Is North Carolina, 16-8, 6-7 ACC, a disappointment? Some are wondering if Roy Williams has underachieved in his first season as Tar Heels coach. Plenty of people are building the case against Roy, but are his players, the ones he inherited from ousted Matt Doherty, as good as some believed they'd be?
Not a bad apple in the bunch
Virginia did something Tuesday night that few teams have done this season: Keep North Carolina's Rashad McCants from scoring in double figures.
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I still believe coach Williams eventually will turn the Tar Heels into a legitimate, every-season national contender once again. I think he will catch up to Duke, in other words. But he isn't a magician. And these 16-8 Tar Heels -- although they will make the NCAA tournament -- are about four exits short of the road to extraordinary.
Roy was right: These Heels not so good
To put it another way, Bill Self hasn't mined a whole lot of paydirt out of Roy Williams' diggings and Williams hasn't found a whole lot of nuggets in the sluice box at Matt Doherty's old claim. To put it still another way, in taking over at North Carolina, Williams inherited basically the same team he left Self.
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However, after analyzing UNC's consistent losses of leads during the last four games and the devastating loss against Virginia on Tuesday night, many Carolina observers feel that there may be engine leaks here that the "lack of effort" tape just does not encompass.
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"Obviously, it's a place that's close to my heart," Wojcik said. "But the timing of the situation is not the best right now for me, and I've enjoyed working for [Michigan State Coach] Tom Izzo. I need to concentrate on that at this point."
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