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  • RBarry 6:17 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Barnes Burns Duke, Signs with Carolina 

    Christmas has come early for the Heels.  This afternoon, top rated prospect Harrison Barnes selected UNC over Oklahoma, UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas and most notably, Duke.  Landing Barnes makes Carolina’s Class of 2010 one of the best in the country.  He will join PG Kendall Marshall and SG Reggie Bullock on a team that should undoubtedly challenge for the 2011 National Title.

    Barnes announced his decision in an unusual fashion-Skyping Coach Williams to inform him of his intent to play for the Heels.  I am rather impressed with Roy’s technical savvy.  As Coach would say himself, he has had the same putter and wife for the past 30 years.

    As for Duke, this is yet another blow to Coach K’s recruiting prowess.  Roy has outmaneuvered Coach K for other prized recruits in the recent past (Brandan Wright), and Barnes’s decision solidifies Williams as the top recruiter (and coach) on Tobacco Road.  All this should make for an interesting trip to Cameron for Mr. Barnes in February of 2011.

    Now, time for a victory cigar.

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    • English Drama 6:57 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RBarry, a new addition to The Rafters?

      Look out Chapel Hill, Harrison Barnes is coming to town

      *puts on sunglasses*

      things should be heating up, no winter this year.

    • vucceewly 1:01 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im a first time visitor who hopes to become a daily reader!

  • hiphopobserver 2:23 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: North Carolina Central & Florida International 

    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.

    Game one against FIU, Roy came out strong with a nice small paisley print in dark  and aquaish blues.

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    Looks real good with the pin stripes, no?

    Last night in the win over NCCU, Roy again pulls the paisley card but this time goes with a gold, Carolina and navy blue pattern that is much larger.

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    I’m also going to address Roy and his use of the pocket square. Very underutilized and very classy touch to finish the look. Notice how they match the shirts.

    Bonus: Roy’s stripped red, navy and gold tie from the Belmont Abbey exhibition, sans pocket square. Can’t waste all the suave during the pre-season I guess.

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    I think it is obvious here who’s the best dressed coach in the ACC.

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    Yes, Sidney Lowe, Roy Williams dresses better than you.

    CoachKmadWhat, you want to be recognized as No. 1 on the best-dressed ACC coaches list? Coach K, please. You look like Nixon’s press secretary.

    Check back after each game to see Roy’s choice of neckwear.

    [Photos of Roy Williams taken by News and Observer’s Robert Willett]

     

     
    • shwineka 4:17 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Excerpt from Roy Williams new book, Hard Work:

      “To this day I still have a negative feeling about people in dark sportcoats, white shirts, and ties.”

      See photo directly above

      • hiphopobserver 7:08 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Haha. Word.

    • bcox 8:05 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      MY ROOMMATE STARTED THE TIE TRACKER…HEEL YEA

      • KingLeon 8:12 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        That Nixon burn has to be the best thing I’ve ever read on the intrawebs

        • Lulu 10:45 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink

          Let’s tie one on and have a winning season—-

  • gonzologist 5:36 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Pat Forde ranks 2005 Tar Heels “Best Champions of the Decade” 

    In his first “Minutes” column of the 2009-10 season, Pat Forde took a retrospective look at the past decade in college basketball.

    “Roy Williams, Gary Williams and Jim Boeheim were ringless. And hearing about it. Mike Krzyzewski was toying with North Carolina and seemingly would forever.”

    Oh how sweet it is to see the changes that have traken place between UNC and the Dookies since 2000. Forde also ranks the “Best Champions” of the decade, with the ’05 Tar Heels taking the number one spot, and the ’09 team taking 3rd place honors, with Florida’s ’07 team at number two, mostly due to the fact that it was a repeat (don’t forget, their Final Four matchup that year was George Mason. I get a stomachache just mentioning that horrible postseason). No doubt that the ACC was the best conference this decade. The “Best Team Not to Win a Title” was Illinois in ’05, which was a powerhouse of a team that just couldn’t hang with the All Star Tar Heels of ’05. Also an entertaining choice: “Worst Title Game” goes to last year’s game at Ford Field.

    Do you have this framed, yet?

    Blowout. Love it.

     
    • Lulu 8:46 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ni-i-i-i-ice!

      • shwineka 11:28 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I think also worthy of noting, in Forde’s Top 10 College Teams of all time, UNC is ranked No. 2, after the almost inarguable UCLA, but BEFORE, yes BEFORE Kentucky, who has more national championships than UNC. I guess when you have more NCAA wins and more Final Fours than any other team it means something. Suck it, Wildcats.

