North Carolina basketball didn't start off so hot this season. Now it's coming on stronger than Joel James' biceps.
After disposing of Maryland 62-52 on Saturday, the Tar Heels have won their last two conference games in a big-time fashion—and this is just the beginning. The team is starting to look like one cohesive unit, rather than a bunch of misplaced parts. And it is becoming too dangerous to overlook.
As the young players at UNC gain more experience and confidence, the weapons Roy Williams will have at his disposal could be deadly for any ACC foe.
It's time to settle down on those "NIT" chants.
Marking the FSU victory as a turning point in its season, Carolina could still make a strong run at the ACC title—despite its 0-2 start to conference play. It has the toughest conference schedule this season, facing Duke, NC State, Miami, Virginia, Florida State and Maryland twice.
That could turn out to be a gift or a curse, but if the Tar Heels can keep this momentum going, it may start feeling a lot like Christmas by March 9.
It's easy to look at a 12-5 team and think of them as mediocre. What people fail to see about these Tar Heels is that they are winning despite their deficiencies.
And their shortcoming will dwindle as these young players gain experience, which makes them even more dangerous going forward.
Beware of the Tar Heels.