For the North Carolina Tar Heels, this next stretch of games is of paramount importance.
The win over Boston College on January 18 was the team's first in conference play. It ended a three-game slide for the Heels but also left a number of questions unanswered. This was especially true considering Roy Williams decided to alter his starting lineup. It remains to be seen whether Williams will stick with his new lineup, go back to what he had been using for most of the year or even try something else with the rotation.
According to some quotes from Williams from an Adam Smith piece in The Times News, this may have been a one-time occurrence to jolt some guys or, as Smith put it, also maybe not.
Williams: "I don’t know that Leslie had done enough to deserve it, but I wanted to do something. Jackson plays harder than everybody else, and that’s the reason he got the chance. … I just don’t want to sit back and not do anything. So we tried to change it up."
Even with that being the case, there are still things to be concerned with for each starter, new and old. No Tar Heel is playing perfect basketball right now by any means.
(All upcoming stats and figures courtesy of sports-reference.com)