I'd say that's a pretty accurate assesment of what went wrong for the Heels this season. I could easily add to the laundry list. But really, the implication that the esteem of the program hinges on the success or failure of Duke in the NCAA tournament is a leap. I wouldn't call this season a "disappointment" either, but I'm a glass-half-full type of fan. The game I witnessed personally in Carmichael was the foundation for a successful '10-11 season.
You also mentioned the perceived "inflexibilty" of Roy Williams' coaching. I'm usually a pretty harsh critic, but in this case I have to give Coach Williams credit for making changes in his coaching plan (both macro and micro) that kept the ship upright. Give him props for making player position adjustments (ie John Henson) slowing the tempo on offense, efficient use on time outs to steady the players and (gasp)using the 2/3 zone when help defense didn't work. 'Ol Roy still has a slight upward tilt in his learning curve too.
So, to me at least, things aren't quite as bleak on The Hill as you make out.
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