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  • shwineka 12:30 pm on November 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Coaches Vs. Cancer Wrap-Up: ‘Cuse Hands Heels First Loss of Season 

    (photo by Jack McIssac – Getty)

    After a nail-biter against Ohio State, one could almost see it coming. The way UNC sloppily handled its double-digit lead Thursday didn’t bode well for the contest on Friday against a Syracuse team that is seemingly firing on all cylinders. The Heels lost 87-71.

    Carolina’s turnovers are starting to become a broken record, 19 this time, and ball security seems to be their biggest weakness. Syracuse scored more than 20 points off those turnovers, but it wasn’t until the second half that the game got out of hand. UNC’s defense kept them in the game in the first half, creating some turnovers of its own and  helping the Heels to a three-point halftime lead.

    In the second half, two different teams showed up than had played in the first. UNC, whose offense hadn’t been very effective all night, suddenly forgot how to play D as well. Syracuse became an unstoppable force, hitting 10 of it’s first 14 shots in the half and going on a 22-1 run that effectively won the game. UNC made a late charge to bring it within eight, but it was a short-lived rally.

    Sometimes you hear coaches say that it’d be good for their team to get a loss, so what good will come of this?

    How about just the sting of a blowout loss? The Heels haven’t had a loss like this since the 2008 Final Four loss to Kansas, which ended 84-66. Last year’s team lost four games by a total of 16 points combined. This year’s team equaled that in one game. Pride can be a great motivator.

    The parts are all there — and I’m sure Roy hadn’t spent too much time on playing against a zone like Syracuse’s — so this loss may sting now, but it will be something to build on. And with the Heels non-conference schedule, they better get building.

     
  • gonzologist 12:56 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arnie Stapleton, , Denver Post, George Karl, Roy Williams, , Ty Lawson Dunk   

    Ty Lawson Posterizes 

    We can’t get enough Ty Lawson here at The Rafters. Poor seven-footer D.J. Mbenga of the L.A. Lakers got more than enough Ty Lawson on Friday night.

    Unreal. What might be even better is how the dunk blew the roof off the Pepsi Center. Ty’s teammates love the kid, and the Denver Post published two articles over the weekend that include more of the praise the rookie has been garnering almost as fast as he can run from baseline to baseline. In one article, Ty’s all-star teammates share their shock and awe at his funknasty dunk:

    Yet, all the Nuggets wanted to talk about afterward was rookie Ty Lawson’s first NBA dunk, when the 5-foot-11 guard skied past 7-footer D.J. Mbenga and 6-9 forward Josh Powell for the slam as he was hammered to the floor for a three-point play that had his teammates bolting from their seats and celebrating with the crowd as if they had won just the West.

    “That was nasty,” Anthony said. “A 5-footer against two 7-footers.”

    “That was incredible,” Billups said.

    The other article, also by Arnie Stapleton, gushes with the excitement and satisfaction that the Nuggets have in regards to drafting Ty. His valuable experience in the up-and-down, high-scoring Carolina system is mentioned several times, with UNC alumnus Gerge Karl adding, “Well, when Roy Williams whispers to you that he’s the best point guard he’s ever coached—I mean, he’s had a few good point guards.”

    Roy’s best? I believe it.

     
  • hiphopobserver 10:13 pm on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tyler Zeller UNC’s Best Player? 

    This was on Seth Davis’ Hoop Thoughts today:

    Someone who should know told me recently that Tyler Zeller was North Carolina’s best player. Just sayin’.

    Any thought on who it is? I feel like if he didn’t name names it has to be a member of the coaching staff. You know, Roy Williams. Don’t know though. Tyler has definitely proven himself to be an asset off the bench but best player? Don’t know. What I do know is having him as our sixth man makes such a difference. I like him better there than a starter. Not that there’s room for him.

    Other thing I noticed and thought was interesting was the comment made by Roy in the Truths and Rumors section. Roy said Harrison Barnes was the toughest recruit he ever landed. “I told him I recruited him harder than any player I’ve coached,” Williams said. “I always felt Raef (LaFrentz) was the toughest, but now it’s Harrison.”

    I forget Raef was once highly sought after. But 16 months by Roy just on Harrison is amazing. And such a blow to Coach K.

