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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Herman Veal Chops is right to say that the media tends to overrate Carolina teams -- it was true in the Dean Smith era, and true since he left...I'm tempted to explain to this Terp fan that the fulsome praise is the result of decades of sustained excellence in Chapel Hill (with a brief interregnum that may have now passed) and that maybe Maryland will know something about that someday, but that would not be kind and it's off thread anyway....

The real point: I'm not sure he's right about this year's squad, which after stumbling in Cali has looked pretty impressive...the Heels don't just return all their players, they now have three seniors and their stars are juniors, that's rare these days and different from last year in meaningful ways...and they now have some depth, as noted in the previous post about 8 guys playing at least 15 minutes last night...

Anyway, props to the Chopper for landing a writing gig at a sports site.