Many predicted this to be an off year for North Carolina basketball after losing the Big Four to the NBA.
The Tar Heels (18-8, 8-5 ACC) are currently sitting in fifth place in the ACC, which justifies those offseason predictions.
Somehow, they still ended up ranked No. 11 in the preseason AP Top 25. With that, expectations began to soar in Chapel Hill, only to be crushed by youth, a lack of chemistry and a laundry list of things we don't have time to go over.
Putting the ridiculous expectations of James Michael McAdoo aside, the rest of the team wasn't carrying much offseason weight on its shoulders.
Nobody on this squad had been in a star role at UNC before. Everyone was in a new role, and overall expectations were low.
But there were the assumptions that Marcus Paige would immediately be the second coming of Kendall Marshall, and James Michael McAdoo would be in the running for the Wooden Award.
Because of that, these players will only receive a pass/fail in accordance with my own expectations, rather than the lofty ones set by others. I'll be referring to my preseason statistical predictions to gauge where each player stands.