     
  • shwineka 12:13 am on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Going Through the Motions: UNC beats Valparaiso by 11 

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    (Photo by Robert Willett, The News & Observer)

    Box Score

    A young team certainly goes through a growing process over the course of a season. The focus and discipline that are characteristics of a championship contender are not as instilled in a group that’s getting to know each other just as much as they’re getting to know a coach’s system.

    This was never more evident than in Carolina’s win over Valparaiso on Sunday.

    The brilliant defensive play that marked the Heels’ last contest was nowhere to be seen. The impressive – even demoralizing – blocks and thunderous dunks that have been so prevalent were also missed. To be frank, the Heels didn’t show up for work.

    From the AP story:

    “I could feel it coming a little bit,” fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard said. “In warmups, we didn’t seem like we had that pep in our step. Nobody was really talking. We just didn’t have that intensity and it showed tonight.”

    The sheer size talent differential was enough to keep UNC ahead for the game, and honestly that will carry them in some of these shaky non-conference games when they play small-time schools like Valparaiso.

    The trouble is UNC is playing five ranked opponents in a month, starting Thursday against Ohio State. The other trouble is that Valpo’s Brandon Wood lit up the Dean Dome for 30 points, including six 3-pointers, and Brandon Mcpherson had 20 points behind 4-6 shooting beyond the arc. The Carolina frontcourt might be imposing, but the backcourt will need to step up defensively so that a hot-shooting guard isn’t the downfall of the team on a given night. Especially given that Evan Turner is a monster.

    The good news is that the team knew they laid a stinker tonight, and Roy does, too.

    “I said before the season started that some days we’re going to be pretty good and some days we’re going to be pretty ugly. And today was one of those days, I thought we were pretty ugly,” Roy said after the game.

    So by Thursday, everything will be fixed!

    Superlatives

    1. Most Missed Lobs – The whole team
    2. The This-won’t-be-my-career-high-for-long Award – Ed Davis, 16 pts (career high), 6 rebs, 2 blks, 6-6 FG
    3. Best Production in Limited Minutes – Justin Watts, 2 pts, 2 rebs, 4 assts, ZERO TURNOVERS, 10 min played
     
    • hiphopobserver 12:23 am on November 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Favorite stat of the night: Justin Watts, 4 assists, 0 turnovers

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

    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 5:11 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: ESPN All Access 

    Here’s a bonus tie tracker via a screen shot from the video posted earlier today.

    roytieespnallaccess

    If you can’t tell, the tie is a nice light blue with thin white diagonal stripes. There’s some shimmer in that material as well. Paired very nicely with the pinstriped suit and striped shirt. Real sharp look to be on ESPN with.

     
    • English Drama 9:33 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa, let me get my 3D glasses on

      *puts on 3D glasses*

      Roy Williams just turned himself into an optical allusion. The other teams depth and motion perceptions are all sorts of messed up, well played.

      • English Drama 9:34 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        allusion = illusion

  • hiphopobserver 1:02 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    ESPN All Access: North Carolina 

    ESPN went all access with the Tar Heels and they have the video to prove it.

    Roy talks with Andy Katz about this team having the ability to go big as well as UNC being THE elite school in college basketball at the moment. Not to mention Roy talking about how much he wants his third course, dessert, aka another championship.

    Watch the video here [sorry, wouldn’t let me embed]

     

     
  • 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.

     
    • 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 10:56 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall sign with UNC 

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    Bullock and Marshall officially signed with the Tar Heels today. We all knew this was coming,  but now it’s official. Here’s what Coach Roy said about the two recruits.

    On Kinston, NC signee Bullock:

    “Reggie is a wonderful prospect as a perimeter player. At six feet, seven inches tall, he has the ability to handle the ball and be a fantastic shooter. He is also a good defensive player. He’s the kind of young man whom everyone will enjoy watching.”

    On Arlington, VA signee Marshall:

    “Kendall is a true point guard. He’s a Lenny Wilkens type player – very clever with the ball. I love his unselfishness. Everyone who has played with him wants to be his teammate again. He’s a thinking man’s point guard who will fit in well with the way we play.”

    Bullock is a 6’6″ wing type player. Kendall is 6’4″ and plays at the same school, Bishop O’Connell High School, and has the same coach, Joe Wootten, that Marcus Ginyard did.

    From Scout.com

     
  • 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—-

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