The economy may still be down, and the NBA locked out, but one thing is as it should be: the North Carolina Tar Heels are ranked number 1 in the nation. (Ok, so I’m a little bias) UNC had a roster loaded with young talent last year and were peaking at the right time heading into March Madness. Though ultimately, Carolina fell short of winning the 2011 NCAA tournament championship, losing to Kentucky in the Elite 8. Only days after the UNC’s tournament exit, many players made it known to the public that they intended to return next season.
Fast forward to November, Carolina is the preseason favorite, mainly due to the return of scoring threats: Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, and John Henson. These three players were at the core of the explosive offensive attack for the Heels last season. Now, with a season of experience together under their belt, the bar of expectation has been lifted high. Coach Roy Williams leads his Tar Heels into the 2011-12 season with one goal in mind: winning the National Championship.
The Tar Heels kicked off their season against Michigan State Friday night in grand fashion. The venue was the USS Carl Vinson, an aircraft carrier, as both teams squared off with our nation’s troops at court side. A tough shooting night for both teams, Carolina was able to whether the Michigan State attack, winning 67-55. Harrison Barnes lead the Tar Heels in scoring while John Henson had a huge night on the defensive side of the ball with 5 blocks. The Heels are 1-0 on their march towards a National Championship and I can’t help but get excited thinking about this team moving forward. Let’s go Tar Heels!