A lesson in the difference between perception and reality.
Perception: I am a top 5 team. I feature a plethora of high school all americans, a hall of fame coach, my programs history affords access to the most elite national recruits as well as prime television exposure. I also have a highly rated player that is allegedly a top 7 lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft. My roster includes an above average front line with an excess of height across the board. People expect my team to show superior execution, and tremendous understanding of basketball fundamentals, which include shooting, passing, ball handling, court awareness and situational recognition.
Reality: I am young at many positions, my frontline has height and length but does not display superior athleticism. My backcourt is my Achilles heel, and against teams with superior athleticism and creativity we are exposed for our complete lack of skill and shooting ability. I do not display the outside shooting to stretch the zone (big hint) and against teams with decent perimeter shooting my guards are late in rotation and are slow closing out on shooters against pressure my guards look shook and my "NBA caliber" bigs lack elite physicality around the basket often being muscled off the block and being out jumped for crucial rebounds.
What team am I?
Note: Before you dock points for hating, I am a huge fan of this program but a fan of the sport first. As such I am just disappointed at the media overhyping of a team that is obviously very GREEN at crucial positions like PG.
wow stop hating on unc dude. its one game, not even game actually - one half. they are a young team who will have nights like these. just be patient, come march roy will have them ready.
I was thinking Kentucky
NC or Duke. Nc did get beat pretty bad though.
He can't be talking about UNC. Larry Drew isn't green he is black.
Actually they are several games in this season and if they are not listening to Roy now and after many years of elite coaching at the high school and AAU level then there is not much hope for a trip to the final four when does it click? On the road in Cameron? Or Clemson? Maybe Georgia Tech?. Who is going to step up in the backcourt, when is the miraculous PG who can get the bigs the ball going to appear. Are they going to find range and the ability to take care of the ball? I saw a kid from the 'Cuse go home tonight with 7 steals against a Roy Willams team and the 'Cuse Big Man Onuaku absolutely dominated the NBA frontline of Thompson and Davis. Willams' best teams know their roles and execute with precision. I don't see them getting noticeably better in the backcourt until Harrison Barnes shows up on campus next season. If this team morphs into a number one seed by march I will go to Starchucks and give Schultzy some of my hard earned ducats for the first time since The Supersonics were hijacked from Seattle.
The point I was trying to make was that preseason rankings are silly. The 'Cuse went in unranked and the 'Heels were number 5? From what I watched I saw a team with no answer for Wesley Johnson and two mechanical bigs in the Montross/Haywood mold. There is a bias, and because UNC was so good the year before they were given a lofty ranking without earning it. Green. Gone. Hansborough. Gone. Lawson. Gone. Ellingson. Gone. The team I saw tonight looked like a deer in the headlights once the 2-3 zone and press defense picked up their intensity. The elite teams in the ACC were watching and taking notes on zoning up and forcing the 'Heels to win from the outside especially Coacj K who needs a win over Carolina in the worst way. You don't lose four great players and return to the top of the ranks without a bunch of Calipari style one and dones.
There was no hate I bleed baby blue, and I just dont see this team beating the 'Cuse team they faced tonight even 40% of the time.