North Carolina needed to beat this horrible Texas team. The Tar Heels were supposed to beat this horrible Texas team.
But they performed miserably in Austin tonight, losing 87-65 while shooting just 32 percent from the field with 18 turnovers. Texas, which has labored throughout the season to produce offense, hung 46 points on UNC in the first half and fended off a second half rally before pulling away for good.
The comparisons between this Carolina squad and the NIT-doomed 2010 team have sharpened. A lack of offensive identity, defensive focus and plain self-belief have led to resounding defeats against the only three quality clubs the Heels have faced. What could be written off as November jitters versus Butler and Indiana now borders on crisis. What can Roy Williams do to intervene?
I'll have more on this tomorrow and what we can expect going forward. Here's a look at the UNC/Texas box score.