It's hard to describe just how much difficulty the Tar Heels had to score against a mid-major team who starts four guards and whose starting center, Ludovic Dufeal, stands at just 6-foot-8.
"(Williams) shouldn't be happy with how we played," Anthony said. "I'd say we're very stagnant on offense, and defensively we're missing a lot of rotations. As I said, it's early in the season, but at some point it's no longer going to be early in the season."
North Carolina, a team that emphasizes passing and ball movement more than anything else, had 19 assists in the game compared to 16 turnovers. The bigs were stripped in the post, and the guards gave the ball up regularly.
"Everybody in here works on their game daily," said Black, who had a team high in assists with six. "We lift. There's no reason someone should bump us off the ball while we're dribbling. It's a lot of being comfortable with the ball when you have it."
The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent from the field in the first half, and just 10 percent from three. Anthony, the pace-setter for everything this UNC team does, shot 7-17 from the floor for the game, complete with four turnovers and just two assists.
"We're more gifted, we're taller, all those kinds of things, and it's a one or two possession game," Williams said. "None of you guys had to think it (was) a very pretty game… do I believe we're getting better? Yes. Am I ticked off right now? Yes. Am I a scrooge probably, this close to Christmas? Yes.
"But we've got to play better and that's the bottom line."
Through three games, UNC hasn't had a consistent scorer outside of Anthony. If the team wants to win in January, let alone March, that will need to change.
"We've had a bunch of guys show flashes. We've had JP (Justin Pierce) show flashes, Armando, Garrison, CK (Christian Keeling) can obviously score, Leaky, (Andrew) Platek. Honestly everyone who plays," Anthony said after the game. "We have that wild card effect."
The team can't afford to get spooked when the easy shots aren't falling early on.
"We missed a couple of easy shots, open shots, and it's like 'Man, we're getting these stops but we can't score,'" Black said. "Everybody started panicking a little bit."
It may seem like one bad game against a scrappy team that caught the favorite by surprise. But nothing about the Tar Heels' play through three games offers any sort of solution to their main problem — the lack of a consistent off-the-dribble scorer outside of Anthony.
It's true that almost anyone has the capability to have a big game for North Carolina this season. But what happens when no one does? The Tar Heels' season might depend on that very question.
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