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The other Tyler is pretty good, too

Posted on: November 15, 2008 10:30 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2008 10:35 pm
 

No Tyler?

No problem.

You know, because there was another Tyler ready to step in.

That's the storyline from North Carolina's opener, that even though the top-ranked Tar Heels weren't exceptional or overwhelming they still cruised to an 86-71 victory over Penn sans Tyler Hansbrough and his stress reaction. In his place was Tyler Zeller, a McDonald's All-American who got a team-high 18 points while proving that stockpiling talent regardless of your needs is the absolute best way for a coach to run a program, which is why Roy Williams has been running one of the nation's best programs (first at Kansas, now at North Carolina) for the past two decades.

Did North Carolina need frontcourt help?

No, not really.

But Williams still went out and signed a pair of McDonald's All-American frontcourt players in Zeller and Ed Davis, meaning UNC now has two of the best first-year forwards (Zeller and Davis) and two of the best veteran forwards (Hansbrough and Deon Thompson) in the entire nation. And that's why the Tar Heels would almost certainly remain a national title contender even if Hansbrough never played again, because the talent from top to bottom is unmatched, proof being how the second-best Tyler on the team got 18 in his opener.

Comments

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 12:04 pm
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

But neither Tyler is as good as Stephen Curry...

Although I love Stephen Curry and think that he is a great player, I have to disagree.  I know, you're thinking that of course I'm going to disagree I'm a 'Heels fan; but the real reason I am disagreeing is that you really can't compare the players.  Curry is incredible at what he does, no question.  However, the reason why he is so incredible is that he is a smart player, he knows shat he can and cannot do.  What he can do is shoot lights out from mid and long range.  What he doesn't try to do much is pound the ball inside; that's not his strength and he is smart enough to play to his strength.  To compare him to players who have different strengths and play a different type of game is not real useful.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 11:58 am
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

Bernardini was defintely impressive.  Kid can really shoot.  Good luck this season.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 11:58 pm
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

But neither Tyler is as good as Stephen Curry...




Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 1:27 pm
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

The Quakers have a good team, but Cornell only lost 1 senior to graduation from their 2008 Ivy League Championship team so they'll have to get past the Big Red's Machine -- with or without Adam Gore.  Since the Champion gets an Automatic Bid, wouldn't it be nice if one of them got an At-Large?



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2008 12:12 pm
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

He's a great 3-point shooter.  I think Penn will be a tournament team this year. 



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 1:25 am
 

The other Tyler is pretty good, too

And the game's high scorer was Penn's Tyler Bernardini, who dropped 26 on UNC as a freshman and as a sophomore.  Not bad for an Ivy Leaguer on a team full of freshmen and sophomores.


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