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Isn't it Time UNC Starts Kendall Marshall??

Many Tar Heel fans thought the backcourt would be the strength of the team..But so far they've been a major disappoint..Starting shooting guard Dexter Strickland seems reluntant to get involve offensively..UNC needs him to score on a consistent basis..Strating point guard Larry Drew is still struggling running the point..

Drew plays 25 minutes a game and averages 2 assists a game and has a 1:1 assist to turnover ratio...Drew fails to create plays for himself or his teammates and have been a nonfactor on offense..

North Carolina have had a long line of great wing players like Jordan,Carter & Stackhouse..But those guys have had a solid point guard that has provided leadership, guys like Jimmy Black,Kenny Smith and Ty Lawson.. and Drew has failed to give them that..

Freshman Kendall Marshall might be the answer .Marshall is playing only 15 minutes,but averages 1 steal and leads the team with 4 assists a game ..Many are calling on coach Roy Williams to make a change and bench Drew and start Marshall..Who has better court vision ,a better passer ,a better facilitator and creator than Drew..Some say Barnes game will be better if he had a better point guard that knew when and where to give him the ball..

There are those that say Marshall have problems keeping his man in front of him.. But i feel if he's given more minutes his defense will improve..


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UNC needs to start Marshall,

UNC needs to start Marshall, Bullock and Barnes together like Coach Cal would do and just let them guys run and have fun. Marshall is easily the best playmakers on that team tho. Not only that the kid is shooting like 60% from the field he is a very opportunistic scorer.

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Like Barack Obama Said

Like Barack Obama said its time for a change.... Marshall is light years ahead as a PG than Drew....but what we UNC fans take for granted is drew D....the guy can defend...

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With the season under way it is obvious that Marshall is the better point guard option. Drew actually has played pretty solid defense but his offense is so bad that it is hard to find anything positive to say about him.

I think the starters should be exactly how they are with the exception Marshall for Drew. Strickland is not a scorer; he is the more athletic version of Melvin Scott. Strickland has played good defense and he runs the court and gets his points in transition and slashing to the basket. I would not expect big scoring numbers from Strickland. I agree with the statement that Barnes would be better with Marshall. Barnes can create his own shot but he is forcing the issue. With Marshall, Barnes can let the game come to him. I also think Drew and Marshall can play at the same time. Put Drew on a wing and let Marshall create, if Drew is open and set he can hit a jump shot. I like Bullock a lot, and I like him coming off the bench. Bullock can do a little bit of everything and he has good size. It will be tough for teams to match up with a player like that coming off the bench.

And UNC does not need to anything like Coach Cal. They run a different system and it would not work with the players we have. Roy system works and most people forget we have mostly sophomores and freshman. There is a reason Calipari has never won a championship, he gets great players and his teams win lots of games but when his teams play a disciplined team they normally struggle.

I think the statement UNC has had a long line of great wing players is correct, but the solid point guard is not correct. They have had GREAT college point guards.
Phil Ford
Jimmy Black
Kenny Smith
Derek Phelps
Donald Williams
ED COTA
Raymond Felton
Ty Lawson

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I'd say it is. Especially

I'd say it is. Especially with Roy Williams not using as many possessions/running as much of a fast paced style. I didn't like Marshall as a fit for UNC's system because I thought they were going to get back to playing the pace they did when they won the title, but since they clearly aren't, Marshall is a better fit than Drew, who plays with little purpose and confidence nowadays.

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def had great college pg

the pg for what they have done at unc are certainly great never been able to figure out how such a great floor general like ed cota never made it in the nba

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Cota is my favorite pg ever to play at UNC. Cota has been on loads of nba summer teams but his only reason for not making a team is because he can hit a jump shot consistently. But he has been great over seas

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Yeah Nixon when I first saw

Yeah Nixon when I first saw Marshall play I didn't know how his impact would translate because although he is very savvy, he's not very quick. Larry Drew's assist numbers have really fallen this year and he hasn't shown any significant growth. I think it's become apparent that he is not the answer.

Remember it's been rumored that the reason Roy Williams didn't go after John Wall was because he promised Marshall when he commited as a junior that he wouldn't recruit any more point guards before he got to UNC in 2011. I say start him!

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They definitely need to

They definitely need to switch to Marshall. I don't think he is the athlete that Drew is, but he's under control and seems much more reliable. He actually plays like a point guard.

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Larry drew plays good defense?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCi6NnGd7aQ

I don't think so. Another reason to start marshall in my opinion.

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I'm not sure I played against

I'm not sure I played against kendall a couple times and he has trouble with athletic defenders his jumper isn't all that good but hey I guess anything is better than drew

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damn ive been saying this

damn ive been saying this since the summer time. This kid should have started from day one and strickland isnt as good as people thought he would be. At least strickland plays better defense then drew but i would start Marshall and Bullock in the back court

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Drew is ok on defense,

Drew is ok on defense, definitely better than Marshall, who is pretty slow. That being said, I'd start Marshall anyway, because he at least can pass the ball and make good decisions, while Drew just looks lost. If I were Roy Williams, once Bullock is healthy, I'd start:

Marshall

Strickland

Bullock

Barnes

Zeller

I would have Marshall play the point, but guard 2s on defense, while Strickland would cover the opposing point guard.

