Hey, Roy Williams, It's Time to Start PG Dexter Strickland

kwame manuCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2010

CLEMSON, SC - JANUARY 13:  Dexter Strickland #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels against the Clemson Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum on January 13, 2010 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Change is needed in Chapel Hill. The season that fans believe can't get worse, just keeps getting worse and worse. The legendary program of North Carolina is 14-13 this season and 3-9 in the ACC. At this point in time, the Tar Heels are shockingly at the bottom of the barrel. 

There have been many fingers pointed in many directions. Many aspects of this year's team have been scrutinized: leadership, poise, toughness, passion, perimeter shooting and guard play are some of the things this team is lacking.

Surely, no one could have expected North Carolina to be as good as last year (e.g. they lost three  first round draft picks). However, with the influx of blue-chip recruits, many figured thought that the Tar Heels wouldn't lose a step. Well, the experts were wrong.

Clearly, North Carolina needs a spark that can give Carolina some confidence as they head into the ACC tournament. In my opinion,  guard Dexter Strickland can provide that spark. 

Dexter Strickland has gotten his share of playing time this season, but much of this time has been shared on the floor with Larry Drew II. It is time that Strickland got the start at point guard. 

What does North Carolina stand to lose at this point? Drew's inconsistent play and infatuation with turnovers has constantly hurt the Tar Heels all season. As the season has dragged on, Coach Williams has labored with the same squad.

The only changes he's made were due to injury, swapping John Henson for Ed Davis, Travis Wear for Tyler Zeller, etc. And while solid production has come from the bigs, a big man is only as good as his guards. 

Strickland brings length and athleticism to the floor, something that North Carolina has lacked all season. Sometimes stats and figures aren't the difference between a good season and a bad season. Sometimes it just comes to chemistry. Currently, it appears as if UNC doesn't have the right mix. In my opinion, it's time to shake up the starting guards. 

It's not like the season can get any worse.