Thursday, November 12, 2009


UNC 89, North Carolina Central 42.

You can't learn too very much from early season mismatches, but there are two things you can take a way from 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ victory over the Eagles of N.C. Central:

1) The Tar Heels have lots of size and talent and
2) they are way over-rated at No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

The Heels still come at you in waves with bunches of big, fast, athletic kids (some of which you’ve never heard of, some you have), but at one point early in the second half Ol’ Roy sat down the starting five without so much as a dirty look.

Taking care of the basketball will be an issue for this team, and while they were more careful with said rock last night than in the opener against Isiah’s FIU, North Carolina still has something to work on at practice today.

That said, fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard tied a career best with 17 points during UNC's drubbing of the Eagles on Wednesday night in the 2K Sports Classic. His 7-for-10 output at the Smith Center, following his dozen-point performance in Carolina's season-opener on Sunday, showed that his nagging foot injury is finally healed.

"There's no question I'm more aggressive offensively at seeing openings and taking open shots - versus looking for that extra pass or looking for that extra guy out there," said Ginyard, who also recorded two rebounds, three assists and three steals in 23 minutes. "I think being more aggressive offensively has been a good benefit for me."

NCCU (0-1), under first-year coach LeVelle Moton, kept it close for the first eight minutes, cutting what was once a six-point deficit to as little as 19-17 with 12:25 left in the first half when junior Vincent Davis buried a 3-pointer.

But UNC's freshman John Henson countered with a bucket, beginning a 21-0 onslaught during which Ginyard had a hand - or a swish - during 10 straight points.

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