North Carolina lost their seven top scorers from last year, so I didn't figure to see much from them this year. I was pleasantly surprised with their performance against Duke. Unlike last year's team who seemed to play like an All Star team, this year's team plays like a traditional Roy Williams coached team. Besides their playing style, Carolina has some freshman talent -- especially Tyler Hansbrough who was the best player on the court.
Now for my Duke bashing:
Yes, I said Hansbrough was the best player on the court. JJ Redick couldn't shoot when it counted. Dick Vitale claimed it was because Redick was worn out from breaking the ACC scoring record, but I remember Redick shooting poorly in big games last year too. Meanwhile, Sheldon Williams puts up great numbers, but I'm never impressed with him when I watch him play. I'm not expecting much success for either in the NBA.
In defense of Redick, he's playing with a terrible point guard. Greg Paulus might grow into a good player, but right now he's an out of control point guard who doesn't set up his teammates well.
Oh, and Sean Dockery shoving Hansbrough in the face after the game was determined: I guess that's just another example of Duke's class.