When 7-foot freshman forward Tyler Zeller broke his wrist in North Carolina's second game of the season against Kentucky, not many people paid attention. After all, Zeller was just a beanpole freshman who was going to be a minor cog in a well-oiled, invincible machine. Well, now that it looks like senior forward Marcus Ginyard might not play at all this season, Zeller's absence is a little more pronounced because it has left Roy Williams with basically a six-and-a-half-man rotation. Freshman Ed Davis was the only reserve who played double-digit minutes during Wednesday's great escape at Florida State, and he probably wouldn't have played nearly as much if Tyler Hansbrough hadn't gotten into foul trouble. The reality is, North Carolina knows it will be a high seed in the NCAA tournament, so it's not surprising it would be in a tough game on the road against an inspired yet inferior opponent like Florida State. They will be in the same situation Saturday against a North Carolina State team that will be very mindful that a win over the Tar Heels could make their season. Wolfpack guard Julius Mays's buzzer-beater to beat Miami in overtime Tuesday broke a lousy stretch during which the Wolfpack lost five out of six. You know I love desperate home teams, and considering this may be N.C. State's last chance to put itself in position to make the NCAA tournament, I'll take them to pull off the upset.
I know private school nerds score good weed, but man...even I think that's reaching a bit.
I may not agree with his assessment, but I sure hope he's right!