  • shwineka 10:12 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Visits Duke 

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    Well, we knew this was coming. Harrison Barnes visited Duke last weekend. I don’t want to sound somber, but it sounds like he had a really good time. Apparently he is good friends with Duke freshman Andre Dawkins.

    What a move, K! Pull in Dawkins a year early, probably knowing full well that Barnes is his buddy. Already has a homey feeling over there in Cameron eh?

    It’s hard to read into these things. Barnes has sounded like he enjoyed his visits to UNC, Oklahoma and Kansas as well. One thing that made me feel nervous though, was Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis tweeting this afternoon:

    @sethdavishoops Duke has slight lead over NC, Kansas a clear 3rd RT @JeffVT03: @SethDavisHoops seth, where do you see Harrison Barnes going?

    …….constant updates on the Barnes sweepstakes are sure to come.

     

     
  • shwineka 4:36 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , coach K, , , , elliot williams, john, , Kyrie Irving, , , , , , scheyer, , , , , ,   

    UNC, Duke Tie for preseason No. 1 ACC ranking; Duke inks PG 

     

    Late with posting both of these – apologies – but it’s only fitting that in the 41-year history of preseason ACC rankings, UNC and Duke would be the first to tie for the top spot. What’s disturbing is that Duke garnered more first place votes, yet tied when it came down to total points. I know they just signed Kyrie Irving and all, but c’mon, he’s not playing this year.

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    Actually what’s striking to me is that both of these teams are at the top with huge expectations of their current freshmen. Granted UNC has arguably the best recruiting class in the country (some weird folks might argue Kentucky), they has very little experience. Duke has a 17-year-old point guard who should be good, and Mason Plumlee, the supposedly more talented Plumlee brother.

    Side thought: Wouldn’t it be great if the Wears vs. the Plumlees became a big rivalry over the next three years?

    Anyway, both teams will be shorthanded in the backcourt. It’s my suspicion that Andre Dawkins (the young PG) will get a lot of time at the position, even after John Scheyer ended up playing the spot for them a lot last year. That puts a freshman PG in the mix for Duke, never a good thing in the ACC. Usually, if a PG does relatively well as a freshmen in this league, then we all knew about him well before he sets foot on the court. This is not exactly true in this case, considering Dawkins rushed to graduate early after Elliot Williams transferred. Man. How much of a factor do you think Coach K was in getting that to happen?

    The Heels will have sophomore Larry Drew II, who saw some regular, though limited, minutes backing up Ty Lawson, and freshman Dexter Strickland. Strickland is ranked higher than Dawkins as far as I know, and is actually a more natural two guard.

    Between Dawkins and Strickland, it’s probably a toss-up. I don’t like putting tons of merit into unproven freshmen, so let’s just say they cancel each other out. After that we have a Drew II vs. Scheyer match-up at point. I might actually give the nod to Scheyer, who started more games and generally played a bigger role as a PG, though I think Drew II has more upside.

    Regardless, there are a lot of question marks on the top two preseason teams in the ACC. Are these indicators it might be a down year for the league? Tough to tell. After a few months it will be more evident which conferences are the best. The Big 10 looks strangely good this year, but I digress. The best conference argument must be later by necessity. Now’s time to get ready for Thursday night football.

     

    Go Heels!

     
  • shwineka 12:19 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blue devils, , coach K, , , , ,   

    Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!? 

    There really are no words for this:

    I don’t know where to start, but my paranoia tells me this is a classic move (or attempt at a move) by Coach K. It’s pretty well known that Late Night with Roy has become an event where players will dance and perform skits, more or less making fools of themselves to kick off the season. The underlying theme of Late Night, I think, is that the players generally get along, love being together and love being on the team. I haven’t necessarily ever gotten that vibe from Durham, not that I’ve been looking. When I think of Duke, I think of a strict dictatorship, one where you must shoot 1,000 three-pointers at every practice, flop on the ground in agony every time you’re driven upon and — most importantly — put on your game face.

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    I think K agreed to let his players be in this video because he wants to portray a more congenial atmosphere among his team. “We’re just as fun-loving as Carolina!” If you check out this ESPN video of various Midnight Madness events, you’ll notice that the Devils’ is particularly bland compared to others. “Oh this is fun!” says the commentator when the Blue Devil “surfs” over some students.

    This effort with the help of the Duke Improv group falls short in my opinion. The Titanic scene? That’s all I’m saying. But again, I’m just paranoid right?

     
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