Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
UNC looks to make it 2-2 over the course of a seven day
period against the Spartans. After knocking off the No. 1 ranked
Spartans from Michigan State, the Tar Heels will look to turn
back the Greensboro variety as they take on UNC Greensboro
This Tar Heels team can best be described as bipolar. They've
lost a home game against Belmont and a road contest against UAB
but have knocked off the defending national champs and the best
team in the nation this year to that point.
They'll see a familiar face on the UNCG bench as former Tar Heel
player Wes Miller is now the head coach over there. This will
be the second time in three games that UNC head coach Roy
Williams has to take on a former player turned coach as he just
went head-to-head with Jerod Haas of the UAB Blazers.
Will recent history against understudies rear its head again or
can Williams' squad keep the momentum rolling.
Here are some storylines to pay attention to.
Let's go ahead and get this one out of the way.
UNC has a big game against talent-filled Kentucky in the very
next game. It will take a tremendous act of discipline to keep
everyone focused on the task at hand and not looking ahead to the
home matchup with the other dark blue juggernauts of college
This will be UNCG's first game this season against a team from a
power conference. They will be hungry, energized and rearing to go
in Chapel Hill, no doubt fueled by their ex-Tar Heel head coach.
It's imperative that UNC matches that effort level if they don't
want to get upset for the third time.
Nobody really knows when college basketball's most notorious
bench riders will return. Of course we're talking about P.J.
Hairston and Leslie McDonald, two players that either
look indispensable or incredibly dispensable depending on which UNC
team shows up.
Lose a game to Belmont or UAB and the whole world thinks
everything would be different with those two playing. Knock off
Louisville and Michigan State and everyone believes it might be
better to have a decision rendered and be done with the distractions
once and for all.
The happy medium to all this is that if the Tar Heels regain the
services of those talented shooters, they will be receiving them
after UNC has found it's footing with other players who have
developed new skills.
By that hypothetical point, Marcus Paige will be the
unquestioned leader of the team, Kennedy Meeks might be the
most skilled big man in the ACC and Williams might have more depth
than he can handle (always a good problem to have).
Certainly some people thought both these guys could have been
back by now but Williams and the team have been preparing as if
they'll never play for UNC again. That should allow them to be a
stronger team regardless of the eventual outcome.
J.P. Tokoto is a guy that has been up and down this season
and throughout his UNC career thus far.
Coach Williams envisions him as a Jackie Manuel type
athlete that can shut down the opposing team's best player. He's
definitely athletic enough for the role and his athleticism is
on-par with anybody in the nation but his basketball prowess has hit
the consistency level it needs to be at yet.
Tokoto had a solid game against Michigan State when he racked up
12 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 6-of-10 from the floor, a nice
night for an often inconsistent shooter, but had four turnovers.
Tokoto allows himself to get in his own way sometimes.
He can find himself in a paralysis by analysis moment throughout
games but when he unleashes himself he's a valuable asset to the
Look for Tokoto to get better as the season moves along or get
replaced by a more offensive threat and natural scorer like
Brice Johnson later on.
UNC Greensboro at a glance Location: Greensboro,
Navy, Gold & White Conference:
Greensboro Coliseum (7,617) 2012-2013 Record:
(6-12) Last Game:
L 87-66 to Presbyterian on December 3. More on the Spartans: Schedule
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