Going into the season, the Tar Heels were number one, and what they have shown this season is far from their number one ability. Losing the National Championship last year and getting almost every guy back, you would think, gives them momentum going into the 2022-2023 season. They started off the season with five wins which were against poor competition. The Tar Heels then faced off against Iowa State and took their first loss by five. Everyone was thinking it was just one game and the stars from last year would turn it around. Right after Iowa State, they had Alabama, which was an action-packed game that headed into overtime and scored a combined 200 points. While taking the loss in the fourth overtime that night. Then we have to talk about the man Caleb Love who everyone thought would have another extraordinary season this coming year. The question we need answered is, what happened to Love?
Caleb Love lost his touch
Caleb Love came to North Carolina from CBC in St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri has created many star athletes, and one that comes to mind is the Celtics star, Jayson Tatum. In Love’s freshman year, he averaged 10.5 points per game, and his sophomore year he added five more points averaging 15.9 points per game. Now going into his third season, he is averaging 19.1 but is taking too many shots. In one of the craziest games of the year so far against Alabama, which went into overtime, Love went 13-36 with 34 points. Having 34 points in a college game is great, but missing 23 shots is too many and shows that Love needs to figure something out. Love is only averaging 3.1 assists per game, and if the Tar Heels want a successful season, Love will need to figure out how to pass the ball.
Going from 1st to 18th
The Tar Heels started off the year being number one, and now the Heels are eighteenth in the country. The Tar Heels have not been working as a team as they were last year during their run to the National Championship. Many believed the Tar Heels should have been out of March Madness early, but they were able to shock everyone down the stretch in March. After losing the Championship to Kansas and seeing who all was coming back, the Tar Heel fans were pumped for this season. After winning those five games, the Tar Heels went on a three-game losing streak. They have played three top-25 teams in their last three games, which shows what the Tar Heels need to work on. After watching those three games, I believe the Tar Heels need to show more team chemistry. They need to be able to trust each other during tight situations that occur during big games.