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  • hiphopobserver 11:05 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , argyle, Chapl Hill, Florida International, Inside Carolina, Jim Hawkins, , , paisely, , , , , , ,   

    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Valparaiso 

    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.

    For game three against the Valpo Crusaders Roy busted out a dark brown, gold and darker-hued blue with a touch of Carolina large-paisleyish patterned gem.

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    Roy was definitely working this one off the tan suit and again brought the heat with a pocket square matching his tie. As for the stripes on the shirt, we’ve definitely seen a lot of mixed patterns thus far this season.

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    Really apologize for the lack of real good shots I’ll be updating this as soon as possible.

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    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

    [Photos by Inside Carolina’s Jim Hawkins and N&O’s Robert Willett]

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:23 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Florida International, , , sidney lowe, , ,   

    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—-

  • shwineka 4:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Division 1, , Florida International, LeVelle Moton, MEAC, Miami, N.C. State, , swine flu, , Virginia Tech   

    UNC vs. North Carolina Central 

    I know you wanted to hear even MORE about UNC  vs. NCCU! Some quick things:

    Game @Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 p.m. EST

    NCCU Expected Starters:

    6-5 Senior Forward Joshua Worthy
    6-2 Junior Guard Vincent Davis
    5-7 Junior Guard Michael Glasker
    6-3 Junior Guard C.J. Wilkerson
    6-8 Sophomore Forward T.J. Granger

    The Eagles harbor a little more experience, if not as much talent as the Heels, though it looks like the size of UNC’s frontcourt could play a big role in the rebounding again. The Eagles are only in their third season of Division 1 classification, but that isn’t stopping them from taking on a bevy of ACC opponents this season: UNC, Miami, Va. Tech and N.C. State. NCCU will join the MEAC conference next season. I can’t say that I’ve seen them play,  but with the Eagles starting three experienced guards, it could cause some problems in the transition game. Against FIU the Heels coughed the ball up like they had swine flu. Against a guard-heavy team that could create some turnovers that lead to opposing layups.

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    They blinded him with science: First-year head coach LeVelle Moton is an alumnus of NCCU (’96) and their third all-time leading scorer. His nickname was “Poetry ‘n Moton.”

     
  • shwineka 10:53 am on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Florida International, , , ,   

    Ginyard Dunk Sequence 

    So when Marcus Ginyard took the steal from Will Graves and made his way to the basket in the season opener vs. FIU, I was expecting an efficient, predictable layup. The type of play that I think is the gold standard of Ginyard’s playing style.

    Wrong.

    The dunk that ensued was unexpected. It was a show of flash, and also confidence, considering there was a defender in the area. And when it boils down to it, it was just a good f’ing dunk.  We gave Ginyard’s dunk co-top-play honors. Here is a sweet little sequence of pictures by the News & Observer’s Robert Willet.

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    • Zach Evans 6:44 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen the dunk in a separate video clip, but it is in the DTH video recap, around the 2:35 mark of the video.

      A very impressive dunk, indeed.

  • shwineka 1:28 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Florida International, , , , , , , Wall Street Journal   

    UNC to Wear Retro Jerseys; Roy in the WSJ 

    From Twitter:  @UNC_Basketball 100 Year update – Carolina will wear 1957-themed throwback uniforms for tonight’s game vs. Fla. International

    In case you were wondering, you can’t buy them yet. But soon, very soon.

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    Also the Roy Williams book tour continues with an interview in the Wall Street Journal from yesterday.

     
    • hiphopobserver 1:43 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty excited about this. Probably going to have to buy my own.

  • shwineka 12:41 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Florida International, Golden Panthers, Isiah Thomas, , , season opener, , , ,   

    UNC Basketball Season Opener: Florida International 

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    It’s heeeerrrrrrrree.

    Time to tell all your football friends “Goodbye.” Time to say, “Hey, I’d love to stay at work a little longer tonight, but really, I can’t. It’s a 7 o’clock tip-off.” Time to jump around. Time to strategically wear Carolina blue clothing items on gamedays. Yes, ladies and gentlmen, it’s college basketball season.

    The Heels take on Florida International tonight, though if Golden Panthers coach Isiah Thomas had his way, FIU would be playing Ohio State. As season openers go, the whole Isiah thing has given this one a little punch for me, a little extra pizzazz that playing FIU would not have had without it. Plus, it’s Isiah’s first game as a college head coach. I’m interested to see if he’s got game in regards to coaching college kids. That and the fact that this kicks off the 100th season of Carolina hoops.

    I was going to take some time and post any local previews about the game, but TarHeelBlue has kindly done that for me, so let’s not let their diligent work go unnoticed. Check it out.

    Three things I’ll be looking for:

    1) Larry Drew II at the point: If (as some of those game previews suggest) the Heels really are a Final Four caliber team, they will need a strong point guard. Drew II did not play significant minutes last year and as such is a big question mark.

    2) Cutting down on turnovers: From memory, I believe Carolina had something like 20 turnovers in the exhibition against Belmont Abbey. That’s unacceptable. UNC fans have been spoiled by the likes of Ty Lawson, who seemingly never gave the ball away. The turnovers didn’t just come from Larry Drew II, who dished out eight dimes to his three turnovers, however, they were spread out over the team.The whole group needs to focus on taking care of the basketball.

    3) Post play: It’s what should be the Heels’ strength this year, so let’s see it in action, eh?!

     

     
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