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Eric Montross: Tar Heels are Not a Top Tier Team, Yet

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Recently announced ACC Legend, 1993 National Champion and UNC radio analyst, Eric Montross, joined Mac to discuss the Tar Heels search for consistency entering a tough stretch, including the first Duke match-up of the season.

On UNC’s recent improved play: It really comes down to they’re gaining a few more options offensively, which gives them the look of more consistency. Early on, it was all about how Marcus Paige performed on the offensive end. The defensive end has been ok, but it was all about can Marcus score? And he was early, but pretty soon teams started playing him to his tendencies and slowed him down quite a bit. Then it was up to everybody else and they were really up to the task, at that time. We’re seeing more guys step up as they understand the system a little bit better.

On James Michael McAdoo: He’s really started to play more aggressively. The difference with him has been instead of just the move to the basket and accepting the foul as the end of the play, he’s taking the foul and trying to finish. Although that sounds like a simple formula, it’s one that he’s been slow to see and process and now it’s starting to work.

On UNC’s defense: They have the potential to be very good. Very well coached, good strong principled teams get better as the season goes along, particularly when you’re infusing youth into your defensive principles. They’ve been blocking a lot of shots and even guys like little-used Desmond Hubert are coming in and making contributions. This team, led by JP Tokoto is very good at getting steals. They’re also deflecting a lot of balls that aren’t ending up in steals, but that’s giving the team a lot of confidence in their defense.

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