With my shovel in hand, and one more week of offseason staring me in the face, I'm ready to dig myself a deeper hole before the season officially begins on Nov. 9 with Gardner-Webb.
I've already predicted every game on North Carolina's ACC schedule, along with the statistical leaders in every major category. Now it's time to break down season statistics for every Tar Heel in 2012-13.
There's nothing quite like blind predictions to make or break a writer.
After all, there are four freshman in place of the Big Four that left for the NBA—not to mention a group of bench-dwellers looking for more playing time this season. We don't even know the starters yet.
On top of that, we have hardly even seen them play together. Our only indicators have been individual performances at the defenseless NC Pro-Am, the "Late Night with Roy" scrimmage and Roy Williams' game of musical chairs in the Shaw exhibition last week.
Making predictions now lends only slightly better chances than picking the winning numbers in the lottery.
But I love predictions, you love predictions, and what would a preseason be like without them?
Fortunately, yours truly is blessed with the fortitude to lay them down anyway. A blank page won't stop me from writing, so it won't stop me from pulling predictions out of my backside, either.
Let's do it.