With so many future pros on UK’s squad(s), it only makes sense to bring in one the top NBA broadcast teams for Saturday’s showdown. Marv Albert and Greg Anthony will call the UK/North Carolina game on Saturday for CBS. Anthony was on The Jim Rome Show yesterday, and had nothing but great things to say about the Cats. “They have been incredible defensively, about as good as I’ve seen at this stage for anybody,” Anthony said. “Not overwhelming right now offensively, but they’re young.”
When asked about the matchup between the ‘Cats and the Heels, Anthony brought up North Carolina’s offensive struggles, which sound pretty familiar. “North Carolina’s still a bit of an enigma,” Anthony said. “They still struggle at times offensively, not the type of offensive team the last couple years that we’re used to seeing from Roy Williams. Marcus Paige, a lot of people’s preseason National Player of the Year, has really struggled, Kennedy Meeks has had some moments, but I haven’t seen the kind of consistency from them that they would like.”
Do the Heels stand a chance? Only if they embrace the role of underdog. “This could be the kind of game where they put it altogether, going on the road in a hostile environment where most people aren’t expecting them to win.” Anthony said. “Sometimes the moment is what you need in terms of motivation and we’ll find out if going in to Rupp and playing the number one team in the country is what gets this team to play the type of basketball Roy Williams is expecting.”
Or not. I think not.