UNC-WF: The Good and the Bad

Just when it seemed things couldn't get any worse the North Carolina Tar Heels reached another low in a 90-66 loss at Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Here is a look at the good and the bad of UNC's 14th loss in 20 games and eighth in 10 Atlantic Coast Conference contests.


Brian Morrison – Morrison played with more patience and did a decent job running the point, considering. Two of his four turnovers should have been baskets but the intended receivers dropped the passes near the basket. He finished with 13 points and just one assist and appeared to remain focused throughout the rout. His defense, however, was poor as was the rest of the team's.

Free throws – The Heels made 20 of 24 from the charity stripe, a clear area of improvement of late.


Adam Boone – Boone had a terrible game in every aspect while turning over the ball seven times – six in the first 15 minutes – and struggling on nearly every possession with his ballhandling and passing, not to mention defense - but that was a team-wide thing.

Melvin Scott – Scott wasn't any better than Boone. He turned the ball over three times in 10 minutes making it nine turnovers in 19 minutes against Wake this season for the Baltimore freshman.

Jason Capel – It appeared as if Capel began to fall apart over the course of the game. His numbers (10 points, eight rebounds, four assists but five turnovers) weren't completely awful but his floor game was. His facial expressions and frustrated reactions aren't helping his reputation or the team's composure. He was doing a solid job leading this club prior to the concussion, but since his return he has played sporadically at best and has led little.

Turnovers – The Heels committed 24 turnovers and as easy as it is to blame UNC's weak guard play the other players are at fault as well. They didn't move well without the ball, didn't cut or meet passes well. And, as always, nobody helped trapped and struggling ballhandlers. This is a team stat in every way!

Defense – Carolina's defensive performance, especially in the first half when Wake shot 76.9 percent, was one of the worst these eyes have ever seen from a major college team. The Heels didn't get back on defense, rarely helped out inside, didn't fight through screens, put little pressure on the ball, perimeter and nearly all shots attempted. Wake had entirely too many easy baskets in its half court offense as the Heels were slow to react and not all that physical.

Effort – The overall team effort just wasn't there. Poor execution on offense can be attributed to many things, but the performance the Heels gave on defense mainly speaks to lack of effort and desire, which means lack of pride. For the first time these eyes have EVER seen, Carolina played without pride in the first half of a game.

Bad start – Another first: UNC was called for a foul on the opening tip. Will Johnson was whistled with 19:58 left in the first half. Less than 30 seconds later on UNC's first possession, Scott passed the ball to Boone on the right wing only Boone had begun to cut toward the basket and the ball sailed out of bounds untouched. It was a sign of how things would go.


The Tar Heels host Maryland at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night at the Dean E. Smith Center.

Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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