Mac Attack 3/23: CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg calls in to talk about his son’s Ohio Bobcats and their big matchup against the Tarheels, last night’s tournament action, and looks ahead to the rest of the games this weekend.
The question looming over every Tar Heel fan’s head is whether or not UNC can win without Kendall Marshall on the court. Kellogg believes it will be an uphill battle, but thinks the Heels will rise to the occasion.
“The one unknown is how does North Carolina function without Kendall Marshall? …Even if he is able to be out there, how effective can he be?…Teams [can] rise up and fill in, and I think that is what will happen if he is unable to go in…that front line is fantastic…that will be a real challenge for a smaller, less talented front line at Ohio…it will take a monumental effort….Marshall took Carolina to a whole different level…the dynamics have changed drastically and we just don’t know how Carolina is going to rise to the challenge.”
Kellogg complimented the other NC team in the tournament, NC State with how well they have finished their season off. He thinks they stand a good chance of picking off Kansas, saying the team has impressed him since the beginning of the season.
“I think [State’s chances of knocking off Kansas] are pretty good…they have played just about as well as any team in the last month…terrific job by Mark Gottfried…I was impressed when I saw them earlier in the year against Indiana…they have to play in the open court…Kansas is not a deliberate team…they have to get quality shots…for State, it is a matter of being able to compete in the paint and get some open court opportunities…”
Without a totally healthy UNC, Kentucky is the clear favorite to win the National Championship, but Kellogg still believes the title is for the taking by several teams still in the dance.
“Indiana…if they can match the intensity [of Kentucky]…they have what it takes to beat Kentucky…prior to the Kendall Marshall injury, I thought North Carolina was capable…but without him being 100%, that certainly diminishes their chances to beat a team like Kentucky at its best. Syracuse has enough team speed and players to do it…”