Is there value in beating Virginia?
Outside the win? Maybe. The win in itself was the most important thing. UNC needed to get that conference win so everyone would stop talking about that. It also feels good to win and it helps get a team back on track to win a road game in the ACC even if it did come against a weaker team. I also thought UNC played extremely well at times. There was a higher energy level and they seemed more focus. On the flip side there were stretches where UVa chipped away at the lead. In short it was not perfect but you got the impression this team was closer to playing basketball they were capable of playing. The value of that as it pertains to the present circumstances is it give them some confidence back heading into a three game stretch where they face Miami, Clemson and FSU on the road.
I am going refrain from dissecting this one too much. UNC got the win. Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson play at the level we have come to expect. Danny Green did a little bit of everything with a line that looked like this:
13 points, six rebs, four assists, three blocks, two steals
Wayne Ellington ended up with 13 but did not hit a three. Deon Thompson did not really have an impact.
As I said it was nice to secure the win and I think the Tar Heels did some things, execution wise, that were according to their style of play. Playing Miami and Clemson will most certainly be tougher test and if the Heels show up for those games it will go a long way towards righting the ship for the long term.