UNC Basketball

North Carolina Ends The Decade The Way It Started, What's Next?

DURHAM, NC - MARCH 06:  Will Graves #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels tries to throw the ball in bounds against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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John RodgersCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2010

Just last year I watched Tyler Hansbrough and the North Carolina Tarheels cut down the nets. In a story book journey the Tarheels reached the highest peak of any college basketball team, after many players choose to return to the team after being embarrassed by Kansas the year before.

There after all notable Tarheels, was bombarded by the NBA, leaving only one notable player to lead this Tarheel team to another great season. Ed Davis. Ed Davis is a forward that came off the bench and came up big during the Tarheels championship run.

The thought of him maturing as a player, after playing beside someone of Hansbrough’s caliber was much expected.

But the page was turned and the Tarheel nation was in for a nightmare season.

From my experience of watching college basketball I have never seen a team so talented play so badly. From a neutral stand-point can anyone tell me the last time a Roy Williams basketball team looked so poorly?

Before you go deep in your NCAA basketball encyclopedia, just know that it has been awhile since we seen a poor effort out of a team coached by Roy Williams.

This North Carolina basketball team has re-wrote the coaching history of Roy Williams in a negative way.

Early on this season, the Tarheels looked as if they were able to compete with the big names. Early in the season they defeated Ohio State, Michigan State along with a couple of close losses to Texas and Kentucky.

Therefore showing you that they can still contend without Ty Lawson, Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and etc….

Then once again the page turned.

Before entering conference play the Tarheels was upset by the College of Charleston, a game that would change a good season, to a horrible dream.

The Tarheels lost 11 of its 16 conference games for the first time since the decade started.

A turnaround is definitely in effect. Forward Ed Davis has attracted many NBA Scouts but has made no decision on leaving the university.

With the thought of Ed staying a Tarheel the turnaround won’t take long. Coach Roy Williams has acquired three recruits, that all rank among the best in the ESPNU 100 rankings. Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, and Kendall Marshall all three can come in and produce right away.

The Tarheels is in the process of a much needed makeover. I believe these recruits come in with the addition to Roy Williams punishing his team for this horrid season and return to form. What was once a heavyweight contender is now a light weight.—for now that is.

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