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Carolina versus Belmont Abbey 57-31 half

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Carolina may have looked bad in the scrimmage, but they are looking decent right now. Not good enough to win a national championship but not as bad as some would have you believe.

First off, this is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage. That said, by the end of this year, I could see this team as being one of the best defensive teams ever for UNC. The frontline is about as deep and good as any front line that I've ever seen at UNC, and I've been watching since I was a kid around 1980 or so. The Wears look better than I thought they would be. Henson is thin but he definitely has a high upside. Zeller is bigger and runs the court better than just about anyone on the team. Thompson is Thompson.

There were definitely some chemistry issues though. But that's to be expected with so many new players being worked in. And Ty will definitely be missed this year, because nobody on this team is as fast and quick (although Strickland isn't too far behind). Marcus played quite a bit of PG (when Drew was out) and he didn't look too bad. I didn't see many 3 point shots, but to be honest, with this frontcourt UNC should pound it inside every chance they get.

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lol Belmont Abbey probably doesn't have a player above 6'5 on their team

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Final score 107-59.

The strengths of this team: post scoring, rebounding, defense.

Weaknesses: sometimes sloppy passing, little dribble penetration (relatively speaking), 3 point shooting.

I think UNC will be good enough as the year goes on to contend for 1st place in the ACC and at least a sweet 16 (hopefully more).

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lol Belmont Abbey probably doesn't have a player above 6'5 on their team

2 of there players are 6'8. Doesn't matter though. UNC will score inside at will against dook and any other team they face.

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Heard the Wear twins looked very good and one of them hit a three. I think the biggest problem for this team will be 3 point shooting. They won't be a great FT shooting team either, but that will probably not cost them games.

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Some entertaining tweets from "tarheelfanblog" during the game.

Drew looks shaky at point. Heels are sloppy in general on offense and have committed 11 turnovers in one half.

Henson is 1-6 from the FT line with two air balls. That's not good.

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Free throw shooting is definitely not a strong point for this team...but Thompson had 25 pts. 8 boards, Drew had 8 assists to only 3 turnovers, and John Henson had 4 blocks (team total 13). Overall first impressions are generally favorable to me. This team will be a force come March, mark my words. I don't expect they'll make the final four, or even elite 8, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. With the tough schedule that UNC has, I expect a couple of losses before ACC play because that's when they'll be trying to gel as a team. If they do gel, the sky is the limit.

BTW...12 players played at least 12 minutes and the most minutes played by anyone was Deon Thompson at 21 minutes. That rotation will change drastically by the time the ACC season starts.

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Yes stats looked good except shooting the ball. It's pretty easy to dominate a team like Belmont Abbey on the inside when their tallest player is 6'8". You just throw the ball in and score. That is how Drew had 8 assts. You guys are the same ones that said scrimmage games don't mean anything, and now this glorified scrimmage against no talent at all has everyone is excited. You will run into a real problem when you match up with a team that has bigs because you don't have shooters. Just remember it was Belmont Abbey.

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