When Hubert Davis played North Carolina basketball from 1988-92, there was a feeling that he had to work hard — that he couldn’t let down the program, or worse, coach Dean Smith.
That’s what Davis, one of the best 3-point shooters in NBA and UNC history, used as motivation. And that was all he needed.
In his second year as an assistant on coach Roy Williams’ staff, Davis has found that he needs to prod his players more than he needed to be prodded. He’s seen them rise to the occasion against top-ranked foes, but he’s also seen them fall to 1-4 in the ACC, losing again in Charlottesville, Va., Monday night.
A season of struggles
Here are some of the low points of the UNC men’s basketball team’s 2013-2014 season thus far:
*After losing to Virginia Monday, UNC is 1-4 in the ACC for the first time since the 2001-02 season. It is also the worst start in 10 years under coach Roy Williams.
*When ranked this season the Tar Heels fell to unranked Belmont, Alabama-Birmingham and Texas.
*Guard Leslie McDonald missed the first nine games due to NCAA violations, and UNC did not apply for P.J. Hairston’s reinstatement.
The Tar Heels (11-7, 1-4 ACC) are off to their worst ACC start ever under Williams, and with conference play in full swing, they’re entering dangerous territory. If there’s a time for urgency, the time is now.
“One of the things coming into coaching — I thought we would never have to coach or talk about playing with a sense of urgency. I think that should be automatic,” said Davis, who filled in for a traveling Williams in his radio show Tuesday.