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This week was a perfect microcosm of what the North Carolina basketball program is right now. The Tar Heels are capable of beating almost anyone in the country with their talent, but there are also some deficiencies that could ultimately be their undoing.
That being said, it’s hard to think of a better way to remove the taste of a loss against Belmont than by beating the defending national champions.
Behind 32 points and excellent free-throw shooting from Marcus Paige, North Carolina stunned Louisville 93-84 on Sunday. It was enough to overcome 36 points from Russ Smith. Considering the turmoil this team went through with P.J. Hairston during the offseason, it was a much-needed early season win.
A win like the one over Louisville, though, makes the home loss to Belmont even more confusing. Yes, Belmont is a quality squad, especially by mid-major standards, but the Tar Heels should not be losing that game at home.