A few days ago, I wrote an article entitled "UNC Basketball: How Soon We Forget." In that article, I warned us all not to forget how good UNC was back in 2008-2009 and how good of a coach Roy Williams was. I just did not want us to forget despite a terrible 2009-2010 season and a bad start to the 2010-2011 season.
Now, it seems that many others have forgotten and that includes recruits. One recruit in particular, Austin Rivers who is committed to Duke.
What an incredible performance by Kendall Marshall Sunday against Florida State! 16 assists to only three turnovers, 9 very-timely points in 36 minutes. 36 minutes! That's insane, especially, for a player not used to getting much more than 20 minutes per game.
Sunday, he was mentioned in the same sentence as Phil Ford, Ed Cota, and Raymond Felton. Those guys (along with Ty Lawson) are the best point guards in North Carolina history. Not only that they are some of the best passers ever to play college basketball. Yet, Kendall Marshall surpassed Ford and Cota's record of assists as a freshman, and it was the most assists ever by a North Carolina point guard in an ACC game.
Between now and the UNC vs. Duke game, Tar Heel Post will be preparing you for the big game with game previews, some history, and reflections. Here is the first part of the series.
It is the most storied rivalry in college sports: UNC vs. Duke. I have personally seen many of the games on television, but there was a lot more history written before I was ever born. This rivalry goes beyond Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and Dean Smith. The Duke-North Carolina rivalry started around the time basketball was born in the Carolina's.
Kendall Marshall and North Carolina dominated Florida State in today's game on Super Bowl Sunday. The final score was 89-69. Kendall Marshall set a school record of assists in an ACC game with 16. Compare that with only 3 turnovers and you have quite a game for the freshman. With the loss of Larry Drew, it looks as if the point guard position will still be in good hands for some time. The Tar Heels leading scorer with 17 points was Harrison Barnes, who has really turned it on in the last three games. Henson and Zeller each added 16 points. The Tar Heels now go into their next game Wednesday at Duke with a fight on their hands for first place in the ACC.
At 2 o'clock Sunday, the commentators will be discussing Larry Drew leaving UNC, but do not forget that this is an important game for both teams. Florida State is only one game behind UNC in the ACC, and a FSU win would quickly change that.