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The answer to that question by some graduate assistant on the staff of a recent UNC opponent would be "oh crap!"

Via the N&O's Andrew Carter who was handed a copy of a unnamed UNC opponent's scouting report for a game against the Heels which was left on a copier in the Dean Dome. I am guessing there is a graduate assistant somewhere getting scolded for not being more careful with these types of documents. At least he didn't leave a playbook behind not that UNC really needed it.

Anyway, here is what one of UNC's opponents had to say about the Tar Heel players.

STARTERS
Kendall Marshall:

“Very crafty. Pushes the ball with the pass. Doesn’t like pressure. Must have active hands to affect vision.”

Dexter Strickland:
“Very aggressive in transition. Driver!! Their best defender – Always running through passing lanes.”

Harrison Barnes:
“Very efficient on offense. Good 3pt shooter. On dribble pull up. Make him uncomfortable.”

John Henson:
“Long and very active. Wants to spin off of you in post. Hates it physical. Hates pressure on perimeter. Physical block outs.”

Tyler Zeller:
“Runs pipe hard. Jump hook over left and right shoulder. Play the ball early. Hates it physical.”

RESERVES
Reggie Bullock:

“Shooter. Offensive rebounder. Looks for 3’s in transition.”

James Michael McAdoo:
“High energy offensive rebounder. Runs floor hard.”

P.J. Hairston:
“Shooter. Looking to shoot at all times. Doesn’t guard.”

In addition to the player breakdowns, the scouting report included a “team summary” about UNC. That read like this:

Offense:
-Transition team looking to ball ahead and run the pipe
-Secondary – Carolina Break & 5 up
-Half court – Pus for Barnes/Shuffle for Bigs

Defense:
-Deny wings
-Run and jump after TO’s
-Hard help on ball screens
-Marshall and Barnes don’t want to guard

The offensive keys for this particular team:
-Run it right back at them
-Earn space/get open/be strong
-Execute/screen/drive

And the defensive keys for this particular team:
-Transition D
-Defensive rebounding/Physical box outs
-Getting after Marshall

I found it interesting how highly Dexter Strickland was regarded and that there is a perception P.J. Hairston doesn't play defense. If you count yourself in the "play P.J. more" crowd that isn't good news. Outside of that, Tyler Zeller and John Henson not liking physical play is hardly new information. Saying Marshall and Barnes "don't want to guard" seems odd. In the case of Marshall his defensive issues have always struck me as one of ability not desire. In the case of Barnes, he has given off a vibe that he is disinterested on defense in some earlier games this season but there has not been much evidence of that lately. Oh and "run it right back at them"? Really? You really want to try that?

Exit question: Can someone tell me how you make Barnes "uncomfortable"?