Friday, November 19, 2010

Neither Barnes nor most Heels can buy a basket in loss to Gophers

North Carolina's freshman sensation Harrison Barnes hasn't been very sensational lately as he hasn't scored a field goal in three halves, including an 0 for 13 effort in a 72-67 loss to Minnesota in the Puerto Rico tournament.

What a low after such a high against Hofstra. Just when you think the bad taste of last year is out of your mouth, they pull something like that against Minnesota.

"Last year doesn't have anything to do with this year," UNC coach Roy Williams scoffed. "We just stunk."

Yes, Minnesota is better than Hofstra but it's more about Carolina than it is the opponent. In other words, you have to be consistent. You can't shoot the eyes out of it one night and the very next night can't buy a basket, even with open looks.

"I've tried to erase last year from my mind," Williams said.

It won't be easy with performances like this.

The Tar Heels shot just 37 percent from the floor and only 60 percent from the free throw line. Carolina, 2-1, plays in the consolation game in Puerto Rico at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

For a full game story, please click here.

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