It has been a helter-skelter beginning to the Tar Heels' 2013-14 season. A shaky performance against Holy Cross was immediately followed by an upset loss to the Belmont Bruins. Then, just one week later, the undermanned Tar Heels took it to the defending national champion Louisville Cardinals to win the Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament title.
Marcus Paige and Kennedy Meeks were both superb in the Heels' win over Louisville, and while James Michael McAdoo was a non-factor, he had been the team's best player in a number of their earlier contests.
Without P.J. Hairston and, to a lesser extent, Leslie McDonald for the foreseeable future, it will be up to Paige and McAdoo to dominate and score like the elite talents they are. Contributions from Meeks and the other young big men will also be a necessity when battling stronger foes, as Louisville was.
With Atlantic Coast Conference play starting up just after the holidays, how does UNC stack up against their ACC peers, both new and old, elite and weak?