UNC Looks to End Their Drought

7 Nov

There are a few programs that are considered college hoops royalty and if you are one of those programs expectations are always higher.  Teams like UCLA, Kentucky and Duke live with these expectations year in and year out.  After a handful of years of falling short of those lofty expectations another basketball royalty North Carolina looks to live up to expectations.

Since making back-to-back Final Fours in 2008 and 2009, the Tar Heels reached the Elite Eight and 2011 and 2012 and the Sweet Sixteen last season.    That would seem like a pretty successful run in the last six years for any team but for the likes of North Carolina that qualifies as a drought.

This season Roy Williams has a pre-season top 5 team.  He returns nearly all the team that fell to Wisconsin in the Sweet Sixteen.  He returns nine of his top ten scorers led by senior Brice Johnson and pre-season All-American point guard Marcus Paige.  This week it was learned that Paige will miss the first month of the season due to a fractured finger.  Johnson leads a loaded Tar Heel backcourt with fellow senior Joel James and sophomore sensations Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks.   Making up for the loss of Paige will be sophomore Joel Berry II, junior Nate Britt and freshman sharpshooter Kenny Williams who was a VCU commitment who de-committed when Shaka Smart left for Texas.

Williams will get to face Smart on December 12th when the Tar Heels travel to Austin to face Texas.  The other non-conference test for UNC will come on December 1st during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge when they host another team with national championship aspirations, Maryland.  It has been six years since North Carolina’s Final Four.  This season the Tar Heels are hoping to end their long “drought” of tournament success.

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