UNC Basketball: Why Tar Heels Will Be Dangerous Come Tournament Time

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured Columnist IMarch 24, 2017

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 23:  The North Carolina Tar Heels line up for the National Anthem before a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Dean Smith Center on January 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The North Carolina Tar Heels started off the season in the Top 20 and as one of the top ACC teams.

The Tar Heels struggled against teams like Butler, Indiana and Texas in non-conference play, but they have been playing well recently because there aren't any injuries hurting the team. As a result, they have won six of their last seven games.  

The upcoming three games will be a test for the Tar Heels. They play Miami and Duke on the road and Virginia at home. Winning two of these games would look very good on their tournament resume.

There aren’t many other ACC teams that will test UNC the rest of the season. This will certainly give the Tar Heels confidence heading into the NCAA tournament.

The Tar Heels are a team notorious for going deep in the tourney. This year shouldn't be any different. North Carolina has a talented roster and head coach Roy Williams is one of the best coaches in March and April. 

Here are three reasons why the Tar Heels will be dangerous come tournament time:


The Tar Heel Three-Way Offensive Threat

James Michael McAdoo has led the way for the Tar Heels on the offensive end for most of the year. He is a versatile forward that can shoot but also has an inside game.

Reggie Bullock has been an excellent three-point shooter throughout the year and needs to continue that into the tournament. P.J. Hairston has been really consistent offensively over the last five games. These three players average 42 of the Heels' 79 points per game.

This three-headed offensive monster needs to play well in the tournament, if they are going to make a run.



One of the Best Teams Statistically

The Tar Heels do a variety of things really well. They rank in the top 10 in assists (2nd), rebounds (3rd) and points (7th). UNC is one of the best teams offensively when their transition offense is working against their opponents.

Rebounding on the offensive and defensive ends will be crucial for their success in the tournament.

North Carolina usually out-rebounds teams in their victories, but they were out-rebounded in their recent loss to NC State. Freshman Marcus Paige needs to limit his turnovers and consistently make the right passes in big games.


Roy Williams' Experience in March Madness

Although the players on the team may change, head coach Roy Williams has been at the UNC helm for the last 10 years. In five of the last six years, the Tar Heels have made it to at least the Elite Eight in the tournament.

You can rely on the fact that Williams will get his team ready for each and every game, especially tournament time. Williams is one of the main reasons why North Carolina will have a deep run in the tourney.