Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels lost four starters that were all drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft, but are still expected to be among the nation’s top teams. UNC went 32-6 last season, made the Elite 8, and were ACC Champions, but with nine underclassmen on their roster, the Heels were picked to finish third in the ACC behind in-state rivals NC State and Duke.
Despite the NBA Draft headlines and another top recruiting class coming in, the offseason in Chapel Hill was dominated by Williams’ health. Ol’ Roy had to have surgery to remove two potentially cancerous tumors removed from his kidneys that turned out to be benign. Williams spent most of the offseason recovering, but he is back to full health.
Carolina was ranked 11th nationally in the preseason, but have slipped to #20 in polls following an upset loss to Butler in Maui and a 24-point thrashing at the hands of #1 Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They do currently have a record of 6-2, but their six wins have come against underwhelming competition.
The Tar Heels are led sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo, a projected lottery pick in next summer’s NBA Draft, who is averaging 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
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