Bullock is a baller, and I think he deserves to start once his knee is completely healed. He brings some nice athleticism, size and shooting ability.

Strickland plays ok defense, but he is to erratic and has too low a basketball IQ to play the point.

I actually think Barnes would be very effective at the 4. He would be a huge mismatch and would better be able to use his quickness and athleticism.

Obviously I would start Zeller at the 5, because he is by far the best post player.

All in all, UNC isn't really a contender this year, and are probably going to get absolutely destroyed by my Blue Devils. They have some good recruits coming in the next couple years though, and I think they will be much better in the future(unfortunately).

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i'm gonna guess that you

i'm gonna guess that you forgot that henson is on the team and didnt leave him off the starting line up on purpose

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No, I didn't I just am not a

No, I didn't I just am not a big fan of Henson's game, well I'm not a big fan of anyone on Carolina, but you know what I mean. He is a good defensive player, light on his feet and can block some shots, but he doesn't have much of an offensive game. I would have Henson be the 1st guy off the bench and play starter type minutes, with Barnes sometimes going back to the 2 or 3.

I know that defense is a very important part of the game, but Williams is using his "defensive lineup" right now, that's why Drew is starting and the team still isn't very good. I don't know if the lineup I suggested is the right solution, but I think it would allow them to get out and run more and maybe put some more points on the board.

In terms of Defense though, I feel like if you start Marshall you need to start Strickland or Drew as well, because I don't think you want to have KM guarding the ball the majority of the time.

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theres no way henson should

theres no way henson should be coming off the bench. hes there best rebounder,shot blocker and there third leading scorer ( 1 point behind barnes) that makes absolutly no sense to bring him off the bench unless you want teams to start driving for easier layups while also giving up more rebounds and scoring less. basically he has more of a offensive game then all but 1-2 playesr(zeller) on the team seeing as he's there third leading scorer

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it would be like saying mason

it would be like saying mason pumblee should come off the bench for josh harrison ( putting bullock in the starting line up and taking henson out)

Henson 10ppg 11reb 3blks 50% fg come on now

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it would be like saying mason

it would be like saying mason pumblee should come off the bench for josh harrison ( putting bullock in the starting line up and taking henson out)

Henson 10ppg 11reb 3blks 50% fg come on now

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I mean I get it, I don't

I mean I get it, I don't think it is ridiculous to have Henson starting. I just think that is a lineup worth trying. Barnes makes people forget that Bullock was a very highly rated recruit too, and is very talented.

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why would you try it

why would you try it though?..Bullock has shown nothing to suggest he should start ahead of henson

should duke just try curry over irving as the starting point guard because the line up is worth trying?

Harrison over singler or mason?

its only worth trying if the other player off the bench has shown anything that suggest he would be better then the guy who hes replacing int he starting line up

if anything bullock would be best replacing strickland with marshell replacing drew

drew

bullock

barnes

henson

zeller

sounds much better

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No, but Duke is blowing teams

No, but Duke is blowing teams out. UNC obviously needs to do something very different. As I said, I don't think Henson sucks and he probably does deserve to start. But Bullock has looked very good in limited minutes, averaging 9.2 ppg and shooting very well. I think Carolina needs another scoring threat in the starting lineup, and Bullock is much more of a threat than Henson, although how good his defense is remains to be seen. He has been hurt though and definitely will play more minutes once his knee is 100 percent.

Maybe you are right, and Henson should be starting, but I think ideally Bullock would be in the line up too. The reason I suggested Strickland start instead of Henson, was that he could guard the 1, allowing Marshall to guard the 2, masking his lack of speed somewhat. So I guess maybe the lineup should be

Marshall

Bullock

Barnes

Henson

Zeller

With Strickland first off the bench.

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Doing something different is

Doing something different is one thing but taking youre best alla rond player this year out of the starting line up makes zero sense no matter how u look at it

Im tryna think of any college team that struggled, deciding to take there best allround player out of the starting line up. Those are type of changes that aren't done nor smart. You take drew,strickland or even branes before you take henson out. How would losing more blocks,rebounds,points help you win more games?

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Henson fits in fine with our

Henson fits in fine with our starting five.....he does the things Zeller cant really do like rebounding and shot blocking...not say Zeller cant do either....but Henson is better.....And he compensate Zeller....Henson offense is coming along and he does have a good post game not only Zeller! Bringing him off the bench makes not sense.....but i definitely see Bullock starting later on in the season.

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Henson and Zeller don't

Henson and Zeller don't really compliment each other, both are skinny and weak. You need atleast one big bulky guy with toughness inside and these guys are neither. I think Knox needs more time cause he's there only true PF.

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