By Jordan Rogers
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    Roy Going All In On Small Ball

    February 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Tuesday night in Atlanta cemented the fact that Coach Williams has fully embraced the small ball lineup. And even though all three games since making the switch haven’t resulted in wins, it can’t be denied that UNC’s season is finally looking up after a solid month of NIT talk. Point being: the new offensive philosophy […]

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    After Duke, March Is Coming Fast

    February 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Carolina fans don’t know exactly how to feel after last night. The Tar Heels lost to their sworn enemy, but also took the nation’s second ranked team right down to the wire on their home court. And out of nowhere Roy Williams essentially became the anti-Roy by switching his offense up and starting PJ Hairston. […]

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    The Ed Davis Offensive

    February 13, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Davis has never had much of a face-up game — though that term is a bit of a misnomer. Ed certainly plays facing the basket; just not in the sense that he’s going to beat someone off the dribble or consistently step into jumpers. Luckily for him, this reputation often leads to this: Defenses and […]

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    The Nature Of The Game

    February 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Whenever Blue Steel is set to enter a ball game — especially in ACC play — it’s safe to assume things have been going well for the Heels. Roy’s jump shooters caught fire midway through the first half and ran away with a game that was never really a contest to begin with. Now much […]

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    The Ballad Of PJ Hairston

    January 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

    This piece was originally published on (w/ footnotes). There’s an inherent attachment to the idea that numbers are objective, scientific — more intellectual than the ‘eye-test’ used by the layman. But at least in respect to raw averages, this is rarely the case. The key is to use the right numbers, that can account […]

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    Tech-nically Looking Better, A Showdown Looms

    January 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Look at how things were going on Tobacco Road just a few weeks ago. Duke was undefeated and sitting atop the college basketball world at #1. NC State was ranked with only a couple losses, and just days away from their biggest ACC win in a few seasons (or at least since the last time […]

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    John Henson Per His PER

    January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    John Henson is averaging a relatively pedestrian six points and four rebounds per game for the Milwaukee Bucks. But that’s only one side of the story. Henson’s PER is just under 18 — good enough to be in the company of Kevin Love and OJ Mayo. PER is a detailed measure of a player’s statistical […]

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    Antawn Jamison: From Charlotte to LA

    January 14, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Jay Caspian Kang recently wrote a long-overdue feature on Antawn Jamison. You should read the piece (Kang is scary talented), but the basic summary is that Jamison’s signing by the Lakers might give him the opportunity to finally cement the legacy he deserves. And while that may not happen with LA’s recent struggles, Kang essentially […]

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    Tar Heels Finally Showing Some Fight

    January 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Roy Williams has received plenty of different criticisms for his coaching this season, but limiting PJ Hairston’s playing time may not be one of them much longer. Whether by design or because Hairston was on fire, the sophomore played extended minutes and almost single-handedly shot (or dunked) the Tar Heels to the win on Saturday. […]

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    Harrison Barnes The Professional

    January 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    The narrative on Barnes coming out of college was that he was too calculated and meticulous — never showcasing any explosiveness. But in many ways that’s exactly why he’s been successful in the first few months of his rookie season. With the three-point shooting and spacing of the NBA game, Barnes has much more room […]