#46 North Carolina Tar Heels: College Football 77 in 77

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“North Carolina, c’mon raise up, take your shirt off, spin it rod your head like a helicopter.” Maybe Peteye Pablo isn’t your style. Perhaps General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board with “sweet Carolina girls, sweet southern pearls” is more your speed? I’m trying to pump you up with music, because your UNC Tar Heels aren’t allowed to go bowling this college football season. Bummer.

Neither is Ohio State in 2012. Which is funny to me, because one of my closest friends has two favortie college teams: UNC and OSU. Guess I e has to wait until college basketball season for both. Even though this year we’ll see both programs drop off a bit. Well, at least the football Tar Heels will have a fun to watch fast paced offense going for them.

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UNC’s John Henson one of most overrated players in 2012 NBA Draft

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North Carolina‘s John Henson is one of the most overrated players in this year’s NBA Draft. Of course he is, he was a member of the Tar Heels college basketball team, meaning he’s going to get more pub than other, often more deserving prospects. UNC guys receive a brighter spotlight than what they deserve.

Henson is a gawky, gangly fellow who just has trouble putting on and keeping weight. That will hurt him at the next level. Still he can defend, meaning Serge Ibaka is someone he can pattern his game after.

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Tar Heels Kendall Marshall: among best point guards in draft? (Combine Video)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels have four players who will be drafted by the NBA on June 28th: Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson, and their point guard Kendall Marshall. All were in Chicago yesterday for the pre-draft camp. Media sessions are part of the agenda. When Marshall, one of the best point guards available in a kind of weak class for that position, talked to reporters, you can guess what one of the main topics of discussion was.

How’s his health? How’s the wrist?

 

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North Carolina Tar Heel trio (Barnes, Henson, Marshall) entering NBA Draft

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The University said Thursday that Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the 2012 NBA draft.

The school didn’t state whether the three sophomores planned to hire agents or not, or if they already had, in its press release announcing the departures, though it appears they’re in the draft to stay.

On the same day, Marshall won….

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UNC point guard Kendall Marshall improving, Heels preparing without him

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North Carolina Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams says Kendall Marshall’s status remains uncertain for the Midwest Regional semifinal against Ohio Friday night in St. Louis. He also added that the mean is practicing/preparing for the next round as if he wasn’t going to play.

Marshall fractured his wrist last weekend in the win over Creighton, although he stayed in the game after suffering the injury.

“You’ve got me between a rock and a hard place,” Williams said today. “I cannot give you any answers. I’ve given everybody all the answers I can give because I’ve said honestly, I do not know.”

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North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall has broken wrist

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North Carolina is a favorite in many of your brackets. Your bracket may have just taken a major hit as the Tar Heels suffered another set back today, as their floor general Kendall Marshall suffered a severe fracture to his right wrist. Just as they were getting John Henson back and healthy from a wrist sprain.

Marshall suffered the injury in the Heels’ 87-73 win over Creighton today. But he stayed in the game after the injury, so that’s a good sign he might be available when they take on the Ohio/South Florida winner next week in the sweet sixteen in St Louis.

Or not?

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UNC’s Harrison Barnes, OSU’s Sullinger Early Favorites for Wooden Award

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The Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award was released today. Chosen by a preseason poll of national media members, the list is comprised of 50 players who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the Preseason list.

The players on the Preseason list are considered strong candidates for the Midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students.

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#33 North Carolina Tar Heels: College Football 77 in 77

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There are times when I wish I didn’t have to rank all my 77 in early June. Because quite a few things happen between then and kickoff. Of course, very few are as dramatic as what’s going on in Chapel Hill. I knew they were a college football program in turmoil, and that Butch Davis was in jeopardy. However, had I knew it was going to be interim leader and former Defensive Coordinator Everett Withers manning the sidelines, I would have ranked them in the 40s or 50s. Not that I’m so down on Withers. It’s just that any team firing it’s coach in August is in well, dire straits.

Still, there’s some NFL talent left on that defense. And I think the graduation of QB T.J. Yates could be addition by subtraction. Yes, I know he broke 37 school passing records, but that’s only because he started all four years. He’s like football Tyler Hansbrough- put up a lot of great numbers because he just wasn’t good enough to leave school early.

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North Carolina Tar Heels Very Impressive; Ready for Test from Kentucky Wildcats

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You wouldn’t have thought that the UNC Tar Heels team playing Friday night was the same one that was defensively challenged all year. College basketball teams were able to get up and down on them pretty much at will. But on Friday night, they stepped up and answered the call, holding Marquette to 15 first half points – the second fewest in the program’s storied tournament history.

Not only did their defense click, but as usual, their offense was elite and put the game away early. The big 3 in Tyler Zeller, lottery pick Harrison Barnes, and John Henson put on a clinic against Marquette. They combined to score 61 of the 81 points and kept Marquette from ever making this a game.

By Ryan West

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North Carolina and Duke Fuel Up the Rivalry


Rivalries. It’s what defines sports and in college basketball, there’s not one bigger than Duke and North Carolina.

To each team, the other is the “Evil Empire”. That’s how it works.

UNC dropped early games this season to teams like Minnesota and Vanderbilt. Harrison Barnes was looking more like Marvin Williams and less like Michael Jordan by the minute.

On the other side, after Duke’s fast start, there was talk of Duke going undefeated.

Well, after a Kyrie Irving season-ending injury and an embarrassing loss to St. Johns, the Blue Devils have been knocked off their high horse.

During that same time period, the Tarheels turned things around with a 7-1 ACC record and a No. 20 national ranking. Barnes has gotten rid of his freshman fears and looks comfortable – more than before at least.

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North Carolina’s Bigs (Zeller and Henson) Have Potential, Need Bulk

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are a college basketball team with seven McDonald’s All-Americans, but a very mediocre record. They have a world of potential, but a very uninspiring body of work in this young season. The strength of this team is their bigs, and those bigs really need to hit the buffet line a few times. It’s time to get them on the Illini Mike Tisdale diet of 6,000 calories a day.

In sophomore John Henson, the Heels have a Wooden Award candidate with NBA potential who goes 6-10, 210 pounds. Yes, he’s about as waifish as he sounds, but NBA GM’s often draft based on potential and upside, and that’s what everyone raves about with Henson.

In junior Tyler Zeller, UNC has a 250 pound 7-footer. But that weight number seems inflated. Still, Zeller’s a Naismith Award candidate, and if he can team with Henson to give Carolina a more formidable 1-2 punch, maybe this team can start going somewhere.

By Paul M. Banks

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