Albany-North Carolina Preview
North Carolina has two games left before ACC play begins to try
to please an angry Roy Williams.
The No. 9 Tar Heels return to action Wednesday night against
Albany after a lackluster effort that left their coach
North Carolina (10-3) used a 10-0 run to close out an 81-67 win
over Rutgers on Monday. The Tar Heels, though, nearly blew a
17-point lead in the final 10 minutes.
“I’m really not in a good mood about any dumb things that they
did right now,” Williams said.
At one point, Williams was so irked that he slammed his right
hand down on his chair and slouched in his seat on the bench after
the Tar Heels had to burn a timeout with about 3 minutes left.
“We’ve got to do a better job,” Williams said. “We had the break
where we had two pretty good practices, we just didn’t convert it
to the game. You look down there and you have six guys in double
figures and you like that, but guys, you’ve just got to play
Freshman Dexter Strickland scored 18 points to lead the way and
Deon Thompson added 14 for North Carolina, which shot 45.8 percent
– its lowest percentage in a victory in 2009-10.
The Tar Heels travel to face the College of Charleston next
Monday before their ACC opener at home against Virginia Tech on
Thompson is averaging a team-high 15.9 points for the Tar Heels,
who lost their top four scorers from last season’s national
“We have the talent to be a very, very good team and have all
the pieces to be a very, very good team,” Thompson said. “What we
do in practice, we just have to do in games. We do everything
perfect in practice and then we get in the games and then it seems
like we just forget everything.”
Fifth-year senior swingman Marcus Ginyard is doubtful for this
game. Ginyard sat out Monday after spraining his right ankle on a
drive to the basket during Saturday’s practice.
North Carolina is facing Albany (4-9) for the first time. The
Great Danes aren’t expected to provide much of a challenge as they
conclude a stretch of eight consecutive road games, breaking the
previous mark of five straight to start the 2004-05 season.
Albany has lost three straight and six of seven in this stretch.
The Great Danes last played in a 68-56 loss to Loyola of Chicago
last Tuesday, shooting 39.3 percent and making 5 of 20
“Their frontcourt dominated our frontcourt,” coach Will Brown
said. “We did some good things on defense. We pressured the ball
and our energy was good. But they made us pay for every mistake and
we take way too many 3-pointers.”
Senior forward Will Harris is the best player for the Great
Danes, averaging 15.3 points. Harris, though, scored eight points
last week for the second time in three games as he struggled
against bigger defenders.