If there was any doubt about who was the “Jekyll and Hyde” college basketball team for the 2013-2014 season, the North Carolina Tar Heels have submitted a very serious application.
After losing to Belmont (at home) earlier in the season, the Heels rose up and knocked off then 3rd-ranked Louisville by 9 points last week, and the ship appeared to be righted in Chapel Hill. However, the train may be back off the rails, as UNC fell to the UAB Blazers by the score of 63-59 on Sunday afternoon.
The jump shot completely abandoned the Tar Heels in this game, as they shot just 1 for 12 from beyond the 3-point arc, to go with 42.9% shooting as a whole. Starting guard Marcus Paige was the biggest culprit with a 0-for-6 mark from deep, but in all actuality, it was a full team effort to fall behind by 12 points at the half.
In addition to the jump shooting woes, the much bigger UNC frontline was utterly destroyed on the glass by UAB, as the Blazers outrebounded the Heels by a startling 52-37 margin. That is completely unacceptable for a team with the athletes of UNC, and it helped the visiting Blazers overcome what was a woeful shooting night (30.6% from the field) by giving them many additional opportunities to score.
It is (way) too early to make full-scale judgments on the UNC program for this season, but their inconsistency is troubling. Roy Williams is one of the best in the business, but he seemingly has his hands full as the team moves forward.