Agents Orange dust off Tar Heels 87-71 | Sports | Indy Week
Sports
INDY Week's sports blog

Archives | RSS | Follow on | Add on  

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Agents Orange dust off Tar Heels 87-71

Posted by on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 2:43 PM

click to enlarge unknown.gif

Syracuse erased a two-point halftime deficit to rout North Carolina in the final of the 2k Sports Classic on Friday night in New York. The Orange, which entered the game as a one-point favorite, opened the second half with a 22-to-1 scoring run that effectively decided the competition.

There were few positives to glean from this game for the Tar Heels. Carolina committed another 19 turnovers, shot an atrocious 38 percent from the field and, on defense, allowed Syracuse to hit 54 percent of its shots.

Individually, the performances weren’t much better. Ed Davis did finish with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but he struggled to defend Syracuse big man Arinze Onuaku. Marcus Ginyard contributed a spirited 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but he also committed five turnovers.

Worse for UNC, neither of the club’s point guards — Larry Drew and Dexter Strickland — scored a single point. That’s the sort of offensive ineffectiveness that will compel more teams to back off Carolina’s guards and make matters that much more difficult for the frontcourt.

The loss shook a fanbase that, to this point, had been coasting in the extended aftermath of last season’s national championship. But Friday’s dud sent a clear signal that expectations for this season should be calibrated far below where they were for 2008-09.

It’s certainly too early for the team to consider making radical adjustments, but clearly there are major concerns in the backcourt. Along with that, Carolina’s big men frequently were tied up or stripped of the ball outright by Syracuse players.

November being November, though, a loss such as this one doesn’t damage the team for next spring’s postseason. The question now is how the Heels bounce back from a humbling defeat, particularly given that elite opponents Michigan State, Texas and Kentucky await.

Carolina gets an opportunity to flush away the Syracuse game on Monday, when the Heels will host Gardner-Webb.

To see the UNC/Syracuse box score click here.

Tags: , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Sports



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

wwe is too violate, if some can fix it that will be okay.

by heartnecklace on Should North Carolina State try to suplex the WWE? (Sports)

I find myself not caring about any of this. Amazing how such a "strong, proud, powerful people" could lose the …

by 10yearwalk on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Gaffe-r is right...he f8cks up all the time. "A lot of success over the last 3 years"....less smoke blows out …

by DonGarbageBlows on Colin Clarke returns as head coach of Carolina RailHawks (Sports)

Comments

This was a great read until we got to the World Cup part (who knows or cares, this is America) …

by ProudlyUnaffiliated on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

what i gonna to do is to be my hero and be awesome, just like them, cannot change history and …

by heartnecklace on A short history of the Dutch in South Africa, 1652-2010 (Sports)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation