North Carolina Basketball: 5 Biggest Reasons to Buy 'Heels as a 2014 Contender

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North Carolina Basketball: 5 Biggest Reasons to Buy 'Heels as a 2014 Contender
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Could 2014 be the year Roy Williams puts himself atop the North Carolina Tar Heels' record books? No other UNC coach has three titles to his name.

Right now, his two titles in 10 seasons at Chapel Hill matches the legendary Dean Smith's output over 36 years. That's a true testament of his consistency.

But it hasn't been easy for Williams since his last title in 2009. Transfers, injuries and early draftees had a crippling effect on the program. Not to mention the academic scandal and Roy's own health concerns that undoubtedly hurt his recruiting efforts.

That all appears to be behind him now.

P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo decided to stay for another season instead of taking their chances in the NBA draft. He also has an experienced point guard for the first time since Kendall Marshall went down in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

Development will be a key factor in making this 2014 squad a title contender. But it would appear all the components are there to make a run.

And I have five reasons why you shouldn't overlook these Tar Heels.

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