Taylor’s Tuesday Tidbits and Top 25
Roy Williams likes to say “I’ve forgotten more basketball in my little pinky finger than you know in your entire body.” And he’s absoloutely right. Nobody plays armchair point guard more than Tar Heel fans do. They’ll call in and say “Roy’s lost it,” or “Roy doesn’t work as hard in recruiting anymore,” or “Roy needs to retire and let Hubert take over.” Do people realize how incredibly stupid that sounds?
If Kendall Marshall doesn’t get injured in the round of 32 the Heels would’ve made it to New Orleans, and probably would have had a shot against Kentucky in the title game. They year before that UNC gave the Wildcats a great 40 minute game before falling shot in the Elite 8. Two years before that North Carolina won the national championship. Before that they went to the Final Four, the Elite 8, the round of 32, and won a national title. Does this sound like a coach that has “lost it?”
Sure, this North Carolina squad isn’t as talented as most of Roy’s teams, and yes, Roy missed on some recruits, and has had some player defections. But that means he’s “lost it?” I disagree. If anything, it’ll make Roy work even harder in recruiting so that he doesn’t go through a situation like this again. There are plenty of people in society that rest on their laurels once they achieve great success, but not Roy Williams. He has always coached like a man that is afraid he’ll wind up back in Asheville, living in a motel with his aunt, sister, and mother. Thus, you can expect the Tar Heels to retunr to the top of college basketball in the near future. But it won’t be this year.
10 games to watch this week:
10. K State at Okla on Sat
9. Mich St vs illinois on Thurs
8. Ohio St vs Wisconsin tonight
7. Ole Miss vs Kentucky tonight
6. NC State at UVA tonight
5. Louisville vs Marquette on Sunday
4. Syracus at Pitt on Sat
3. NC State vs Miami on Sat
2. Ole Miss at Florida on Sat
1. Michigan at Indiana on Sat
Mich, Kan, IU, Fla, Cuse, Zags, Ore, Duke, Zona, Wich St, Ole Miss, Butler, Miami, L’ville, Ohio St, Mich St, Mizzu, SD State, NC State, K State, UNM, Marq, Pitt, Memphis, and Creighton.