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  • hiphopobserver 11:05 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , argyle, Chapl Hill, , Inside Carolina, Jim Hawkins, , North Carolina Central University, 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: , , , North Carolina Central University, , 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 1:02 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , NCCU, Nick Chasten, North Carolina Central University, , , ,   

    Block Party: UNC Defeats N.C. Central 

    UNC 89, NC Central 42

    Box Score

    For the first few minutes, it seemed Carolina would have its hands full trying to stop the hot-shooting N.C. Central Eagles. With 12:28 left to play in the first half, NCCU trailed UNC 19-17. Then the Tar Heels remembered that they had six players taller than 6’8″.

    And the block party commenced.

    N.C. Central would score three points in the rest of the first half and Carolina had nine team blocks after tallying eight in the season opener. This time the swatting was handled by Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller, Deon Thompson and — emphatically — John Henson.

    The entire team’s defense was vastly improved, as evidenced by the Eagles’ final score (which only surpassed 40 on a scrub-time 3-pointer). But it was Henson’s thunderous block late in the second half that was the nail in the coffin for Central. After a steal, Central forward Nick Chasten dribbled the length of the court to what he thought would be an easy lay-up. Henson raced back and came from the weak side to send Chasten’s shot to what seemed like the tenth row. It’s safe to say, Chasten’s mother was probably crying. UNC’s lead would reach 51.

    The defense improved, but the offense still sputtered. Not that 89 points is shabby production, but that the method of reaching it was again sloppy, with the Heels coughing up 18 turnovers. I’ll take 18 over 26 (See FIU game), but come time for ACC play that will need to be less than 10.

    Still, a great performance from a young, unproven team.

    Superlatives

    1. Best Missed Dunk. Ever. – John Henson for his missed reverse alley-oop
    2. Most Demoralizing Block – Mr. Henson again
    3. Don’t wanna jinx it, but dude can play! – LD II
    4. The David Noel Award – Marcus Ginyard 7-10, 17 pts., 2 Reb, 3 Asst, 2 Stl and best goatee on team
     
  • shwineka 4:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Division 1, , , LeVelle Moton, MEAC, Miami, N.C. State, North Carolina Central University, 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.”

     
  • gonzologist 3:02 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: C.J. Wilkerson, , Eagles, James Worthy, Joshua Worthy, North Carolina Central University, Raleigh News and Observer   

    Tar Heels Face NCCU Eagles, 9pm-ESPNU 

    Here’s a short piece from the Raleigh News and Observer about North Carolina Central’s basketball team, who will visit Chapel Hill tonight. It’s a nice story; it’s always cool to see the perspective of young guys playing at a smaller school, visiting the Mecca of college basketball and playing against a team they cheer for when they are off the court.

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    I think it’s great that Central made the move to be a Division I school. It’s obvious that it’s taken a lot of hard work, and they’ve put in some tough traveling miles over the past two years. It seems to be paying off, though. As junior C.J. Wilkerson puts it, “I wanted to come here because it’s Division I and because of Coach Moton.” It’s also interesting to note that the Eagles will start a senior named Joshua Worthy. He’ll be able to look up into the rafters tonight and check out the jersey of a pretty influential “Big Game” player with the same last name. We wish Central the best of luck. We only hope the Tar Heels fare better against these Eagles than we did against the Boston College birds last year.

     
    • gonzologist 1:34 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have to insert an addendum here: N.C. Central’s Joshua Worthy is, in fact, the nephew of Tar Heel and NBA legend James Worthy.

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