Heels aren’t the only ones saying good things about Larry Drew II. Here’s what Seth Davis said today on SI.com:

    Larry Drew, 6-1 point guard, North Carolina

    Fr: 9.6 mpg, 1.4 ppg, 1.9 apg, 23.1 3-pt FG%
    Soph: 24.2 mpg, 7.0 ppg, 6.2 apg, 42.9 3-pt FG%

    Skinny: This is a classic case of preparation meeting opportunity. With Ty Lawson running the point last year, no backup, especially a freshman, was going to get a lot of minutes. Even when Drew was in the games, he looked shaky, but it was hard to tell whether that was because he couldn’t get into a rhythm or he wasn’t that good. Now it looks like it was the former. Drew has proved he can run North Carolina’s offense with efficiency and effectiveness, which is not easy to do with so many newcomers running alongside him. His assist-to-turnover ratio is nearly 2-to-1, and his improved field goal percentage reflects his confidence knowing the starting job is his.

    And this was written before his 10 assist, 1 turnover and clutch 3s performance last night. Yeah, he’s going to be good.

     
  • shwineka 12:29 am on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bill Lumbergh, , , , , Mike Gminski, , , , , , Wolfpack   

    Wrap-up: UNC survives Nevada 

    UNC 80, Nevada 73

    Box Score

    This game could be categorized as “character building.” Carolina came in with what we’ll call a turkey-day hangover, plodding through the first three quarters of the game. (The much smaller Nevada Wolfpack ended up only losing the rebounding battle by three, 45-42.) The defense was sluggish at best as Nevada shot 43 percent from the field in the first half. But when the game came down to the wire, with about five minutes left and Nevada down two, the Heels suddenly had a resurgence of confidence. And while the game would never get much more separation than five or six points, UNC seemed to carry itself with a bit more swagger and squashed Nevada’s upset bid.

    Oh yeah, and Roy Williams got his 600th career win as a head coach.

    Roy has the highest win percentage of any active coach and is already in the hall of fame. It was actually funny watching him receive an award for his 600th win on TV. After his recent shoulder surgery, you could tell he really just wanted to get the frick out of there and find an ice pack.

    Takeaways:

    • Tyler Zeller didn’t take a charge this game. What gives Big Z?
    • Four players played 30 or more minutes. It looks as if Roy is starting to tighten up the rotation. Look for a future post on the depth chart.
    • Larry Drew – 10 assists and one turnover. Um……hell yes.
    • Eight team turnovers: huge improvement. Keeping this in the single digits will take the team far. Though as is evidenced by LD’s stat line, the TOs aren’t coming from the point, but from errant passes by the post and wing players.

    Superlatives:

    • Player of the Game: Ed Davis – (16 pts, 15 rebs, 2 asts, 3 blocks, 1 stl) Ed really showed how he can dominate the glass. He has a nose for where the ball is going to bounce and the hops to get there first. Ed also gets block of the game for his two blocks in about 30 seconds near the end of the second half.
    • OK, I can finally say it, “Kid can play!” Award – Larry Drew II
    • Stat Stuffer (aka Danny Green Award): We might have to rename this the Marcus Ginyard Award – 10 pts, 6 rebs, 4 asts, 1 blk, 4 stls
    • Bill Lumbergh Look-Alike: Former Dukie Mike Gminski – see below

    The resemblance is striking.

     

    (game photos by Robert Willet of the N & O)

     
  • hiphopobserver 12:09 am on November 30, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Nevada 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with  what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accesory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Hope all had a grand Thanksgiving this weekend and caught up on some college sports over leftovers and family time. Roy started things out with some minor surgery but was back in action on Sunday night as the Tar Heels took on Nevada.

    The most interesting part of Roy’s wardrobe tonight wasn’t his tie, which was a simple Carolina blue and white diagonal striped piece, but how Roy went sans tie for most of the game.

    (Roy preparing to remove his tie?)

    To me, Roy without his tie is like Batman without a utility belt, because much of his power seems to be derived from what’s hanging around his neck. I didn’t mind the casual look, however, as Roy went without the jacket all night as well.

    But really, you can wear whatever you like if you have 600 wins under your belt.

    This is all brings up a couple questions. One: Since Roy will be wearing the sling for the next four weeks [we hope not more, Roy seemed to tweak his shoulder during the game], does that mean no jacket or, eek, pocket square for that long as well? Roy never appeared with one tonight and it would make sense. Two: Roy looked to not be feeling the tie underneath the sling, as apparent by him removing it, will he do the same Tuesday against Michigan State, or will he just not wear one? Three: Has Roy ever coached a game without a tie? Do we have documentation?

    And most importantly, four: Do we like Roy without a tie?

    Here’s this years stats:

    Game 1: Florida International, W 88-72 – Small paisley in aqua and dark blue with pocket square

    Game 2: North Carolina Central, W 89-42 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue and gold with pocket square

    Game 3: Valparaiso, W 88-77 – Large paisley-ish in gold, navy, brown and Carolina with pocket square

    Game 4: Ohio State, W 77-73 – Diagonal white stripes over light blue back with pocket square

    Game 5: Syracuse, L 87-71 – Large paisley in Carolina and navy blue with pocket square

    Game 6: Gardner-Webb, W 93-72 – Blue and white dotted with pocket square

    Game 7: Nevada, W 80-73 – Carolina blue and white diagonal stripes with no jacket or pocket square, removed tie in first half

    [Photos by N&O’s Robert Willett]

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  • RBarry 1:59 pm on November 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Thanksgiving from The Rafters 

    The News and Observer posted galleries from the 2005 and 2009 championship games, two things we can all be thankful for.  Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the turkey and football.

     
  • RBarry 12:50 am on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Slingin’ It 

    Roy had surgery today to repair a torn labrum.  The reason for surgery?  You would think he threw his shoulder out while in the midst of a jacket-throwing tantrum over the team’s penchant for turnovers or atrocious performance at the free throw line.  But no, Roy suffered the injury at a golf tournament this fall. 

    The recovery will require Roy to wear a sling for the next four weeks and certainly hamper his sideline antics.  But the bigger concern is will Coach Williams’ wardrobe suffer due to this untimely injury?  Will Roy be forced to go tie-less?  Could we see a paisley Ascot for Sunday’s game against Nevada? Or, will Coach adopt the always fashionable clip-on?  Time will tell.  Stayed tuned to the Tie Tracker for the latest.

     
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