Weekend Wrap: December 17
Carolina won a basketball game on Saturday, but as so often happens against East Carolina, the win wasn’t notable because it was a win—it was notable because it wasn’t dominating enough. Dexter Strickland has been solid lately but overall, the Tar Heels were much too porous in the second half, coughing up 61 points to the Pirates.
The result? Sunday’s practice was a tough one. Just listen to the way the players described it on Twitter:
Reggie Bullock: Today’s practice was no joke!
Marcus Paige: Practice today got me ready to pass out early tonight…we’re getting better though.
Tar Heel head coach Roy Williams responded with a tweet of his own, writing…
Oh, come on. You know he doesn’t tweet.
The Tar Heel head coach does, in fact, have a press conference Tuesday in advance of his team’s visit to Texas on Wednesday night, so it’ll be interesting to see if his opinion of the rigors of practice is the same as what his players seem to think.
On a very light weekend due to exams, the only other Tar Heel sports action was a women’s basketball win over Coastal Carolina, 75-49.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Gerald Sensabaugh had five tackles for the Cowboys.
Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 40 yards for the Giants.
Julius Peppers had five tackles, including a pair of sacks, for the Bears.
Greg Little caught five passes for 74 yards for the Browns.
Da’Norris Searcy had three tackles for the Bills.
Shaun Draughn caught three passes for 11 yards for the Chiefs.
Brandon Tate returned two punts for an 8.5 yard average and three kickoffs for a 20.7 yard average for the Bengals.
Robert Quinn had one tackle for the Rams.
Tar Heels in the NBA
The best performance over the weekend came from Raymond Felton, who had 25 points and seven assists in Saturday’s Knicks win over the Cavs. Even the New York Times is on the Felton bandwagon. If you missed it on Twitter, a Knicks fan put together a great Felton graphic with a Tar Heel theme.
Another Tar Heel playing well lately is Ed Davis. With Andrea Bargnani injured, Davis’s minutes have increased, and he put up 13 points and 6 rebounds last night, and had 24 points and 12 rebounds against the Nets last week. Those who follow the Raptors closely (yes, they do exist) seem to think this could be his chance to break out.
Best story I read this weekend
I’m not smart enough to know what to say about the tragedy in Newtown. I have a 7- and 9-year-old, and every morning I walk them to school. We usually laugh with each other on the way, and when they go into the school, it’s usually with a grin or a joke or some sort of reminder about a spelling test or lunch money. The thought that for 20 sets of parents—twenty—that was the last time they ever saw their kids is inconceivable. Watching our kids walk into school this morning was harder than I thought it would be.
I’ve watched the news coverage and read the stories. Out of all that, though, the one piece that stuck with me the most was this one, from a mom of a kid with mental health issues. It’s such an unexpected angle, and it made me think about the entire situation from a perspective I’d never considered before. Did it change my opinions? I don’t know, but I do know it made me think about them in a way no other writing did this weekend.
Tar Heel storylines to watch this week
1. Carolina travels to Texas on Wednesday night. The biggest Longhorn storyline is the status of guard Myck Kabongo, who is ineligible while the NCAA investigates possible illegal benefits he received (in true NCAA fashion, he is, of course, guilty until proven innocent). Texas is 6-4.
2. Some good Tar Heel NBA matchups this week, as Ty Lawson and Danny Green will be on the same floor Tuesday, as will John Henson and Tyler Hansbrough. The very next night, Hansbrough hosts Marvin Williams, a player he's always somewhat looked up to.