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Roy William’s squad currently sits in a three-way tie for first place in the ACC with Notre Dame and Florida State.
This is the time the Heels need to flex their horns and take control of this league at a time where it’s filled with uncertainties. Unc has beaten two of three in-state rivals and got an excellent win against a talented Florida State squad that jolted them back into the AP top ten.
The Heels will be heavy favorites in their next three contests before a showdown with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame who hold a piece of first place in the ACC. Both teams sit at (6-1), but the Irish are set to face ranked opponents in two of their next three contests. Notre Dame will have to travel to the Dean Dome to take on Unc four days after hosting a reenergized Krzyzewski led Duke squad.
Preseason all Americans Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson lead the charge for the Heels two experienced Juniors with established pedigrees, both capable of taking over contests for this team in big moments. Jackson averages 18 ppg which puts him sixth in the ACC he leads the squad in scoring and Berry is the floor general directing the offense his four apg is a team high.
In the front court, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks have been a dynamic duo down low against some of the top bigs in the country. They’ve been battle tested, and the Heels will need them to continue to come up big if they want back into the national title game.
Freshman Tony Bradley has been better than expected in year one and allows this high-octane offense to continue to flourish when Hicks or Meeks need a blow. With the addition of glue guy, Theo Pinson back from injury Roy has another weapon added to a lineup that is deep already.
North Carolina is currently riding six straight wins in conference play the ACC is high and far the deepest and toughest conference in the country. No wins come easy because every team that squares off has quality talent, at this point in the season the conference’s top two scorers suit up for the worst team.
The Heels still have a tough conference slate left including two road contests at Cameron Indoor and a trip to Charlottesville to take on the Cavaliers.
So far it’s been a good month, and Unc is rocking at the right time they looked like the best team in the ACC and destined for a deep run in March. This team has the potential to top last year’s national title runner-up.
Nothing will be given to the Tar Heels they will get every team’s best each night in the gauntlet known as the Atlantic Coast Conference. Unc will have to learn to keep a foot on the gas to avoid blowing big leads, but for this team in 2017, the sky’s the limit.