“Roys Boyz OVER-RATED !!”…. sez Chansky

Carolina Athletics
BobLee
November04/ 2015

“My Buddy” Art Chansky done gone and committed Heresy on Franklin Street by asking….

Is Carolina the most overrated preseason No. 1 in college basketball history? ….  Not just “over-rated” but “….IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL HISTORY?”Carolina Athletics

AC dropped this suitcase nuke just three days before The Larry/Genes host The Katrinaed Blue Devils in a “Significant Football game” amid the towering pines.   (“Katrinaed” ???  Sure, weren’t they recently devastated by a “hurricane”??) .

A column about BASKETBALL on the eve of a “Significant Carolina Football” game !!!  …. “Significant” and “Carolina Football” appear in sentences together about as often as “Rational” and “UNC Faculty”.

Is Art doing this just to remind Larry Fedora “what’s REALLY important” amid the pines?  Will Larry mention this column when he vamooses to UCF in December? ….. WHAT?

Just joshing you folks…. or am I?

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NOTE:  Art’s piece was posted BEFORE Marcus Paige broke his hand….

Chansky’s Notebook: A Hollow No. 1? Chansky

Is Carolina the most overrated preseason No. 1 in college basketball history?

We’re all excited about the basketball season, which begins officially next weekend. But that excitement has to be tempered by this question: how exactly are the Tar Heels No. 1 in the AP and other preseason polls, darn near a consensus No. 1?

Ol’ Roy’s lucky 13th Carolina team is coming off a good season last year but did not win anything of significance. The Heels led Duke in the second half of both games before losing; they led Notre Dame with 10 minutes to play in the ACC championship game before losing; they led Wisconsin with 7 minutes to play in the Sweet 16 before losing.

How does that translate into being No. 1 in most polls, with not even the same players back? Say what you want about J.P. Tokoto, but he would have represented another example of what Coach Williams likes to call experienced talent. J.P. surprised us by entering the NBA draft, and after getting cutting by the 76ers has now signed with Oklahoma City.

So sans Jean-Pierre, how can the Tar Heels be better? They can with more maturity from everyone returning, but that is speculative until they show on the court that someone besides Marcus Paige can be a reliable three-point shooter and the sophomores and juniors have taken quantum leaps, not to mention whether Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks have truly toughened up enough to be a championship front court.

Maybe all that will come to pass, and we are certainly hoping so, but is hope the basis for ranking a team No. 1? Is there a sure-shot pro on the Tar Heels who can put them on his shoulders game in and game out? Can the defense finally be as good as Roy wants it to be, and clearly better than it was last season? Who besides Marcus will emerge as a go-to guy at crunch time?

In college basketball, where you start is irrelevant. It is where you finish, and Carolina has been to the Sweet Sixteen once in the last three years. Starting the season at No. 1 robs the Heels of the time to find themselves and establish an identity as one of the best teams in the country, rather than being labeled as such before the ball goes up.

How does defending national champion Duke feel seeing UNC atop the polls? How about Virginia, the two-time defending ACC regular-season champion? Top-ranked Carolina has now given them even more to prove.

 

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Babs-in-Derm
Babs-in-Derm
4 years ago

First, let me say congratulations to K.C. – I was so happy they beat the Mets! Secondly, this may not be the most talented “pre-season” UNC team of all time, but we’ve seen what’s happened to those that were. Most didn’t make it. Having said that, I knew after the close ones last year, toward the end of the season, we could be really good this year, and I believe that. I don’t love being ranked #1 before the season because you only have one place to go, and that’s down. Nevertheless, we will fluctuate and hopefully be on top… Read more »

Barney Fife
Barney Fife
4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Of course, BL, you are assuming that the NCAA will allow UNC-CH participate in post season MBB play. Timing will mostly be driven by the McCants vs. UNC-CH or Jenkins vs. UNC-CH lawsuit needs for NCAA to look like “tough guy”.

ncsu1987
ncsu1987
4 years ago

Absolute side-splitting LOL on this one. (Seriously, people in six cubicles outside my office just looked up to see if I was ok…) You’ve mentioned before that everyone needs to understand that what AC and others write is always through the optics of his primary goal – generating clicks. Lololololol @ mission accomplished! Give him a two-step removed sympathy nod from me for the comments management on this one!

58 Wolf Kennel
58 Wolf Kennel
4 years ago

Art couldn’t bring himself to mention the biggest negative from last year, NC State’s defensive shutdown of Carolina late in the season for an all-time low score at the Dean Dome. Also even he can’t admit the corrosive effect of TGU on the team over the course of the season as well yet to be seen disappointments in football and press difficulties with the Lady Tar Heels program.
Enough piling on by me. Heading for the Raleigh Sports Club where Gottfried will show us cautious optimism. Go Pack !!

Doug
Doug
4 years ago

I might get semi-interested about basketball no sooner than February but am always semi-intrigued with AC’s missives. Everybody knows that UCF is a bona fide sleeping giant. Shucks, ask the average millennial to name the school Wallace Wade left to became the Duke football coach. The usual answer: Who is Wallace Wade? UCF’s space grant status will surely entice those 17yos-i’s with a chance to play football before becoming astronauts, nuclear physicists, or ticket takers at Space Mountain in Disney World.

TheCowdog
TheCowdog
4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Oooh. Me thinks Fedora gettin’ out of Dodge is tweaking some.

UCF is a good pull, BL.

I see at least 3 more Power 5 cannings in Larry/Gene’s geographical comfort zone.

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